January 9, 2016

The Tsar's Guard Parade: Five Reasons Why I Am Excited About The Crown’s Game!



     
      The Crown’s Game is one of my most anticipated books of 2016 and this post is going to tell you why! I was lucky enough to be asked to join the Tsar’s Guard aka The Crown’s Game street team, and we are participating in the Tsar’s Guard parade, which is celebrating the highly anticipated book by Evelyn Skye! First, I will include the synopsis of The Crown’s Game and then tell you all why I am stocked for this book!
However, that is not all this post will contain! Be sure to read all the way to the bottom of my post to see an awesome giveaway where you might be able to win an ARC of The Crown's Game!
About The Crown's Game:
    Vika Andreyeva can summon the snow and turn ash into gold. Nikolai Karimov can see through walls and conjure bridges out of thin air. They are enchanters—the only two in Russia—and with the Ottoman Empire and the Kazakhs threatening, the Tsar needs a powerful enchanter by his side.

  And so he initiates the Crown’s Game, an ancient duel of magical skill—the greatest test an enchanter will ever know. The victor becomes the Imperial Enchanter and the Tsar’s most respected adviser. The defeated is sentenced to death.
    Raised on tiny Ovchinin Island her whole life, Vika is eager for the chance to show off her talent in the grand capital of Saint Petersburg. But can she kill another enchanter—even when his magic calls to her like nothing else ever has?
    For Nikolai, an orphan, the Crown’s Game is the chance of a lifetime. But his deadly opponent is a force to be reckoned with—beautiful, whip smart, imaginative—and he can’t stop thinking about her.
    And when Pasha, Nikolai’s best friend and heir to the throne, also starts to fall for the mysterious enchantress, Nikolai must defeat the girl they both love . . . or be killed himself.
    As long-buried secrets emerge, threatening the future of the empire, it becomes dangerously clear . . . the Crown’s Game is not one to lose.

Whoa. It sounds amazing right? Now, here are five reasons why I am excited for The Crown’s Game!
 1. Vika Andreyeve can summon snow and can turn ash into gold.
                Vika sounds like a badass waiting to be unleashed. I mean, she is basically the love child of Queen Elsa and King Midas (great mental image, huh). Who wouldn't want to read a book about that?! I know I do. Plus, her name just sounds cool. She also seems like she will be a force to be reckoned with.
 Bonus: This is who I see as Vika, Adelaide Kane!



 2. Nikolai Karimov can see through walls and conjure bridges out of thin air.

                Nikolai is the second reason this book quickly landed on my most anticipated book list for 2016. The fact that he is an orphan breaks my heart and makes me want to love and hug him even more. I can also imagine the trouble he will get in with his powers, especially being able to see through walls, which adds an exciting factor into the mix! Am I the only one who imagines Nikolai spying on Vika with that power? Yes? Well, you all have no idea how hilarious that would be especially if he gets caught. In addition to his powers, I'm half in love with him already just because of his name. #Book Boyfriend Obsessed 
 Bonus: This is who I see as Nikolai, Alexander Ludwig!


 3. Skye has created these two characters who seem to have mismatched powers which I think is very unique, and she is going to make them fight to the death.

                The Crown's Game is a duel created by the Tsar to find the best enchanter in Russia. It just so happens that the only two Enchanters in Russia happen to be Vika and Nikolai. Oh, I can practically feel the drama emanating from this book already. However, that is not all. The losing opponent is sentenced to death. I can feel the possible heart ache their situation might bring, and I AM SO NOT READY.

 4. The possible romance and love triangle has me begging for and ARC of this book because books like this give me life.

                Nikolai is in love and enchanted (pun intended) with Vika by the sound of the synopsis, and I am already shipping them. Too soon? No such thing! I cannot wait to read about their first meeting and if the sparks will fly. THEN, we are introduced to another character who happens to be the crown prince of Russia and Nikolai's best friend, Pasha. They both start falling for Vika, and I am so ready for the drama that will ensue. I'm excited for it, but not prepared.



 5. The plot screams excitement to me, and I just need this book in my life. Here are five reasons why the plot itself excites me:
 #1. We have a new fantasy concept of "Enchanters" in Russia, which is reason enough for me to be excited and read this book.

 #2. We have two main characters who are forced to fight to the death for a place beside the Tsar of Russia as his Imperial Enchanter. Two main characters who seem to have completely different upbringings and polar opposite powers. The sparks will definitely fly.

 #3. We have a possible love triangle involving two very skilled enchanters and a crown prince. Two enchanters who are forced to fight to the death, and the crown prince of the Tsar, who is forcing his best friend and the woman he loves to fight to the death.

 #4. Then we have a hint of mystery that the empire might not be what it seems, and that it has secrets buried deep in it that have the power to destroy everything. Hello? More drama equals a very interested reader.

 #5. The last line of the synopsis is the last reason I'm excited for The Crown's Game. It states, "The Crown's Game is not one to lose" and it gives me cold chills. It has me curious as to how Vika and Nikolai will handle their deadly situation, and just what lies in the empire's secrets that could be so deadly.

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                THAT is why I'm excited for The Crown’s Game. It had my attention from the very first line of the synopsis, which is rare for me, and I am so ready to get my hands on this beauty. I am telling you, I would sell my soul to get an ARC of this book. Tell me what you are excited to see in The Crown's Game. Are you ready for the action, romance, and/or mystery that is in store for all of us readers?

                Now it is giveaway time! Don't miss out on the chance to win an ARC of the Crown's Game and enter the Rafflecopter below!
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              Don't forget to check out the other stops that will be made on the Tsar's Guard Parade! Find the complete Tsar’s Guard Parade Schedule at Evelyn Skye’s website!


P.S. I made a bookmark for The Crown's Game because I am so excited.



About Evelyn Skye:
Evelyn Skye was once offered a job by the C.I.A., she not-so-secretly wishes she was on "So You Think You Can Dance," and if you challenge her to a pizza-eating contest, she guarantees she will win. When she isn't writing, Evelyn can be found chasing her daughter on the playground or sitting on the couch, immersed in a good book and eating way too many cookies. THE CROWN'S GAME is her first novel. Evelyn can be found online at www.evelynskye.com and on Twitter @EvelynSkyeYA.