Thursday, April 26, 2018

The Story Peddler by Lindsay A. Franklin (Laurie)


We are so excited today to be a part of the blog tour celebrating the release of The Story Peddler by Lindsay A. Franklin!! I could tell the moment I saw the cover that this was a book I needed to read, and I'm so glad I did! I'll include more of the blog tour information below, but first, here's my review :)

Tanwen is in training to become a registered story peddler - someone who can create threads while telling a story and crystallizes them into a sculpture to sell. An orphan, she appreciates the love of her best friend Brac and his family, but she dreams of seeing more of the world and of someday becoming the Royal Storyteller. But the king has harsh restrictions on which stories can be told, and something inside Tanwen begins to revolt. When one of her stories turns against the king, she finds herself on the run with a band of rogue storytellers and other artists, where she discovers her family's past and the very real danger of suppressing creativity.

My favorite part of this story by far was the world-building! The way Tanwen and other storytellers could create tangible objects with their stories was so cool, and the author's descriptions of the process were just stunning. I also enjoyed learning about songweavers and colormasters, and I'm hoping we'll find out more about those specialties later in the series. I also loved the themes of the power of art and story to reveal truth and the importance of allowing creativity to flourish. Talk about inspiring!

I liked the characters in this book, but I wish I could've connected with them more. I'm not sure if it was the writing style or the changing points of view, but for some reason I just never felt like I got to know them as well as I would've liked. That being said, I think Princess Braith was my favorite because of her quiet integrity and courage. I was also fascinated by Gryfelle, and I really appreciated Brac's steadiness and loyalty. I'm very curious to see how things will work out for all of them in the rest of the series!

If you're looking for well-written fantasy with a unique premise (and a gorgeous cover!), I would definitely recommend checking out The Story Peddler. You can find it on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million, ChristianBook.com, and Goodreads.


Here's a bit about the author:

Lindsay A. Franklin is an award-winning author, award-winning freelance editor, and homeschooling mom of three. She would wear pajama pants all the time if it were socially acceptable. She spends a lot of time in made-up worlds, and she’s passionate about sparking imagination through stories of infinite possibility. Her debut fantasy novel, The Story Peddler, releases in 2018. When she’s not exploring the fantastical, she’s exploring the Bible and encouraging young women through her devotional books (click here for more information on Adored).

Lindsay lives in her native San Diego with her husband (master of the dad joke), their awesomely nerdy kids, two thunder pillows (AKA cats), and a stuffed wombat with his own Instagram following (@therealwombatman). You can find Lindsay on social media, too, if Wombatman hasn’t hijacked all her accounts. She’s @LinzyAFranklin on Instagram and Twitter, and she Facebooks at www.facebook.com/LindsayAFranklin. Sign up for her e-mail list here: http://eepurl.com/bwF64j.

Make sure to stop by the epic Facebook party Lindsay is co-hosting with Sara Ella on May 1st at 7:00 pm CST! And don't miss the other stops on the blog tour! Here's the full schedule:

Tuesday, April 24th
- Book Spotlight – Tabitha Caplinger
- Review – Jane Maree Author
- Review – E. Kaiser Writes-A-Blog

Wednesday, April 25th
- Interview – Quills and Inkblotts
- Interview – H.L. Burke Author

Thursday, April 26th
- Review & Interview – Reality Reflected
- Review – Lands Uncharted
- Review – Scriblerians

Friday, April 27th
- Review – Ralene Burke
- Book Spotlight – Morgan L. Busse, Author

Saturday, April 28th
- Interview – Liv K. Fisher
- Review – C O Bonham
- Visual Post – Jebraun Clifford
- Review – Pages and Pekoe

Monday, April 30th
- Book Spotlight – New Authors Fellowship
- Interview – Unicorn Quester
- Interview – Singh with Books

Tuesday, May 1st
- Review – i am not a bookworm!
- Review – Worthy2Read
- Review – Lori’s Book Loft

The Story Peddler and Unbreakable Facebook Launch Party

Wednesday, May 2nd
- Blog Tour Wrap-Up – Unicorn Quester


Lindsay is also celebrating with a giveaway! Use the link below to enter to win a signed print copy of The Story Peddler, a blue strand book sleeve, a custom Story Peddler bookmark, a fluffhopper sticker, and a set of five mini Story Peddler art prints! (U.S. only.) Congratulations on your new release, Lindsay!



8 comments:

  1. The importance of allowing creativity to flourish is a great message. With the amazing world building mentioned, Story Peddler sounds like an intriguing read!

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  2. Lovely cover! The story sounds intriguing.

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  3. I thought the themes to be very inspiring as well! Gave me a new appreciation for the power of art. I'm soooo looking forward to reading more Brac! Loved his character so much.

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    1. I loved Brac, too! Such a sweetheart :)

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  4. Agreed. Sounds like a fun read and interesting story! Thanks for sharing.

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    1. It was one of the most unique books I've read in quite a while!

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