Tuesday, September 13, 2022

Blog Tour, Review, & Giveaway: DELPHINE AND THE DARK THREAD by Alyssa Moon

I am thrilled to be hosting a spot on the DELPHINE AND THE DARK THREAD by Alyssa Moon Blog Tour hosted by Rockstar Book Tours. Check out my post and make sure to enter the giveaway!

About The Book:

Title: DELPHINE AND THE DARK THREAD (Delphine and the Silver Needle #2)

Author: Alyssa Moon

Pub. Date: August 30, 2022

Publisher: Disney-Hyperion

Formats: Hardcover, eBook, Audiobook

Pages: 320

Find it: GoodreadsAmazon, Kindle, Audible, B&NiBooks, KoboTBD, Bookshop.org

This sequel to Delphine and the Silver Needle delivers action, adventure, and magic in the most unexpected places.

Fresh off the heels of King Midnight's rat-army invasion at the Winterberry Ball, Delphine, Alexander, and Cornichonne are on the run, making their way through the far reaches of Peltinore. Unlikely allies pop up at every turn, but so do new enemies. While evading the rats hot on their tails, the trio uncovers new clues about the legendary Threaded tailor mice, including surprising discoveries about Delphine's magical needle. And as Delphine's powers grow stronger, she realizes she may need to head straight into Midnight's lair and confront the villain herself.

Will Delphine solve the mystery of the Threaded and save the kingdom from the nefarious rat king before it's too late?



Peek between the pages...

The wall that had stood around the mouse city for centuries was crumbling. The invading rats were strong enough to claw straight through the stone. Inside, they streamed past the little farms toward the center of the mouse city. They ransacked homes, dragging innocent residents into the streets. Somewhere, a pinkie mouse was crying.

The rats reached the elegant city square. Broad flagstones stretched toward a stone fountain. From high above, mice

watched in terror. The attackers spread, seizing torches from wall sconces. They smashed windows and threw the torches inside. Within moments, acrid smoke was curling angrily from the buildings.

At the edge of the square, a dappled mouse snuck out of a doorway, hood pulled down low. She held a scroll in one paw with a hastily scrawled warning to the other mouse cities. If she could escape unnoticed . . .

She tiptoed through the shadows, holding her breath, but a loose flagstone rattled beneath her paw. The sound was enough to attract the attention of the closest rat. He reached her with a single bound. She lashed out with her claws and he lashed back, throwing the mouse halfway across the square. She hit the side of the stone fountain and fell to the cobblestones.

“Find that needle!” screamed the rat leader, his fangs dripping with foam. “Find the mouse with the needle! For Midnight!”

The rats redoubled their attacks, tearing doors off hinges and ripping through walls. Screams echoed through the broad streets. No corner of the city was safe.

The mice could no longer defend their home. They turned tail and fled as the rats pursued them.

Next to the fountain at the center of the square, the dappled mouse lay crumpled against the rose vines that grew around the base. Two stone mice stood at the center of the fountain, gazing up at the golden spindle balanced between their paws.

A thin stream of shining water flowed down from the spindle like a silver thread. The dappled mouse’s eyes fluttered open. With great determination, she lifted her head to look up at the stone mice. “Arachne and Rhapso, watch over my city . . . ,” she began, but her words came thick. She gasped and fell back to the ground.

The air around the two stone mice shimmered silver for a moment, then drifted onto the rose vines. The statues remained cold and solid. But the thorns of the rose vines were now silver.

The rats had torn apart the city and found nothing. They moved on, hunting for the mouse with the needle. They would not fail, no matter how many cities they had to destroy.

In the mouse city, the fires burned, staining the stone walls black with soot. Not until snow began to flutter downward did the flames succumb. Soon, the ruins of the silent city lay under a blanket of white. Only the figures of Arachne and Rhapso remained, their stone eyes gazing into the distance.

The war had begun.

My thoughts...

This is the sequel to Delphine and the Silver Needle, but you don’t have to read the first book to know what is happening in this book. The author did a good job of weaving in the necessary details to thoroughly enjoy it. Of course, I do recommend starting with book one.

This middle-grade fantasy is action-packed. Delphine is easy to like, and her friends Alexander and Cornichonne are great.

Delphine must learn how to use the magic of the needle before King Midnight, the evil rat who has taken over the city, gains even more power. The journey isn’t easy. Not every friend can be trusted. Delphine’s biggest obstacle is learning to believe in herself. She is an ordinary mouse expected to do extraordinary things. The fate of the mice is in her hands. She faces each challenge with kindness and bravery and she has her friends to lean on when needed. This is a great message for kids, who are sure to devour the story and eagerly await the next book.

This was a fun and entertaining book.

About Alyssa Moon:

Alyssa Moon grew up in the Pacific Northwest, which explains her undying enthusiasm for rainy weather. She does her best writing in tea shops, independent bookstores and at home under her grapefruit tree. She lives in Southern California with her husband and her cat, Picklepop, along with three other cats who are a little grumpy at the fact they weren’t also given roles in this book. Delphine and the Silver Needle is Moon’s debut novel.

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Giveaway Details:

1 winner will receive a finished copy of DELPHINE AND THE DARK THREAD, US Only.

Ends September 20th, midnight EST.

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Tour Schedule:

Week One:


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