Book Tour: From Brick & Darkness + Giveaway

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Welcome to my stop on the tour for From Brick & Darkness, a gritty YA novel steeped in djinn mythology. Read on for an exclusive excerpt and a chance to win a signed copy! perf5.000x8.000.indd 

From Brick & Darkness Publication Date: May 16, 2022 Genre: YA/ Modern Fantasy/ Retelling Publisher: Wild Rose Press 

  The most powerful wishes aren’t said with words. Bax always fantasized something remarkable would happen in his life. So when a decrepit man with glowing purple eyes offers him a ring intended for his estranged father, Bax accepts.
  
The ring speaks to Bax in a dream, tempting him with a vision of a powerful djinn. Desperate to make his fantasies a reality, Bax unleashes a creature called Ifrit, but soon learns this djinn isn’t what the ring led him to believe. Feeding off the depths of his subconscious, the sinister demon fulfills what he thinks Bax wants by manipulating, threatening, and murdering. With everyone he loves in danger and a trail of crimes pointing back at him, Bax must scramble to solve the puzzle that will banish Ifrit forever. Add to Goodreads

My Review

Poor Bax, he should have known that nothing good comes from making wishes with a djinn. They are sneaky and evil beings. Well, Bax did discover this later in the story but by then so many things had gone wrong. While the havoc that Ifrit caused towards Bax and his friends did get bigger, there was still a tone about the overall story that kept it from being too dark or scary. This is because the book appears to be marketed for the 13-18 age range.

So, in regard to the book, it is marketed correctly as there is nothing too scary that the targeted reading audience could not handle. In fact, I think that this age group would be able to relate to Bax and his friends. Yet as someone who is older, I could not connect as strongly and wanted a scarier read. Although, I did still like this book and would read another by this author. 


Excerpt

Neck bones popped as his head rotated toward me, his face eclipsing the rays of the streetlight. His irises were dull purple, glazed over with a foggy film, and deep-set wrinkles radiated from the corners of his eyes like arrows drawing attention to them. A shudder caused the keys to slip from my hand and clank on the ground. My face burned with shame that the poor man’s appearance had startled me. My rudeness would have disappointed Mom. “I’m sorry, but really—” I snagged my keys. His hand slithered out of the brick-colored sleeve as his arm rose, trembling as he strained to hold the weight of his own limb. Gloved in loose, veiny skin, his skeleton hand had yellowed fingernails so overgrown they grew in on themselves like curly birthday ribbons. As his fingers unfurled, he revealed a ring nestled in his palm. It was large. Too large. The ring resembled the toy jewelry Jason’s sister played with or something from a Halloween costume. Grimy gold with a single dull purplish jewel that matched his eyes. His hand trembled under the heaviness of the ring. “Take it.” Shifting my backpack to my other shoulder, I took it. “What is this?” The corners of his thin lips curled into a grin as a gust of warm, dry wind cut through the chilly October night and swirled around me
Available on Amazon and at Barnes & Noble

About the Author

John-Sullivan-headshot-BW-Cropped-Web 
 J.L. Sullivan writes young adult stories inspired by gritty urban environments and the tales that percolate within abandoned buildings and desolate alleys. He lives in St. Louis with his wife, two daughters, and a dog named Princess Penelope Picklesworth.

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