Today’s post is sponsored by Crown of Oblivion and Julie Eshbaugh!
Title Crown of Oblivion
Author Julie Eshbaugh
Intended Target Audience Young Adult
Publication Date November 12th 2019 by HarperTeen
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In this mesmerizing YA fantasy mash-up of The Road meets The Amazing Race, one girl chooses to risk her life in a cutthroat competition in order to win her freedom.
In Lanoria, Outsiders, who don’t have magic, are inferior to Enchanteds, who do. That’s just a fact for Astrid, an Outsider who is indentured to pay off her family’s debts. She serves as the surrogate for the princess — if Renya steps out of line, Astrid is the one who bears the punishment for it.
But there is a way out: the life – or – death Race of Oblivion. First, racers are dosed with the drug Oblivion, which wipes their memories. Then, when they awake in the middle of nowhere, only cryptic clues — and a sheer will to live — will lead them through treacherous terrain full of opponents who wouldn’t think twice about killing each other to get ahead.
But what throws Astrid the most is what she never expected to encounter in this race. A familiar face she can’t place. Secret powers she shouldn’t have. And a confusing memory of the past that, if real, could mean the undoing of the entire social structure that has kept her a slave her entire life.
Competing could mean death…but it could also mean freedom.
Cool Yule is a special seasonal event on Pop! Goes The Reader in which I put a fun twist on some of my regular features and share a number of new, holiday-themed posts including wallpapers, reviews, recipes, gift guides, and much more!
Anyone who knows me even a little knows that I love the holidays. I love the food, the music, the decorations, and especially the extra time spent with those I love. I also really love giving gifts.
For me, gift-giving is a year-round affair. Did you mention in May that you were searching for a book on Old Hollywood scandals or couldn’t wait to read the sequel to a book you absolutely loved the year before? Chances are I was surreptitiously making a note on my phone and you would eventually find that very thing waiting under the tree for you come December.
Of all the gifts I love to give, I particularly love book-inspired ones. Shocking, I know. There’s a particular joy in sharing what I love with others, and seeing that thing inspire joy in them, too. This year, I thought it might be fun to share a series of gift guides that will do just that. From mugs to enamel pins, jewelry to artwork, over the next couple of weeks I’ll be sharing a number of different gift guides for the literature lover in your life that will hopefully make this holiday season a little more fun, a lot less stressful, and maybe even help you love gift-giving, too.