Monday, September 14, 2015

A History of Glitter and Blood by Hannah Moskowitz (with giveaway)

A History of Glitter and Blood
by Hannah Moskowitz

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Just released: August 18, 2015
Publisher: Chronicle Books
Genre: Fairies, Fantasy, YA
Hardback: 280 pages
Rating: 4.5

First sentence(s):
Once upon a time there were four fairies in the city who hadn't been maimed.

Sixteen-year-old Beckan and her friends are the only fairies brave enough to stay in Ferrum when war breaks out. Now there is tension between the immortal fairies, the subterranean gnomes, and the mysterious tightropers who arrived to liberate the fairies. But when Beckan's clan is forced to venture into the gnome underworld to survive, they find themselves tentatively forming unlikely friendships and making sacrifices they couldn't have imagined. As danger mounts, Beckan finds herself caught between her loyalty to her friends, her desire for peace, and a love she never expected. This stunning, lyrical fantasy is a powerful exploration of what makes a family, what justifies a war, and what it means to truly love.

My two-bits:

Whoa! Not used to reading about fairies in this context although they do have such inclinations. Guess I'm used to the frou-frou kind.

This story told the tale of the history between gnomes, fairies and tightropers in a story within a story kind of mode.

Didn't know too much about gnomes and tightropers going into this story so they were new creatures for me to learn about. These gnomes were definitely not the cute-sy kind with the red conical hats. And, I never knew about tightropers - so totally new to me.

Icky violence ensues during wartime mode. But pushes forward to endings and beginnings with elements of danger.

However amidst the ugliness of the times, different kinds of love and care come forth.

Illustrations and handwritten notes are sprinkled amongst the pages of this book that is an additional treat to come across.

--~ Book Giveaway ~--

WIN my review copy of this book!

Open to US only.

Offer ends: September 30, 2015

TO DO: (2-parts)

1. ADD this book to your Want To Read list on Goodreads (here).

2. TELL me: Which character would you like to learn more about - fairy, gnome or tightroper?

AND, leave your email.


Contest has ended - (winner is here)



* review copy courtesy of book tour sponsored by Chronicle Books.


  1. This sounds fantastic! I've added it to my Goodreads list. I'm intrigued by the tightropers :)

  2. This sounds so interesting. I read Teeth by the same author and I loved it!

    Kate @ Ex Libris

  3. I really enjoyed this one, after I got over the "oh dear lord, what am I even reading!?" phase ;) Glad you enjoyed it too!
    Shannon @ It Starts At Midnight

  4. Thanks for this great chance to win! To participate in this drawing, I added this book to my to-read; here is a link to my profile in case you wish to verify:

    To answer your question, I'm definitely most intrigued by the so-called tightropers because unlike the other two creatures, I've never read a story featuring creatures with this moniker.

    Here is the contact information requested: shamy at post dot harvard dot edu

    Cheers and thanks again, Kara S

  5. I'd love to read this! I've added it to my Goodreads here:
    I'd love to learn more about fairies. Thank you so much! My email is 17awu.stem(at)gmail(dot)com.


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