Blog Tour: The Storm Crow by Kalyn Josephson & Playlist / Favourite Quotes

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We are so happy to be part of the blog tour for The Storm Crow by Kalyn Josephson that is put on by the lovely The Fantastic Flying Book Club.  To see the full schedule, go HERE. Also, be sure to check out the playlist and favorite quotes after the review!

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My rating:
 5 out of 5 stars
Genre: YA Fantasy
Pages: 352
Pacing: Normal
Publisher: SourcebooksFire
Published: July 9th 2019

Trigger Warnings: Violence, death of a parent, grief, depression.

 

 

 

In the tropical kingdom of Rhodaire, magical, elemental Crows are part of every aspect of life…until the Illucian empire invades, destroying everything.

That terrible night has thrown Princess Anthia into a deep depression. Her sister Caliza is busy running the kingdom after their mother’s death, but all Thia can do is think of all she has lost.
But when Caliza is forced to agree to a marriage between Thia and the crown prince of Illucia, Thia is finally spurred into action. And after stumbling upon a hidden Crow egg in the rubble of a rookery, she and her sister devise a dangerous plan to hatch the egg in secret and get back what was taken from them.

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“Crow or no crow, one way or another, you will fly. You were always meant to rule the sky.”

I was so happy to have been chosen for this blog tour. I wanted to read this book from the moment I learned about it last year. It looked so interesting and different and can we take a moment to gush over the cover? Like really how gorgeous is it?  Let it be known that if you want to make sure I buy a book, just put a crow on the cover or in the title. Even better if it’s in both.

When Illucia attacks Rhodaire, all that Anthia ever knew is destroyed. With the loss of her mother and the precious crows, Anthia will be forced to leave her lands and go live in the last place she wants to be: Illucia. Before she sets off she will find the last hope her kingdom may have of fighting off the Illucians: a crow’s unhatched egg. But Anthia is tired of being inactive and with this new discovery, she decides to fight back.

I loved this book. It was unique, diverse and highly entertaining. The magic system, to me, felt different and fresh. I haven’t seen a lot of books where the magic system comes from an animal that isn’t a dragon. Don’t get me wrong I love dragons, I’m not a monster,  but it’s fun to see something out of the ordinary. The crows here help in every aspect of life in Rhodaire. From controlling the weather to helping with agriculture. They are the key to the kingdom’s prosperity and you get a sense that without them it will crumble.

Princess Anthia, our main character, was such a great character. She was strong but wasn’t afraid to show her weaknesses as well. After losing everything including her mother, we see her go through hardships and depression. It also seems that she has PTSD, which seemed very realistic to me after everything she went through. I loved that Kalyn decided to show this side of Anthia. Most times in YA fiction, well probably in most fiction, we see characters go through traumatic events and a lot of the time it seems they walk off without any sort of damage. This depiction of Anthia’s anxiety and depression to me felt possible, real. It was very well done and genuine. It also shows her struggling to get past her fears and anxiety. I thought her character arc was on point.

One thing I love in a story is a good villain. Razel, the queen of Illucia, was one of the best female villains I have seen in a while. She reminded me of characters like the Evil Queen or Amarantha from A Court of Thorns and Roses. Though there are reasons behind her evilness if you will, she was just so nasty that I had to love her.

The story went at an even pace. There was always something going on even if it was just transitions to more important part of the story. I was always interested in what was happening.

I can’t wait for the next installment of The Storm Crow. Is it out yet? If you liked books like Snow like Ashes and A Court of Thorns and Roses, I highly recommend that you pick up The Storm Crow.

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The Storm Crow Playlist

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I was asked to create a playlist for this awesome book and here are my choices.

Learn to Fly by The Foo Fighters
In my Blood by Shawn Mendes
Mad World by Gary Jules
Fix You by Coldplay
Pompeii by Bastille
Skyscraper by Demi Levato
Demons by Imagine Dragons
Seven Nation Army by The White Stripes

Favorite Quotes

“A storm. A tempest of lightning and thunder with the kind of heart found only in legends. A heart full of kindness and courage and strength. And when I looked at you. I saw only the woman you would become. The leader you would become.”

“Crow or no crow, one way or another, you will fly. You were always meant to rule the sky.”

“Welcome to the life of a woman. Men say stupid crap to us all the time. So don’t try and tell me that was about defending my honor. It was about defending yours.”

“Darkness spreads quickly, quicker than light.”

“It’s difficult to walk against the wind. It takes strength.”

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Kalyn
Kalyn Josephson is a Technical Writer in Silicon Valley, which leaves room for too many bad puns about technically being a writer. She grew up in San Luis Obispo, CA, but now lives in the Bay Area with four awesome friends (because it’s the Bay and she’d like to be able to retire one day) and two black cats (who are more like a tiny dragon and an even tinier owl). When not writing YA Fantasy, she loves baking, reading, playing sports, and watching too many movies. 

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16 thoughts on “Blog Tour: The Storm Crow by Kalyn Josephson & Playlist / Favourite Quotes

  1. Ahh I loved the quotes you chose, and your playlist! You should totally make it on Spotify so I can follow you if you haven’t done that already! Also, your review was stunning. I love great female villains, as I feel like we don’t see them enough so I’m excited to hear about this one!

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  2. Great review! I loved this one, too. I didn’t read your quotes though. I have to do favorite quotes for my spot and I didn’t want anything to stand out because I saw it here first. I have a bunch marked, so we’ll see if we have any in common.

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