Tuesday, March 10, 2020

BLOG TOUR: "The Raven and the Dove" by Kaitlyn Davis + GIVEAWAY


Hello all! I'm thrilled to be working with Fantastic Flying Book Club yet again to bring you all another blog tour! This tour is for The Raven and the Dove, a new release from Kaitlyn Davis. This is, yet again, an exciting post full of bookish fun including information about the book and author, my review, a specially curated playlist, an excerpt from the book, and an international giveaway! Let's just dive in shall we? 



SYNOPSIS

Four fates collide in this avian-inspired, epic fantasy retelling of Tristan and Isolde perfect for fans of Sarah J. Maas, Sabaa Tahir, and Leigh Bardugo!

A princess longing to be free...

On the dawn of her courtship trials, Princess Lyana Aethionus knows she should be focused on winning her perfect mate, yet her thoughts wander to the open sky waiting at the edge of her floating kingdom. One final adventure calls. Upon fleeing the palace, the last thing she expects to find is a raven prince locked in a death match with a dragon.

A bastard aching to belong...

Reviled son of a dead king, Rafe would do anything for his beloved half-brother, Prince Lysander Taetanus, including posing as him in the upcoming courtship trials. When a dragon interrupts their secret exchange, he orders his studious sibling to run. After suffering a fatal blow, Rafe is saved by a beautiful dove who possesses forbidden magic, just like him.

Fate brought them together, now destiny will tear them apart...

Unknown to the world above, on the foggy sea ten thousand feet below, a young king fights a forgotten war. He believes Lyana is the queen prophesied to save the world, and with the help of his favored spy, hidden deep in the highest ranks of the dove royal house, he will stop at nothing to have her.

Three shocking betrayals. Two star-crossed lovers. One unforgettable journey. If you like fierce heroines, brooding heroes, forbidden romance, and action-packed magical adventures with twists you'll never see coming, don't miss The Raven and the Dove!

by Kaitlyn Davis
Publisher: Amazon Digital Services LLC
Release Date: March 9th 2020
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Retellings



MY REVIEW

I was really excited when I heard about this book. An epic-fantasy, royalty, love, and perfect for fans of Sarah J. Maas aka my queen? Sign me up! I really enjoyed reading through this. It was a bit longer than I expected, but that was totally okay because I was so excited to be able to spend time with these characters and world. 

Let’s start with the characters, then. We follow four main character POVs that alternate throughout the story. Usually multiple-POV situations are hit or miss for me, but I quite enjoyed them in this book. We have Lyana, Cassi, Rafe, and Xander. I loved how close the different characters were with each other—Lyana and Cassi were such good friends and I love a good brother dynamic in books. 

Each of these characters were quite unique and I loved getting to learn about them. Cassi was quite morally-grey even if she tries having good intentions, Lyana acts from her heart, I would die for Rafe and his brooding exterior, and Xander is just so wonderful.

I also loved the world. I quite enjoy fantasy but a lot of it I’ve read lately has been medieval-inspired so it was quite fun to read an avian-inspired story. Not only that, but the magic in this world was fun to read about because of the different type of setting and I really loved the difference in Houses and what made them each unique. 

The plot was quite entertaining. I love some good political intrigue and there was plenty of politics at play in this story. Additionally, I love a good forbidden romance—they always make my heart swoon. The plot was enjoyable and I spent a lot of my time reading just loving my time in this world. 

Overall, I really enjoyed this book and I’m excited to see what happens in the second one. I think a lot of people will enjoy it and it is one that will captivate readers. 

4.5 stars



PLAYLIST
1. Better Love - Hozier
2. I Want to Break Free - Queen
3. Hey Brother - Avicii
4. Wings - Little Mix
5. Give Me Love - Ed Sheeran
6. Adiemus - Enya
7. Weightless - Natasha Bedingfield



MEET KAITLYN DAVIS

Kaitlyn Davis, a bestselling author with over a quarter of a million books sold, writes young adult fantasy novels under the name Kaitlyn Davis and contemporary romance novels under the name Kay Marie. Publisher's Weekly has said, "Davis writes with confidence and poise," while USA Today has recommended her work as "must-read romance."

To learn more about her contemporary romance novels, visit her Goodreads author page for Kay Marie here: https://www.goodreads.com/Kay_Marie

Always blessed with an overactive imagination, Kaitlyn has been writing ever since she picked up her first crayon and is overjoyed to share her work with the world. When she's not daydreaming, typing stories, or getting lost in fictional worlds, Kaitlyn can be found playing fetch with her puppy, watching a little too much television, or spending time with her family. If you have any questions for her--about her books, about scheduling an event, or just in general--you may contact her at: KaitlynDavisBooks@gmail.com

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INTERNATIONAL GIVEAWAY

Prize: $15 Amazon Gift Card
March 10, 2020 - March 24, 2020
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EXCERPT

“Game?” she asked. Her hands had stopped moving. They rested warmly in the hollow groove between his wings, palms half against his feathers and half against his back.

Rafe stole another glance over his shoulder. She was too entranced to see anything but the visions dancing through her head, the visions he’d spun. An almost childlike wonder was alive in her innocent, yearning gaze, igniting a spark in his own chest that he hadn’t felt in a very long time. Not since his parents had died. Not since he’d grown up too soon.

“We like to think of Taetanos as the god of fate, not of death,” Rafe said softly. The glaze in the girl's eyes disappeared as she looked into his. “We call life a game, because we each have our own wants, our own desires—but he sees everything, he knows everything, and he leads us down our destined path. We fight back sometimes, we make moves, and so does he. On and on it goes until, in the end, he wins, like he always does. But still, we keep playing. What other choice do we have?”

Again, her fingers brushed his feathers, but she didn’t look away.

He couldn’t, even if he’d wanted to.

“What do you think this is?” She paused to swallow. “His move or yours?”

His, he silently answered. Definitely his.

Because Rafe ached to fly, to soar, to get out of the darkness and back to his brother, back to the role he was comfortable playing, back to the sidelines. But there was a weight in his chest keeping him there, keeping him still, keeping him so lost in the fire reflected in her eyes that he couldn’t find his way out even if he tried. 

For a moment, he thought he could hear his god laughing.

Then he realized it wasn’t laughter, but the soft whistle of a bird call—a signal he recognized. His move. His life. His brother calling him back.

Xander?

Rafe tensed.

His head whipped to the side, pulled by the noise growing louder, coming not from his imagination but from the other side of the darkness. He opened his mouth to call out in response, when a hand covered his lips and an arm slid around his throat, stronger and more ferocious than he’d expected. Rafe froze as the icy edge of a blade pressed into his skin, instantly recognizing the kiss of steel.

“Be silent,” the girl ordered. “Don’t say a word.”  



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xoxo
Lauren



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2 comments:

  1. Thank you so much for this lovely review and for joining the tour!! I'm so glad you enjoyed my book :) And I love the playlist you put together! I need to run to spotify to listen to all these songs...

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