Wednesday, July 8, 2015

RockStar Book Tours, Review, & Giveaway: ShadowShaper (Daniel Jose Older)

Author: Daniel José Older
Pub. Date: June 30, 2015
Publisher: Arthur A. Levine Books (Scholastic)
Pages: 304
Formats: Hardcover, eBook

Cassandra Clare meets Caribbean legend in SHADOWSHAPER, an action-packed urban fantasy from a bold new talent.

Sierra Santiago was looking forward to a fun summer of making art, hanging out with her friends, and skating around Brooklyn. But then a weird zombie guy crashes the first party of the season. Sierra's near-comatose abuelo begins to say "No importa" over and over. And when the graffiti murals in Bed-Stuy start to weep.... Well, something stranger than the usual New York mayhem is going on.

Sierra soon discovers a supernatural order called the Shadowshapers, who connect with spirits via paintings, music, and stories. Her grandfather once shared the order's secrets with an anthropologist, Dr. Jonathan Wick, who turned the Caribbean magic to his own foul ends. Now Wick wants to become the ultimate Shadowshaper by killing all the others, one by one. With the help of her friends and the hot graffiti artist Robbie, Sierra must dodge Wick's supernatural creations, harness her own Shadowshaping abilities, and save her family's past, present, and future.

Find it: 

Daniel José Older is the author of the upcoming Young Adult novel Shadowshaper (Arthur A. Levine Books, 2015) and the Bone Street Rumba urban fantasy series, which begins in January 2015 withHalf-Resurrection Blues from Penguin’s Roc imprint. Publishers Weekly hailed him as a “rising star of the genre” after the publication of his debut ghost noir collection, Salsa Nocturna. He co-edited the anthology Long Hidden: Speculative Fiction from the Margins of History and guest edited the music issue of Crossed Genres. His short stories and essays have appeared in, Salon, BuzzFeed, the New Haven Review, PANK, Apex and Strange Horizons and the anthologies Subversion and Mothership: Tales Of Afrofuturism And Beyond. Daniel’s band Ghost Star gigs regularly around New York and he facilitates workshops on storytelling from an anti-oppressive power analysis. You can find his thoughts on writing, read dispatches from his decade-long career as an NYC paramedic and hear his music and @djolder on twitter.

Where you can fine Lee:

Website | Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads

What a refreshingly, different Young Adult Urban Fantasy that surrounds a strong female heroine named Sierra. Sierra discovers she comes from a long line of Shadowshapers...who are gifted with the ability to put spirits into paintings and bring them to life. 

The characters in this beautiful book are so full of life and culture. I loved the fact that there was so much art and imagery in the heart of the book. I loved the diverse characters that Daniel Jose Older brings to life and how Sierra's family and friends are who helps her to overcome her fears and fight the evil that is overtaking the world around her. 

I really enjoyed the romance aspect and the chemistry between Sierra and Robbie...They have a sweet romance that is perfect for readers of young adult and teens alike. 

I thoroughly enjoyed Shadowshapers and it was a quick, engaging read that left readers wanting more. I think Daniel Jose Older has made his entrance into the young adult world with a bang. I am looking forward to his next book!!!

5 winners will receive a finished copy of SHADOWSHAPER. 
US Only.

Tour Schedule:

Week One:

6/29/2015- Romancing the Dark Side- Excerpt
6/30/2015- The Best Books Ever- Review
7/1/2015- Please feed the bookworm- Interview
7/2/2015- The Book Bratz- Review
7/3/2015- Bookhounds ya- Interview 

Week Two:

7/6/2015- Book Briefs- Review
7/7/2015- Pieces of Whimsy- Excerpt
7/8/2015- Curling Up With A Good Book - Review
7/9/2015- The Bibliophile Chronicles- Interview
7/10/2015- RhiReading- Excerpt

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