Sunday, October 14, 2012

Blog Tour: Interview, Review & Giveaway for The Unfailing Light by Robin Bridges

Welcome to Day 19 on the blog tour for The Unfailing Light by Robin Bridges, the 2nd book in The Katerina Trilogy!

The Author...
~Robin Bridges~
By day, Robin is a mild-mannered writer of fantasy and paranormal fiction for young adults. By night, she is a pediatric nurse. Robin lives on the Gulf Coast with her husband, one soon-to-be teenager, and two slobbery mastiffs. I like playing video games and watching Jane Austen movies. (Alas, if only there was a Jane Austen video game!) 
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The Interview...
I'm so excited to have Robin Bridges with us today at Libby Blog for some Q & A!

Q- Who/What inspired you to become a writer?
A- My grandmother, a kindergarten teacher, was the one who gave me my love of books. She had shelves and shelves of children's literature, and I loved to listen to her read "The Elephant's Child" or "The Owl and the Pussy Cat." As soon as I could read, I was dragging Grama's heavy anthologies around and trying to write my own poems and short stories.

Q-  What was the first story you ever wrote?

A- The House on 10th Street, written when I was seven. It was a very sad house because mean people lived in it.

Q- How has life changed since being published?
A- It's definitely busier!

Q- Any other books in the works?
A- I'm working on a new historical fantasy at the moment, set in regency England.

Q- Why Russia?
A- I wanted to write a story with all of my favorite elements - a love story and a scary fairy tale, set in a time period I've always been fascinated with.

Q- What was your favorite book when you were young?
A- The Queen of Spells by Dahlov Ipcar. I've always loved stories with wicked fairy queens!

Q- If you could select one song as the theme song for the book/series, or a specific character, what would it be?
A- Loreena McKennit's "Night Ride across the Caucasus" was one of the songs I listened to repeatedly while writing THE FAILING LIGHT.

Thanks for stopping by Robin. I can't wait to add the finished copy to my bookshelves next to The Gathering Storm! ~Ange

The Review...
Series: The Katerina Trilogy, Book 2
Author: Robin Bridges
Release date: October 9, 2012
Published by: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Katerina Alexandrovna, Duchess of Oldenburg, is a necromancer. A very powerful necromancer who is the Zsar's connection to becoming an all-powerful creature who can protect Russia from evil. Except, this year Katiya is off to fulfill her lifelong dream of becoming a doctor by attending medical school. Perfect, right? Not quite. When it's discovered that Russia's greatest evil wasn't destroyed and is in fact trying everything he can to come back with all of his might, the Zsar forbids Katiya from leaving Russia. She is given an imperial order to once again attend the Smolny Institute for Young Noble Maidens, her ladies finishing school where she will polish her skills of running a household and being a competent wife and mother in life. And since the Empress has placed a spell over the school keeping all inside the school who should be and all who shouldn't be out while also keeping everyone inside from doing any type of magic. Except, what if the evil is already inside when the spell begins? Who will protect them now?

My thoughts: I adored this just as mush as I did the first book in this series. We pick up with Katiya and her family during the summer after the last book ends. All of the same wonderful characters are in this one, including the dreamy Grand Duke George. I love the scenes with Katiya and George all full of tension and stolen embraces. Of course there's also a seriously frustrating addition of Crown Prince Danilo having a direct connection to Katiya's thoughts since he drank her blood. Then there's his fabulously snarky and sometimes dangerous sister who she's once again roommates with. This has mystery, ghosts, adventure and butt-kicking along with a bit of delightful romance.

Final thoughts: Loved this! This is series is a must read if you like historical paranormal novels! I can't wait to see what happens next for Katiya! Will she get her true happy ending?

My review of...
Series: The Katerina Trilogy, Book 2
Author: Robin Bridges
Release date: January 10, 2012
Published by: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Unfailing Light - Blog Tour Schedule...
September 24th: Smitten Over Books
September 25th: Casey's Crew
September 26th: Much Ado About Books
September 26th: The Streetlight Reader
September 27th: Infinite Reads
September 28th: The Hiding Spot
September 29th: Girls Heart Books
October 1st: Mom Reads My Books
October 2nd: The Book Review Club
October 3rd: The Book Review Club
October 4th: Kimba Caffeinated
October 4th: My Life is a Notebook
October 5th: My Life is a Notebook
October 6th: Candace's Book Blog
October 7th: Reader Girls
October 8th: Bookish
October 8th: Peace, Love, Books
October 9th: YA Bibliophile
October 9th: Reader Girls
October 10th: Wastepaper Prose
October 10th: Imaginary Reads
October 11th: Imaginary Reads
October 12th: Well Read Wife
October 15th: Libby Blog
October 16th: Cracking the Cover
October 17th: A Bookish Libraria
October 18th: A Novel Review
October 19th: In the Best Worlds
October 20th: Tripping Over Books

~Time for the giveaway!~
(If you win, I will contact you for your direct address)
*Must live in the U.S. to enter.
*Must be 13 or older to participate.
Libby Blog is not responsible for any lost or damaged items in the mail. The winner will be notified via email and must respond with their address and book selection within 48 hours, or a new winner will be selected.
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Good luck! 


  1. This sounds great! Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  2. Thanks for the opportunity!