August 13, 2012

Blog Tour: RIFT (Nightshade Prequel #1) by Andrea Cremer – Review with Giveaway

Hello fantabulous readers! Thanks for stopping by the blog for our Tour Stop for

RIFT (Nightshade Prequel #1) by Andrea Cremer

presented by Razorbill!

Be sure to enter the giveaway for a chance to win your very own copy!
Details can be found at the end of the post.

Chronicling the rise of the Keepers, this is the stunning prequel to Andrea Cremer’s internationally bestselling Nightshade trilogy!

Sixteen-year-old Ember Morrow is promised to a group called Conatus after one of their healers saves her mother’s life. Once she arrives, Ember finds joy in wielding swords, learning magic, and fighting the encroaching darkness loose in the world. She also finds herself falling in love with her mentor, the dashing, brooding, and powerful Barrow Hess. When the knights realize Eira, one of their leaders, is dabbling in dark magic, Ember and Barrow must choose whether to follow Eira into the nether realm or to pledge their lives to destroying her and her kind.

With action, adventure, magic, and tantalizing sensuality, this book is as fast-paced and breathtaking as the Nightshade novels.

RIFT (Nightshade Prequel #1) by Andrea Cremer
Publish Date: April 7, 2012
Publisher: Philomel

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** This title was provided to us by the publisher for an honest review.
We were in no way paid for our opinion **

Since I’m already a big fan of the Nightshade series, I was absolutely thrilled to start reading Rift. Even though I’m yet to read Bloodrose, and I’m kinda glad because I don’t want Nightshade to end, I was nervous that because I haven’t completed the Nightshade series I wouldn’t be able to understand/find a ton of spoilers in Rift. Luckily, even if you haven’t finished the series or even started it—you can definitely read Rift and find no spoilers and also get enchanted in an entirely new story.

Out of all of Cremer’s novels, I almost think that Rift might just be my favorite. I know that in a lot of prequel stories, you end up just getting the same storyline and plot with new characters and I assumed that much from Rift. *Face palm* Do not assume that from Rift because you are going to find yourself immersed in a story that stands far, far away from the entire Nightshade series. This novel has new characters, new romances and takes place in the middle ages when men were still chivalrous and women were expected to get married to whoever their father’s saw fit and pop out the children.

From the obvious badassery portrayed on the cover, I knew that I would enjoy reading Rift. Mainly because the story is told about how the Witches’ War began. Anyhow, Rift is basically the story of Ember Morrow whose life has been promised to Conatus to serve for as long as she’s required—and she becomes a warrior, surrounded by members of the Guard and finds herself being trained by Mr. Tall, dark and handsome: Barrow… The one member of the Guard who protects Ember like she’s more than just his apprentice.

Honestly, the one thing that I found refreshing about Rift was that there are no werewolves. Everything is brand new and we are introduced to new creatures. The ones that are commonly found in European folklore were introduced into the story and were fought by Ember, Barrow and the rest of the Guard. Rift is told from the third person POV’s of Ember and Eira, both characters hold different codes and morals, and you could definitely question Eira’s.

The story also introduces us to Bosque Mar’s origins and if you’re in love with him—you’ll probably imagine Barrow as Christian Bale *swoon, swoon, swoon*. Unlike the novels before it, Rift barely focuses on the romance portion of the novel, which I enjoyed because it leads to this epic build-up of ‘what comes next?’.

I would recommend Rift to fans of Andrea Cremer’s Nightshade series, as well as readers who enjoy Cassandra Claire’s Infernal Devices because of the backstory. Fans of the YA supernatural and YA romance will most likely find themselves falling hard for one of the most epic novels in the Nightshade series.

About the Author:

Andrea Cremer spent her childhood daydreaming and roaming the forests and lakeshores of Northern Wisconsin. She now lives in Minnesota, but she thinks of her homeland as the “Canadian Shield” rather than the Midwest.

Andrea has always loved writing and has never stopped writing, but she only recently plunged into the deep end of the pool that is professional writing. When she’s not writing, Andrea teaches history at a very nice liberal arts college in St. Paul.

In the little spare time she can find, Andrea stares up at trees, rescues infant rabbits from predatory cats, and invents names for pug puppies with her husband. She has an unfortunate tendency to spill things – white carpets beware!

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  1. Maidenveil

    A sword of course!:)

  2. Christina K.

    Definitely a bow and arrow:)

    Thanks so much:)

  3. Suzy Turner

    A blowtorch? I doubt I would be any good with a sword! lol

  4. Shelly

    I’m a traditionalist so it would have to be a sword, with a bow and arrow being the second choice.

  5. Roxana Zuziac

    A hammer like Thor’s.
    Thank you for the giveaway!

  6. Zara Alexis

    A very sharp sword!

  7. Library Lady

    I think I’d go for a bow and arrow too. That way I wouldn’t have to get to close to anyone!

  8. I’d like to say something really cool like throwing stars or daggers, but really I would want a gun. That way I don’t have to get too close, lol!

  9. Vivien


  10. cody

    I think I would want it to be a special kind of blade or maybe a pair os sai since I’ve always liked them.

  11. Carl

    A double-edged sword in one hand and a strong shield in the other.

  12. Maegan Morin

    Short sword and dagger!

  13. Gaby

    A sword definitely, but I’d like to be able to use a bow too.

  14. Lioness

    Bow and Arrow, or maybe a pair of of swords. And daggers xD Lots of them

  15. Lona Stringer

    I have to agree with Gaby, A sword and have a bow and arrow tucked somewhere “Just in case”. Thx for giveaway.

  16. Jennifer

    A KATANA!!!! Haha :)

  17. Lauren

    I thought warriors used swords. But maybe an axe?

  18. Kassandra Fuentes

    I would have a Khopesh!

  19. LoStInDr3aMs

    I would have for sure the bow with arrow and a dagger….and sometimes maybe a shield…but maybe I’m too good for a shield(kidding)
    thanks for this amazing giveaway…

  20. LoStInDr3aMs

    I would have for sure the bow with arrow and a dagger….and sometimes maybe a shield…but maybe I’m too good for a shield(kidding)
    thanks for this amazing giveaway…

  21. Twisty J

    I would choose fire of some sort. I would probably create a sweet flame thrower!

  22. Veronica De Luna

    Probably a spear.

  23. Samantha D

    My fists!!!!!!!!!

  24. FloeticFlo

    Umm….charm? Of course! :)

  25. Dani Nguyen

    I’d go with bow & arrow. I love all the movies with female archers that are coming out. Thanks for the chance to win! Can’t wait to read Rift!

  26. Levina G

    I would choose a samurai sword – nice and deadly!

  27. Emily (Ed and Em's Reviews)

    Well… I’d like to own everything – just for protection’s sake, of course.
    If I had to pick one, I’d use a bow and arrow. I’ve been into archery since childhood, so I’ve gotten pretty handy with them. I’d kick some booty! ;)

  28. Lisa Richards

    Bow and Arrow of course

  29. Kristia

    I would choose a sword.
    Thank you for the giveaway :)

  30. Adisty

    I prefer sword and maybe an arrow.

  31. krsz

    A sword and a few daggers.

  32. Traci

    ooh, I don’t know, something pointy and stabby. And my feminine wiles, of course ;)

  33. Anatea

    Probably a sword.

  34. Linda Henderson

    My brain, I’d like to outwit and outhink my enemies.

  35. Suz Reads

    I would pick a bow and arrow!

  36. Vivian

    I gotta go with a sword!

  37. Abby

    I can’t believe this is int..:D

  38. Karina

    A sword? I don’t know how to handle any other weapon so I’ll be on the safe one. :)

  39. Wolfswan1

    a Composite bow :)

  40. lunateca

    pair of of swords

  41. Erin W

    Great review and many thanks for the giveaway!

    My weapon of choice – without a doubt – would be a japanese katana sword. It’s a killer blade and not to mention it’s very stylish and can hang on my wall for easy access . . . you know, if intruders come around to my home! ;)

  42. Zoe Leonarczyk

    I would choose a bow and arrow!

  43. Evie

    a sword.
    Thanks a lot for the giveaway!

  44. Cordelia

    An invisibility cloak…so i can be sneaky and learn the enemy’s secrets!

  45. Grace Lo

    Probably a scythe or something creepy like that c: Although I do think that knife-fighting is kinda badass.

  46. Dovile

    I’d choose a bow and arrows.

  47. Hwa Sun

    A whip (like Isabelle from TMI)

  48. kimbacaffeinate

    ooh badass, new characters eep this sounds amazing and i friggin love the cover!

  49. juhina

    A samuri Sowrd :D

    thanks for the giveaway!

    – Juhina @ Maji Bookshelf

  50. Daniel M

    lots of knives for both hand to hand and throwing

  51. Stephanie T.

    I’d have maybe a sword or a dagger, but I’d have a bunch of throwing stars hidden somewhere. Just in case, of course.

  52. I’d love having various fancy knives and knowing how to use them skillfully :)

  53. FairyWhispers

    I’ve never really thought about that, but perhaps dangerous ribbon like sharp things? ;)

  54. Berke

    Wow, thank you for the great giveaway!

  55. Jolene A

    A sword so I could look and feel and actually be bada** lol :)

  56. Danielle Smiley

    Great giveaway! Thanks so much! If I were a warrior, I’d want a crossbow. I wouldn’t want to get too close … lol!

  57. Kayla Jonassen

    If i were a warrior i would wield a dagger or a long spear so i wont get hurt

  58. starryblue

    I would have a sword.

  59. Natasha Areena

    A Katana or a tactical tomahawk. :)

  60. JennH

    cool looking/ shiny Katana or throwing stars!

  61. Vivian M

    Sword! But I would have to train A LOT. I suck at all things physical :(

  62. Gabbie

    A shotgun!

    Just kidding :) A gigantic magic sword or a bow and arrows. Because they have bad ass written all over them!

  63. Denise Z

    I want a sword that is magic and will adjust its weight and balance to my hand and come to me when I call it and glow when the bad guys are near ;=D I am totally combining the swords I have read about and making an ultimate wishlist here LOL Thank you for the fun.

  64. Stella C

    I would use a wooden staff.

  65. alicia marie

    I think I’d have to go with a very sharp sword : )

  66. Zahra

    Swords and a bow and arrows ;)

  67. Zahra

    Swords and a bow and arrows ;)

  68. Nicole Torres

    What an amazing giveaway! I love the Nightshade series so much! When I saw Rift I knew I had to read it! My weapon of choice would have to be a katana, I love those

  69. Shepa

    Something as simple as a knife/sword. They’re quick to grab and I would, hopefully, be great at using either one or both :)

  70. erleen

    Maybe a dagger or anything sharp but small for easier concealment. :)

  71. Christina T

    Sais or Steel Fans like Kitana from Mortal Kombat!

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  73. anary

    A sword or an arrow9like the arrow from “Fire”!)

    Oh, and thanks for the giveaway!!<3

  74. Kristie

    I’d want a trusty sword by my side!

  75. Angie

    I would like to think that I was epic with a scythe…

  76. Jan Bethel

    Oh, I love, love, love Andrea Cremer’s books! I’m a fan of Calla and Ren. and OMG! I can’t wait to read this book. Thank you for sharing this with us! :)

  77. Jan Bethel

    My weapon of choice would be a sword. I’ve always thought that people who can use them are pretty cool! xD

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