I adore Ashley Poston books. I fell head over heels in love with the Heart Of Iron duology and I adored the Once Upon A Con books. So, when I found out about Among The Beasts And Briars I knew I wanted to read it. And wow, this book just confirms and makes me love Ashley Poston books even more. It’s beyond amazing and I’m so thrilled to be apart of the blog tour for it! Any reason to scream about this book, and I’m there.
Cerys is safe in the kingdom of Aloriya. Here there are no droughts, disease, or famine, and peace is everlasting. It has been this way for hundreds of years, since the first king made a bargain with the Lady who ruled the forest that borders the kingdom. But as Aloriya prospered, the woods grew dark, cursed, and forbidden. Cerys knows this all too well: when she was young, she barely escaped as the woods killed her friends and her mother. Now Cerys carries a small bit of the curse—the magic—in her blood, a reminder of the day she lost everything. The most danger she faces now, as a gardener’s daughter, is the annoying fox who stalks the royal gardens and won’t leave her alone. As a new queen is crowned, however, things long hidden in the woods descend on the kingdom itself. Cerys is forced on the run, her only companions the small fox from the garden, a strange and powerful bear, and the magic in her veins. It’s up to her to find the legendary Lady of the Wilds and beg for a way to save her home. But the road is darker and more dangerous than she knows, and as secrets from the past are uncovered amid the teeth and roots of the forest, it’s going to take everything she has just to survive.
Alright, so I don’t think I’ve ever actually created a moodboard before. But, I’m eager to try! I think I’m going to be doing a bit differently than what is normally done, though I think it will still work. I wanted this whole post to feel kind of like a moodboard, like how the book felt, hence the graphics that I created for headers! So, I’m going to be posting a picture and then probably briefly commenting on them!
Yes, I know, I am that person posting a picture of themselves, but I really, really liked the yellow in this picture, so it’s going here! The flower in my mouth is due to a certain scene, because of a certain fox. (And I’m very glad it wasn’t poisonous cause I found it in my yard and just stuck it my mouth haha.)
There’s an absolutely adorable buzzy bee scene when Cerys is walking along a stream. It’s small, but it’s adorable, and I feel like it really fits the overall tone of this book.
Really, it’s hard not to make every single image one of flowers. This book is spring incarnate and flowers are very present throughout the book. They’re gorgeous, and I know it’s weird to say, but they made me love Cerys all the more.
Of course I had to include a fox, this is the fox book!
While so much of the forest that they trek through is gorgeous, it does get pretty spooky sometimes! Because all good forests have more than one setting.
I don’t want to say too much for fear of spoilers, but enjoy this golden crown for the final image.
Ashley Poston loves dread pirates, moving castles, and starry night skies. She graduated from the University of South Carolina with a BA in English, and went on to work at both Kodansha USA and Bloomsbury Publishing. But the dazzling bright lights of New York City couldn’t keep her away from old country roads, so she moved back home to pursue a full-time writing career. Her books have been on the Indie Next List multiple times, and have been featured in TeenVogue, Seventeen, Entertainment Weekly, Hypeable, and Buzzfeed, among others. She has also been a Goodreads Choice Finalist in 2017 for Geekerella, and a semi-finalist for The Princess and the Fangirl in 2019. She also wrote a critically-acclaimed space opera series, the Heart of Iron duology, which was named on 2018’s Rainbow List along with The Princess and the Fangirl in 2019.When not writing, she can be found playing Dungeons and Dragons and writing fanfic. She lives in South Carolina with her bossy cat, and they are firm believers that we’re all a bunch of weirdos looking at other weirdos, asking for their username
Thank you so much for Terminal Tours for including me in this blog tour for a book that I absolutely adored! I urge you to check out Among The Beasts And Briars, a book that feels like a warm spring breeze, has a sexy fox, buzzy bees, a creepy but beautiful forest, and is just all around amazing!