Blog Tour: Julia Defiant by Catherine Egan – {Review + Giveaway}

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Blog Tour:  Julia Defiant by Catherine Egan  -  {Review + Giveaway}

Tour Schedule:

Week One:

6/5/2017- The Cover Contessa– Interview

6/5/2017- Booklove– Review

6/6/2017- Don’t Judge, Read– Excerpt

6/6/2017- Here’s to Happy Endings– Review

6/7/2017- Novel Novice – Guest Post

6/7/2017- Read. Eat. Love.– Review

6/8/2017- Fiction Fare– Spotlight

6/8/2017- Take Me Away To A Great Read– Review

6/9/2017- Two Chicks on Books– Interview

6/9/2017- Seeing Double In Neverland– Interview

Week Two:

6/12/2017- Wandering Bark Books– Guest Post

6/12/2017- A Dream Within A Dream– Review

6/13/2017-  Tales of the Ravenous Reader– Excerpt

6/13/2017- Smada’s Book Smack– Review

6/14/2017- Crystal’s Chaotic Confessions– Spotlight

6/14/2017- Page Turners Blog– Review

6/15/2017- Wishful Endings– Interview

6/15/2017- Bibliobibuli YA– Review

6/16/2017- Book Briefs– Review

6/16/2017- BookHounds ya– Review

Blog Tour:  Julia Defiant by Catherine Egan  –  {Review + Giveaway}Julia Defiant by Catherine Egan
Published by Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers on June 13th 2017
Genres: Fantasy, Magic & Sorcery, Paranormal, Witches, Young Adult
Pages: 464
Format: Audiobook, eBook, Hardcover

ISBN: 0553533355
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I voluntarily reviewed an advance review copy of this book I received for free from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my open and honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Fans of The Rose Society, Graceling, and Six of Crows will thrill to the masterful world-building and fiercely flawed heroine in this heart-pounding follow-up to Julia Vanishes, book two in the Witch s Child trilogy.

Adventure, murder, romance, intrigue, and betrayal with a 16-year-old heroine that is both fierce and flawed at the same time.

Julia and a mismatched band of revolutionaries, scholars, and thieves have crossed the world searching for a witch. But for all the miles traveled, they are no closer to finding Ko Dan. No closer to undoing the terrible spell he cast that bound an ancient magic to the life of a small child. Casimir wants that magic will happily kill Theo to extract it and every moment they hunt for Ko Dan, Casimir s assassins are hunting them.

Julia can deal with danger. The thing that truly scares her lies within. Her strange ability to vanish to a place just out of sight has grown: she can now disappear so completely that it s like stepping into another world. It s a fiery, hellish world, filled with creatures who seem to recognize her and count her as one of their own.

So . . . is Julia a girl with a monster lurking inside her? Or a monster wearing the disguise of a girl?

If she can use her monstrous power to save Theo, does it matter?

In this riveting second book in the Witch s Child trilogy, Catherine Egan goes deep within the heart of a fierce, defiant girl trying to discover not just who but what she truly is.

Praise for Julia Vanishes:
Egan s debut novel sparkles. A beautifully rendered world and exquisite sense of timing ensure a page-turning experience. Publishers Weekly, starred review

Readers will find themselves immediately immersed in the narrative and invested in the fate of Julia, who is both feisty and flawed. Booklist, starred review

Julia s a wonderful, fully realized heroine. . . . For those readers waiting for the sequel to Marie Lu s The Rose Society, a well-realized page-turner in the same vein. Kirkus"

Congrats to Catherine Egan, in advance, on her new release JULIA DEFIANT!  (Releases June 13, 2017).  I’m excited to be one of the stops on the JULIA DEFIANT blog tour, hosted by Rockstar Book Tours. Thank you to Ms. Egan and Knopf Books for the opportunity to read an eARC and Rockstar Book Tours for including Read. Eat. Love.

Today I am sharing with you my review for this action-packed fantasy novel.

Then, at the end of the post, be sure to check out the great giveaway from Rockstar Book Tours, where 3 winners will receive a finished copy of JULIA VANISHES & JULIA DEFIANT (US Only).  Cheers!

If you haven’t started the series, make sure to grab the paperback of JULIA VANISHES!

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Julia Defiant by Catherine Egan is book two in her Witch’s Child series and like its predecessor, Julia Vanishes, it is filled with wonderful world-building and rich developed characters.

The novel takes places months after Julia Vanishes ends and ten thousand miles from Spira City, in Tianshi, capital of Yongguo. Where Julia and her crew are looking for Ko Dan, who is the only one who can help save Theo by removing the fragment of the Book of Disruption that is bound to his essence. As Julia searches for Ko Dan, she comes to realize her powers have grown and she can now slip into a fiery world filled with creatures infused with magic, known as the Kahge, at will. Soon Julia is also in search of answers on why she is able to go there and what she is.

Ms. Egan’s short chapters and detailed descriptions pull us into her world, where these two main plots run their course and collide in an action-packed climax that’ll leave you at the edge of your seat with a whopping cliff-hanger of an ending. As a second book in the series, there are some slow moments as it prepares to bridge to the next novel, but I did not find it to deterring from my overall enjoyment of the novel.

I adored Ms. Egan’s novel especially because of her attention to detail in her descriptions especially when Julia would go into Khage or when she’d vanish as she did her spying. Basically, bringing us more into the scene by giving us a more intimate picture of what was happening. I also loved how Julia is such a strong female character.  Julia’s resolve and determination in the end has me excited to see what will be in store for her in book three.

Overall, Julia Defiant by Catherine Egan is a great fantasy novel that is filled with excitement, danger, and very well-written.  I very much recommend and can’t wait to read the next book by Ms. Egan.



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About Catherine Egan

My books: JULIA DEFIANT, JULIA VANISHES, Shade & Sorceress, The Unmaking, Bone, Fog, Ash & Star
My superpowers: high-kicking, list-making, simultaneously holding two opposing opinions
My weaknesses: fear of flying, over-thinking and then making bad decisions, excessive list-making
My allies: my made-for-walking-in black boots, Mick, the English Language
My enemies: decaf, low blood sugar, the passage of time
My mission: the coexistence of ambivalence and joy.

photograph by Isabel Chenoweth:


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