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A Song of Wraiths and Ruin Blog Tour

The first in an fantasy duology inspired by West African folklore in which a grieving crown princess and a desperate refugee find themselves on a collision course to murder each other despite their growing attraction.

For Malik, the Solstasia festival is a chance to escape his war-stricken home and start a new life with his sisters in the prosperous desert city of Ziran. But when a vengeful spirit abducts Malik’s younger sister, Nadia, as payment into the city, Malik strikes a fatal deal—kill Karina, Crown Princess of Ziran, for Nadia’s freedom.

But Karina has deadly aspirations of her own. Her mother, the Sultana, has been assassinated; her court threatens mutiny; and Solstasia looms like a knife over her neck. Grief-stricken, Karina decides to resurrect her mother through ancient magic . . . requiring the beating heart of a king. And she knows just how to obtain one: by offering her hand in marriage to the victor of the Solstasia competition.

When Malik rigs his way into the contest, they are set on a course to destroy each other. But as attraction flares between them and ancient evils stir, will they be able to see their tasks to the death?




A Song of Wraiths and Ruin by Roseanne A. Brown is the first book in a new young adult fantasy duology inspired by West African folklore. I was so excited to dive into this book. I have been looking forward to it for months. This book takes a bit to get into at first because there is just so much world building and introduction to the characters and their lives in the beginning. I really liked every second of it. The folklore behind this story is amazing. I really found myself wanting to know more. I think the gods and creatures are very interesting and I look forward to reading the sequel.

Let's talk about love. I feel like the "love" or "relationship" between Malik and Karina came across very insta-love. I really wish it had more depth to it. Don't get me wrong I think they would be great together, I just wish we had a bit more of a build up vs jumping right into that relationship. Let me also say that romance doesn't play a huge part in this book. I am not too worried about it either.

When it came to the magic system, I do with is was explained a bit more. We get so much explanation of the characters and the world that I felt like the magic system was a bit lacking. It wasn't explained to the reader why magic wasn't common and it wasn't explained why some people randomly get magic. I definitely feel like the magic system is lacking and it leaves the reader with a lot of questions.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book. I will be participating in a reread starting June 12 with a group of people. Why would I want to read a book I just finished? Sometimes when I liked an ARC so much, I like to reread a finished copy to see if anything changed. Other times, I just really want to reread the book. I look forward to diving into this book again ASAP. Definitely check out A Song of Wraiths and Ruin.

Pre-order Campaign:

Link to the pre-order submission form:
A pre-order/order from any retailer or a request to your local library will get you:
* A bookmark!
* 2 character cards featuring Karina and Malik!
* A limited edition signed bookplate
* An exclusive digital fairy tale from the A SONG OF WRAITHS AND RUIN world!

An order from indie bookstore Books With a Past will get you:
* A bookmark!
* 2 character cards featuring Karina and Malik!
* A limited edition signed bookplate
* An exclusive digital fairy tale from the A SONG OF WRAITHS AND RUIN world!
* A handwritten note and personalization from the author!

* You must submit proof of purchase/library request. Screenshots and photos of receipts are fine.
* Only orders and library requests dated through June 30, 2020 are eligible
* Only orders made through Books With a Past ( will receive the note and personalization.
* All swag will be sent out on a rolling basis starting June 2nd
* Entrants under the age of 18 must obtain parent/guardian permission before entering

About the Author:

Roseanne “Rosie” A. Brown was born in Kumasi, Ghana and immigrated to the wild jungles of central Maryland as a child. Writing was her first love, and she knew from a young age that she wanted to use the power of writing—creative and otherwise—to connect the different cultures she called home. She graduated from the University of Maryland with a Bachelor’s in Journalism and was also a teaching assistant for the school’s JimĂ©nez-Porter Writers’ House program. Her journalistic work has been featured by Voice of America among other outlets.

On the publishing side of things, she has worked as an editorial intern at Entangled Publishing. Rosie was a 2017 Pitch Wars mentee and 2018 Pitch Wars mentor. Never content to stay in any one place for too long, Rosie currently teaches in Japan, where in her free time she can usually be found exploring the local mountains, explaining memes to her students, or thinking about Star Wars.



Prize: Win an ASOWAR bookplate, bookmark, two trading cards, and access to the exclusive short story (INT)
Starts: June 2nd 2020
Ends: June 16th 2020
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Tour Schedule:

June 2nd

June 3rd

BookCrushin - Story Behind The Cover + Instagram
Moonlight Rendezvous - Review + Favourite Quotes
Small Stained Pages - Review + Playlist + Favourite Quotes
Vee Reading - Review
Lit lemon books - Review + Favourite Quotes

June 4th

Colby Wilkens - Review
Kait Rose - Review + Favourite Quotes
Sage Shelves - Review
SeizeThePage - Review + Playlist

June 5th

Bookish Looks - Tell Your Story in GIFs
Books.Bags.Burgers - Review + Favourite Quotes
Sometimes Leelynn Reads - Review + Dream Cast
Enthralled Bookworm - Review + Mood Board by blogger

June 6th

A Court of Coffee and Books - Review + Favourite Quotes
Morgan Vega - Review + Favourite Quotes
Caitsbooks - Review + Favourite Quotes + Mood Board by blogger

June 7th

Kait Plus Books - Character Interview
Hooked on Bookz - Review + Favourite Quotes
BiblioJoJo - Review
The Layaway Dragon - Review + Favourite Quotes
In Between Book Pages - Review + Favourite Quotes
Empty Kingdom - Review + Favourite Quotes + Mood Board by blogger

June 8th

A Gingerly Review - Mood Board
bforbookslut - Review
L.M. Durand - Review + Mood Board by blogger
Dazzled by Books - Review
Confessions of a YA Reader - Review + Favourite Quotes

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