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The Skylighter (The Keepers’ Chronicles #2) – Becky Wallace

The Skylighter (The Keepers’ Chronicles #2) – Becky WallaceTitle: The Skylighter (The Keepers' Chronicles #2) by Becky Wallace
Publishing Info: March 22, 2016 by Simon & Schuster
Source: Edelweiss
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
Find it on the web: Buy from Amazon // GoodreadsDate Completed: November 29, 2015
Related Posts: The Storyspinner (The Keepers' Chronicles #1)

Johanna and Rafi are in a race against time to save their country before a power-mad Keeper destroys everything they hold dear in the “enthralling magical world” (Cinda Williams Chima, author of The Heir Chronicles) introduced in The Storyspinner.
As the last of the royal line, Johanna is the only person who can heal a magical breach in the wall that separates her kingdom of Santarem from the land of the Keepers, legendary men and women who wield elemental magic. The barrier protects Santarem from those Keepers who might try to take power over mere humans…Keepers who are determined to stop Johanna and seize the wall’s power for themselves.
And they’re not the only ones. As the duchys of Santarem descend into war over the throne, Johanna relies more than ever on the advice of her handsome companion, Lord Rafael DeSilva. But Rafi is a duke too, and his people come first. As their friendship progresses into the beginnings of a tender relationship, Johanna must wonder: is Rafi looking out for her happiness, or does he want the throne for himself?
With war on the horizon, Johanna and Rafi dodge treacherous dukes and Keeper assassins as they race to through the countryside, determined to strengthen the wall before it’s too late…even if it means sacrificing their happiness for the sake of their world.

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THE STORYSPINNER was one of my favorite reads of 2015 so when I got approved to read THE SKYLIGHTER early on Edelweiss, this was one I didn’t hesitate to pick up right away!! Becky Wallace has this amazing way of crafting characters to really connect the reader to each one and also create this incredible bond between them all. One thing I always love and enjoy in a book is a cast of characters that really comes together to form a crew (like in The Lunar Chronicles, The Lies of Locke Lamora, and Six of Crows) so to see how each of these characters already were tied together or became wrapped up in each other was just fantastic.

I’ll admit that I probably could have done with a re-read of THE STORYSPINNER before starting THE SKYLIGHTER. There’s just so much that happens and it really was almost a year since I had read it and I could have used some brushing up. There’s still plenty more to be seen in THE SKYLIGHTER though! It was actually hard for me to come to grips with the fact that the series was already ending! I’m so used to trilogies that it felt so fast to come to a conclusion already and yet it was the perfect amount of content for this story. I always enjoy duologies because you get so much more to a story and yet the series also wraps up quickly so readers aren’t waiting forever for that next book. I did feel a bit lost at times simply because I just didn’t remember everything that happened in book one (and totally major plot points too. Oops. My reading retention is the WORST) so there were moments that I wasn’t as hooked as I had been with THE STORYSPINNER because I was missing those pieces of information that should have already been stored in my brain. That was definitely reader error there.

As always, Becky Wallace’s character relationships are to die for. I absolutely adore every single one, romantic, platonic, or familial. They’re all so intricate and really provoked so many emotions as I was reading. The budding romance between Johanna and Rafi is absolutely stellar, filled with plenty of tension and some amazing kisses! And the range of romances is wonderful as well. There are many different levels and forms of love in this book and it was so wonderful to witness them all. I also really just adore this crew and their friendship. It’s not always easy but they really come to rely on one another and their feelings go way past the surface level.

I’m also still totally in love with this incredibly intricate world and how much it comes alive as I was reading. I could easily picture every location and it really helped me put myself in the story. The magical aspects of the world really develop in THE SKYLIGHTER as well although since it was the title of the book, I did find myself wanting a bit more focus on skylighters!

I just love Becky Wallace’s books and whatever she writes next will be an auto-buy for me. This is such a fun fantasy duology and if you haven’t read these books yet, now’s the perfect time to read them back-to-back and really savor the whole experience!

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“The View from Goodreads” is a featured section in my reviews that I decided to incorporate! I tend to update my Goodreads status a LOT when I read — reactions, feelings, notes — so I thought it would be fun to share the sort of “reading process”! All status updates are spoiler-free (no specific plot points will be revealed) but will contain reactions to certain pages and/or characters!

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Kept Me Hooked On: Fantasy duologies. I am REALLY enjoying the fact that this was a fantasy duology. I love, love, love epic fantasy series and could live in some of these worlds forever but sometimes it’s hard to pick up a series when you know the rest of the series could literally take decades to release. This was a wonderful set of two books and I feel so content having it all wrapped up… although I will miss the characters too!
Left Me Wanting More: Memory. Ughh my reading retention is so bad. I wish I had taken the time to refresh myself on some of the bigger plot points of THE STORYSPINNER before I started because there was so much that I just didn’t remember in detail.

Addiction Rating
Read it!

I just love Becky Wallace and her writing. This was a fun and unique fantasy series and it’s only two books so you can easily start and finish!

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Book and a Beverage Author Edition | Becky Wallace

Book and a Beverage

Welcome back to BOOK AND A BEVERAGE!

Book and a Beverage was a featuring originally designed to spotlight book bloggers but I’m thrilled to extend the feature to interview authors and highlight their works as well! This is a special Author Edition of Book and a Beverage. 

I am SO thrilled to have Becky Wallace on the Book and a Beverage feature today! If you don’t know her debut, THE STORYSPINNER, then get thee to a bookstore or a website where they sell this book ASAP because it was one of my favorites of 2015 and I am so incredibly excited for its sequel THE SKYLIGHTER that comes out in March 2016! I hope you enjoy getting to know a bit more about Becky Wallace and her books today on the feature — and don’t miss the giveaway for THE STORYSPINNER at the end of the post!

Give a big welcome to author BECKY WALLACE!

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Name: Becky Wallace
You know her best as the author of… THE STORYSPINNER (3/3/15), THE SKYLIGHTER (3/22/16)

The Storyspinner (The Keepers' Chronicles, #1)          The Skylighter (The Keepers' Chronicles, #2)

THE STORYSPINNER: Amazon // Goodreads
THE SKYLIGHTER: Amazon // Goodreads

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READING

What are you reading? I just borrowed a HUGE stack of books from a friend, and the book on top is Truthwitch.  So I think I’ll dive into that first. I can’t wait! I’ve heard a lot of good things 20150930_145030about it.  Other than that, I just finished re-reading Rae Carson’s The Bitter Kingdom series. It had been a long time since I’d read all the books, and I really wanted to jump back into Elisa’s world.
What’s important that we should know about this book?
Two things: First, the world building is fantastic. From the varied landscapes, to the different personalities of the cities, to the type of food, it’s all brilliantly realized.  And second,The Bitter Kingdom (Fire and Thorns, #3) HECTOR. If I say anything else, it will be spoilery.  I don’t want to spoil Hector for anyone.  Would you recommend it? For fantasy lovers, most definitely!
What are your top three books you would recommend to other people? Hmmm…it really depends on who is asking. For fantasy lovers who want a strong romance, I always suggest The Kiss of Deception by Mary Pearson and Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers.  For readers who want a thrilling ride, I’d say Tracked by Jenny Martin and Nil by Lynne Matson.  And for contemporary folks, I always, always suggest Stephanie Perkins’s, Anna and the French Kiss.

WRITING

What can you tell us about your current work in progress? It’s very different from anything I’ve written before, while still being fantasy. The main character is not a particularly nice person….but I love her!  She’s a little manipulative, crafty, flirtatious, and smart. She has a tendency to do awful things for completely logical reasons. Her love interest is her perfect foil. He’s patient, kind, and thoughtful. He’s passionate about solving a family mystery, and the main character is standing in his way. I love it. I just hope the rest of the world will too!
Are you a pantser or a plotter? I’m an uncomfortable hybrid. I tend to write the stuff that pops into my head, but my agent and editors need to see outlines and proposal. So I do a bit of both!
Do you have a favorite spot to read/write? Honestly, I love to write in my kitchen, but it’s been invaded by a baby monkey (or my two-year-old daughter), who climbs on the counter and pounds on my laptop. Sadly I’ve been relegated to using the office I share with my husband.  My view is not fabulous. I get to stare at the back of his monitor.  

3What are you drinking? A dirty Diet Coke (Diet Coke with coconut syrup). It’s fabulous and
refreshing, and the only way I can stand Diet Soda. When it’s empty there’s all that delicious ice to chomp on. Bonus!

What’s your favorite thing to drink while reading/writing? When I can’t get to Sonic, which is far too often, I really like drinking water with an obscene amount of lemon slices or Mt. Dew Kickstart.

thoughtprovokingIf you could co-author a book with someone (anyone!), who would it be? Nicole Castroman (author of Blackhearts out February 9, 2016!) is one of my best friends and critique partners. We’ve been bouncing some ideas around about coauthoring, but we’re always stuck between deadlines and life. Someday a Light Fantasy (Historical Fantasy, if that’s a thing??) based loosely on the German Feudal system will make its way onto the page.
Which character from a book would you say you’re most like? Growing up, I was 100 percent Hermione. Super student, super bossy, super bad hair?? Yes. That was me. Maybe still is. Sigh.
If you had one subplot or minor character that could go off on its own tangent, who or what would it be? Of my own characters?  It would, without question, be Dom. I could write a whole book of that slightly naughty, work avoiding, guilt-ridden character. He is so much fun!
What type of scene is your favorite to write? Kissing scenes! I could write kissing scenes all day long. Sometimes when I get stuck in a story, I fast forward to the next kissing scene and write that to get my brain functioning.  I have sooooo many make out scenes that will never see that light of day. Sad face.  


 A huge, huge thank you to Becky Wallace for being on Book and a Beverage today! I’m so thrilled and honored!
Pretty much a big fat YES to all of your recommendations (and those that I haven’t read are going on my TBR because I’ve loved every other one!) and that dirty diet Coke sounds delicious!!
And of course, I am all for more stories about Dom. Love him. 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR


Becky Wallace
is the author of THE STORYSPINNER and its sequel, THE SKYLIGHTER (available March 22, 2016from Simon & Schuster). She lives in a happy little village in Texas with her own real-life Prince Charming and their four munchkins.

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GIVEAWAY

Would you like to win a copy of THE STORYSPINNER by Becky Wallace? (The answer is yes, YOU DO!) Just enter the Rafflecopter form below to enter! Becky is generously giving a book away to one lucky winner! US residents only, please. Must be 13 years of age or older to win. 

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The Storyspinner (The Keepers’ Chronicles #1) – Becky Wallace

The Storyspinner (The Keepers’ Chronicles #1) – Becky WallaceTitle: The Storyspinner (The Keepers' Chronicles #1) by Becky Wallace
Publishing Info: March 3, 2015 by Simon & Schuster
Source: Audible
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Find it on the web: Buy from Amazon // GoodreadsDate Completed: February 11, 2015
Related Posts: The Skylighter (The Keepers' Chronicles #2)

    Drama and danger abound in this fantasy realm where dukes play a game for the throne, magical warriors race to find the missing heir, and romance blossoms where it is least expected.
In a world where dukes plot their way to the throne, a Performer’s life can get tricky. And in Johanna Von Arlo’s case, it can be fatal. Expelled from her troupe after her father’s death, Johanna is forced to work for the handsome Lord Rafael DeSilva. Too bad they don’t get along. But while Johanna’s father’s death was deemed an accident, the Keepers aren’t so sure.
The Keepers, a race of people with magical abilities, are on a quest to find the princess—the same princess who is supposed to be dead and whose throne the dukes are fighting over. But they aren’t the only ones looking for her. And in the wake of their search, murdered girls keep turning up—girls who look exactly like the princess, and exactly like Johanna.
With dukes, Keepers, and a killer all after the princess, Johanna finds herself caught up in political machinations for the throne, threats on her life, and an unexpected romance that could change everything.
  

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THE STORYSPINNER was a delightful and refreshing fantasy read. I’ve been putting my hopes on a lot of new releases lately, never quite sure what to expect from new authors and debut series but THE STORYSPINNER did not disappoint in anyway — in fact, it exceeded any expectations I had! I finished the book a few weeks before I wrote my review and ever since I finished, my love for this book has done nothing but grow each day. The more I think about it, the more I look back on it fondly and the more I anticipate its sequel (which is also a difficult thing considering I’m reviewing the book before it’s even released. It’ll be a long wait for book two)!

One of the more noticeable things about THE STORYSPINNER is the setting. I love what Becky Wallace did here, pulling in Portuguese influences for setting, characters, and overall feel. So many high fantasy books tend to have mainly a British feel, sometimes venturing into France or Italy, for example, but we never seem to hit the Iberian peninsula. I’m sure they’re out there and I haven’t read them yet — I believe Rae Carson’s Fire and Thorns trilogy has a Spanish vibe — but this is the first I’ve seen of a Portuguese influence and I loved how much that instantly made it feel unique! I’m not sure if it’s supposed to supposed to be influenced more by Portugal or Brazil (I’m not well-informed on either) and the blend of Portuguese, Spanish, and English surnames throughout the book could really go either way for South American or European influences… (I think I’m overthinking this) but hey, it’s fantasy and no matter which way you slice it, I’m a big fan of this new fantasy world and Becky Wallace’s inspiration!

The other thing that noticeably stood out for me was the cast of characters featured in this book. Each chapter switches POVs from one character to the next and all-in-all, I think there are about six characters who take on the role as the chapter-specific focus but never once did I feel overwhelmed or lost. Each character felt extremely unique and their personalities shined! (It also helped that the book is written in third person POV so the switches from chapter to chapter weren’t jarring.) I fell in love with many, envied others, and feared some, but my heart really went out to every single person that I met in this story and each one really came to life as I read. I was wholly invested in each and every thread and definitely emotionally invested in each character’s future.

With so many characters, naturally the book follows a few different story lines. Each pertains to one ultimate focus and when everything finally comes together and these threads connect, it’s such an amazing feeling! The plot and adventure in THE STORYSPINNER are constantly moving, driving the action forward and every single moment feels relevant to the mystery that continues to unravel. I loved the mix of action, intrigue, and romance which in turn only strengthened my understanding the characters’ bravery, genius, and compassion. By the end of the book I was gasping and shouting, cheering for the heroes, and rooting for the romances.

THE STORYSPINNER was a homerun for me and I’m so incredibly happy that it’s been one of those books where my love has only grown over time. This book has definitely stuck with me and it’s one I will cherish on my shelves. I hope others fall in love with this one like I did because I will definitely be recommending this one over and over again!

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“The View from Goodreads” is a featured section in my reviews that I decided to incorporate! I tend to update my Goodreads status a LOT when I read — reactions, feelings, notes — so I thought it would be fun to share the sort of “reading process”! All status updates are spoiler-free (no specific plot points will be revealed) but will contain reactions to certain pages and/or characters!

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Johanna // Character Obsessions: Storytelling, family, responsibility, fulfilling debts.
Even though we meet a lot of characters in this book, Johanna is our MAIN character. She’s the primary focus of the book and I really loved her! She’s brave, spunky, and a little bit rash but she was so much fun to get to know and I LOVE her role in the book. I love how her character grew as she got to know the others and I can’t wait to see what she does in book two!
Leão // Character Obsessions: Duty, magic, goodness, love.
Leão was one of my favorite characters. I just really connected with him for some reason and I loved his dedication and compassion. I feel like we didn’t get to know him TOO well in book one so I’m definitely interested in (and hoping we will) learn a lot more about him in the books to come.
Rafael (Rafi) // Character Obsessions: Family, the kingdom, honor.
Okay, so Rafi. Rafi. RAFI!!!! Whew. I, um…. I love him? He is one of the characters who I was like, “Oh, okay. Here’s a guy. This guy is all right.” Then the more I read, I just kind of fell in looooooove. By the end of the book I was shipping all over the place and melting into puddles and GAHHH. This book ended far too soon and I NEED MORE RAFI. (Note: This review was totally coherent and I felt well-spoken until this point. Clearly something happened here.)

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Kept Me Hooked On: Portuguese influences. I suppose this can extend to more than Portuguese — more so that I just loved how unique it made the book feel! Like how I felt with the Russian inspiration in Shadow and Bone. I hadn’t read anything like it before and it was just so refreshing!
Left Me Wanting More: Time to read!!!! I wished I had more time to read when I picked this book up. Of course, I couldn’t have known what my reading schedule was going to be like but a week is a tad long for me to read one book and all I wanted to do was stop everything and keep reading. I was really enjoying it SO much. Stupid life getting in the way… So basically what I’m saying is make the time to read this book because you’ll want to savor it!

Addiction Rating
Buy it!

I read an ARC of this but I’m daydreaming about a finished copy. I’m basically just making sure it’s not showing up as a gift so I can purchase it for myself because this gorgeous hardcover NEEDS to be on my shelves. I just loved every bit of this book and I hope that others do too!

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