Saturday, June 1, 2013

Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo: Guest Post & Giveaway!

Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo
Series: The Grisha #2
Published by Henry Holt and Co.
Publish Date: June 4, 2013

448 Pages


Darkness never dies.

Hunted across the True Sea, haunted by the lives she took on the Fold, Alina must try to make a life with Mal in an unfamiliar land, all while keeping her identity as the Sun Summoner a secret. But she can’t outrun her past or her destiny for long.

The Darkling has emerged from the Shadow Fold with a terrifying new power and a dangerous plan that will test the very boundaries of the natural world. With the help of a notorious privateer, Alina returns to the country she abandoned, determined to fight the forces gathering against Ravka. But as her power grows, Alina slips deeper into the Darkling’s game of forbidden magic, and farther away from Mal. Somehow, she will have to choose between her country, her power, and the love she always thought would guide her–or risk losing everything to the oncoming storm. -(summary from Goodreads) 






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Author Leigh Bardugo has stopped by my blog today to talk ab1out her favorite books from childhood - the ones that often get overlooked!

I'm so excited to have Leigh Bardugo on the blog today! I loved Siege and Storm, and I'm so glad that it's time for the world to finally get a peek at the story on these pages. I love this series so much. 


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I've talked about classics like Dune and my love for Madeleine L'Engle. I could go on at you about the Witch of Blackbird Pond, or Howl's Moving Castle, or From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler. But these are a few of the books that I adored as a kid and that don't often make it into interviews. They're the weird, lovely, creepy tales I read and reread, that shaped my early taste in stories and still do to this day. 

1. Catwitch by Una Woodruff, text by Lisa Tuttle
As you may have guessed, this book is about a cat. Who is also a witch. Jules is a kitten who longs for adventure, so he leaves his brethren behind and ends up familiar to a witch (a fading starlet looking to regain her glamor). There's a nefarious real estate developer, a fairy court, and yes, even a unicorn brought to life in absurdly lush illustrations. I adored this book and must have reread it hundreds of times as a kid. It's one of those books where the illustrations reveal something new with every close perusal. Plus the story has a real sense of darkness and magic, and a plot twist that left my impressionable mind reeling. 

2. Bunnicula by James Howe 
My first vampire book. Is this the novel that paved the way for my future infatuation with Lestat? Bunnicula arrives straight from the Carpathians (Transylvania) and when vegetables begin appearing drained of their juice, it's up to a grumpy cat and a cupcake-loving dog to ferret out what secrets this cuddly predator may be hiding. This book sounds really cute, right? But I remember finding it pretty scary in places and being truly engaged in the mystery. Also, I wrote to James Howe when I was a little girl and he wrote back. He answered all of my questions with great seriousness and generosity. From then on, whenever I saw one of his books, I felt like I had a connection not just to him, but to all writers. 

3. The Dragonlance Series by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman
No Tolkien cred for me. This was my first foray into secondary world fantasy. One of my best friends and I used to call each other Laurana and Sturm. (Actually, we still do. Makes for fun texts: "Congrats on baby #2, Brightblade!") Though my interest lagged after the first six books, the Legends trilogy was my favorite, mostly because of a certain Raistlin Majere, an arrogant mage with a thirst for power and what might best be described as reluctant humanity. 

4. Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption by Stephen King
Maybe it seems a little strange to turn to a story of false incarceration, torture, and human misery as a comfort read, but when I think back on junior high school, I'm not really surprised. After all, this novella is essentially a story of liberation and of never losing yourself, no matter what you endure or how often people tell you you're nothing. (It's also a very satisfying tale of revenge.) I was actually distressed when they made a film out of it, and though it's a good one, I will always have my own set of images associated with the story, particularly the stone walls and fields that Red searched. 

5. The Dark Knight Returns by Frank Miller 
As a kid, I loved superhero comics. But I don't think it's a coincidence that I started to drift away from them around age 11—the same time I started being aware of the male gaze. Looking back, I think the problem may have been the dawning understanding that the superheroines I loved were also sexual objects. I saw myself in them and the reflection that came back was distorted. A lot of people hate on Carrie Kelley, the thirteen-year-old girl who becomes Batman's new Robin, but she was who I needed to see: an ordinary girl with an ordinary body and iffy taste in eyewear. Say what you will about Miller (no really, say it loudly), but I think this book was for me what Watchmen seems to be for everybody else—a fallible, human, resonant reinvention of the superhero.  


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Thank you for being here today, Leigh Bardugo!

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GIVEAWAY!
Author Leigh Bardugo & MacMillan Publishing are offering
one paperback copy of SHADOW AND BONE & 
one hardcover copy of SIEGE AND STORM
to ONE LUCKY WINNER!

(US/Canada Only) (ends June 15)

57 comments:

  1. One of my favorite books as a kid was The Other Side Of The Mountain. I used to dream of running away and making my own rabbit skin undies :P

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  2. Yes, I am very EXCITED about Siege & Storm! One of my favorite books from childhood was Alice & Wonderland! Thanks for the giveaway! :)

    My Rafflecopter name Is: Vannah Batista

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  3. Yes! Very excited!! I think my favorite was probably Pippi Longstocking : )

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  4. I am definitely excited!
    The Nancy Drew series is one of my fav from childhood.

    Raffle name: Fiery Na

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  5. When I was a kid I was an INSANE Nancy Drew fan!

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  6. I'm insanely excited for Siege & Storm! When I was younger I devoured the Dear America books and all of their other spin offs. I have literally read every single one at least twice.

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  7. Oh my goodness, I have SO many favorites from childhood! My MOST favorite is easily Where the Red Fern Grows, but I also loved all things Babysitter's Club, Willo Davis Roberts, Mary Downing Hahn, Betty Ren Wright, Mary Higgins Clark... Oh so many!

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  8. I have a lot of favorite childhood books but my absolute favorite is a Snow White and Rose Red book that was beautifully illustrated. I read it over and over when I was young. I am super excited for Siege and Storm!

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  9. Thanks for the giveaway! I can't wait to read Siege and Storm. <3 My favorite childhood books are Black Beauty and Julie of the Wolves. :)

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  10. My favorite books from growing up are The Giver and plenty of Stephen King novels!

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  11. Wuahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh i am so excited ... mmmm my favorite book from childhood will be charlie and the chocolate factory .. ijij i love it
    almendra in the raffelcopter

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  12. so excited for this book!! my favorite childhood book was harry potter of course!! :D

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  13. I love Bunnicula! I read the whole series when I was a kid. I also loved Juniper and Wild Child by Monica Furlong.

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  14. I can't wait to get my hands on Siege and Storm! I loved reading Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events when I was younger.

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  15. I'm so excited!! My all time favorite read growing up is definitely Harry Potter!

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  16. I'm so excited for Siege and Storm, I can hardly stand it! I NEED more Darkling in my life.

    My favorite childhood books were the Babar books. I still remember checking them out with my very own library card, and later buying them because I just HAD to own them. How I love memories of childhood books that remain favorites!

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  17. I am definitely excited!! I would say little women :) thank you so much!

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  18. I'm so excited to read this series! Thanks for the chance to win! I liked The Babysitter's Club books.

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  19. The City of the Beasts by Isabell Allende, & it is STILL one of my favorites.

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  20. You know what's odd? I actually made a Bunnicula reference the other day at dinner, and my family looked at me like I was crazy!
    My favorite book when I was younger was probably Matilda. I read it so many times I practically had it memorized!

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  21. So so SO excited! And I actually made a post about my favorite childhood books. Of my really really childhood, it was The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Then Magic Tree House. Then Harry Potter. Now, Kristin Cashore's books and Elizabeth Hoyt's :D

    Thank youfor the giveaway!

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  22. As a kid i love reading fairy tale books and I have a soft spot for Cinderella by KY Craft!

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  23. I'm looking forward to reading this series, my favorite childhood books are
    the Thoroughbred series by Joanna Campbell, The Saddle Club series by Bonnie Bryant,
    The Babysitters Club, Nancy Drew, and Beauty by Robin McKinley.

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  24. My favorite book as a child was Tarzan of the Apes. Great story, I still love it.

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  25. I am reading Shadow and Bone right now and LOVE it. I'm glad that as soon as I finish it, Siege and storm will be out!!

    My favorite books from childhood? Hmmm. I loved all the Nancy Drew books!

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  26. My favorite books from childhood were The BFG, Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark and the Fear Street series. I was (and still am) a huge bookworm :) Thank you!

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  27. I am extremely excited for this book. :D And my favorite childhood book was the Magic Tree House books. :D

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  28. I only just read the synopsis of this book & the 1st one and now I really want to read BOTH! I have put a reserve at my library for Shadow & Bone (my boyfriend actually reserved it when it was new but it was only a 7 day rental back then & I didn't pay any attention to it since I knew I wouldnt of been able to read it before it had to go back....i had 4 books to read that week! lol). So anyways....yeah! I am pretty excited to 1st read Shadow & Bone then 2nd, wait on my library to get the 2nd book *sigh*

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  29. I love reading RL.Stine's books. ;)

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  30. R.L Stine was also one of my favorite authors and Judy Blume.

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  31. Crazy excited for Siege & Storm - as a kid, I loved Nancy Drew & the Hardy Boys!

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  32. A love of Madeleine L'Engle?! You're after my own heart with that one! But seriously, I cannot flipping wait for this book. Like, at all. Jussayin'. Wonderful feature post and giveaway!

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  33. I’m REALLY excited for Siege and Storm. Some of my favorite books are Tony DiTerlizzi & Holly Black’s Spiderwick Chronicles!

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  34. I've never heard of any of these books! I used to love A Wrinkle in Time, which is in the paragraph above the list, and The Shawshank Redemption is a favorite movie. I LOVE THIS SERIES SO MUCH. Could I be lucky and win these books like I did, Cinder and Scarlet? Man, I hope so!

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  35. Love this series. As a kid I was hooked on the Chronicles of Narnia series.

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  36. I am halfway through Shadow and Bone...I love it so far!!! This book is so addicting! Can't wait to read the second one!

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  37. Yes I'm excited for the book!

    Favorite books from childhood. I liked Nancy Drew.

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  38. Of course I am SUPER DUPER excited for this book!

    I was always a Roald Dahl fan. I seriously would read his grocery lists.

    Lilian @ A Novel Toybox

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  39. I actually have read Bunnicula but haven't even heard of the other titles-more to add to my to-read list!

    My favorite read from childhood was all the BSC books-such comfort reads.

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  40. My favorite book as a child was a dinosaur encyclopedia

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  41. Are you excited for Siege and Storm? What are YOUR favorite books from childhood?

    I am so excited for Siege and Storm I loved the plot of the story it feels like I've been waiting for years. My favorite books are of course Dr. Seuss!!

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  42. I can't wait to read this sequel! Harry Potter, of course!

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  43. I'm SO excited for Siege and Storm. And I loved Patricia Polacco books as well as the Mandy books :)

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  44. I am so excited for Siege and Storm. Growing up my favorite series was The Chronicles of Narnia

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  45. I'm super excited for Siege & Storm I love Shadow and Bone it was one of my favorite books last year. Growing up I would say that Nancy Drew were some of my favorite books.

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  46. Of course I'm excited for Siege and Storm! Who wouldn't be? My favorite childhood series would have to be The Saddle Club. xD

    Daphne @ Reading Until Dawn

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  47. It's funny, when I was little I was not into fantasy books AT ALL. I was a die-hard Baby-Sitter's Club fan, and before that a Baby-Sitter's Little Sister fan. :)

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  48. Sarah in rafflecopter
    Yes I can't wait!
    When I was really little I loved the Junie B Jones and Magic Tree House books :)

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  49. I can't wait!
    I was a huge Babysitters's Club and Sweet Valley fan.

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  50. I'm so exited for this sequel!!! Yet again, the cover looks amazing.

    I've got to say, I've adored Alice in Wonderland and A Series of Unfortunate Events since
    elementary school.

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  51. Love the Darkling. From my childhood I'd say Harry Potter had a really strong impression on me. Until Sirius died, then I stopped reading them until last year.

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  52. Looking forward for Siege and Storm!!! The first book that I ever read complete was The Little prince and it really made a difference

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  53. WOnderful interview. Thanks for sharing :)

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  54. I have so many favorite books from when I was young. I went through a huge horse phase though and devoured all the Black Stallion books. So good!

    Quite excited for Siege & Storm. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  55. I couldn't put this book down, especially at the end,and am very excited for the third book to be released!
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  56. I loved it! Fun story, fun characters, good twists! I cant wait for the next! The author is imaginative. Good character development.
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