Monday, August 1, 2016

Blog Tour Review + Giveaway: The Architect of Song by AG Howard

 
The Architect of Song Blog Tour is brought to you by Rock Star Book Tours


The Architect of Song by AG Howard
Series: Haunted Hearts Legacy #1
Published: August 15th, 2016
Publisher: Golden Orb Press
425 pages (eARC)
Genre: New Adult Historic/Paranormal Romance
Acquired this book: From the author in exchange for honest consideration
Warning: May contain spoilers
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A lady imprisoned by deafness, an architect imprisoned by his past, and a ghost imprisoned within the petals of a flower intertwine in this love story that transcends life and death.

For most of her life, nineteen-year-old Juliet Emerline has subsisted – isolated by deafness – making hats in the solitude of her home. Now, she’s at risk to lose her sanctuary to Lord Nicolas Thornton, a twenty-seven-year-old mysterious and eccentric architect with designs on her humble estate. When she secretly witnesses him raging beside a grave, Juliet investigates, finding the name “Hawk” on the headstone and an unusual flower at the base. The moment Juliet touches the petals, a young English nobleman appears in ghostly form, singing a song only her deaf ears can hear. The ghost remembers nothing of his identity or death, other than the one name that haunts his afterlife: Thornton.

To avenge her ghostly companion and save her estate, Juliet pushes aside her fear of society and travels to Lord Thornton’s secluded holiday resort, posing as a hat maker in one of his boutiques. There, she finds herself questioning who to trust: the architect of flesh and bones who can relate to her through romantic gestures, heartfelt notes, and sensual touches…or the specter who serenades her with beautiful songs and ardent words, touching her mind and soul like no other man ever can. As sinister truths behind Lord Thornton’s interest in her estate and his tie to Hawk come to light, Juliet is lured into a web of secrets. But it’s too late for escape, and the tragic love taking seed in her heart will alter her silent world forever.
 
 
I try really hard not to set my expectations too high with books anymore because I feel like I’m often disappointed when I built a book up in my mind. That being said, after reading Splintered and Unhinged by AG Howard, I couldn’t help but get excited and set high hopes when I read the synopsis and saw the gorgeous cover for The Architect of Song. Once I started reading, I knew within a few chapters that I was right to get excited about this book; Howard has a magical way with words and an ability to weave a beautiful story that’s dark, haunting, twisted, unique, and ultimately hopeful.

Part of my initial curiosity about The Architect of Song was the fact the main character, Juliet, was deaf. My brother is deaf, and having grown up surrounded by deaf people, I was interested to see how Howard would tackle the disability, especially in a Victorian setting. As sad as it was, it made sense that in that era, Juliet had to hide her deafness rather than be pitied or seen as ‘less than’ by society. Her feelings of isolation and her aversion to people other than her uncle and her maid, paired with her grief over the death of her mother, came across well and made me sympathize with her immediately.

There were so many elements of this story that kept me enthralled. It was a wonderful combination of mystery, romance, paranormal, and historical fiction. I liked the sense of not quite knowing who to trust, and how even as you pieced together parts of the mystery there was still so much to unravel. The night I started the book I had trouble falling asleep because the ghost element of the book - while probably not scary to most people - freaked me out! Then once I was over the fear, I couldn’t stop thinking about the characters whenever I had to set the book aside. I wanted to know what was going to happen and how things would work out. I also really enjoyed the gypsy lore in the story. I don’t think I’ve ever read anything with Romani characters, and I found the bits of history and customs fascinating. It was just one of the many things that set this book apart and made it sparkle.

The Architect of Song is a story that will stick with me for a long time. I finished reading it a couple weeks ago and still think about it daily. I became so emotionally invested in the characters that they were like real people by the end (so much so that I was a sobbing mess in the last couple chapters). This story has something for everyone, whether you’re looking for something with a paranormal twist, historical fiction, romance, or mystery. 

Captivating, atmospheric, romantic, and beautifully written, The Architect of Song is a must read.



A.G. Howard was inspired to write SPLINTERED while working at a school library. She always wondered what would've happened had the subtle creepiness of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland taken center stage, and she hopes her darker and funkier tribute to Carroll will inspire readers to seek out the stories that won her heart as a child. When she's not writing, A.G.'s pastimes are reading, rollerblading, gardening, and family vacations which often include impromptu side trips to 18th century graveyards or condemned schoolhouses to appease her overactive muse. 





All tour prizes (INTL): 
 2 - signed The Architect of Song paperbacks 
3 - The Architect of Song e-books 
1 - heart locket necklace 
1 - Architect of Song poster 
1 - faux leather journal 
1 - 5X7 musical print 
3 - The Architect of Song swag packs 
1 - LitCube surprise box
 
13 separate winners

a Rafflecopter giveaway  

Whether you’ve read The Architect of Song or plan to read it, be sure to check out Anita’s Architect of Song Pinterest board. I want to live inside these gorgeous, haunting pictures!





Be sure to check out all the stops on the tour for other reviews, guest posts, and more chances to win cool prizes!

7/25/2016- Dark Faerie Tales- Guest Post-Hybrid Author 
7/25/2016- a GREAT read- Review 
 
7/26/2016- Lisa Loves Literature- Review 
7/26/2016- Bookfever- Review 
 
7/27/2016- Fiktshun- Character Interview 
 
7/28/2016- The Reading Café- Review 
7/28/2016- Adventures of a Book Junkie- Review 
 
7/29/2016- Please Feed the bookworm- Review 
7/29/2016- 21st Century Once Upon A Times- Review 

8/1/2016- Once Upon a Twilight - Exclusive Excerpt 
8/1/2016- Ramblings of a Daydreamer- Review 
 
8/2/2016- My Friends Are Fiction- Guest Post- Fashion 
8/2/2016- Sarcasm & Lemons- Review 
 
8/3/2016- Cornerfolds- Review 
8/3/2016- BookHounds YA- Review 
 
8/4/2016- Bookiemoji- Exclusive Excerpt 
8/4/2016- Owl Always Be Reading- Review 
 
8/5/2016- Mundie Moms- Review 
8/5/2016- Two Chicks on Books- Guest Post- Playlist 
8/5/2016- The Cover Contessa- Review


Have you read The Architect of Song? What did you think? If you haven't read it, do you plan to? Have you read AG's other books?
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