by Teresa Richards
ebook: 306 pages
Genre: YA, Contemporary/Historical, Fantasy
Synopsis: Fairy tales are simply tales, told and re-told, but changed over time.
It has been four months since Maggie learned the dark truth behind the tale of the Princess and the Pea and freed Princess Lindy from the cursed Emerald. Lindy is now back in the past where she belongs, queen of her tiny Scandinavian country, and Maggie is a fully reformed ex-stalker.
Except … she can’t stop doing internet searches on Lindy and her country.
One morning, Maggie wakes to find history turned on its head. Apparently, you can’t destroy a centuries-old curse without consequence. In order to prevent the changes in history from wiping out the present, Maggie resurrects her stalking gene and learns that fairy tales don’t stay dead for long.
Or at all.
Back in 1623, Lindy is juggling a threat to her family, a handsome new guard she’s not supposed to have feelings for, and a cursed Topaz with ties to the tale of Thumbelina. When past and present collide, Lindy and Maggie are brought together again, and another of Andersen’s tales turns from twisted fiction to chilling fact. (goodreads)
About the Book
I first met the author, Teresa Richards, while helping with the blog tour and book launch for Under a New York Skyline: 4 YA romance novellas. So when she asked if I would like to be a part of her blog tour for Topaz Reign, of course I said YES. I read book one in her series- Emerald Bound– and then jumped right into Topaz Reign. I read through them with a need to find out what would happen and I couldn’t stop reading. When I did, to sleep (unfortunately), my brain wouldn’t turn off. I needed to keep reading. I really enjoyed both books.
What TOTALLY worked for me:
- I loved Maggie and Lindy from book one, and loved them ever more in book two.
- Garon! Enough said.
- And while we’re on boys… Tanner and Trevin, too. (see the pictures below *swoon*)
- I loved the dual POV between Maggie and Lindy, especially as history changed in one POV while it happened in another POV.
- The contemporary aspect with fantastical elements.
- AND that the MAGIC wasn’t really magic… it was science… and therefore, explainable. Loved that. (and I secretly wish I could move atoms around also).
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Meet the Author
Teresa Richards: I have a degree in Audiology and Speech-Language-Pathology, with a minor in music for piano performance. But these days, I spend my time writing. When I’m not writing, I can be found either chasing after one of my five kids, or hiding someplace in the house with a treat my children overlooked.
I write YA, but I love anything that can be given a unique twist. My zombie stories ‘Are You My Mombie?’ and ‘The Zombie Code’ can be found in the Z Tales: Stories from the Zombieverse by The Fairfield Scribes.
My debut novel, Emerald Bound, is now available from Evernight Teen. It’s a dark YA retelling of the fairytale, The Princess and the Pea. Find me on twitter @byutm33 or visit my website authorteresarichards.com for more info.
Interview with Teresa
- How did you come up with the idea for this series
I’m a little embarrassed to admit that it really started with a dream. I’d recently finished writing a different book I was really excited about, but was more women’s fiction than young adult. Then one morning I woke up from one of those dreams that make perfect sense while you’re in them but fall to pieces when you wake up. It involved having to rescue a friend from certain death by getting a marble-like stone out from under her bed–I know, super random and weird. But it changed my direction.
I realized that the stone thread from that dream would make a really cool twist on the fairy tale The Princess and the Pea. I love reading fairy tale retellings, and the idea of twisting one up that hadn’t been done before was so exciting. Immediately, the story began spinning to life inside my head, and I stopped thinking about that first book and started working on this one. Even once Emerald Bound was finished, I felt there was still so much more I wanted to see the characters do, and so many more places I could take it, that I knew I wanted to do another.
- Who was/ has been your favorite character to write?
The guys are my favorite, actually. I have a sneaking suspicion it’s because I like being in charge of the way guys act. Lol! Garon was my first favorite, and he’s a character that stormed into the scene without me planning him out in advance. I also really loved writing Tanner–he’s the big brother I always wanted (I’m the oldest child). And then there’s Trevin, champion of strong women doing awesome things.
- Of the two gems (so far) which would you want to posses, why?
Ooh, good question. I’m going to have to say the Topaz, only because the Emerald creeps me out. I’m a little bit terrified of it, actually.
Do you have pictures you use as inspiration for Maggie, Lindy, Garon and Trevin?
In the past, when I searched for pictures that matched what was in my head, I always come away disappointed (and having wasted a LOT of writing time). But I just did a search for this question and, what do you know, I found four perfect pictures, right away! Here is Maggie, Garon, Lindy, and Trevin:Maggie
GaronLindy (except picture her in a castle, not in a car)Trevin
- What is a secret about the books/characters that you can spill for us?
Well, I recently sat down with my characters for a little interview, which you can read here (http://goodtalesreviews.com/
guest-post-topaz-reign- character-interview-by-teresa- richards/) and at the end of the interview, Thumbelina promised that the readers would get to meet her husband soon. So that’s something to look forward to! And the secret is this: There will definitely be another book in the series involving an altered stone, BUT the magician responsible for the cursed gemstones we’ve already encountered did not make any more in his lifetime.
There you have it. I’d want to read the books just based off these pictures of character inspirations, but they really are fun books to read.
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Want to check out the other bloggers on the tour?
Tuesday, October 3–Katie’s Clean Book Selection
Thursday, October 5–Cindy’s Treasury of Good Tales
Thursday, October 5–Singing Librarian Books
|Friday, October 6–Blooming With Books|
Sunday, October 8–Head Over Books
Tuesday, October 10–EmmyMom
Wednesday, October 11–Literary Time Out
Wednesday, October 11–Kindle And Me
Wednesday, October 11–Getting Your Read On
Thursday, October 12–My Book A Day
Friday, October 13—Brookie Cowles
Saturday, October 14—LDS Women’s Book Reviews