Monday, November 4, 2019

Blog Tour, Review, Playlist, Excerpt, & Giveaway: Sisters of Shadow and Light (Sisters of Shadow and Light #1) by Sara B. Larson

Title: Sisters of Shadow and Light
Series: Sisters of Shadow and Light #1
Author: Sara B. Larson
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Publisher: Tor Teen
Release Date: November 5, 2019

From the acclaimed author of DEFY, Sara B. Larson, SISTERS OF SHADOW AND LIGHT is a timeless and fantastical tale of sisterly love and powerful magic

"The night my sister was born, the stars died and were reborn in her eyes…".

Zuhra and Inara have grown up in the Citadel of the Paladins, an abandoned fortress where legendary, magical warriors once lived before disappearing from the world―including their Paladin father the night Inara was born.

On that same night, a massive, magical hedge grew and imprisoned them within the citadel. Inara inherited their father’s Paladin power; her eyes glow blue and she is able to make plants grow at unbelievable rates, but she has been trapped in her own mind because of a “roar” that drowns everything else out―leaving Zuhra virtually alone with their emotionally broken human mother.

For fifteen years they have lived, trapped in the citadel, with little contact from the outside world…until the day a stranger passes through the hedge, and everything changes.

Disclaimer: I received an Advance Reader Copy at no cost from the publisher/author. All opinions in my review are my own. 

This book had me intrigued from the moment I read the synopsis. The synopsis alone gave off the feeling of old fairy tales, which I love! The story does have the feel of traditional fairy tales with some extra fantasy bits thrown in. 

The thing about this book that I think I loved the most was the very special and close relationship between Zuhra and Inara. Their relationship is deep and complex for two sisters so young. You can really feel the experiences that they have gone through and the difficulties that they have had to deal with through their relationship with each other. I also liked that their relationship seemed to be the focal point of the story. There was romance in the story but it didn't overpower or overshadow the sisters' bond. That bond was the heart of this story and I think that the author wrote it beautifully. 

This is actually my first time reading a book by this author even though I actually own some of her other novels. I very much enjoyed her storytelling. She has a perfect way of bringing the story to life with her words. The world-building is vivid and dream-like and I could very much feel myself in the story living it alongside the characters. 

I enjoyed the plot of the story and all of the imaginative elements. There were some things about this world that I would have liked to either know more about or have a little more explanation for, but all in all, this was a story that swept me away. 

Overall, this is a book that weaves a magical tale that will have you hooked and wanting more. You'll love the way that the author weaves the creative elements of the story into something totally original and like nothing I've read before. I am excited to find out what comes next in this series and I very much recommend this story! If you are a lover of young adult fantasy then this is a book that you'll want to add to your collection.

Go here for an excerpt!

Sara B. Larson is the best-selling and critically acclaimed author of the YA fantasy DEFY trilogy (DEFY, IGNITE, and ENDURE) and the DARK BREAKS THE DAWN duology. Her next YA fantasy, SISTERS OF SHADOW AND LIGHT, comes out November 5th from Tor Teen. She can’t remember a time when she didn’t write books—although she now uses a computer instead of a Little Mermaid notebook. Sara lives in Utah with her husband, their four children, and their Maltese, Loki. She writes in brief snippets throughout the day and the quiet hours when most people are sleeping. Her husband claims she should have a degree in “the art of multitasking.” When she’s not mothering or writing, you can often find her at the gym repenting for her sugar addiction.


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