{DEATH MARKED Blog Tour/4-Book SIGNED Giveaway!} Top 5 Kick-Ass Female Heroines

Check out the rest of the blog tour stops for DEATH MARKED!

Tour Schedule

Week One:
2/23/2015- A Backwards StoryOriginal Content
2/24/2015- Crossroad ReviewsReview
2/25/2015- Fiction FareOriginal Content
2/26/2015- Reading with ABCOriginal Content
2/27/2015- Si, se puede - Review

Week Two:
3/2/2015- FiktshunReview
3/3/2015- Fall Into BooksOriginal Content
3/4/2015- jrsbookreviewsReview
3/5/2015- Two Chicks on BooksOriginal Content
3/6/2015- Mundie MomsReview

You can see my review of the first book in the duology, DEATH SWORN,
as well as last year's guest post on Top 10 Assassin Novels You Should Be Reading!

Check out my review of NIGHTSPELL
the companion novel to Leah Cypess' 
previous world seen in MISTWOOD!

Right now, you can buy e-book copies of 
DEATH SWORN for only $1.99.
What a great deal!!! 

Keep reading to win  
signed copies of 
as well as some great swag!


To celebrate, Kat and I put together a list of the Top Characteristics of an Assassin 
our Favorite Female Assassins!

I'll be reviewing DEATH MARKED very soon, so look forward to hearing more about it!

Ready for some more great books featuring assassins???

I can't tell you why I love books with assassins and spies and subterfuge and royal politics so gosh darn much, but I do. When I see a new book pop up with such themes, I have to have it

Kat and I came up with an awesome topic to share with you today:

Most Kick-Ass FEMALE Assassins
(Because why do the guys always get to have all the fun?)

We know that in the DEATH MARKED duology, Ileni is a sorceress, not an assassin and our main assassin, Sorin, is male. BUT there are so many male assassins in fantasy and so few females that we wanted to spotlight some girls who know how to stay on their toes today! 

 In no particular order...

Celaena Sardothien

Celaena is one of the most kick-ass heroines to rip her way into our hearts. She's a total bad-ass who proves that guys aren't the only ones who get to have fun and be an assassin. Kat calls Celaena her "spirit animal." A lot of things shaped Celaena and turned her into the cold-blooded killer she has become. To figure these things out, you're going to need to read the books! QUEEN OF SHADOWS is a highly-anticipated book of 2015 for both Kat and myself!

Ismae, Sybella, and Annith

I can't even. These books are SO. GOOD. They're stand-alone companions with an overarching theme tying them all together. GRAVE MERCY comes first, and builds the world. It explores the heart of an assassin. DARK TRIUMPH is more emotional and focused on character. MORTAL HEART delves into mythology. All three of these girls are trained assassins and they know their way around thanks to being daughters of Mortain, the God of Death!


Gin, aka Spider

What happens when you get elemental magic combined with deadly assassins? An unputdownable series by Jennifer Estep, that's what! My only complaint? SPIDER. I hate spiders. Even if it's your name, lol!


One of the books I most wanted to read last  year! Thieves and assassins? Yes, please! Kyra never wanted to be an assassin, but she was swept up into a dangerous game...and now she might have to band together with the enemy in order to survive!


At the very least, Katsa gets an honorable mention. She's not directly an assassin like the other ladies on the list, buuuuut she's the King's right-hand when it comes to doling out punishment for way too long. Kat and I love her so much and couldn't stand not including her!


Who are your favorite female assassins? ^_^
O F F I C I A   I N F O:

Author: Leah Cypess
Release Date: March 3, 2015
Publisher: Greenwillow / HarperCollins

A young sorceress’s entire life has been shaped to destroy the empire controlling her world. But if everything she knows is a lie, will she even want to fulfill her destiny? The sequel to Death Sworn is just as full of magic and surprising revelations, and will thrill fans of Leigh Bardugo and Robin LaFevers.

At seventeen, Ileni lost her magical power and was exiled to the hidden caves of the assassins. She never thought she would survive long. But she discovered she was always meant to end up, powerless, in the caves as part of an elder sorcerer’s plan to destroy the evil Empire they'd battled so long. Except that Ileni is not an assassin, and she doesn't want to be a weapon. And, after everything, she’s not even sure she knows the truth. Now, at the very heart of the Empire—its academy for sorcerers—the truth is what she seeks. What she finds challenges every belief she holds dear—and it threatens her fledgling romance with the young master of assassins.

Leah Cypess spins an intricate and beautiful conclusion to Ileni's story. In the end, it may not be the epic decisions that bring down an empire, but the small ones that pierce the heart.

I wrote my first story in first grade. The narrator was an ice-cream cone in the process of being eaten. In fourth grade, I wrote my first book, about a girl who gets shipwrecked on a desert island with her faithful and heroic dog (a rip-off of both The Black Stallion and all the Lassie movies, very impressive).

After selling my first story (Temple of Stone) while in high school, I gave in to my mother’s importuning to be practical and majored in biology at  Brooklyn College. I then went to Columbia Law School and practiced law for almost two years at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, a large law firm in New York City. I kept writing and submitting in my spare time, and finally, a mere 15 years after my first short story acceptance, I sold my first novel to Greenwillow Books (HarperCollins).

I live in Brookline, Massachusetts (right outside of Boston) with my husband Aaron, a researcher and doctor at the Joslin Diabetes Center, and our three children.

Visit Leah's website and follow her on Facebook and Twitter


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  1. I LOVED Death Sworn. It was such a cool, interesting plot and Ileni was just so cool and kick ass. I loved her!

  2. I have read Mistwood and Death Sworn. I really enjoyed both of them. I'm very excited to read Death Marked.

  3. I've been seeing these gorgeous covers everywhere and would love to check them out! I might go buy the ebooks, but I still like to own a physical copy for my library, so thanks for the chance!

    I recently read the Throne of Glass series and LOVED it, so I'm excited to check out another kick-ass heroine!

  4. Mistwood, Nightspell, Death Sworn & Death Marked all sound really interesting. Thank you for the giveaway.

  5. These books sound so amazing. I love the list of female assassins <3 I need to read more of those books because I am so in for the female assassin thing :)
    Thanks for the giveaway

  6. Thanks for the great giveaway! I’ve heard a ton of amazing things about Leah’s books, so I can’t wait to read DEATH SWORN :D

    Rabiah (name on Rafflecopter)

  7. I'm really looking forward to starting this duology, it sounds awesome and I've read some great reviews about the first one Death Sworn.

  8. OMG. I have been wanting to buy those books for so long, but I haven't had the chance. I really want to read them. Thanks. I also love love the cover

  9. I have been eyeing Death Sworn since I saw Anya at OnStarshipsAndDragonWings rave about it, but I just haven't picked it up. Seeing you compare it to all of these other AWESOME series that I love has just made me move it up the TBR list! THANKS!

  10. I loved Grave Mercy but haven't read any of the other books on your list. I'll be adding several to my TBR.

  11. I am a huge fan of Leah Cypess, and can't wait for the new book!

  12. I can't wait to read this book- I loved the first and with its ending... IT CAN'T COME FAST ENOUGH!!

  13. I can not wait to read this! I am all about Fantasy

  14. (Alisha Sienkiel in rafflecopter)

    Oh, these books sound good! I really love a fantasy book with kick-ass heroines! Thanks for the awesome giveaway!!! :)


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