The Fall is jam packed with book releases I’ve got major grabby hands for, which means my TBR is doomed! …but that’s perfectly fine with me!
One of the books I am most looking forward to is a YA Fantasy from the author of Ivory and Bone — Crown of Oblivion by Julie Eshbaugh. The November 12th release gives me The Amazing Race (TV show) vibes, and I am 100% here for it!
ABOUT THE BOOK
Crown of Oblivion by Julie Eshbaugh
Published by Harper Teen on November 12, 2019
Genres: Young Adult Fantasy
Astrid is the surrogate for Princess Renya, which means she bears the physical punishment if Renya steps out of line. Astrid has no choice—she and her family are Outsiders, the lower class of people without magic and without citizenship.
But there is a way out of this life—competing in the deadly Race of Oblivion. To enter the race, an Outsider is administered the drug Oblivion, which wipes their memory clear of their past as they enter a new world with nothing to help them but a slip of paper bearing their name and the first clue. It’s not as simple as solving a puzzle, however—for a majority of the contestants, the race ends in death. But winning would mean not only freedom for Astrid, but citizenship and health care for her entire family. With a dying father to think of, Astrid is desperate to prevail.
From the beginning, the race is filled with twists and turns. One of them is Darius, a fellow racer Astrid meets but isn’t sure she can trust. Though they team up in the race, as Astrid’s memories begin to resurface, she remembers just who he was to her—a scorned foe who may want revenge. Astrid also starts to notice she has powers no Outsider should—which could help her win the race, but also make her a target if anyone finds out. With stakes that couldn’t be higher, Astrid must decide what is more important: risking her life to remember the mysteries of the past, or playing a cutthroat game in order to win her—and her family’s—freedom.
Do you want to be part of an online tour sending Astrid from CROWN OF OBLIVION around the world? Do you want the chance to win $100 worth of books? Then enter the #RaceofOblivion! One winner will receive a $100 gift card to the book retailer of their choice!
Here’s how it works:
In CROWN OF OBLIVION, Astrid puts her life on the line by participating in a dangerous cross-country race. So to help her get warmed up, we’re sending her on a virtual race around the world! The #RaceofOblivion is all about posting pictures of a cutout image of Astrid in a variety of different locations. To participate, you can use the cutout bookmark that comes in the Pre-order Giveaway, or print out/use a digital copy of the cutout image of Astrid here.
Find out full details on Julie’s website!
Here’s my take on #RaceOfOblivion — Astrid is racing through the hills of West Virginia (where I’m from)! I used a free, legal stock photo and digitally added the Astrid bookmark image to create this fun photo.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Julie Eshbaugh lives with her husband and son outside Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Early on, Julie focused her artistic energies on filmmaking and online video. She made two short films and spent several years producing a web series for teens that became an early YouTube hit and received several honors from the Webby Awards. Julie’s new YA fantasy, Crown of Oblivion, comes out from HarperTeen November 12, 2019. She is also the author of Ivory and Bone, (HarperTeen 2016,) and its sequel, Obsidian and Stars, (HarperTeen 2017.)