Happy Sunday y’all! I hope everyone’s been having a good weekend so far. Mine has been great because I spent a good amount of time yesterday reading an incredible book- which y’all are about to hear all about because today’s my stop on the Vespertine tour by Turn the Page tours! Thank you so much to Turn the Page tours for having me as a part of this tour and thank you so much to Margaret K. McElderry Books for sponsoring this tour and sending me an eARC and a beautiful finished copy early! Also, along with this great blog tour, up for grabs is two (2) copies of VESPERTINE by Margaret Rogerson, one a physical finished copy and one a digital copy. Open USA only. This giveaway is open through October 9th, so make sure you enter it ASAP!
Vespertine 5/5 Stars
Summary from Goodreads:
From the New York Times bestselling author of Sorcery of Thorns and An Enchantment of Ravens comes a thrilling new YA fantasy about a teen girl with mythic abilities who must defend her world against restless spirits of the dead.
The dead of Loraille do not rest.
Artemisia is training to be a Gray Sister, a nun who cleanses the bodies of the deceased so that their souls can pass on; otherwise, they will rise as spirits with a ravenous hunger for the living. She would rather deal with the dead than the living, who trade whispers about her scarred hands and troubled past.
When her convent is attacked by possessed soldiers, Artemisia defends it by awakening an ancient spirit bound to a saint’s relic. It is a revenant, a malevolent being that threatens to possess her the moment she drops her guard. Wielding its extraordinary power almost consumes her—but death has come to Loraille, and only a vespertine, a priestess trained to wield a high relic, has any chance of stopping it. With all knowledge of vespertines lost to time, Artemisia turns to the last remaining expert for help: the revenant itself.
As she unravels a sinister mystery of saints, secrets, and dark magic, her bond with the revenant grows. And when a hidden evil begins to surface, she discovers that facing this enemy might require her to betray everything she has been taught to believe—if the revenant doesn’t betray her first.
Oh wow y’all. I’ve read all of Margaret Rogerson’s books and they’ve all been good, but man something about Vespertine is so much better than the others. Her writing style was always good, but it just stepped up in Vespertine. The whole concept around the dead of Loraille coming back as ghosts and there being different classes of ghosts depending on how they died and each one being able to do different things and people being able to take control of them by trapping them in relics was so cool. I loved Artemisia as a main character and I loved the connection she had with her revenant. I also thought it was so interesting that she had been possessed from infancy until the age of 10- I would have loved to learn more about that and how they figured it out, but the small glimpses we got of it were really great. I even really liked Marguerite! Such a great secondary character who was so much more than she appeared to be at the beginning. Pacing and plot wise, I loved everything about it- I was always so engrossed in everything and never bored. When I got to the epilogue, I was like wait it’s done? How??? Not because I had questions or the story felt incomplete, but because I wanted to read more stories in this world! I highly recommend Vespertine to everyone! Vespertine comes out on October 5th, so make sure y’all run and grab it! Amazon | Barnes and Noble | Book Depository | Indiebound
Here are some of my favorite quotes from the book:
This isn’t a quote, but I loved the dedication of the book! “To everyone who would rather sit in a corner petting the dog than make conversation at a party: this one’s for you.”
“Now wherever she ent, Trouble followed, especially indoors, where she had a habit of upsetting the sisters by hiding him insider her robes” So much foreshadowing, plus Trouble is everywhere in this book
“‘But you can’t run forever, girl. The Lady will do what She wants with you. She always does, in the end.'”
“‘If the Divine is afraid,’ whispered one of the sisters, ‘shouldn’t we be, too?'”
“‘You asked for my help. It isn’t my fault if you don’t like what I have to say.'”
“‘They might be right. You’re horrid and annoying enough to be one. As far as I can tell, that seems to be the criteria.'”
“‘How delightful. Being horrid must come naturally to you.'”
“‘But you’re going to have to do something about that hair.'”
“‘Perhaps I could use a little peace and quiet quiet during the rare moments in which you aren’t trying to get yourself killed.'”
“‘Sometimes, if you want to save other people, you need to remember to save yourself first.'”
“‘Just because you can survive by being scary and intense all the time doesn’t mean you should judge everyone who can’t.'”
“‘She wouldn’t make someone kick the goat.’ The revenant was quiet – a careful, pained pause. ‘Nun,’ it said, ‘ isn’t that what She’s done to you?'”
About the Author
Margaret Rogerson is the author of the New York Times best sellers An Enchantment of Ravens and Sorcery of Thorns. She has a bachelor’s degree in cultural anthropology from Miami University. When not reading or writing she enjoys sketching, gaming, making pudding, and watching more documentaries than is socially acceptable (according to some). She lives near Cincinnati, Ohio, beside a garden full of hummingbirds and roses. Visit her at MargaretRogerson.com. Twitter | Instagram | Goodreads