The Essence Giveaway

Author: Kimberly Derting
Series: The Pledge #2
Publication Date: January 1, 2013
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry
Reading Level: Young Adult
Pages: (ARC)
Source: ARC for Blog Tour
“Danger, dread, mystery, and romance” (Booklist) continue in the second book of The Pledge trilogy, as Charlie’s reign is under siege from the most unusual of enemies.

At the luminous conclusion of The Pledge, Charlaina defeated the tyrant Sabara and took her place as Queen of Ludania. But Charlie knows that Sabara has not disappeared: The evil queen’s Essence is fused to Charlie’s psyche, ready to arise at the first sign of weakness.

Charlie is not weak, but she’s being pushed to the brink. In addition to suppressing the ever-present influence of Sabara, she’s busy being queen—and battling a growing resistance determined to return Ludania to its discriminatory caste system. Charlie wants to be the same girl Max loves, who Brook trusts, but she’s Your Majesty now, and she feels torn in two.

As Charlie journeys to an annual summit to meet with leaders of nearby Queendoms—an event where her ability to understand all languages will be the utmost asset—she is faced with the ultimate betrayal. And the only person she can turn to for help is the evil soul residing within.
So, I was supposed to write a review, but the ARC never came. Really bummed out since this was one of my most anticipated books of 2013. Hopefully, Shane can be awesome and talk to the publisher and get another ARC sent my way since the first one never made it here. Until then, enjoy the giveaway! I know that I most likely will be entering the giveaway too ;)


  1. Aw, it sucks that it never arrived! I'm really looking forward to this one. I hope I can get to it next week or something :D

  2. Cool post! I'm on this tour as well and I'm supposed to do a review, but I haven't gotten a copy yet so I don't think I'll be able too :( The Pledge was a really great book! Thanks for the giveaway!!! :)

    ~Emily@Emily's Crammed Bookshelf

  3. Awww, that's too bad that it never arrived. I would be majorly bummed too. I am really looking forward to this sequel though! :)

  4. I never got the arc either and I was supposed to be on the tour!

  5. Thanks for the giveaway :) This book sounds interesting. I've seen the cover but never read the description. So sad that it didn't arrive :( That really stinks :/ How did you get the "bubble" around the summary? Is it a part of your blog design? Sierra
    Keep growing beautiful!

    1. It is part of my blog design, sorry. If you use the button that looks like a quote you can do it, but the background is part of my blog design.

  6. Not gonna lie, I don't remember The Pledge very much. I read it when it came out, and that seems like such a long time ago. Maybe I'll skim it and get all the important stuff out of it :) That sucks that the ARC never came, but hopefully you'll get another :)

  7. Love Kimberly Derting, the pledge was soo good, can't wait for book 2!!!