Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Reign of Shadows Blog Tour: Review and Giveaway

Welcome to Unabridged Bookshelf's stop on Reign of Shadows Blog Tour!  Make sure to check out everything going on during this tour by checking out the schedule below or clicking on the banner above.  

About the Book

Title: Reign of Shadows
Author: Sophie Jordan
Series: Reign of Shadows #1
Publisher: HarperTeen
Publication Date: February 9, 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
Seventeen years ago, an eclipse cloaked the kingdom of Relhok in perpetual darkness. In the chaos, an evil chancellor murdered the king and queen and seized their throne. Luna, Relhok’s lost princess, has been hiding in a tower ever since. Luna’s survival depends on the world believing she is dead.
But that doesn’t stop Luna from wanting more. When she meets Fowler, a mysterious archer braving the woods outside her tower, Luna is drawn to him despite the risk. When the tower is attacked, Luna and Fowler escape together. But this world of darkness is more treacherous than Luna ever realized.
With every threat stacked against them, Luna and Fowler find solace in each other. But with secrets still unspoken between them, falling in love might be their most dangerous journey yet.
With lush writing and a star–crossed romance, Reign of Shadows is Sophie Jordan at her best.

 About the Author

Sophie Jordan grew up in the Texas hill country where she wove fantasies of dragons, warriors, and
princesses. A former high school English teacher, she's also the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Avon historical romances. She now lives in Houston with her family. When she's not writing, she spends her time overloading on caffeine (lattes and Diet cherry Coke preferred), talking plotlines with anyone who will listen (including her kids), and cramming her DVR with true-crime and reality-TV shows. Sophie also writes paranormal romances under the name Sharie Kohler.

My Review of Reign of Shadows
Reign of Shadows exceeded my expectations in every way and kept me on my toes the entire story. Danger around every corner, romance, and adventure had me loving every second of Reign of Shadows. I was seriously hooked until the last sentence, and I defiantly did not want it to end there. Luna is an exceptional heroine in this novel, even with her disadvantages she is stronger and tougher than most of the other survivors left in her world. I could not help but want to root for her in every way. 

There is a bit of romance, and I love that it does not come out forced as sometimes I find other book will do just to have a romance aspect to the story. It has a natural feeling to it, and it even acts like a beacon of hope in a world of eternal darkness. With switching points-of-view, readers get to experience the story from both Luna’s perspective and Fowler’s perspective. I have always been a fan of the multiple viewpoint stories, as I think it provides a 360 view of the story and the characters. I think it is a needed feature in Reign of Shadows as these two characters both have many thoughts and secrets that only readers get to experience through the changing perspective. 

The setting and world building of Reign of Shadows is perfect. It is a dark and creepy world where dark dwellers rise up from the ground every day to eat anything living and without any real sunlight, survivors of the eclipse on get one hour of peace when the dark is just bright enough to drive the dwellers back underground. The description of the dwellers were detailed enough to nearly give me nightmares after reading Reign of Shadows. 

This is the first book of Sophie Jordan’s that I have had the chance to read, but I have always heard amazing things about her other books. Now I know that I have definitely been missing out, and I am setting to rectify that mistake as soon as possible. Her writing sucks you deep in the story and holds you there until the very end brings you back to reality. Only the truly best stories can offer that type of hold over a reader. 

**Unabridged Bookshelf received this book, in exchange for an honest review**

Tour Schedule
Week One:
2/1/2016- Supernatural Snark- Interview
2/2/2016- Good Choice Reading - Excerpt
 2/3/2016- Seeing Double In Neverland- Review
2/4/2016- NightlyReading- Review
2/5/2016- Fangirlish- Interview

Week Two:
2/8/2016- Dark Faerie Tales- Excerpt
2/9/2016- Unabridged Bookshelf- Review  <--you are here
2/10/2016- Bibliojunkies- Review
2/11/2016- Two Chicks on Books- Interview
2/12/2016- Fiktshun- Review

1 winner will receive a $50.00 Amazon giftcard and signed copies of Reign of Shadows, Firelight, & Uninvited
*Open to US Only*

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