My Sword and Verse Book Look!

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

   Welcome to my tour stop!! I'm so happy to be taking part in the Sword And Verse blog tour!! I absolutely fell in love with the romance, and the writing. It pulled me in right from the first page and that's very rare for me to enjoy the beginning of a book!

   I decided to do something I've never actually tried to do before. And that is to create an outfit inspired by the cover. It was very fun to choose each piece even though I'm not the best.

   There's also a giveaway at the end so stay tuned for that!!

Sword And Verse by Kathy MacMillan

Release Date: January 19, 2016
Publisher: HarperTEEN
Genre: Young Adult, High Fantasy, Romance
Series: Sword and Verse, #1
Pre-order Links: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Book Depository

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Raisa was just a child when she was sold to work as a slave in the kingdom of Qilara. Despite her young age, her father was teaching her to read and write, grooming her to take his place as a Learned One. In Qilara, the Arnathim, like Raisa, are the lowest class, and literacy is a capital offense. What’s more, only the king, prince, tutor, and tutor-in-training are allowed to learn the very highest order language, the language of the gods. So when the tutor-in-training is executed for teaching slaves this sacred language, and Raisa is selected to replace her, Raisa knows any slipup on her part could mean death.

Keeping her secret is hard enough, but the romance that’s been growing between her and Prince Mati isn’t helping matters. Then Raisa is approached by the Resistance—an underground army of slave rebels—to help liberate Arnath slaves. She wants to free her people, but that would mean aiding a war against Mati. As Raisa struggles with what to do, she discovers a secret that the Qilarites have been hiding for centuries—one that, if uncovered, could bring the kingdom to its knees. 

Advance praise for Sword and Verse:

“I was completely enthralled by the fascinating and unique world that Kathy MacMillan has created.  The depth and skill she demonstrates with her ability to build an original mythology based on words and the power of language are highly unusual for a first-time novelist and I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough.” – National Book Award finalist Franny Billingsley

“A tense, romantic fantasy epic about prejudice, political struggle, and the power of words, SWORD AND VERSE kept me guessing at every turn. Kathy MacMillan is a writer to watch.” — R.J. Anderson, Andre Norton Award-nominated author of Ultraviolet

“Fans of Megan Whalen Turner will enjoy MacMillan’s debut novel…MacMillan explains the complicated political twists and turns clearly, and her characterizations are layered and believable.” — Publishers Weekly

“Literacy becomes the key to liberation in a thoughtful debut fantasy.” — Kirkus Reviews

“MacMillan’s love of learning, knowledge, and literacy shapes both plot and character development, while raising ethical questions with no easy answers. Beneath what appears to be a romantic fantasy, discerning readers will find complex, broader issues among the predictable comforts of the genre.” — Booklist

“MacMillan has created a believable world, complete with its own mythology.” — School Library Journal

Sword And Verse

   In the book, the main character and all the Arnathim are required to wear only outfits that are Arnath Green. If I remember correctly, Raisa wore a dress that was Arnath green with white sleeves. That's when I decided to choose a dress for my book inspired outfit.

   This is the dress I sort of imagined but a much more darker teal then in the picture above. And the sleeves a bit less loose.

Kathy MacMillan is a writer, American Sign Language interpreter, consultant, librarian, signing storyteller, and avowed Hufflepuff. Her debut young adult novel, Sword and Verse, explores questions of power and prejudice in an epic fantasy setting, and has been called “fascinating and unique” by National Book Award finalist Franny Billingsley. Kathy is the founder of The Sweet Sixteens ( debut group of 2016 middle grade and young adult authors, and serves as the Published and Listed Member Coordinator for the Maryland/Delaware/West Virginia Region of the Society for Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. She is also the author of eight resource books for educators, librarians, and parents, including Little Hands and Big Hands: Children and Adults Signing Together (Huron Street Press, 2013). She lives near Baltimore, MD with her husband, son, and a cat named Pancake. Find her online at or on Twitter at @kathys_quill.

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5 Winners will receive a finished copy of SWORD AND VERSE. US Only.

Check out the rest of the tour!!

Week One:

1/11/2016 - Two Chicks on Books - Interview
1/12/2016 - A Reader Under The Sea - Book Inspired Look
1/13/2016 - Tales of Ravenous Reader - Guest Post
1/14/2016 - Nerdophiles - Review
1/15/2016 - Dark Faerie Tales - Interview

Week Two:

1/18/2016 - Fiktshun - Review
1/19/2016 - Once Upon a Twilight - Guest Post
1/20/2016 - PLEASE FEED THE BOOKWORM - Review
1/21/2016 - The Eater of Books! - Interview
1/22/2016 - Good Choice Reading - Review

What do you think of the outfit I created? Also what do you think about Sword and Verse?!!

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