{Review/Giveaway/Gift w/Autographed Pre-Order!} ALL THAT BURNS by Ryan Graudin

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O P E N I N G   L I N E:


    ONCE UPON A TIME, THERE was a king who fell in love with a Faery.
    He gave her his heart and she gave him her immortality.
    Together they built a kingdom--of stone and magic and legend--and they lived happily there.
    But their happiness did not last forever. Nothing does, after all.
    In the shadows I watched and waited.
    The Faery's heart slipped away to another.
    The king's kingdom burned.
 
(pg 7, US e-ARC edition)

Without a doubt, Ryan Graudin has stepped it up a notch with her latest novel ALL THAT BURNS, the thrilling sequel to ALL THAT GLOWS. The book moves much faster than its predecessor, and I read it in one sitting. It cleared up everything I hoped it would and added more depth to the story. There was also a lot more action and adventure center around mythology and the return of dangerous magic, which really intrigued me.

The following summary has spoilers for Book I:

Emrys has made her decision and giving up immortality to stand at King Richard's side. Together, the two are working to bring mortals and the fae together. There are a lot of plans in place such as Lights-down to reduce reliance on technology and become more harmonious with the fae. But there are a lot of mortals uneasy with this decision who think the fae are monsters and want to wipe them out. When an ancient fae prisoner breaks free and goes missing, a dangerous game of cat and mouse begins. King Richard is kidnapped and his naysayers are quick to rise to power and shun the fae. Has Emrys given up her magic and immortality just to die now without accomplishing anything and receiving her Happily Ever After?

Okay, you're leaving the spoiler zone now! ^.~

I loved the way Arthurian legend played into ALL THAT BURNS. One of my issues--which I knew would be an issue going into the first book--is that I don't read many novels featuring fae. But myths and retellings? You know that's where my heart lies! I really liked the way the past wove itself into the present and came together. The mystery and intrigue kept me changing pages and wanting to know more. There's also the introduction of the Ad-hene, which, after a quick Google search, aren't original creations, but I'd never heard of them before and thought they were original and added intrigue to the plot. I also liked exploring the concept of faagailagh, the state Emrys is now in after giving up her immortality for Richard, comparable to Guinevere of legend, who became faagailagh for Richard. There were so many interesting elements that wove the story together and made it intriguing to me.

One of my issues with the first book was all the insta-love. ALL THAT BURNS takes place a while after ALL THAT GLOWS, so Richard and Emrys have had a chance to get to know each other better. They know what they're fighting for. Richard is kidnapped early on in the novel and isn't present much, so rather than a lot of lovey-dovey moments, readers have the chance to finally explore Emrys' mind. They see her rationale behind what she gave up, what she wants, how much she cares for Richard, her struggle with her decision. With Richard out of the picture for so much of the novel, there's also a large focus on Emrys and Richard's sister Princess Anabelle to save Richard, uncover dangerous plots, and be heroines. I loved seeing these two females take the spotlight.

I didn't find as many metaphors in ALL THAT GLOWS, which is an issue many readers have had with her books in the past. Her writing is tighter and Emrys is so much less whiny this time around. I really found myself connecting with her and blew through the novel much faster than I thought I would. ALL THAT BURNS was originally a stand-alone, but open-ended enough to leave room for a sequel. ALL THAT BURNS ends on the same note. There are a couple of threads that could be tugged open for a new story, but it's ended in a satisfying way. While with ALL THAT GLOWS, I wasn't immediately eager to move on to another book, I fell much harder for the world of ALL THAT BURNS, and if Graudin comes out with a third book in the series, I'll definitely be interested in reading it.

Read the first 82 pages of Book One, ALL THAT BURNS, 
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ALL THAT BURNS PLAYLIST:

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C O N T E N T R A T I N G S

Content Ratings: highlight between ( ) for details

Romance: PG15 ( kissing; innuendo; mention of sex; nothing explicit shown, but heavy making out  )
Language: PG ( sexual innuendo )
Violence: PG13 ( Death through war; royal assassination )
Other:  ( underage drinking )
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C O V E R   D E S I G N:


I pretty much have the same thoughts on both covers:

I really like the title treatment. I want that fount. I love the slope of the A and the T and the way the B hooks into the R. Especially that hook. The bottom slopes into the author's name so nicely and makes it look like a curlique effect if you're not paying attention. So lovely!

The picture itself... *shrug* I wouldn't have known this was a fae novel looking at the cover. The coloring is nice and soft, and I like the blend of nature with the modern appearance of the girl, since that's all important in the novel, but it doesn't scream fae or fantasy to me.
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O F F I C I A L   I N F O:

Title:  ALL THAT BURNS
Author: Ryan Graudin
Release Date: Feb. 10, 2015
Publisher: HarperTeen
Received: For Review
Buy Links:
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SUMMARY:

In this thrilling sequel to ALL THAT GLOWS, the worlds of magic and mortal are colliding as London celebrates its new king, marking an era of unity between the Faery realm and the human one. 

Emrys, the Faery guard to the British royal family, sacrificed her powers to be with King Richard, choosing love over immortality. But now, as Emrys struggles to navigate her place between the Faery queen’s court and London’s lavish galas, danger looms beyond the Thames.

When a prisoner with dark, strange magic breaks out of Queen Titania’s labyrinthine prison, endangering Emrys's king and sparking an uprising, Emrys must make the hardest decision of all.

Will she reclaim her magic to save Richard’s life and lose him forever? Or stay powerless as the kingdom goes down in flames? 

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Author Ryan Graudin

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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