Tuesday, August 10, 2021

The Plentiful Darkness by Heather Kassner
[Blog Tour: Review + Giveaway}

Halito! Welcome to the next stop on the blog tour for The Plentiful Darkness hosted by Rockstar Book Tours. Thanks for stopping by today, and don't forget to check out the giveaway at the bottom! For the full tour schedule, please visit the Rockstar Book Tours website.

About the Book:
Author: Heather Kassner
Pub. Date: August 3, 2021
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Formats: Hardcover, eBook
Pages: 256
Find it: Goodreads, Amazon, Kindle, B&N, iBooks, Kobo, TBD, Bookshop.org

In Heather Kassner's spine-chilling fantasy novel, reminiscent of Serafina and the Black Cloak, an orphaned girl chases a thieving boy into a magician's land of starless, moonless gloom where other children have gone missing before her.

Though the darkness is indeed plentiful, this book gleams with an eerie magic, its characters burning bright and fierce. A visual treat of a tale. --Stefan Bachmann, international bestselling author of Cinders and Sparrows.

In order to survive on her own, twelve-year-old Rooney de Barra collects precious moonlight, which she draws from the evening sky with her (very rare and most magical) lunar mirror. All the while she tries to avoid the rival roughhouse boys, and yet another, more terrifying danger: the dreaded thing that's been disappearing children in the night.

When Trick Aidan, the worst of the roughhouse boys, steals her lunar mirror, Rooney will do whatever it takes to get it back. Even if it means leaping into a pool of darkness after it swallows Trick and her mirror. Or braving the Plentiful Darkness, a bewitching world devoid of sky and stars. Or begrudgingly teaming up with Trick to confront the magician and unravel the magic that has trapped Warybone's children.

I absolutely loved The Plentiful Darkness and definitely want to re-read it with my kiddos in the near future. It might be a little dark for my girls, but my son would really enjoy the story. I also thought the imagery was beautiful and know there are several phrases and descriptions that will stick with me for a long time. I was itching to get my highlighter out, but decided to go with sticky notes instead. ;)

Rooney was an amazing character that you definitely want to root for. Her life as been hard since losing her parents, but she's carved out an existence for herself alongside the Monty's (rats). I wasn't a huge fan of rats going into this book, but now I think they're tolerable (thanks for that, Kassner). I also really loved how the author made moonlight a tangible thing, and stardust something to be sought after. It was beautifully depicted. 

If you're looking for a spooky fall read with an excellent story and wonderful characters (both main and secondary), then definitely add The Plentiful Darkness to your TBR! 

Praise for The Plentiful Darkness:

"For readers who love the creepiness of Coraline . . . Lyrical narration weaves a tale that’s both haunting and comforting." —The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

"Kassner’s latest is deliciously on-brand, with inventive magic, lyrical writing, and that just-right creep factor." —Kirkus

"Readers who enjoy Adam Gidwitz’s Grimm series will enjoy this title too." —School Library Journal

About Heather Kassner:

Heather Kassner loves thunderstorms, hummingbirds, and books. She lives with her husband in Arizona, waiting (and waiting and waiting) for the rain, photographing hummingbirds, and reading and writing strange little stories. She is also the author The Forest of Stars and The Bone Garden.

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Giveaway Details:

3 winners will receive a finished copy of THE PLENTIFUL DARKNESS, US ONLY.


  1. Great review! I'm glad to hear that you enjoyed this one. I really love MG novels, and I want to read more. This cover is GORGEOUS too!


    1. It would definitely be a fun book to read in October! Spooky vibes. :)

  2. That sounds great. I do like a spooky read at times.

    1. It's pretty much all I want to read in October.

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    1. It was! I didn't have time to read it with William, but I definitely want to do a re-read with him. :)

  4. The moonlight and stardust thing sounds interesting! Glad you liked this!

  5. This sounds perfect for my community center's library. Thanks for the heads up! 😊

    1. Happy to put it on your radar! I hope it gets a lot of attention, especially this month. A wonderfully eerie story for October.


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