Sunday, March 3, 2019

The Shadowglass Blog Tour: Rin Chupeco's Top 10 Favorite Books and a Giveaway for a Signed Book, Art Prints and More!

The Shadowglass (The Bone Witch #3)
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Release Date: March 1st 2019
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult


The dramatic finale to The Bone Witch series! Tea's dark magic eats away at her, but she must save the one she loves most, even while her life—and the kingdoms—are on the brink of destruction.

In the Eight Kingdoms, none have greater strength or influence than the asha, who hold elemental magic. But only a bone witch has the power to raise the dead. Tea has used this dark magic to breathe life into those she has loved and lost...and those who would join her army against the deceitful royals. But Tea's quest to conjure a shadowglass, to achieve immortality for the one person she loves most in the world, threatens to consume her.

Tea's heartsglass only grows darker with each new betrayal. Her work with the monstrous azi, her thirst for retribution, her desire to unmask the Faceless—they all feed the darkrot that is gradually consuming her heartsglass. She is haunted by blackouts and strange visions, and when she wakes with blood on her hands, Tea must answer to a power greater than the elder asha or even her conscience. Tea's life—and the fate of the kingdoms—hangs in the balance.

Despite an unsettling resemblance to Japanese revenants, Rin always maintains her sense of hummus. Born and raised in Manila, Philippines, she keeps four pets: a dog, two birds, and a husband. Dances like the neighbors are watching.

She is represented by Rebecca Podos of the Helen Rees Agency. She is also fond of speaking in the third person, and may as well finish this short bio in this manner. While she does not always get to check her Goodreads page, she does answer questions posed to her here as promptly as she is able to.


1. Count of Monte Cristo

Easily my favorite book of all time since first reading it when I was around eight or so. It has everything – revenge, mystery, brooding protagonists, action, chessboard-style scheming and plots, tragedy. I loved Edmund Dantes and my bloodthirsty eight-year-old self cheered him on through every comeuppance.

2. Murder on the Orient Express

I adore Agatha Christie and muder mysteries, and the Murder on the Orient Express is my favorite book of hers. I wish I could read that book for the first time all over again, just so I could remember the thrill and the awe I experienced when I read the solution to the mystery for the first time.

3. Howl’s Moving Castle

I love this beautiful book! I knew this was going to be a gorgeous movie long before it ever became a movie – I could see the castle in my mind’s eye, the magic Howl crafts and Sophie sews into his clothes, and it was a huge factor in how I learned to craft my own stories later on, too – by envisioning them as movie stills and scenes, and trying to suggest that same vision to readers with my writing.

4. Jurassic Park

Jurassic Park is easily my favorite movie of all time, and I was a huge dinosaur buff ever since I was three years old, learning to pronounce archeopteryx (my favorite dinosaur) long before I could pronounce simpler words like “parrot”. It was only natural for me to love Michel Crichton’s book, and the science behind the park actually kept me fascinated.

5. Circe

I swear, this book is going to be an instant classic. I’m a huge fan of the Circe mythology, and this book just enamored me from start to end. I love feminist retellings that explore the lores and mythologies that have for so long been told and written by men, and Madeline Miller is fantastic at reintroducing the sympathetic human elements back into stories like these.

6. Almost Heaven

People tend to stare blankly at me when I confess that this is one of my favorite books, and that romance is one of my favorite genres. I learned to write character after reading romance, and I gotta say that for the longest time Ian Thornton was bae goals for me – rich, smart in a lot of ways but also ridiculously oblivious in others, and hella vulnerable. I think I’ve used him as one of two basic template when I write most broody characters.

7. Belgariad

This is easily the first fantasy series that I read and fell in love with. While it’s considered a rather generic fantasy now when compared to more modern titles, it’s the character camaraderie and humor that kept this an easy favorite even after all this time, and it’s heavily influenced my writing as well. David and Leah Eddings makes you think that these are all just goofish, relatable friends who just happen to be off saving the world.

8. Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark

Easily the book that inspired my long-lasting love for all things weird and macabre, and the favorite book of my childhood. There is something about walking scarecrows, monsters looking for their missing toes, and spider eggs masquerading as acne that really fires up the imagination, and only further my love for gothic horror.

9. Kushiel series

Given the theme of the books, they could so very easily be just another male fantasy series, but Jacqueline Carey is a genius and wrote such a beautiful subversion of what is basically a courtesan navigating power and politics. Joscelin is one of my favorite characters ever, and also the second of those two basic templates I fall back on when writing male characters.

10. Mermaid Saga

Technically a manga, but some of my favorite reads of all time. It’s the story of a man who consumes mermaid’s flesh, making him immortal. He decides that eternity isn’t for him and seeks to find a way to turn him back into a mortal, but along the way must deal with loves, companions, and others also seeking out mermaids’ flesh for greedier, more malevolent objectives. It’s odd to describe this series as being very gothic without the usual literary conventions of gothic, but it is a beautiful and thought-provoking read!


Everyone who pre-orders will receive the full short story, a sticker print of Tea AND the first 75 pre-orders will get enamel pins of the azi! More info and to submit the pre-orders, go here:


1st Prize: Win a signed copy of The Shadowglass, stickers of Tea, Kalen, and Fox, an art print of Tea & signed bookplates (INT)
2nd Prize: Win stickers of Tea, Kalen, and Fox, an art print of Tea & signed bookplates (INT)
Start Date: 1st March 2019
End Date: 15th March 2019

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  1. Do you like meeting your fans in person?

  2. "What do you think about THE SHADOWGLASS? Will you be adding it to your TBR?
    Have you read the previous books? Who's your favourite character? What's your favourite YA genre?" I think it sounds great! Yes, I have added it to my TBR! No, I have not read the previous books! I don't yet have a favourite character! I guess my favorite YA genre is fantasy!

  3. Can't wait to read it! I finished The Heart Forger last week and I loved it so much! My favourite characters are Tea, Zoya and Kalen, although I really love the entire gang. <3


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