This is my last freaking weekend as a free woman – because guess who is going back to school this Spring semester and it starts on Monday! Meeeeeeeee – and apparently I got to enjoy all the good books for amazing blog tours this weekend as a treat. It totally works out in my favor because now I can go into the new semester completely
broken I mean ready for a dose of reality.
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It has always been Eda’s dream to become empress, no matter the cost. Haunted by her ambition and selfishness, she’s convinced that the only way to achieve her goal is to barter with the gods. But all requests come with a price and Eda bargains away the soul of her best friend in exchange for the crown.
Years later, her hold on the empire begins to crumble and her best friend unexpectedly grows sick and dies. Gnawed by guilt and betrayal, Eda embarks on a harrowing journey to confront the very god who gave her the kingdom in the first place. However, she soon discovers that he’s trapped at the center of an otherworldly labyrinth and that her bargain with him is more complex than she ever could have imagined.
Set in the same universe as Joanna’s debut, Beneath the Haunting Sea, Beyond the Shadowed Earth combines her incredible world building and lush prose with a new, villainous lead.
Joanna Ruth Meyer hails from Mesa, Arizona, where she lives with her dear family, a rascally feline, and an enormous grand piano. When she’s not writing, she’s trying to convince her students that Bach is actually awesome, or plotting her escape from the desert. She loves good music, thick books, looseleaf tea, rainstorms, and staring out of windows. One day, she aspires to own an old Victorian house with creaky wooden floors and a tower (for writing in, of course!).
Disclaimer: I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Thank you to Fantastic Flying Book Club, Netgalley, and Page Street Kids for this free copy. All quotes in this review are taken from the Advanced Reader Copy and may change in final publication.
First of all, I really don’t think that I could be in Eda’s situation, although a part of me does feel like I can be ruthless to get what I want. Maybe. Sometimes. In my dreams. Not sure.
But could you freaking imagine bartering away your best friend’s soul in order to get what you want? Like, this is your best friend, and you just up and gave their soul away to the gods because you want to have power. I’d rather barter my own soul away if it came down to it, because I couldn’t do that to a best friend. No way, no how. And if I were tricked into it, then I’d feel even worse because then I would look like a total jerk.
I would BE a total jerk, there is no other way around that.
This works out in my favor because this is more of a companion novel than a sequel. And you KNOW I’m going to need to read that first book because – whoa buddy this one had me on the edge of my couch and I almost fell over many times. I didn’t feel lost trying to jump into a world that I didn’t know about from prior experience, and I’m so glad for that. It would have made it harder for me to enjoy the novel, feeling like there were people telling an inside joke without giving me the back story. Rude much? Am I right?
But no. This book was great. Eda’s character was very, very interesting to me and she gave me morally gray vibes. I mean, I don’t know if I could straight up ask some deities for control over half the world, you know? Because as Rumple always says:
Which means we know something bad is going to happen in order to get something of this magnitude. There’s just no escaping it.
And boy do I love a good “villain”. Apparently Eda is more of a villain in the debut novel, and now I’m even more into her than I was before? If that’s even possible? So yeah, I need to read the first book – well you know what I mean – because if this kind of takes place before that one, then I can totally see WHY Eda would be considered the bad guy.
Okay I suck because this was the reason for the hold up and I ended up getting way too big of a headache to finish making my quotes so I’m super sorry about that! Here they are though.
This hit me in my soul, fam. Like… that whole “be careful what you wish for” line, and then this comes up like “is this REALLY what I want? Did I make the right decision? Am I messed up?” Ugh I feel this.
That part though. That freaking part.
Don’t forget to check out my instagram post – which I so nicely added to this post because I love that embed feature ngl – and check out all the other hosts on the Instagram tour as well. Isn’t this such a gorgeous cover?! Ugh I’m in love. I’m going to bring this with me when I go cheer on my friend with her exercising regiment. Me? Yeah, I can’t walk to save my life. Just give me all the books. No hate, just appreciate.