book tour : the blazewrath games

Rating: 4 out of 5.

disclaimer: the blazewrath games was given to me as an arc from amparo ortiz, pagestreet publishing, and caffeine book tours as a part of my participation in their book tour. however, this hasn’t affected my review in anyway. all thoughts are still my own.


about

title: blazewrath games

author: amparo ortiz

publisher: page street publishing

publication date: 06 october 2020

genres: young adult & fantasy


synopsis

experience the world cup with dragons in this debut fantasy, set in an alternate contemporary world, in which riders and their steeds compete in an international sports tournament.

lana torres has always preferred dragons to people. in a few weeks, sixteen countries will compete in the blazewrath world cup, a tournament where dragons and their riders fight for glory in a dangerous relay. lana longs to represent her native puerto rico in their first ever world cup appearance, and when puerto rico’s runner—the only player without a dragon steed—is kicked off the team, she’s given the chance.

but when she discovers that a former blazewrath superstar has teamed up with the sire—a legendary dragon who’s cursed into human form—the safety of the cup is jeopardized. the pair are burning down dragon sanctuaries around the world and refuse to stop unless the cup gets cancelled. all lana wanted was to represent her country. now, to do that, she’ll have to navigate an international conspiracy that’s deadlier than her beloved sport.


review

the blazewrath games follows lana torres, a young puerto-rican girl, who longs for nothing more than to represent her home in the blazewrath games – a dangerous tournament full of an array of dragons, challenges, and obstacles – despite the fact that she lacks the support of most of her family, has received no training for these games, and doesn’t even live on her home island anymore.

going into reading this novel, i wasn’t quite sure what to expect – i have never been the type of person to be interested in reading, or even picking up, a book about sports. however, after seeing many compare this book to other big name series and novels, and being pushed by my friends, i decided, why not? and, boy oh boy, am i glad that i did.

the blazewrath games is not the type of novel that you can compare to any other, regardless of what comparisons you may see or make notice of, this novel is one of originality and authenticity. i mean, the first few chapters felt like a breath of fresh air. whether that was from the plot itself or ortiz’s excellent writing, i cannot say. although i wouldn’t doubt it if it turned out to be both.

this novel was beautifully written. the plot was fun and easy to follow, despite it being completely unpredictable. i was unaware of what was going to be happening most of the time due to the great way that the author would misdirect you. she would guide me towards one path of the story, only to suddenly have me take the other. it was full of varying plot twists that weren’t just there to be there. they actually had a meaningful impact on both the story and the characters.

another key aspect of the blazewrath games were the characters and diversity laid within it. almost all of the main and supporting characters were people of color, with more of them leaning towards being puerto-rican or latino/latina. this was an aspect of the story that i really enjoyed as i have typically not seen stories based around puerto-ricans, especially ones that feel so much connection to their island, people, and culture. there were some white characters who played a relatively large role in the story, but that didn’t take away the fact that this is obviously a story for and about puerto-ricans, latinos, and so on. in fact, i would say that it added to it – especially when the main character, lana, is talking about how even though her mom’s side of the family doesn’t view her the way they view the rest of the family (because she is half white and half puerto-rican), she wouldn’t ever want to change who she is or where she came from. i think that a scene or even a train of though like this is one that is important, and that should be included in many other novels where the main character is a person of color. i have read too many ‘diverse’ novels where the main character wishes that they weren’t their race or ethnicity and longs to be a part of the majority, and i just wish that wasn’t the case. although it is a reality for many, i don’t always want to read about how someone like me slowly begins to learn how to love their race and skin color. i want them to just love it. so, it makes me happy that ortiz did just that.

and, finally, the best thing about this novel has to be that of worldbuilding – it is quite clearly something that ortiz excels at. obviously, this story is set in our world, with countries, landmarks, and events familiar to us, but ortiz adds a whole other dimension to this world that makes it seem like both a fantasy and reality at the same time. there are fantastical elements within this piece that come in the form of dragons and magic, but there are also elements such as prejudices against those with magic and fear towards the dragon species that add both realism and depth to this world, and make it a story that i can envision myself living within.

also! how could i fail to mention the most enticing element to this novel – the dragons. although a good portion of the story failed to include any interaction with dragons, which is the only reason i rated this four out of five stars (it’s a preference/expectations thing really), anyone reading this novel could still tell how important they were to the story, the world, and the main character. the dragons had an impact on pretty much everything. and, although this is more of a minor detail, i loved how no one dragon seemed better than another. they all had their own strengths and weaknesses that were either exemplified or helped by their human counterpart. i loved reading about all the different types of dragons and seeing their relationships with others (whether they be human or dragon).

the blazewrath games is a remarkable novel – one that actually makes me want to read more about sports, so long as dragons and magic are involved. it is chockfull of extremely lovable characters, even if they’re not the best people, even more lovable dragons, culture, and a whole bunch of other things that would take me too long to write about. i would easily recommend this novel to anyone that finds themselves wanting to read more diverse literature, young adult and fantasy novels, or just a good book.


tour

click on the above photo to be taken to the launch blog post for this book tour, where you can find links to other blogs and reviews on amparo ortiz’ the blazewrath games

author

amparo ortiz was born in san juan, puerto rico, and currently lives on the island’s northeastern coast. her short story comic, “what remains in the dark,” appears in the eisner award-winning anthology puerto rico strong (lion forge, 2018), and saving chupie, her middle grade graphic novel, comes out with harpercollins in winter 2022. She holds an m.a. in english and a b.a. in psychology from the upr’s río piedras campus. when she’s not teaching esl to her college students, she’s teaching herself korean, devouring as much young adult fiction as she can, and writing about latinx characters in worlds both contemporary and fantastical.


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introductions

❝hello everyone, my name is jynastie, and welcome back to umortentia.❞


whether you happen to know me in real life or over a computer screen, you should know that this blog, umortentia, has been a passion project of mine for almost a year now – i have done countless hours of research and configuration, made various brand changes, purchased things such as domains and templates, and advertised a few blog posts, only to feel unhappy with it all.

maybe it’s because i’m a perfectionist, or maybe it’s because i’m a person whose tastes are always changing, but i always feel as though my blog isn’t up to my standards and that i could be doing so much better.

which is why, i’m starting fresh once again – a clean state. and what better way to start a book blog than with the book blog tag?


1. why did you start this blog?

i decided to create this blog as a way for me to keep me track of all of the books i read, along with my feelings towards them but also as a way for me to have a creative outlet that allows me to expresses my thoughts and opinions in a way that makes me happy, and that people are actually listening to. i really want this blog to motivate me to continue reading and doing all the things that i love in life.

2. what are some fun and unique things you can bring to book blogging?

although i don’t find myself to be the most fun or unique person around, i do believe that i can provide a fresh and authentic perspective to the bookish community – i also believe that i am a semi-interesting person to hang around, at least, so hopefully that will translate well into the content that i create.

3. what are you most excited for about this blog?

since i started creating book related content, i’ve most been looking forward to becoming immersed within the bookish community and creating friends that love books just as much, if not more, than i do,

4. why do you love reading?

i love reading because reading it is an escape. as basic as that answer may be, it is true. reading allows you to forget about your own problems, by allowing you to focus on the problems of another that you know will eventually be resolved. not to mention, you’re transported to a world full of romance, adventure, and things such as magic and dragons. which i believe to be really cool.

5. what series got you into reading?

as i am sure most people involved in the bookish community did, i read a lot as a kid. i practically read everything i could get my hands on like moby dick and catcher in the rye, both of which i read in elementary school. however, some series that had a lasting impact on me were the goosebumps series, rainbow magic, magic treehouse.

6. what questions would you ask your favorite authors?

honestly, i think that i would be too embarrassed or nervous to ask my favorite authors anything despite how outgoing i find myself to be most of the time. but, if i could work up the courage, i would ask r.l stine how he got the inspiration for most of his stories, other than looking at the never-ending list of fears people have, and i would more say than ask sophie mackintosh to please, continue writing as i could devour her writing for the rest of my life. i guess, i would also ask if she would like to be my friend – or a writing buddy at the least.

7. what challenges do you think starting a blog will be the hardest to overcome?

without a doubt, staying proud and happy with the content that i put out into the world will be the hardest challenge to overcome. i mean, you only need to look at all the times i’ve deleted a post or restarted my blog to see that this is true.

8. when did you start reading?

i’ve been reading for as long as i can remember, so i don’t have too much of a definitive answer there.

9. where do you read?

i have always been the type of person that can read anywhere and everywhere. my favorite reading spot is in a car, specifically when i know that i’ll be in the car for hours on end like during a roadtrip or something of that sort. but, i do read the most at home and in bed, like i’m sure many others d.

10. what kind of books do you like to read?

i will read absolutely everything and anything, so long as it is not nonfiction or poetry. the only exception to this is if it’s an (auto)biography on something that interests me, or if it’s fictional free verse poetry). my favorite types of novels to read are those that fall under the young adult novel, specifically fantasy and science fictions. and, finally, my favorite novels are the blue ticket/the water cure by sophie mackintosh, heartless by marissa meyer, and inside out & back again by thanhha lai.


well, i believe that is about it for this entry – i am so glad that you decided to click on this blog post and learn more about me, if you’ve read this far, feel free to comment down below what your favorite books are and what you would ask your favorite author if you were given the chance.

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