Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Blog Tour (Review): The Invasion of the Tearling by Erika Johansen @TLCBookTours @harperbooks

Title: The Invasion of the Tearling (The Queen of the Tearling #2)
Erika Johansen
Publisher: Harper
Release Date: June 9, 2015
Acquired Via:
TLC Book Tours

In this riveting sequel to the national bestseller The Queen of the Tearling, the evil kingdom of Mortmesne invades the Tearling, with dire consequences for Queen Kelsea and her realm.

With each passing day, Kelsea Glynn is growing into her new responsibilities as Queen of the Tearling. By stopping the shipments of slaves to the neighboring kingdom of Mortmesne, Kelsea has crossed the brutal Red Queen, who derives her power from dark magic and who is sending her fearsome army into the Tearling to take what she claims is hers. And nothing can stop the invasion.

But as the Mort army draws ever closer, Kelsea develops a mysterious connection to a time before the Crossing. She finds herself relying on a strange and possibly dangerous ally: a woman named Lily, fighting for her life in a world where being female can feel like a crime. Soon Kelsea herself begins to change; she does not recognize either her reflection in the mirror or the extraordinary power she now commands. The fate of the Tearling—and that of Kelsea's own soul—may rest with Lily and her story, but Queen Kelsea is running out of time.

In this second volume of the compelling trilogy begun with her bestselling The Queen of the Tearling, Erika Johansen brings back favorite characters and introduces unforgettable new players, adding exciting layers to her multidimensional tale of magic, mystery, and a fierce young heroine.

My Review

The Queen of the Tearling (Book 1)
Kayla's Review
Amber's Review
The Invasion of the Tearling (Book 2)
Amber's Review

As you can see, Amber and I are pretty big fans of this series, and I've personally been following it since it sold, and Emma Watson jumped on board to be in the movie. The Queen of the Tearling was a really great debut novel, and I was excited to get on the blog tour for The Invasion of the Tearling, too. The Invasion of the Tearling picks up where the first book left off and takes the story to a much deeper level.

The problem with a lot of middle books in a trilogy is they are not much more than a bridge between the first two, and not a lot happens. That's not the case with The Invasion of the Tearling because there is a great deal of growth - for better and for worse - for Kelsea. She is facing the Mort invasion, having flashbacks to a pre-Crossing woman's life, and dealing with supernatural powers that she does not understand, her own included. She does not understand why she's suddenly losing weight and her face is changing, becoming more attractive. I think the way this aspect of the novel plays out was really successful in making me sympathetic to Kelsea living in her mother's shadow, in both her reign and beauty. Kelsea also learns a thing or two about cruelty, not unlike the Red Queen.

Speaking of the Red Queen, some light is definitely shined on her, making her more sympathetic, too. There is a pretty big reveal about her past, but I had already seen that coming a mile away. (That much hatred has to be something personal, you know?) It was interested to see her vulnerabilities, as well as her affection for Beryll.

The flashbacks that Kelsea had are focused on a lady named Lily Mayhew. Though I was investing in Kelsea and the plight of the Tearling, I found myself just as attached to Lily and her struggles. In The Queen of the Tearling, I wanted to know a lot more about the Crossing, and once I was taken back to the time leading up to it, I almost didn't want to go back to the "present".

Overall, The Invasion of the Tearling is a stronger book than its predecessor, and I cannot wait to get my hands on book three. If you haven't started reading this series already, you're doing yourself a serious disservice. If you've read The Invasion of the Tearling, please hit me up for spoilery discussions. There is much that I would love to discuss.

- 4.5/5 Stars -

Buy Links
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About the Author

Erika Johansen grew up and lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. She went to Swarthmore College, earned an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and eventually became an attorney, but she never stopped writing.

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The Invasion of the Tearling Tour Schedule

Tuesday, June 23rd
Books Without Any Pictures

Wednesday, June 24th
5 Minutes For Books

Monday, June 29th
No More Grumpy Bookseller

Tuesday, June 30th
Bibliophilia, Please

Tuesday, June 30th
Reading Lark

Wednesday, July 1st
Fuelled by Fiction

Thursday, July 2nd
Book Loving Hippo

Monday, July 6th
Reading Reality

Tuesday, July 7th
The Reader’s Hollow

Wednesday, July 8th
fangirl confessions

Thursday, July 9th

Monday, July 13th
Spiced Latte Reads

Tuesday, July 14th
A Reader of Fictions

Wednesday, July 15th
A Dream Within a Dream

Friday, July 17th
Into the Hall of Books

Svetlana’s Reads and Views
Ageless Pages Reviews

To satisfy FTC guidelines, I am disclosing that I received a copy of the novel from the publisher through TLC Book Tours in exchange for an unbiased review. It has in no way affected the outcome. All expressed opinions are awesome, honest, and courtesy of me.

1 comment:

  1. Middle books ARE hard to get "just right" but it looks like this one does just that! I'm so glad you enjoyed it as much as you did. Thanks for being a part of the tour!


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