Blog Tour: Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie C. Dao {GIVEAWAY}

Blog Tour: Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie C. Dao {GIVEAWAY}Forest of a Thousand Lanterns (Rise of the Empress, #1) by Julie C. Dao
on January 1st 1970
Genres: Asia, Fantasy & Magic, Young Adult
Pages: 384
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Eighteen-year-old Xifeng is beautiful. The stars say she is destined for greatness, that she is meant to be Empress of Feng Lu. But only if she embraces the darkness within her.

Growing up as a peasant in a forgotten village on the edge of the map, Xifeng longs to fulfill the destiny promised to her by her cruel aunt, the witch Guma, who has read the cards and seen glimmers of Xifeng's majestic future. But is the price of the throne too high? Because in order to achieve greatness, she must spurn the young man who loves her and exploit the callous magic that runs through her veins--sorcery fueled by eating the hearts of the recently killed. For the god who has sent her on this journey will not be satisfied until his power is absolute.

Set in an East Asian-inspired fantasy world filled with both breathtaking pain and beauty, Forest of a Thousand Lanterns possesses all the hallmarks of masterful fantasy: dazzling magic, heartbreaking romance, and a world that hangs in the balance. Fans of Heartless, Stealing Snow, and Red Queen will devour this stunning debut.

I’m so excited to be the latest stop on the blog tour for Julie C. Dao‘s debut novel, “Forest of a Thousand Lanterns” . This book is an epic and original retelling of the Evil Queen legend and is every bit as dark and thrilling. This book captured me from the opening pages and I was pulled in to the story of a young woman discovering that her life may hold more than she bargained for. Xifeng is the anti-hero/villain that you love to, well, LOVE. She’s a complicated, determined and multi-faceted character, and reading along as her struggle with her increasingly conflicting feelings was completely addictive.

P.S. Make sure you read all the way to the end of this post for
a chance to win your very own hardcover copy of
“Forest of a thousand lanterns”!

 If you’re looking for a little something to give you a feel for this EPIC STORY, I just so happened to create this SNEAK Peek for you!


 October 2 – Alexa Loves Books – Author Guest Post | Inspiration Behind FOATL

October 3 – No BS Book Reviews – Review

October 4 – The Young Folks – 10 Reasons to Read FOATL

October 5 – Chasing Faerytales – Author Guest Post | On Villains & Backstories: What Makes Them So Interesting?

October 6 – Arctic Books – Favorite Villains & Anti-Heroes

October 9 – NovelKnight – Review

October 10 – The Book’s Buzz – Author Q&A

October 11 – Across the Words – Author Q&A

October 12What Sarah Read – FOATL Mood Board

October 13One Way or an Author – Tour of the World of FOATL

October 16MrsLeif’s Two Fangs About It Book Reviews – Review

October 17Twirling Pages – Author Guest Post | Julie’s Writing Starter Pack (aka items that got her through writing FOREST)

October 18Mundie Moms – Review

October 19Book Nerd Addicts – Author Q&A

October 20Little Lillie Reads – Review & Playlist

October 23Tales of the Ravenous Reader – Author Guest Post | Julie’s Dream Cast

October 24The Eater of Books! – Favorite FOATL Quotes

October 25A Page With a View – Author Q&A

October 26A Perfection Called Books – Review & Mood Board

October 27Xpresso Reads – Author Guest Post | Talk about anything fun/bizarre she discovered while writing the book.

Enter for a chance to be one (1) of three (3) winners to receive a hardcover copy of Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie Dao. (ARV: $18.99 each).

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Enter between 12:00 AM Eastern Time on October 2, 2017 and 12:00 AM on October 27, 2017.  Open to residents of the fifty United States and the District of Columbia who are 13 and older. Winners will be selected at random on or about October 30, 2017. Odds of winning depend on number of eligible entries received. Void where prohibited or restricted by law.

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About Julie C. Dao

Julie C. Dao ( is a proud Vietnamese-American who was born in upstate New York. She studied medicine in college, but came to realize blood and needles were her Kryptonite. By day, she worked in science news and research; by night, she wrote books about heroines unafraid to fight for their dreams, which inspired her to follow her passion of becoming a published author. Forest of a Thousand Lanterns is her debut novel. Julie lives in New England. Follow her on Twitter @jules_writes. 


4 comments for “Blog Tour: Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie C. Dao {GIVEAWAY}

  1. Megan

    That top picture is so pretty! And the horse! Major heart eyes.

  2. danielle hammelef

    Excellent mood board. I love the horse silhouette and the green lanterns. I’m happy to read that you loved this retelling.

  3. Linda Romer

    I’m looking forward to reading Forest of a Thousand Lanterns! Thank you

  4. I keep hearing such wonderful things about this book! I’m excited to read a book surrounding an anti-hero. It’s not something we get a lot of in YA, but it’s probably one of my favorite character aspects!

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