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Blog Tour | Forestborn by Elayne Audrey Becker (Review and Favorite Quotes)

I’m so excited to be a part of the Forestborn Blog Tour! Please remember to click the tour banner above or the schedule below to access the tour schedule. There are a lot of other amazing bloggers who are also a part of the tour.

Title: Forestborn
Author: Elayne Audrey Becker
Publication date: August 31, 2021
Publisher: Tor Teen
Pages: 368

Summary

TO BE BORN OF THE FOREST IS A GIFT AND A CURSE.

Rora is a shifter, as magical as all those born in the wilderness–and as feared. She uses her abilities to spy for the king, traveling under different guises and listening for signs of trouble.

When a magical illness surfaces across the kingdom, Rora uncovers a devastating truth: Finley, the young prince and her best friend, has caught it, too. His only hope is stardust, the rarest of magical elements, found deep in the wilderness where Rora grew up–and to which she swore never to return. But for her only friend, Rora will face her past and brave the dark, magical wood, journeying with her brother and the obstinate, older prince who insists on coming. Together, they must survive sentient forests and creatures unknown, battling an ever-changing landscape while escaping human pursuers who want them dead. With illness gripping the kingdom and war on the horizon, Finley’s is not the only life that hangs in the balance.


ELAYNE AUDREY BECKER is a storyteller with a passion for history, myth, mountains, and magic. She holds a BA from Vassar College and an MSc from the University of Aberdeen and has worked as an editor at a New York publisher. Born and raised in Georgia, she grew up with a lake and woods as her backyard, spending long days outside and visiting national parks with her family.

Links
Website: http://www.elaynebecker.com/
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/20620845.Elayne_Audrey_Becker
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/elayneabecker/
Twitter https://twitter.com/ElayneABecker


Review

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Elayne Audrey Becker’s debut is full of many layers. On its surface, Forestborn may be about the main characters’ quest to find a cure to the disease that is currently plaguing the country of Telyan, but the story is much more than the aforementioned quest. It is a tale of healing as well as a tale of family and friendship.

In Forestborn, Becker masterfully explores the effect of trauma on one’s psyche. Rora’s character growth was definitely one of my favorite parts of the novel. Although I experienced a different kind of trauma during my childhood, Rora felt like a kindred soul. I, too, have battled with feeling of unworthiness and belonging, so it was interesting to see how Rora overcame her own negative beliefs and learned to accept herself – faults and all.

If you like your fantasy reads to focus heavily on character growth, then you may want to add Forestborn to your TBR. There is also a touch of romance throughout the book, but it is very much a slow-burn romance. Becker’s choice to first create a bond of friendship between Rora and her love interest feels very authentic to Rora’s character arc. Rora’s traumatic past has caused her to have trust issues, so before any romantic relationship can be explored, friendship and trust have to be established first (think enemies-to-friends-to-lovers). I cannot wait to see how the book’s sequel will explore the romantic tension between Rora and her love interest!

Many thanks to the author for the gifted copy. All opinions are my own.


Favorite Quotes

We cannot revive the past any more than we can escape it.

“Fear is just a story waiting to be told. Learn the story and remember every part of it so you can tell me.”

“You’re allowed to be affected by the past, you know. Remembering doesn’t make you weak.”

“You mustn’t rush forward before knowing the whole story. There is danger in acting reactively.”

Violence gets its wings by choice, not by nature, and I am no more monster than they.


Where can I buy Forestborn?

You can buy Forestborn at your favorite local bookstore or through one of these links: AmazonBarnes & NobleBook DepositoryIndigo, or IndieBound.

Be sure to check out the rest of the Terminal Tours’s blog tour for Forestborn! You can either click here or on the blog tour banner found above to see the other blogs that are participating in the tour.

Have you read Forestborn? What are your thoughts on the book? Let me know in the comments below!

Published by Danielle

I am a licensed PreK-6 teacher who is also an avid reader and a Cat Mom. I love sharing the joy of reading with all of you!

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