Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Exile for Dreamers by Kathleen Baldwin {blog tour review + giveaway}

Today I am super excited to be hosting the Rockstar Book Tour stop for

This book is such a fun series so far, definitely one to check out if you love adventure, alittle history, a little steampunkery, and a great group of characters!  First check out my review and then be sure to enter for a chance to win a copy!

by Kathleen Baldwin
♦publisher: Tor Teen
♦release date: May 24th, 2016
♦hardcover, 384 pages
♦intended audience: Young adult
♦series: Stranje House, book 2
  review of book one, School for Unusual Girls
♦source: from publisher for honest review
It’s 1814. Napoleon has escaped his imprisonment on Elba. Europe is in shambles. Britain is at war on four fronts. And at Stranje House, a School for Unusual Girls, five young ladies are secretly being trained for a world of spies, diplomacy, and war.

Tess Aubreyson can’t run far enough or fast enough to escape the prophetic dreams that haunt her. Dreams bring nothing but death and grief, and Tess refuses to accept that she may be destined for the same madness that destroyed her mother. Until her disturbing dreams become the only means of saving Lord Ravencross, the man she loves, and her fellow students at Stranje House. Tess’s old friend, the traitorous Lady Daneska, and Ghost, the ruthless leader of the Iron Crown, have returned to England, intent on paving the way for Napoleon’s invasion. Can the young ladies of Stranje House prevail once more? Or is England destined to fall into the hands of the power-mad dictator?

Review: So fun.  I really enjoyed the first book, School for Unusual Girls, but I had the feeling I would love Exile for Dreamers more. Why? Because in the first book, we followed Georgie, who was brilliant and clever, but just a bit...annoying. This one, however, followed Tess, a girl at the school that I was constantly curious to know more about. Especially her dealings with the equally wild tempered Lord Ravencross! :D  I was not disappointed at all and my need to get more into their story was definitely satisfied!

The story itself takes up just after where book one left off.  A few new faces come on the scene and I love that they are both important additions to this story, but you can also see where they might play out in future books (and with future POVs from the other girls at Stranje House ;D ).  This time around, both Tess's dreams and a dangerous attempted kidnapping lead them to believe an attack is coming. They group formulates a plan to at least make it look like England may be ready to fight back, and it forces Tess to deal with some pretty heavy emotional scars from her old friend, Lady Daneska, all while keeping the desire to kill her in check. 

Tess is plagued by terrifying dream visions--and she is sure she'll end up like her mother, that the dreams will drive her to madness and eventually death. Tess is such a wild thing---temperamental, a fighter, always running off through the fields with her wolf dogs at her side to clear her head or shake her fears. But she is also heartstrong, passionate, clever, and caring for both her schoolmates and teacher that are the only family she knows. The romance between her and Gabriel Ravencross is so intense because she wants him but she doesn't want to put him through seeing her taken by madness. The tension between them is near combustible..and I loved it! They both seem so serious and fiery and unwaveringly stubborn, making the tender moments between them feel so much sweeter. 

With the exciting end, I'm already eager to pick up the next book, Refuge for Masterminds, the continuing story as told from Jane's view---and possibly involving the American visitor, Mr. Sinclair?? I hope so! :D

I love adventure in books and in real life. I've roamed the Rocky Mountains, wandered the desert, enjoyed way too many classes in college, was stalked by a mountain lion, lost an argument with a rattlesnake, fell in love at least a dozen times, finally met and married my very own hero, and together we've raised four free-spirited children."

Award-winning author - Kensington published four of Kathleen's Regency romantic comedies, including MISTAKEN KISS, a Holt Medallion finalist. DIARY OF A TEENAGE FAIRY GODMOTHER, was a Golden Quill finalist. Her upcoming Historical YA series with TorTeen, A SCHOOL FOR UNUSUAL GIRLS, is a Junior Library Guild Selection and won a Marlene.

News and more at: www.Kathleenbaldwin.com

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