Thursday, January 30, 2014

All That Glows Blog Tour: Review + Giveaway


As part of the Fantastic Flying Book Club, I'm happy to announce that today I shall be posting a review, favorite quote, and giveaway of ALL THAT GLOWS by Ryan Graudin.




All That Glows

by Ryan Graudin

Publisher: HarperTeen

Release Date: February 11th 2014
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Synopsis:
Emrys—a fiery, red-headed Fae—always embraced her life in the Highlands, far from the city’s draining technology, until she’s sent to London to rejoin the Faery Guard. But this isn’t any normal assignment—she’s sent to guard Prince Richard: Britain’s notorious, partying bad boy and soon-to-be King. The prince’s careless ways and royal blood make him the irresistible for the dark spirits that feed on mortals. Sweet, disheveled, and alive with adventure—Richard is one charge who will put Emrys’s magic and heart to the test.
When an ancient force begins preying on the monarchy, Emrys must hunt through the London’s magical underworld, facing down Banshees, Black Dogs and Green Women to find the one who threatens Richard’s life. In this chaos of dark magic, palace murders and paparazzi, Emrys finds herself facing an impossible choice. For despite all her powers, Emrys has discovered a force that burns brighter than magic: love.
"Emrys—a fiery, red-headed Fae—always embraced her life in the Highlands, far from the city’s draining technology, until she’s sent to London to rejoin the Faery Guard. But this isn’t any normal assignment—she’s sent to guard Prince Richard: Britain’s notorious, partying bad boy and soon-to-be King. The prince’s careless ways and royal blood make him the irresistible for the dark spirits that feed on mortals. Sweet, disheveled, and alive with adventure—Richard is one charge who will put Emrys’s magic and heart to the test.

When an ancient force begins preying on the monarchy, Emrys must hunt through the London’s magical underworld, facing down Banshees, Black Dogs and Green Women to find the one who threatens Richard’s life. In this chaos of dark magic, palace murders and paparazzi, Emrys finds herself facing an impossible choice. For despite all her powers, Emrys has discovered a force that burns brighter than magic: love."

Thoughts: Going into ALL THAT GLOWS, I didn't know what to expect. All I knew was there was something about magic, fae, a prince, and possibly a forbidden love story. And hey, gorgeous cover, right? What's not to love? Overall, though, I have to say that I was somewhat underwhelmed with the novel.

I had expectations of magic, possibly some fighting and while those elements were somewhat there, ALL THAT GLOWS is primary romance based. This is not necessarily a bad thing, but I'm not sure if it's a good thing either. I enjoyed Emry and Prince Richard's romance as a whole, but I couldn't help but feel like it was forced. Very insta-love with not a lot of substance. Personally, I'm just not a fan of this. I need more. I need a real relationship and not something that's superficially based. Price Richard is a playboy, and I couldn't help but wonder why Emry, after centuries of being alone and a bad-ass, could fall in love with him so easily. Damsel in distress syndrome? Love at first sight? Cute butt in tight pants? Who knows, but I personally didn't find him very swoony.

Something that was truly missing in this novel, in my honest opinion, was action. The story kind of dragged on and on with nothing really happening. I expect fantasy novels to sometimes drag on a little with loads of imagery, but I just couldn't get into ALL THAT GLOWS. Maybe I just had high expectations and felt a little let down.

I will say, though, that I found the writing to be truly lovely. The author is clearly talented and has a way with words. I bet she writes one heck of a love letter!

Overall, I thought ALL THAT GLOWS was merely okay. Not necessarily the best nor worst read. I know fans looking for romance and wanting to be instantly swept off their feet will love this book. I just don't think I'm the right demographic for it.


Rating:

2 Stars

Favorite Quote: "We dance even after the last notes die, moving about in each other’s arms to some unheard song. We dance until nothing is left."





My name is Ryan and I've been writing ever since I grabbed one of my dad's old tax ledgers and created this masterpiece: see image.

My writing has since improved, though my obsession with wolves has remained relatively the same (I even own a wolf-hybrid pup.) My childhood was a happy, sunny thing. I grew up on a steady diet of fairytales, salt-marshes, music and brothers who would re-enact Redwall battles with me in the back yard. I went to an artsy sort of high-school that allowed cello recitals in the hallways and impromptu poetry slams in the cafeteria. It was there I decided that writing was what I wanted to do more than anything.

I'm officially a grownup now (I suppose one must admit that once they turn 26). My diet still includes fairytales, salt-marshes and art, but there are a few new loves thrown in. A big one is travel. Pieces of my heart are scattered like breadcrumbs all over the globe--I've bartered them off for writing inspiration, so I suppose it's a fair trade.

When I'm not cramming my earthly belongings into a backpack and waiting in airport security lines, I'm doing one of the following: Writing YA novels, Photographing weddings with my husband, Making our little white cottage more homey, Playing with my wolf pup, Trying out Korean r├ęcipes, Haunting local coffee shops with my friends.










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6 comments:

  1. I felt much the same way about this one, Lena. The writing was definitely gorgeous, but had trouble liking the love story---and since that was a majority of the storyline, this just kind of fell flat for me. Underwhelmed is actually the perfect word. I did really like the ending, though I guessed who the baddie was about 2/3s of the way through.

    Great review!

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  2. The cover is absolutely stunning, but it sounds like that's the most dazzling part of the book. Such a shame.

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  3. Oh man! It kind of makes me sad when a book is all about the romance, as that's not necessarily my thing when it comes to YA. This book has such a lovely cover though!

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