Blog Tour: A Blade So Black by LL McKinney | Book Review & A Giveaway!

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Title – A Blade So Black

Author – L.L. McKinney

Publication – September 25th, 2018.

Publisher – Imprint

Genres – Young Adult, Fantasy &  Retellings 


The first time the Nightmares came, it nearly cost Alice her life. Now she’s trained to battle monstrous creatures in the dark dream realm known as Wonderland with magic weapons and hardcore fighting skills. Yet even warriors have a curfew.

Life in real-world Atlanta isn’t always so simple, as Alice juggles an overprotective mom, a high-maintenance best friend, and a slipping GPA. Keeping the Nightmares at bay is turning into a full-time job. But when Alice’s handsome and mysterious mentor is poisoned, she has to find the antidote by venturing deeper into Wonderland than she’s ever gone before. And she’ll need to use everything she’s learned in both worlds to keep from losing her head . . . literally.

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Book Review

Would you believe me if I said I started this book and finished it today? I totally forgot to read this book, even though I kept reminding myself. I have been so tired these days, but I’m not one to disappoint anyone so, you’re going to hear all my thoughts about this book.

I was a bit confused at the opening chapter, I guess it’s the reason why it took me so long to pick up the book and finish it, it’s quite easy to breeze through when you finally focus.

The story has a lot of potential because I could see the direction the author was taking with it, just that there wasn’t really anything spectacular about the writing style or the way the story was being narrated to us. Plus the storyline is one that you’ve probably read before.

It’s meant to be an Alice in Wonderland retelling, but there aren’t that many similarities and I don’t have a fault with that, because I love how the author tried to create her own world. It takes guts and talent to write a story where you build your own world, and get it picked up by a publishing firm.

There’s an inclusion of police unjust killing of a black kid, it’s own take on black lives matters, which was good, as its aim was clearly to shine the light on this particular issue, in the American society.

Alison, popularly known as Alice is our main character, she’s a young black lady, who not long into the story meets mysterious Addison Hatta. Yes, Hatta—Mad Hatter. Who is the hot protagonist, mentor because Hatta teaches and mentors Alice in slaying monsters in Wonderland. So this is meant to be an action-packed retelling, but I really didn’t read much action, it was more narrated than shown, and like every other quest book, I was a bit miffed that it didn’t make my blood speed up, my feelings were perfectly neutral throughout the whole story.

I enjoyed this book to an extent, it’s a book to pick up when you have absolutely nothing to do or any other book to read, it’s a good way to pass time.

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One signed & personalized copy of A Blade So Black (US ONLY)

(p.s. it’s a rafflecopter giveaway)

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About the Author


Leatrice “Elle” McKinney, writing as L.L. McKinney, is a poet and active member of the kidlit community. She’s an advocate for equality and inclusion in publishing, and the creator of the hashtag #WhatWoCWritersHear. She’s spent time in the slush by serving as a reader for agents and participating as a judge in various online writing contests.

Elle’s also a gamer, Blerd, and adamant Hei Hei stan, living in Kansas, surrounded by more nieces and nephews than she knows what to do with. Aside from rockin’ the Favorite Aunt thing, she spends her free time plagued by her cat–Sir Chester Fluffmire Boopsnoot Purrington Wigglebottom Flooferson III, esquire, Baron o’Butterscotch or #SirChester for short–or defending the realm from the enemies of Azeroth. FOR THE HORDE!

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This is my third blog tour with Aimee, the host. And it isn’t going to be my last. I hope you enjoyed my tour stop! Are you looking forward to reading A Blade so Black? Have you heard of the book before? Add it to your Goodreads!

Blog Tour Schedule


Aimee, Always
Flipping Through the Pages


Married To Books Reviews and Blog
Bookish Wisps


Once Upon a Bookcase
The Ultimate Fangirl


Chasing Faerytales
Book Nerds Across America


Cuz I’m a Nerd


Coffee Cocktails and Books
Naija Book Bae


Liv’s Wonderful Escape
Tale Out Loud


Rattle the Stars
Olivia – Olivia’s Catastrophe


The Reader’s Corner
Bookwyrming Thoughts


Avid Reader
Utopia State of Mind

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