Monday, 13 February 2017

Island of Exiles Blog Tour - Review & Giveaway



Title: Island of Exiles 
Series: The Ryogan Chronicles #1
Author: Erica Cameron
Genre: YA Fantasy
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Release Date: February 14th, 2017
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In Khya’s world, every breath is a battle.
On the isolated desert island of Shiara, dying young is inevitable. The clan comes before self, and protecting her home means Khya is a warrior above all else.
But when following the clan and obeying their leaders could cost her brother his life, Khya’s home becomes a deadly trap. The only person who can help is Tessen, her lifelong rival and the boy who challenges her at every turn. The council she hoped to join has betrayed her, and their secrets, hundreds of years deep, reach around a world she’s never seen.

To save her brother’s life and her island home, her only choice is to trust Tessen, turn against her clan, and go on the run—a betrayal and a death sentence.
To say that Erica's new book is amazing, is putting it lightly.

I fell in love with her words when I received an arc of her first book, Sing Sweet Nightingale back in 2014; and every time I keep wanting more. Erica has a way with storytelling that I wish more people had the experience of reading. In Island of Exiles she has a way of educating the reader about cultures, how weather patterns work and how to live in the dessert. Now I'm not saying that I'd rely on it as a survival guide because this world is completely fictitious.

As I was writing this review, I was debating on what I wanted to showcase first; the characters or the story. So, I decided on the plot. When a synopsis that involves death is included, sometimes the death has already occurred, to which we then get some background history as to when leads to what happened. What I learned after starting the book, is a sister whose protecting and preparing her younger brother. This just shows the strong bond the siblings have for each other. Which in the story, is odd for the world we're in. This is what drives Khya to learn more, question authority and trust those outside her circle. This story shows us that the adults may feel they're protecting their family, clan or country; but how they're going about it may not always be the best option. Following authority blindly is how history repeats itself.

There's a couple of things I wanted to point out that I loved about this fantasy book. Not all the characters are straight when it comes to their romantic orientation. Readers need to find pieces of themselves in a book; whether its on a sexuality level, hobby level, emotional level etc. Readers will connect and want more if they can identify with aspects of the book. Before I go any further, I want to thank Erica for having Khya have her period in the book. If there's ever something that is crucial when creating female main characters, it's ensuring they have the same bodily functions as other females. I'll be happy when we get to a day where we don't have to point it out in fantasy novels. Another thing that she normalized is the characters having sex. I don't care if you're in a real world or not, teens are horny and have sex. It's a thing that happens! Another thing that I'll love when I don't have to make the shocked face when it's brought up.

Before I forget, I wanted to mention that there's a beautiful dancing scene and I can't stop thinking about it!

This book, along with Erica's other stories need to be shared with more readers. She's the amazing hole in the wall breakfast restaurant that I'd always go back for more. Keep breaking down those literature walls and I'll keep shouting out praise.


About the Author
After a lifelong obsession with books, Erica Cameron spent her college years getting credit for reading and learning how to make stories of her own. Erica graduated with a double major in psychology and creative writing from Florida State University and began pursuing a career as an author.

Erica is many things but most notably the following: writer, reader, editor, asexual, dance fan, choreographer, singer, lover of musical theater, movie obsessed, sucker for romance, Florida resident, and quasi-recluse. She loves the beach but hates the heat, has equal passion for the art of Salvador Dali and Venetian Carnival masks, has a penchant for unique jewelry and sun/moon d├ęcor pieces, and a desire to travel the entire world on a cruise ship. Or a private yacht. You know, whatever works.


Her debut novel, Sing Sweet Nightingale, released March 2014 and it was the first volume of The Dream War Saga. In May 2015, Erica and her co-author Lani Woodland launched the Laguna Tides series with Taken by Chance. Riptide’s new YA imprint Triton Books will release both books in the Assassins series, Discord and Nemesis, in 2016. The Ryogan Chronicles, a fantasy trilogy set to launch through Entangled Teen, will launch in 2017 with Island of Exiles.
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