The Tsar's Guard Parade: The Crown's Game Playlist + Special Giveaway!

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     I am SO thrilled to be participating in my first ever blog tour, especially for such a highly anticipated book! I was fortunate enough to have been offered the opportunity to join the Tsar's Guard, the street team for this novel. I'm sure many of you have heard the buzz that has been going around about an upcoming debut YA novel, The Crown's Game by Evelyn Skye. It's at the top of my Amazon pre-orders wishlist, and for some very good reasons.

     A mysterious and enchanting main character, a swoon-worthy and equally mysterious love interest, mixed with a thrilling battle to win the title of the Tsar's Imperial Enchanter is a recipe for a book that will hook you from page one. I absolutely love that Evelyn has chosen to write in a setting that seems to get seldom attention in the YA world: Russia. An incredibly diverse and unique setting for a story, Russia's sweeping landscapes and rich culture really set the stage for the story taking place.

     Here's a quick look at what this book entails!

Release Date: May 17th, 2016
Pages: 416
Publisher: Balzer+Bray
Formats: Hardcover, eBook

Vika Andreyeva can summon the snow and turn ash into gold. Nikolai Karimov can see through walls and conjure bridges out of thin air. They are enchanters—the only two in Russia—and with the Ottoman Empire and the Kazakhs threatening, the Tsar needs a powerful enchanter by his side.

And so he initiates the Crown’s Game, an ancient duel of magical skill—the greatest test an enchanter will ever know. The victor becomes the Imperial Enchanter and the Tsar’s most respected adviser. The defeated is sentenced to death.

Raised on tiny Ovchinin Island her whole life, Vika is eager for the chance to show off her talent in the grand capital of Saint Petersburg. But can she kill another enchanter—even when his magic calls to her like nothing else ever has?

For Nikolai, an orphan, the Crown’s Game is the chance of a lifetime. But his deadly opponent is a force to be reckoned with—beautiful, whip smart, imaginative—and he can’t stop thinking about her.

And when Pasha, Nikolai’s best friend and heir to the throne, also starts to fall for the mysterious enchantress, Nikolai must defeat the girl they both love . . . or be killed himself.

As long-buried secrets emerge, threatening the future of the empire, it becomes dangerously clear . . . the Crown’s Game is not one to lose.

     Because I'm so excited about this book and LOVE making playlists, I decided to honor this book with ten songs I think will set the mood for this exciting tale of magic and thrilling action.

PLUS make sure you scroll alllll the way to the bottom to enter a giveaway to WIN a SIGNED ARC of The Crown's Game! It's open internationally, so anybody is welcome to enter!

edit made by Giselle Parks. Please credit if you share.

{listen on 8tracks}
  1. Time // Hans Zimmer
  2. Sweet Dreams // Emily Browning
  3. To The Hills // Laurel
  4. Avatar // Swans
  5. Castle // Halsey
  6. Flood on the Floor // Purity Ring
  7. If I Had A Heart // Fever Ray
  8. Missing // The XX
  9. Intimate (Story of Isaac Remix) // Crystal Castles
  10. Glory and Gore // Lorde

That concludes my post for the Parade! Be sure to enter the Rafflecopter below, check out more on Evelyn, shoot her a tweet and say hi, and check out the rest of the lovely bloggers participating in the parade for the next few months! There's lots of fun in store ahead!


Evelyn Skye was once offered a job by the C.I.A., she not-so-secretly wishes she was on "So You Think You Can Dance," and if you challenge her to a pizza-eating contest, she guarantees she will win. When she isn't writing, Evelyn can be found chasing her daughter on the playground or sitting on the couch, immersed in a good book and eating way too many cookies. THE CROWN'S GAME is her first novel. Evelyn can be found online at and on Twitter @EvelynSkyeYA.

Giveaway Details:

1 winner will receive a signed ARC of THE CROWN’S GAME! Open international.

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