Shadow Frost 🖤 Review + Giveaway

I can never say no to a retelling. 🖤 

Thank you to the Fantastic Flying Book Club for giving me the opportunity to be on this tour!

You won’t want to miss the giveaway and preorder campaign at the end of this post! ✨

Shadow Frost by Coco Ma

Publisher: Blackstone Publishing
Release Date: October 1, 2019
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

SYNOPSIS

Cover Image Shadow FrostIN THE KINGDOM OF AXARIA, a darkness rises.

Some call it a monster, laying waste to the villagers and their homes. 
Some say it is an invulnerable demon summoned from the deepest abysses of the Immortal Realm. 
Many soldiers from the royal guard are sent out to hunt it down.

Not one has ever returned. 

When Asterin Faelenhart, Princess of Axaria and heir to the throne, discovers that she may hold the key to defeating the mysterious demon terrorizing her kingdom, she vows not to rest until the beast is slain. With the help of her friends and the powers she wields — though has yet to fully understand — Asterin sets out to complete a single task. The task that countless, trained soldiers have failed. 

To kill it. 

But as they hunt for the demon, they unearth a plot to assassinate the Princess herself instead. Asterin and her companions begin to wonder how much of their lives have been lies, especially when they realize that the center of the web of deceit might very well be themselves. With no one else to turn to, they are forced to decide just how much they are willing to sacrifice to protect the only world they have ever known. 

That is, of course… if the demon doesn’t get to them first.

From young author Coco Ma comes a dazzling new tale of adventure, power, and betrayal, weaving together a stunning world of magic with a killer cast in an explosive, unforgettable debut.

REVIEW

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

This book took me by surprise. I didn’t expect to love it as much as I did. 

Then again, I have a soft spot for retellings and books involving princesses—especially badass princesses—magic, romance, a touch of mystery, queer characters, demons, and friendship. Now that I’m thinking about it, I shouldn’t have been surprised at all. 

I should only be surprised that Coco Ma wrote this book when she was just 15 years old. What have I been doing with my life?

Anyway, this book was a 5 star read for me because, no spoilers, I enjoyed the slow but steady character and plot development. There were a few “plot twists” that I saw coming a mile away, but it didn’t matter. I loved them all the same. 🖤🖤🖤

BookTube Mentions

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

authorCoco Ma is a Canadian-Chinese author and pianist. She wrote her first novel, Shadow Frost, at the age of 15. Since she began playing the piano at the age of five and a half, she has also performed on some of the world’s greatest concert stages and graduated with a pre-college diploma in piano performance from The Juilliard School in New York City. Currently, she studies at Yale University. When she isn’t practicing piano, writing, or studying, you might find her bingeing Netflix or eating cake. Lots of cake.

Check out Coco Ma on her website or over on Goodreads, Twitter, and Instagram!

BOOK LINKS

Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Book Depository | Kobo | Google Books

GIVEAWAY

Enter the giveaway to win a hardcover copy of Shadow Frost, a signed bookplate, bookmark, and button!

  • End Date: October 15, 2019

PREORDER CAMPAIGN

Preorder Shadow Frost to receive a signed bookplate, bookmark, button, and tote bag if you’re one of the first 150 people to preorder!

BOOK TOUR

Check out the rest of the stops along this blog tour!

TBR and Book Shopping for #WitchAThon 🖤

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So I had all intentions of doing #WitchAThon. I even posted a TBR video and book shopping vlog for this readathon on my BookTube channel.

But I failed. 😭

Still, I wanted to shoutout the readathon host Rhiannon over at Crescent Moon Reads and share my videos with you.

Fingers crossed I can still get to these books before December. 🤞🏻

Readathon Announcement

My #WitchAThon TBR

🖤Challenges

  1. This time of year is all about preparing for the dark and gathering enough harvest for winter. Read a book that is bound to make you warm and happy.
  2. Light a candle for your ancestors and read by candlelight. This is a time for honoring our kin.
  3. Samhain is more widely known as Halloween. Read a spooky horror/thriller novel.
  4. The veil between worlds is thinnest. Read a book that has paranormal elements.
  5. In honor of your ancestors, read a book that features your ethnic heritage.
  6. Every witch needs their coven. Buddy read a book!
  7. Read the group book The Girl Who Drank The Moon!

Book Shopping for #WitchAThon

I needed the #WitchAThon group book, so I went to my favorite place with my favorite person. It was a happy day for a book haul ✨

Also, don’t miss the very end for highlights of my handsome boys! 🖤

Did you participate in #WitchAThon? Let me know how you did in the comments!

Finally Fall Book Tag 🍂

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The best time of year is finally here, reader friends! It’s fall, it’s October, and we’re celebrating this week with the Finally Fall Book Tag. 🍂

Questions

  1. In fall, the air is crisp and clear: name a book with a vivid setting!
  2. Nature is beautiful…but also dying: name a book that is beautifully written, but also deals with a heavy topic.
  3. Fall is back to school season: share a non-fiction book that taught you something new.
  4. In order to keep warm, it’s good to spend some time with the people we love: name a fictional family that you would like to be a part of.
  5. The colorful leaves are piling up on the ground: show us a pile of fall-colored spines!
  6. Fall is the perfect time for some storytelling by the fireside: share a book wherein somebody is telling a story.
  7. The nights are getting darker: share a dark, creepy read.
  8. The days are getting colder: name a short, heartwarming read that could warm up somebody’s cold and rainy day.
  9. Fall returns every year: name an old favorite that you would like to return to soon.
  10. Fall is the perfect time for cozy reading nights: share your favorite cozy reading “accessories!”
  11. Spread the autumn appreciation and tag some people!

Tagging

🖤 booked
🖤 Jashana C
🖤 Sophie Reads
🖤 crescentpages
🖤 burtsbooks
🖤 Emma Rosen Books
🖤 cynthiaspaperbackheart
🖤 Leslie Cardix
🖤 Libri Labra
🖤 ReadbyLiv

TAG CREATOR

#CoralineReadalong Announcement 🕸️

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I shared in my last post that I am hosting my first-ever readalong, the

Let me know in the comments if you plan to join me in reading the book, graphic novel, and watching the movie. 👌🏻

Here’s my announcement of the readalong on BookTube! 🖤

My First Readalong: #CoralineReadalong

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Eek! So I’m doing something new, reader friends.

9781408841754I’m hosting my first-ever readalong at the end of the month. 

I watch Coraline every October, and even though I’ve read the graphic novel, I’ve never read the actual book.

In my Books I’m Reading This Fall video, I talked about how I want to change that.

But I don’t wait to read this book alone.

Do you want to read and watch Coraline together? Let me know in the comments if you want to join the

Readalong Dates

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