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I am very excited to be sharing with you all the brilliant content you are about to see!
I was lucky enough to be a beta reader for Sydney Faith and have been patiently waiting for this story to make its way into the world and onto everyone’s bookshelves so I could fangirl with people! Now I am even luckier because I also got to be a part of the blog tour to announce its release, review the finished book and share with you some exclusive content, including an exclusive virtual reading and a Q&A with Sydney!
This tour is a little different so, if you have the time, I recommend making yourself comfortable! If not, bookmark this post and come back when you have the time to enjoy it all!
Title: The Delinquent Crown
Author: Sydney Faith
Genre: Fantasy – Adventure
Age Classification: Young Adult
Publisher: Sydney Faith
Release: September 9, 2019
First of all, you are going to want to click here.
That is the start of the blog tour and, YES, you are going to want to do this in order, so clickity click your way over to Waesmiley Reads.
From there, you will be guided through reviews, Q&As and virtual readings until you find your way back to me!
Once you return to me, be sure to read the entire post to get all of the goodies!
First up, HERE IS PART 7 OF THE VIRTUAL READING!
Now, faithful readers here is your next stop!
As this is already such a long post, I will only be doing a mini-review.
Olexia has been described so beautifully that I can picture it. Both Nick and Miri are well formed and have traits I both loved and disliked, but this is what made them so relatable. The supporting characters, Kayta and Siymin, add life and conflict to the story while also rounding out the group nicely.
The plot was captivating and intriguing to the point that I did not want to stop reading. I also enjoyed the magical system in Olexia, which I felt was well explained over the course of the novel. It is well written with a quick pace for most of the novel, though the story slows in the places it needs to.
Star Rating: ☆☆☆☆☆
This is a story that sticks with you long after you have closed the book. If you are a fan of YA fantasy, you need to read The Delinquent Crown!
As I mentioned at the beginning of this post, Sydney Faith was kind enough to do a Q&A with me!
Sydney: Hey Amy! Thanks so much for hosting part of this tour!
Amy: Thank you for allowing me to be a part of it and for answering some of my questions. Let’s begin!
A: When you began writing, what helpful advice did you get or wish you got?
S: The most helpful advice I got was “your first draft is going to be terrible, and that’s okay.” Not sure exactly where I heard it first, but it is so, so true.
A: Do you ever experience writer’s block and, if so, what are your methods for getting through it?
S: I definitely have trouble writing sometimes. I find that when I feel stuck, it’s usually due to poor planning on my end, or FUD (fear, uncertainty, and doubt). I get through it by taking a step back, assessing my current position in the story, and figuring out if there is really something wrong or if I just need to take a break and refresh.
A: You previously published The All-Stars. What did you learn from that experience?
S: So much! The All-Stars was my entry into the publishing world and it taught me so much about how the whole process works, but also about how I work, if that makes any sense. Like, in writing The All-Stars, I learned what processes work for me as far as planning, organization, writing schedules, etc.
A: What inspired you to write The Delinquent Crown?
S: I’ve always been a huge fan of fantasy and it was just a matter of time before I wrote one. I was actually a few months into working on a different project when I had the idea for TDC in the middle of the night. I was so excited about it that I had to jump out of bed to write it down! And it probably helps that my favorite children’s story is Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.
A: How long have you been working on The Delinquent Crown?
S: I think from the start of the first draft to now has been about 3 years.
A: What has been your favourite experience during the writing/editing/publishing process?
S: My favorite experience is definitely when those last few pieces click together. For writing that’s when I get the plot solidified and figure out the last bit of the puzzle. For editing, it’s when I read through line edits and no longer feel the need to change things. It’s an awesome but also scary feeling when you realize you’re done and are ready to move on to the next step.
A: Who was your favourite character to work with?
S: It’s so hard to pick a favorite! Okay, I love all my characters, but writing for Miri is probably my favorite. I really connect with her personality and I feel the most in tune with her feelings and struggles.
A: What element of The Delinquent Crown was the most challenging to write?
S: Story-wise, the action scenes. I hadn’t written a ton of action/fast-paced/physical conflict in the past, so that was really fun to learn but also challenging. As for characters I’d have to say understanding emotions. I have such a hard time expressing a character’s feelings that I feel like I’m going mad sometimes! Luckily I have a CP who is wonderful at it and has taught me a lot!
A: If you had to describe The Delinquent Crown in one sentence, what would you say?
S: This is always so difficult for me! Okay, here goes.
It’s about a pair of orphaned teenage siblings who find Olexia, learn to wield magic, and are constantly running from bad guys who want them dead.
A: Can you share any details about any future books?
S: Hmm… what can I say? Okay for the next book there will be more magic, higher stakes, a little bit of romance, and a monster.
As far as the series as a whole goes, you can expect all of the above and more! I’m so excited to continue this series, it’s such a joy to write and is probably my favorite of my stories to date.
Thank you so much to Sydney for allowing me to be a part of this amazing blog tour!
Not sure if this is the book for you or want a taster before you get your hands on the book?
We got you covered because you can read the first three chapters by clicking here.
Until next time bibliophiles!