February 22, 2015

A DARKER SHADE OF MAGIC BLOG TOUR: V.E. Schwab stops by + My Thoughts on #ADSOM + An Epic Giveaway!

Welcome to my stop on the offical blog tour for A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab! 
This is a really unique tour in which each blog will be representing one of the "Londons". Victoria will be Traveling(Like Kell does in the story!) throughout the different "Londons", and will be answering only one question at each tour stop! 

Read Victoria's response to my question, and don't forget to enter my giveaway courtesy of Tor Books!


A Darker Shade of Magic
Author: V.E Schwab
Release Date: February 24, 2015
Publisher: Tor Books
Age Group: Adult/YA Crossover
Genre: Fantasy, Magic, Historical Fiction

Step into a universe of daring adventure, thrilling power,
and multiple Londons.

Kell is one of the last Travelers—magicians with a rare, coveted ability to travel between parallel universes, connected by one magical city.
There’s Grey London, dirty and boring, without any magic, and with one mad king—George III. Red London, where life and magic are revered—and where Kell was raised alongside Rhy Maresh, the roguish heir to a flourishing empire. White London—a please where people fight to control magic and the magic fights back, draining the city to its very bones. And once upon a time, there was Black London. But no one speaks of that now.
Officially, Kell is the Red Traveler, ambassador of the Maresh empire, carrying the monthly correspondences between the royals of each London. Unofficially, Kell is a smuggler, servicing people willing to pay for even the smallest glimpses of a world they’ll never see. It’s a defiant hobby with dangerous consequences, which Kell is now seeing firsthand.
Fleeing into Grey London, Kell runs into Delilah Bard, a cutpurse with lofty aspirations. She first robs him, then saves him from a deadly enemy, and finally forces Kell to spirit her to another world for a proper adventure.
Now perilous magic afoot, and treachery lurks at every turn. To save all of the worlds, they’ll first need to stay alive.

My Question
Out of ALL of the books you have written thus far in your career, which one would you say was your personal favorite to write and why? 

V.E. Schwab: Oh, we’re never supposed to pick favorites ;) I have to say that each book I’ve written has served a purpose at the time, filled in some gap in my mind, or opened some door. But I think in the end my favorite one to WRITE was VICIOUS, because it was a complete secret. I had an affair with it, sneaking away between deadlines, for three years! I didn’t even tell my agent about it until it was done. That was such a joyous experience, especially when everything else was on deadline and laden with expectations. VICIOUS was entirely mine from the start, and I loved writing it so much that even if it had never sold, that would have been okay. It was just…mine. In the end I showed my agent because the ACT of writing it had been cathartic to me, and once it was written, I didn’t need it to be just mine anymore.

My Thoughts:
WOW! I was in such a reading slump until V.E. Schwab yanked me right out with A Darker Shade of Magic! It was everything I needed and more. The Londons are scary, beautiful, heartbreaking, and just plain AMAZING! Characters? BRILLIANT! I either loved-to-love or loved-to-hate every single character in ADSOM. Kell is amazing in every possible way...I can't imagine anyone not falling in love with him. He is powerful, smart, cool, funny, and has a certain "swagger" that you will only understand after reading the book. 
As with all of Victoria's books, the writing is lyrical and just plain gorgeous. There was so much to discover between these pages and I loved getting lost inside of them!
This is a wholly unique,pitch-perfect, and fast-paced romp through one of the coolest worlds I've ever read!
I have to add that though this is "technically" an adult book, I found it to be PERFECT for YA lovers as well! I read mostly YA, and I flew through ADSOM in one night! 
Grab a copy of this one NOW guys...I promise you won't regret it! Scratch that! BUY THIS BOOK NOW, as I cannot imagine my not having had the immense pleasure of reading it, and I don't want anyone to miss out on the sheer awesomeness! 
Victoria, you have done it again...
My Rating:
    About the Author
    V. E. SCHWAB's first adult novel, Vicious, debuted to critical praise and reader accolades. Schwab is the author of YA novels The Near Witch, The Archived, and The Unbound, and the Everyday Angel series for middle grade readers.

    Buy the Book

    Take this super fun QUIZ to find out which London you really belong in!

    • ONE finished copy of A Darker Shade of Magic + ONE double-sided signed poster that features the US and UK covers!
    a Rafflecopter giveaway
    Click the banner below to follow Victoria through all of the Londons/blogs:


    1. (Woo first one to comment!)
      I actually got an excerpt of this from Netgalley, and after reading it all I can say is: I need more. It helps that it's getting published in t-2 days!! Holla!

    2. I've just recently finished reading Vicious and absolutely loved it, and after reading your review, I'm really excited to start this one. Sounds really unique and intriguing. Thanks for the chance to win it! :)

    3. Alexandra PercFebruary 22, 2015

      Thank you for the post! I had the chance to review the book for NetGalley and I can't wait to read the whole story!

    4. I am really looking forward for reading this... It sounds so good! Thank you for the opportunity with the giveaway! :)

    5. ThaisPampadoFebruary 22, 2015

      I can't wait to read this! I've never read anything by V. E. Schwab but I heard so many amazing things about her books. It's also great to know that this book will appeal to YA fans as well, I haven't had many experiences reading adult books but I'm sure I'll love ADSOM!

    6. I really want to read this book. I'm following the book's pinterest board and it made me want to read the book even more.

    7. Wow, I can't believe she kept this book a secret for THREE YEARS! That's amazing, but I'm so excited it's done and almost here!!!

    8. I own two of her other books, but I still haven't read them... They seem really intriguing, and this one doesn't seem like the exception. S many people are raving about it! I think I should take that as a sign to read her other books.

      Great review and thank you for this opportunity!

    9. I wasn't completely sold on the premise of this book but so good to hear that it's great for young adults too and how quickly you flew for it! Now its definitely on my to-read list!

    10. Read Vicious and was a huge fan! Can't wait for this one!

    11. I've seen so much buzz about this book that I pretty much *have* to read it now. Thanks for the giveaway. :)

    12. Andi Figueroa ☮February 22, 2015

      this autor is the favorite of my sister, so i hope to win for her :). thnaks for doing this

    13. Rebecca AllshouseFebruary 22, 2015

      I have really enjoyed The Archived Series and Vicious and this has been one of the books I've looked forward to the most! Can't wait!

    14. I didn't know that about Vicious! It must have been fun to go up to her agent and say, "Surprise, I just finished writing this awesome book that everyone is going to love!"
      I'm so excited to read A Darker Shade of Magic...only two more days!!

    15. Jessica JacksonFebruary 22, 2015

      I've heard so many great things about this book (now including your review)! Though, I am ashamed to say I have yet to read Vicious! I really need to fix that this year!

    16. That's so cool that Vicious was a secret! I'm so happy she decide to share it. I'm glad a darker shade of magic got you out of a reading slump. It sounds so fantastic!

    17. Darlene CruzFebruary 22, 2015

      Looking forward to reading it, would be my first from this author. Who wouldn't want to visit London and parallel dimensions?

    18. interesting looking book

    19. I have been waiting for this book to come out ever since I heard about it early last year. Which, coincidentally, happened to be the year I read practically everything Schwab had written. She immediately became my favourite author! I'm so glad I only have to wait two more days to FINALLLY read this. I'm really glad you liked it!

    20. I love the idea of alternate worlds, and I think the concept that there's no "perfect" world is really interesting and true to life. It makes sense that magic would be feared if it existed.

    21. I really loved The Archived and I really want to read this new Victoria's book! Alternate worlds, magic, evil: sounds so good!


    22. SenorSensibleFebruary 22, 2015

      I love the idea of the double-sided poster. I'm not sure how I'd frame it or mount it but I bet my framer could figure it out. Thanks for the cool prize.

    23. Ohh I've been dying to get my hands on this boookk! Good thing it's being released in a few days!

    24. I'm so excited for this book!

    25. I love the sound of this. I love magic in stories.

    26. Katiria RodriguezFebruary 22, 2015

      I've been dying to get my hands on a V.E. Schwab book for a long time now this one looks and sounds fantastic! Thanks for the awesome giveaway.

    27. Ratna Adhi UtamiFebruary 22, 2015

      Vicious is my favorite too! But I love The Archived & The Unbound as well (Wesley!!!). I'm sooo looking forward to read this one. Thanks for this giveaway :)

    28. THIS BOOK! I cannot get this book into my hands fast enough! I love it already, and I have not even read it yet. Vicious is sitting on my shelf, to be read next, and I already love that one too! Thank you so much for this AMAZING giveaway!

    29. I have loved everything I have read by Victoria Schwab, so I am incredibly excited for this book! I'm not surprised to hear that you think it crosses over between adult/YA well - I feel like her other books do that as well. It is one of the things I love about them.

    30. Christina_KitFebruary 23, 2015

      Christina R. in the rafflecopter

      I LOVE the video!! I'll never look at little streets or alleys the same way again and I love how in love she is with the world she created!!

      Lovely review!!

      thank you so very much :)

    31. The world of this book seems very very interesting!!!! Great story, thank you for the chance.

      Artemis Giote

    32. I really want to read this! I've heard so many great things about the book, and the author is a,a zing. I've only read a short story she wrote in so,e anthology or compilation-- I can't re,e,ber the name but I really need to read her books! I feel like they're just my type :) thanks for sharing and the giveaway!

    33. Janet ArthurFebruary 23, 2015

      This is a great giveaway! Book sounds fantastic - can;t wait to read it!

    34. so excited for this book to come out
      this story seems so interesting and Victoria Schwab there's nothing else to say

    35. White London sounds terrifying.. >.<

      Echoing the others, I seriously can't wait for ADSOM. Vicious was so GOOD.

    36. This book sounds wonderful. The location/world in this story sound very interesting. Can't wait to read!

    37. Such a great giveaway!! The book looks very interesting, I hope I can read it soon. I love your blog because you always put good giveaways even though I don't participate a lot

    38. I have been so interested in reading this book since I first heard about it! I love the idea of parallel universes and this one just sounds so epic. I love how it's different worlds of magic. Thanks for the giveaway! :)

    39. I'm really intrigued about this book I really want to read this

    40. Adriana MariiFebruary 28, 2015

      I'm so so so excited for this book!
      I love the synopses. Also i reallly LOVE LOVE London. Hope to get the chance to read it!

    41. BibliotropicFebruary 28, 2015

      This is a book that I've been seeing so much hype about, and I'm a little bit desperate to read it! Even if I'm not lucky enough to win it, I'm certain I'll end up buying it sooner rather than later!

    42. heard so many wonderful things about this book and all of victoria's other work

    43. Lisa (@TenaciousReader)March 03, 2015

      I'm really looking forward to reading this one!

    44. I can´t wait to read ADSOF! I think it will be a great adventurous ride! I love the idea about grey, red and white London andtravelling between parallel universes is super cool, it reminds me of Doctor Who! :D I did a quiz and my result was black London - I´m really curious what was this one about :)

    45. Ella BirchMarch 04, 2015

      I can't wait to read it! My sister first suggested it, and read me the excerpt from Amazon- needless to say, it was great. Schwab's idea is really original, and her writing has an 'enchanted-type' feel to it. Oh, and I'd like to own Kell's coat, haha.

    46. I don't think I've read a single bad review of ADSOM. I just KNOW I need this book in my life!

    47. I've wanted to read ADSoM ever since I saw the cover for it...and even more when I actually read the synopsis for it! From what I've heard from people I'm pretty sure I'd fly through it as well.
      Thanks for the chance to win a copy! Who wouldn't want that poster as well?

    48. Victoria's response to her favorite book is precious. :) I LOVE that something like writing a book without deadlines and for herself makes Vicious her favorite. <3 it's wonderful to hear that she truly loves writing that much!!!

      Also, thank you so much for a chance to win this giveaway! :)

    49. Jacklin UpdegraftMarch 10, 2015

      I'm so excited to read A Darker Shade of Magic! That cover and magic is just so amazing! Victoria's response to which is her favorite is fantastic!

    50. Great question!! Victorias response is so interesting to read!!

    51. I haven't read Vicious yet (I do own a copy!) but it's interesting to hear it was a secret project! I do remember the book came out of nowhere and everybody loved it~ Can't wait to read it :D

    52. I seriously can’t wait to read this series – it sounds so original, the cover is absolutely gorgeous and I’ve heard amazing things about Victoria’s books (I haven’t read VICIOUS yet, but it sounds SO GOOD)! Thanks for the amazing giveaway :D

    53. I've had Vicious on my tbr for a while and I really need to get to it. I've heard such great things about it - as I've heard about this one as well. Looking forward to them both!

    54. I need to get to both A Darker Shade of Magic AND Vicious! I can't believe they are still sitting on my bookshelf, unread!


    I truly appreciate each and every one of your comments!