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Blog Tour, Guest Post / August 4, 2015

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Welcome to the last stop on this tour! So happy to welcome back one of the best #UKYA authors I know, the lovely Zoë Marriott, to celebrate the last book in her trilogy Frail Human Heart! I fell in love with The Night Itself, the first book in The Name of the Blade series last year, and I can’t believe it’s all coming to an end. Today, we get an insight into what inspired Zoë to write this series.
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By: Daphne
Bookish Firsts / July 4, 2014

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Welcome back to Bookish Firsts! I launched this feature several weeks ago to get guest bloggers and authors to talk about their bookish ‘first times’.

Today I’m ecstatic to have one of my favourite UKYA authors Zoe Marriott on the blog. The second book in her The Name of the Blade series Darkness Falls was released yesterday so yay! This book is the follow up to the superb The Night Itself. She is also the author of other wonderful books such as Shadows on the Moon which was one of my top ten so far in 2014. read more

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By: Daphne
Top Ten Tuesday / June 17, 2014

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish to show off our book-related lists!

I know this isn’t the topic you expected this week (sorry I’m a week late), but I can never pass up the opportunity to highlight my top reads of the year so far. So much so that I’ve had to cheat a little and grouped several series in here as one pick. So here you have my top ten fourteen books for 2014 so far (which by the way, just made total sense):
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By: Daphne
Review, Young Adult / February 13, 2014
The Night Itself by Zoe MarriottThe Night Itself
Author: Zoë Marriott
Series: The Name of the Blade #1
Publisher: Walker Books
Date: June 2013
368 pages
Source: ARC from publisher
Genres: Mythology, Urban Fantasy
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When fifteen year old Mio Yamato furtively sneaks the katana - an ancestral Japanese sword - out of its hiding place in her parent's attic to help liven up her Christmas party costume, she has no idea of the darkness she is about to unleash on modern day London, or the family secrets that she is going to uncover.

The paralysing paranoia that descends on her before she gets to her friend's party is her first clue. The vivid and terrifying visions that nearly get her killed are a pretty good warning too.

The giant nine-tailed cat demon that comes after the sword and tries to rip her throat out? Overkill.

Seconds away from becoming kitty-food, Mio is saved by Shinobu, a mysterious warrior boy. But it's already too late. Mio has ruptured the veil between the mortal realm and the Underworld, and now the gods and monsters of ancient Japan stalk the streets of London, searching for her and the sword.

With the help of her best friend Jack, a fox spirit named Hikaru - and the devoted protection of the betwitchingly familiar Shinobu - Mio attempts to discover the true nature of the sword and its connection to the Yamato family. Because if she doesn't learn how to control the katana's incredible powers, she's in danger of being overwhelmed by them. And if she can't keep the sword safe from the terrible creatures who want it for their own, she'll lose not only her own life... but the love of a lifetime.

I loved this book. Zoe Marriott has written an extremely exciting start to this London-set, urban fantasy story full of Japanese mythology influences. It made me think of the anime greats of my childhood—fantastic story, loads of action, witty characters and the coolest set of mythological creatures since Percy Jackson. read more

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By: Daphne
Cover Reveal / February 3, 2014

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I’m back and thrilled to be starting off the new year as one of five bloggers taking part in the cover reveal of Zoë Marriott’s new book in her The Name of the Blade trilogy, Darkness Hidden and also the new look for the first book The Night Itself, which was one of my Top Ten of 2013. read more

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By: Daphne