A History of What Comes Next Tour – Review & Giveaway

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About the Book

Publisher : Tor (February 2, 2021)
Language : English
Hardcover : 304 pages
ISBN-10 : 1250262062
ISBN-13 : 978-1250262066
Showing that truth is stranger than fiction, Sylvain Neuvel weaves a scfi thriller reminiscent of Blake Crouch and Andy Weir, blending a fast moving, darkly satirical look at 1940s rocketry with an exploration of the amorality of progress and the nature of violence in A History of What Comes Next.

Always run, never fight.
Preserve the knowledge.
Survive at all costs.
Take them to the stars.

Over 99 identical generations, Mia’s family has shaped human history to push them to the stars, making brutal, wrenching choices and sacrificing countless lives. Her turn comes at the dawn of the age of rocketry. Her mission: to lure Wernher Von Braun away from the Nazi party and into the American rocket program, and secure the future of the space race.

But Mia’s family is not the only group pushing the levers of history: an even more ruthless enemy lurks behind the scenes.

A darkly satirical first contact thriller, as seen through the eyes of the women who make progress possible and the men who are determined to stop them..

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Praise for A History of What Comes Next

“[This series] is filled with virtually limitless narrative possibilities.” ―Kirkus

“An extraordinary twist on the space race and a paean to what smart, strong women can accomplish. I’m always over the moon for Neuvel’s stories!” ―Delilah Dawson

Sylvain Neuvel proves once again he deserves the title of the hottest new SF writer of the 21st century ― and this time he does it by looking back at the storied development of rocketry in the 20th. Clever and compelling, with a succession of kick-ass heroines propelling events along via mayhem and murder behind the scenes, A History of What Comes Next blasts off on page one and will keep you enthralled until the end. ―Robert J. Sawyer, Hugo Award-winning author of The Oppenheimer Alternative

“A highly crafted and unique look at the space race, through the eyes of those who exist only to ensure its success… Neuvel’s intriguing first-contact story is set through centuries of manipulation and pursuit. It’s a promising start to what looks to be a dark and exciting trilogy.” ―Library Journal

“The balance of wry narration, wired action, and delicate worldbuilding make for deeply gratifying reading. Fans of alternate history and intelligent sci-fi will love this.” ―Publishers Weekly starred review.


This book is oddly niche, but that’s what makes it work. You know? It’s just so out there but also so grounded that everything, no matter how convoluted it may seem, comes together into one soundly cohesive book. It’s got that historical background that’s bound to intrigue mixed in with sci-fi elements that just work together given the subject manner. And aliens. You know I like aliens.

Now, did I mention that this book has history? Yeah, well it does, and I am digging the historical fiction/science fiction combination. Call it my nerd side, but I really have a soft spot for historical fiction and learning something as I read. And you can really tell that this one was well researched even if there are elements to it that clearly fall into more of a space opera/sci-fi zone. I mean, A History of What Comes Next is largely about the alien race Kibsu.

I really found this to be an interesting foray into a sort of what if type of situation with our not so distant past. History could have been much different, and you never know, maybe there are some alien races changing our history as we are living it.

About the Author

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Sylvain Neuvel dropped out of high school at age 15. Along the way, he has been a journalist, worked in soil decontamination, sold ice cream in California, and furniture across Canada. He received a Ph.D. in linguistics from the University of Chicago. He taught linguistics in India, and worked as a software engineer in Montreal. He is also a certified translator, though he wishes he were an astronaut. He absolutely loves toys; his girlfriend would have him believe that he has too many, so he writes about aliens and giant robots as a blatant excuse to build action figures (for his son, of course). His debut, Sleeping Giants, was described by NPR as “one of the most promising series kickoffs in recent memory.”

Tour Schedule

FEBRUARY 17th WEDNESDAY Movies, Shows, & Books EXCERPT

FEBRUARY 25th THURSDAY Nay’s Pink Bookshelf REVIEW
FEBRUARY 26th FRIDAY Reading Adventures of a Book Dragon REVIEW


3 Winners will receive a Copy A HISTORY OF WHAT COMES NEXT by Sylvain Neuvel.
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Possession Tour – Review

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About the Book

Recently widowed Sylvie Andrus moves with her young son, Jason, to a small river town, and discovers she must solve a two-century old mystery to rid herself of the ghost who haunts her. Still grieving, she finds the ghost of her husband, Ned, waiting in her new home to seduce her. Jason warns Sylvie the ghost is evil but, swept up by her yearning for her husband and determined to reveal what happened to Clarinda Braxton, a Revolutionary Era painter who disappeared without a trace in 1794, she delays, putting her son’s life in peril.

Praise for Possession

“Ginny Fite weaves a fascinating tale of an undiscovered murder, a grieving widow, a mysterious ghost and the history that connects them.  A love story and a ghost story, POSSESSION celebrates the courage of women to overcome tragedy and grief.”—K.P. Robbins, The Stonehenge Scrolls

“As we’ve come to expect of keen-eyed author Ginny Fite, Possession is masterful. In a cyclone of peril and malevolence this novel spirals us back to chilling events of the 18th century, then lets the consequences fall on a 21st century mother and son.  For a story with compelling characters that is both haunting and heartwarming, Possession delivers the goods. –Lee W. Doty, Tidal Kin

“Ginny Fite strikes again, taking us on a wild ride in Possession—an unusual blend of mystery, feminism, and horror told in dual storylines. I consumed this book in a few sittings, desperate for resolution.” –Leslie M. Rollins, Good-Time Girl


Have I mentioned lately how much I love ghost stories? Because I really do. There’s something about them that just lures me in. And Possession is one of those stories that swiftly lures you in, switching between two different perspectives and times to deliver the whole of the story.

What really makes this story so haunting and enjoyable are the characters. We get to learn so much about them and become invested in what is happening to their lives. Or what happened. And this book is short enough that the sharp focus on the characters is really what drives the story. And for me that’s what I like to see in a ghost story. I just feel like it makes the haunting aspect of the story that much more impactful.

I really enjoyed this new ghost story and getting a glimpse into these characters lives. It’s also a really fast read so you can easily devour it in one sitting. And I also want to just point out how well everything flowed in this book! Which can be difficult with a book set up like this.

About the Author

Ginny Fite, author of Blue Girl on the Night Dream Sea, the thriller No End of Bad, and the dark mystery thrillers Cromwell’s Folly, No Good Deed Left Undone, and Lying, Cheating, and Occasionally Murder is an award-winning writer and journalist. 

She’s also been a spokesperson for a governor and for a member of Congress, for colleges and universities, and a robotics R&D company. With degrees from Rutgers University and Johns Hopkins University, she also studied at the School for Women Healers and the Maryland Poetry Therapy Institute. 

In addition to her novels, she is the author of I Should Be Dead by Now, a collection of humorous lamentations about aging, three books of poetry– The Last Thousand Years, The Pearl Fisher, and Throwing Caution– and a short story collection, What Goes Around. 

She is addicted to Twitter and posts as @Unwrinkledbrain. She resides in Harpers Ferry, WV.

Tour Schedule

Nov. 6th – Dani Reads https://instagram.com/dani.reads.1225

Nov. 8th – Noor The Bookworm https://instagram.com/noorthebookworm

Nov. 12th – Bookoholic Cafe https://instagram.com/bookoholiccafe

Nov. 13th – Love My Books 2020 https://instagram.com/lovemybooks2020

Nov. 14th – Niks Nook https://instagram.com/niks_nook

Nov. 16th – Lindas Book Obsession https://www.facebook.com/lindasbookobsession/ 

Nov. 17th – David L Morgan https://instagram.com/david_l_morgan

Nov. 19th – Lost In A Book After SW https://instagram.com/lostinabookaftersw 

Nov. 20th -Really Into This https://instagram.com/reallyintothis

Dec. 5th – Miss W Book Reviews https://instagram.com/misswbookreviews

Dec. 7th – Ya It’s Lit  https://instagram.com/ya.its.lit

Dec. 9th – Cover 2 Cover Cafe https://instagram.com/cover2covercafe

Dec. 10th– Coffee Dogs Books https://instagram.com/coffeedogsbooks

Dec. 13th – Reecas Pieces Books https://instagram.com/reecaspiecesbooks 

Dec. 13th – Head Full Of Books https://instagram.com/_head_full_of_books_ 

*I received an ebook in exchange for an honest review*

On Traigh Lar Beach Review

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About the Book

Eric Winchat, a young writer overwhelmed by the stress of her first book contact, discovers thirteen curious items tangled in the flotsam on the Scottish beach of Traigh Lar. Inspired by the objects, she tells the intriguing story of the owner of each one, uncovering a series of dramatic events — from a Chicago widow’s inspiring visit to Quebec City to a shrimper’s daughter facing Tropical Storm Ruby in North Carolina.

The thirteenth item, a concert laminate badge, gives rise to novella Erica calls an Girls, in which the separate stories of four fans of the Sottish rock band Datha unfold in first person culminating in their reunion at a concert in Chicago — a show where a shooting takes place.


This was such a unique and interesting book! I don’t even know where to begin with my review, but I can honestly say I haven’t read anything like this one before. It just had that flow that draws you in and leaves you thinking about it long after you’ve read it.

I love how this story unfolded. Everything was both interconnected and yet singular in its own manner. And as you read it you felt as if it was both something brand new and something you can relate to. And I just really love the idea behind these seemingly ordinary items almost taking on a life of their own.

I really enjoyed this book, it’s one where you don’t see coming but once you read it it sticks with you. And I love the feeling of reading a book and then just stewing in it long after I’ve finish it.

About the Author

Dianne Ebertt Beeaff is the award-winning author of six books. She began her writing career in magazine journalism. Her poetry, watercolors, graphite drawings, and magazine articles have been featured for decades throughout the United States and Canada.

*I received a copy in exchange for an honest review*

Absolution Tour – Review

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About the Book

Jeanie thinks she was to blame for the sexual assault she suffered in college—and she’d do anything to keep her old-school Catholic family from finding out about the resulting pregnancy, as well as what she did to conceal it.

Years have passed since the assault, and Jeanie’s husband, Greg, still thinks she’s the seemingly innocent girl he married in a rush to spite his controlling mother. It’s the height of the Seattle dot-com boom, and he’s too busy cashing in his stock options to pay attention to his wife. He isn’t aware of Jeanie’s lingering shame and guilt, or that she married him in the desperate hope that devoting herself to marriage and motherhood would somehow absolve her from the sins in her past.

Their hidden agendas collide when Greg discovers evidence of Jeanie’s long-ago pregnancy. As she confesses the details of that drunken night with her married professor, Greg’s pristine image of her is blown. His shock deepens into violent fury, and Jeanie realizes she needs to leave him—but Greg won’t let her go. He’s up for a big promotion, and he’s not about to let her ruin his reputation by walking out on him. He’ll resort to blackmail if necessary. Or worse.

Praise for Absolution

Absolution, Regina Buttner’s captivating debut, draws back the curtain of a seemingly perfect marriage to reveal the dark and complex dynamic between a manipulative narcissist and a woman desperate to make amends for her past.  The story reveals that when we seek forgiveness, we must also accept it for ourselves.” – Kaira Rouda, USA Today bestselling author of The Favorite Daughter

“A gripping, heart-wrenching story of a woman walking the tightrope

between the traditional values she was raised with and a marriage that

threatens to destroy her.” —Kristyn Kusek Lewis Author of Perfect Happiness and Half of What You Hear


Look at this little book baby. Read that synopsis. Then pre-order this one so you can devour this story (and you only have less than a week to wait!). But yeah, this was a deep book and yet I couldn’t put it down. There were so many layers to the story and I couldn’t help but sympathize with Jeanie.

Greg is the type of person/character that just makes you want to slap them. So you’ll find yourself rooting for Jeanie and celebrating when she becomes empowered by herself. And anyone who has dealt with someone who thinks they can control you by playing with your emotions understands just how Jeanie felt and even how difficult it can be to leave the situation.

One thing I’m shocked about is that this was a debut novel! It had such heavy content yet was pulled off so well that it took you on the journey with our MC instead of telling us that story. So while this book might not be digestible by everyone, it is a powerful read that I think people need to pick up. Especially because I think many people can relate to at least some aspect of this story.

About the Author

Regina is a registered nurse-turned-writer from beautiful upstate New York where she enjoys hiking in the Adirondack Mountains, paddling on the Genesee River, and exploring the Finger Lakes wine country. ABSOLUTION is her first novel.

Tour Schedule

Oct. 1st– Nurse Bookie https://instagram.com/nurse_bookie

Oct. 1st- Dani Reads https://instagram.com/dani.reads.1225

Oct. 2nd  – Delightfully Booked https://instagram.com/delightfullybooked 

Oct. 2nd – Whimsicaly Me https://www.instagram.com/whimsicalyme/

Oct. 2nd – Well Read Traveler https://instagram.com/wellreadtraveler

Oct. 5th – Bryant Park Books https://instagram.com/bryantparkbooks

Oct. 5th – Bookoholic Cafe https://instagram.com/bookoholiccafe

Oct. 6th – Jackie Loves Books https://instagram.com/jackieslovesbooks

Oct. 6th – Lindas Book Obsession https://www.facebook.com/lindasbookobsession/

Oct. 7th – Niks Nook https://instagram.com/niks_nook

Oct. 8th – Ya It’s Lit  https://instagram.com/ya.its.lit

Oct. 9th – Bookish With Wine https://instagram.com/bookishwithwine

Oct. 12th-  Bookish Heidi https://instagram.com/bookish.heidi

Oct, 13th – The Mary Reader https://instagram.com/themaryreader 

Oct. 13th – Noor The Bookworm https://instagram.com/noorthebookworm

Oct. 15th– Jennifer Tar Heel Reader – http://www.jennifertarheelreader.com


Oct. 19th – Sho Biz Reads https://instagram.com/shobizreads 

Oct. 23rd –  Always With A Book – https://instagram.com/k2reader

Nov. 1st- Love My Books 2020 https://instagram.com/lovemybooks2020

Nov. 3rd- DB Reads https://instagram.com/db.reads

Nov. 18th –  A Book And A Latte https://instagram.com/abookandalattee

*I received a copy in exchange for an honest review

Lifeline to Marionette Tour – Review, Favorite Quotes, & Giveaway

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About the Book

Don’t give them a reason to say anything more; that’s all you can do.

Jennifer Waitte

Lifeline to Marionette
by Jennifer Waitte
Publisher: Madim Larcy Literary
Release Date: September 22nd 2020
Genre: General Fiction, Literary Fiction

She felt herself fading away.

Jennifer Waitte

A lonely childhood, a haunted past, a secret, and a life controlled by others–she is a woman at the end of her rope, without hope.

Alaina Michelle Sekovich is the daughter of Europe’s most famous living composer. Once his prodigy, they are now estranged. To the world, she is Michelle Seko, a multimedia star and valuable asset of the film and fashion industries.

Michelle was a gifted yet troubled child who sought only to see the suffocating world of her father’s overbearing tutelage. She thought she could change her life by becoming someone else. But when her world becomes herself looking back at her and the face that is her own is a monster she does not know, she finds there is no place she can go, nowhere she can hide, because what she wants to escape from most is the one thing she can never be truly free of–herself.

Lifeline to Marionette is a story about what life under a microscope can do to the soul. It is a story about a young woman whose every move is determined by the people who control her. Their strings are fine but unbreakable, and they pull her painfully in opposing directions until she can no longer bear their tension.

Lifeline to Marionette begins where Michelle’s life is nearest its end. It is a story of exploitation, greed, death, drugs, and secrecy, of familial bonds and human frailty. It is a story about cutting strings and accepting the fall.

And what had he done? Not enough. Not nearly enough.

Jennifer Waitte


This is one of those books that I probably would’ve passed over for a long time and then kicked myself for doing so. So I’m extremely happy I had the chance to be on this tour and read this soulfully dreary yet beautiful book! A close look at the stress and strain that stardom can bring and the spiral that accompanies the slow descent.

There are two intentions written into music. How it should sound and how it should feel.

Jennifer Waitte

This is a poignant book that shares a deep look into the psyche of a person trying and failing to thrive in life. This book is definitely more focused on the characters versus the plot. And that’s what a story like this needs to do. These are stories that give us a glimpse into someone in an ethereal and thought provoking manner.

She started to waver and her hands floated up, like the hands of a marionette being pulled by their strings.

Jennifer Waitte

This is one of those books that will leave you reeling and then haunt you long after you read it. It will leave you questioning how someone got to that point and how your life might have been different given different circumstances. This cast of characters will stay with you for a long time. Overall, Lifeline to Marionette is a thought provoking and haunting story that will take you back to the simplicity of looking at the person more than the adventure.

About the Author

Jennifer Waitte is an award-winning journalist, editor and author. She is a graduate of California Polytechnic University-San Luis Obispo, and holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism.

For 15 years, Waitte worked as a writer and editor for numerous lifestyle, equine and equestrian sporting magazines. She has won many awards for her writing, editing and editorial direction.

Waitte is an avid equestrian. She competes in the sport of long-distance horse racing and dressage. She lives in Napa, California, with her husband Barry. They own Tamber Bey Vineyards, a boutique winery located in Napa Valley.

Tour Schedule

September 22nd

Momfluenster by Kari Meek – Review
Books and Zebras – Review
Ya It’s Lit – Review + Favourite Quotes + Instagram
Willow Writes And Reads – Review + Playlist + Favourite Quotes + Instagram

Instagram Giveaway

*I received a copy in exchange for an honest review*

The Laundress Tour – Review

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About the Book

Release Date : May 19, 2020

Twenty-six-year-old Lavinia is burdened by her unknown heritage—but her uncle Sal, who raised her in San Francisco, has always kept silent, refusing to reveal the devastating secret of her origin. And now, following the death of his wife, he’s left for Italy. 

In the wake of her uncle’s departure, Lavinia has quit school. Now she works as a personal laundress to a diverse cast of San Francisco residents—people with stories as complicated as her own. As time progresses, through the sacred ritual of washing clothes—and with the help of a friend and her nurturing, flamenco dancing mother—Lavinia begins to recover memories of her past. Gradually, her gifts of receptivity multiply, and she communes with nature, finding messages from birds and the leaves of her garden’s fig tree. And when she recovers Raggedy, a beloved doll that accompanied her from Naples when she was four years old, she experiences a tangible connection to her own mother. 

Even as Lavinia makes these discoveries, she is busy building new relationships—discovering healing dance with her lover, a barista in a North Beach coffee shop; learning to understand Time and forgiveness with an elderly client; and even getting to know her father, a man who has never been a part of her life. Poetic and poignant, The Laundress is a coming-of-age story for anyone who’s ever sought to understand where they came from in order to figure out who they’re meant to become.

Praise for The Laundress

“Lavinia has never known her parents and her search for identity is bittersweet. Barbara Sapienza unfolds the tale with the same sensitivity and insight we saw in her previous novel Anchor Out. With complex characters, and a strong sense of place, Sapienza has created a world where Lavinia’s memories are recovered with as much intuition as recollection. But it’s her relationship with one of her customers that takes her far beyond the streets of San Francisco.”—Kathy Andrew, author of The Creative Zone

“Barbara Sapienza, the author, draws the reader into the life of the “Laundress”, Lavinia Lavinia.  She has been abandoned in San Francisco by her guardian, her uncle Sal, who has returned to his family home in Naples; Lavinia is left without family to find her way in San Francisco. We follow her as she interacts with her clients and friends and meets the challenges of the life of a young single woman in San Francisco. Ultimately, Lavinia prevails, and in the end her future looks rosy.Barbara Sapienza has provided a blueprint for living and prevailing in the modern world of the 21st Century.”—John D Bredehoeft, PhD, member of the National Academy of Engineering

“So beautiful and loving. A bittersweet odyssey of self-discovery from Naples to North Beach.”—Steven A. Foreman, M.D., author of Breaking The Spell, Understanding Why Kids Do the Very Thing That Drives You Crazy

A talented psychotherapist and author, Sapienza introduces us to the Lavinia Lavinia, a dancing, bubblegum chewing, laundress lost and searching to understand her roots. With smart and compelling writing she weaves a rich, psychological accurate and complex tale of love, curses, loss and redemption. Lavinia will remain in your thoughts long after completing this wonderful book.”—Dr. Jessica Broitman, Psychoanalyst, Author and President of the International Control Mastery Therapy Group


This story and book is just so beautiful. It is a story of self discovery as Lavinia searches for answers on her and her family’s past. Where is she from? What happened to her mother? It is one part mystery and one part a journey. Sapienza expertly wove this story and kept you on the edge of your seat needing to find out the answers to all of Lavinia’s questions just as much as she herself needed to.

I love when I am able to become invested in a book and the story. Lavinia was such an interesting character and I really became invested in find out about herself. In a sense I was able to connect with her because my own family’s history is slightly murky. So it was a story I knew I would love from the start.

I absolutely loved the pacing of this book, the secrets and answers came out slowly but not too slow that you would lose your interest. It was definitely an edge of your seat read, but not the same edge of your seat as you get in a thriller (if that makes sense). The writing is also just so spectacularly done. It’s definitely a book that I see many people enjoying!

About the Author

Barbara Sapienza, PhD, is a retired clinical psychologist and an alumna of San Francisco State University’s creative writing master’s program. She writes and paints, nourished by her spiritual practices of meditation, tai chi, and dance. Her family, friends, and grandchildren are her teachers. Her first novel, Anchor Out (She Writes Press, 2017) received an IPPY bronze medal for Best Regional Fiction, West Coast. Sapienza lives in Sausalito, CA, with her husband.

Tour Schedule

May 19th-Well Read Traveler https://instagram.com/wellreadtraveler

May 19th– Reading With Nicole https://instagram.com/reading_with_nicole

May 20th – Nurse Bookie https://instagram.com/nurse_bookie

May 21st  – Lindas Book Obsession https://www.facebook.com/lindasbookobsession 

May 22nd– David L Morgan https://instagram.com/david_l_morgan

May 25th – Dog Eared Days Of Summer https://instagram.com/dogeareddaysofsummer

May 28th – Novels and Latte Book Club –https://www.facebook.com/groups/357651988042629 

June 1st– Lost In A Book After SW https://instagram.com/lostinabookaftersw 

June 4th – Jennifer Tar Heel Reader – http://www.jennifertarheelreader.com/


May 2nd – Carol Doscher https://instagram.com/carol_doscher_reader

June 8th – My Reading Chronicles https://instagram.com/myreadingchronicles 

June 15th – Midwest Ladies Who Lit http://www.mwladieswholit.wordpress.com/


June 18th- The Mary Reader https://instagram.com/themaryreader 

June 27th – Sealed With A Book https://instagram.com/sealedwithabook

July 2nd  – Ya It’s Lit  https://instagram.com/ya.its.lit 

July 13th – Audio Killed The Bookmark –  https://instagram.com/beritaudiokilledthebookmark


Aug 2nd – Miss W Book Reviews https://instagram.com/misswbookreviews

Aug 5th – Elaine Sapp https://instagram.com/elaine_sapp

*I received an arc in exchange for an honest review*

The Unwilling Tour – Review & Giveaway

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About the Book

Categories: Historical Fantasy, Fantasy, Fiction, Epic Fantasy
On Sale Date: February  11, 2020
Publication Month: February 2020
ISBN: 9781488055393

A penetrating tale of magic, faith and pride…

The Unwilling is the story of Judah, a foundling born with a special gift and raised inside Highfall castle along with Gavin, the son and heir to Lord Elban’s vast empire. Judah and Gavin share an unnatural bond that is both the key to her survival…and possibly her undoing.

As Gavin is groomed for his future role, Judah comes to realize that she has no real position within the kingdom, in fact, no hope at all of ever traveling beyond its castle walls. Elban—a lord as mighty as he is cruel—has his own plans for her, for all of them. She is a mere pawn to him, and he will stop at nothing to get what he wants.

But outside the walls, in the starving, desperate city, a magus, a healer with his own secret power unlike anything Highfall has seen in years, is newly arrived from the provinces. He, too, has plans for the empire, and at the heart of those plans lies Judah… The girl who started life with no name and no history will soon uncover more to her story than she ever imagined.

An epic tale of greed and ambition, cruelty and love, this deeply immersive novel is about bowing to traditions and burning them down.

You can purchase The Unwilling at the following Retailers:

Praise for Braffet

“Kelly Braffet is extraordinary… Familiar yet entirely unique, The Unwilling is the sort of story that seeps under your skin and pulses there, intimate and vibrant and alive. Fantasy at its most sublime.” —Erin Morgenstern, New York Times bestselling author of The Starless Sea and The Night Circus

“A juggernaut of an epic fantasy novel with ingenious, thrilling twists and turns. Put this on the shelf beside Naomi Novik and George R. R. Martin. Kelly Braffet is a marvel and I’ll read anything she writes.” —Kelly Link, MacArthur Genius Recipient and and of Get in Trouble

“Kelly Braffet’s The Unwilling is a viscerally powerful book. Full of complex and compelling characters, this is the story of the corruptions of power and the strength it takes to resist. This is an incredible, brilliant story.” —Kat Howard, author of Roses and Rot

“Gorgeously told, The Unwilling is at once a sweeping epic and an intimate portrait of being trapped in an oppressive regime. Meet your new favorite fantasy writer.” —Gwenda Bond, New York Times bestselling author of Stranger Things: Suspicious Minds

“Suspenseful, magical, wonderfully written, and never predictable, Braffet’s first foray into speculative fiction is an essential addition to all epic-fantasy collections.” —Booklist, STARRED Review

“Wow…The characters, the world, the magic and greed and politics and pain–all of it adds up to something wonderful. I love it.” —Ellen Datlow, award-winning editor and anthologist


This book is haunting. There’s no better way to put it. I read it slowly and thoroughly and even when I wasn’t reading it I was thinking about it. And this is a big volume of the book, so I mean it when I said I took my time. It’s almost a feat for me that I didn’t binge a book for once. But this isn’t something you can binge. It’s dark. It’s a lot. And it’s difficult. But, I mean that in all the best ways!

As I was reading this I was distinctly reminded of another favorite author: Stephen King. And then once I finally realized that Braffet is his daughter in law (I should really get better at reading the full blurb and/or the author profile) it all made sense. Much like when I read King I found myself taking my time reading this (as I’ve mentioned). But also, much like with King, there are scenes that are brutal and difficult to get through. Scenes that are extremely graphic and gruesome.

So, as you can probably tell by my review so far: this isn’t a happy book. The characters are all on the verge of being unlikeable. The plot is dark and full of sadists. You’re going to be uncomfortable while reading it. And all of this is why I love this book. This is going to be a very polarizing story and going into it blind will not be a good idea for everyone. Not everyone will appreciate the dark nuances and snail pace of the story. But for me they all worked together. Once I reached 200 pages I found myself saying, “I feel like nothing has happened.” Yet at the same time so much happened and I was so enamored with the story. I know this sounds weird, but this book is such an atmospheric read. It hovers on the line of multiple types of fantasy while also not seeming fantasy at all. And the heft of the book just added more. As you were reading you could literally feel how much of the story was left.

Well, based off of my rant you can see I have a lot of feelings for this book. And based off of that ending I hope that I can have more of this story to have feelings for (second book please?). In the meantime I guess I’ll just have to gorge myself on Braffet’s other works.

About the Author

Photo Content from Kelly Braffet

Kelly Braffet is the author of the novels The Unwilling, Save Yourself, Josie and Jack and Last Seen Leaving. Her writing has been published in The Fairy Tale Review, Post Road, and several anthologies. She attended Sarah Lawrence College and Columbia University and currently lives in upstate New York with her husband, the author Owen King.

Tour Schedule

FEBRUARY 11th TUESDAY Nay’s Pink Bookshelf REVIEW
FEBRUARY 13th THURSDAY Here’s to Happy Endings REVIEW
FEBRUARY 14th FRIDAY Movies, Shows, & Books EXCERPT

FEBRUARY 19th WEDNESDAY Two Points of Interest REVIEW 
FEBRUARY 20th THURSDAY Adventures Thru Wonderland REVIEW
FEBRUARY 21st FRIDAY Crossroad Reviews REVIEW


Giveaway is open to International. | Must be 13+ to Enter
–  4 Winners will receive a Copy of THE UNWILLING by Kelly Braffet.