Blog Tour: And I Darken by Kiersten White

Blog Tour: And I Darken by Kiersten White


Today I’ve got a really awesome post from author of And I Darken, Kiersten White. I fell in love with her writing when I read Illusions of Fate and really can’t wait to read this one (which will be very soon so look out for my review). I love when authors do character profiles, ESPECIALLY when they use kitty gifs, so I hope you guys enjoy this post as much as I do! ♥


When I was considering how to do character profiles for the main characters in And I Darken, I thought: What’s the most era-appropriate way to express who these people are, living in the 1400s in the Ottoman Empire?

GIFs, of course! And, more specifically, CAT GIFs. With no further ado, I give you the cast.



She may be smaller than her foes, but never doubt her utter fearlessness, rage, and ability to take down anyone in her way. Though many in her life tried to have her declawed, Lada continues to fight. Maybe even when she shouldn’t, or when there is an easier way. And, much like a cat, Lada doesn’t care whether or not anyone likes her. If they serve her purposes, they can stay. Otherwise…



Poor, snuggly sweetheart just wants love and safety! Is that too much to ask? Well, when Lada is your sister and your father is the threatened prince of an Ottoman vassal state, yes. Yes, it is. Poor kitty. But even the sweetest cats are still clever, and beneath his cuddly exterior is a cunning and subtle mind to balance Lada’s ferocity.



The youngest son of the sultan, Mehmed is brilliant and focused. He will absolutely get what he wants, and never get his paws wet on the path there. Raised to view everyone around him as literally put on earth to serve him, it takes Radu and Lada to make him feel like a real person.



Sure he’s funny, but he’s also useful! He sees the potential in Lada and doesn’t care that she’s a girl. Much like this kitty doesn’t care that he’s not a mop.



She’s adorable, sweet, and ready to pounce on any opportunity for happiness. Even if that opportunity is a fake marriage to hide a true love.



Radu’s earliest friend and ally, Lazar has a way of popping up at the most unexpected times.



Mehmed’s mother is sleek, beautiful, and a total predator. Mess with her and the claws come out. Actually, don’t mess with her and they will still probably come out.



This sultan kitty may be Mehmed’s father, but he’s certainly no one’s dad. Bow to his will or suffer the consequences.



Father to Lada and Radu, this slippery monarch will twist, squeeze, and do whatever it takes to keep power. Even if it’s ridiculous—or if it threatens the lives of his children.

So, there you have it! A few of the (many) characters you’ll meet in And I Darken. And here’s my kitty gif in place of a bio:


Please read And I Darken? Love it? Please? PLEASE?


Blog Tour: And I Darken by Kiersten WhiteAnd I Darken by Kiersten White
Published by Random House Children's Books on June 28th 2016
Genres: General, Historical, Medieval, Religious, Royalty, Young Adult, Young Adult Fiction
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And Lada Dragwlya likes it that way. Ever since she and her gentle younger brother, Radu, were wrenched from their homeland of Wallachia and abandoned by their father to be raised in the Ottoman courts, Lada has known that being ruthless is the key to survival. She and Radu are doomed to act as pawns in a vicious game, an unseen sword hovering over their every move. For the lineage that makes them special also makes them targets.

Lada despises the Ottomans and bides her time, planning her vengeance for the day when she can return to Wallachia and claim her birthright. Radu longs only for a place where he feels safe. And when they meet Mehmed, the defiant and lonely son of the sultan, who’s expected to rule a nation, Radu feels that he’s made a true friend—and Lada wonders if she’s finally found someone worthy of her passion.

But Mehmed is heir to the very empire that Lada has sworn to fight against—and that Radu now considers home. Together, Lada, Radu, and Mehmed form a toxic triangle that strains the bonds of love and loyalty to the breaking point.

From New York Times bestselling author Kiersten White comes the first book in a dark, sweeping new series in which heads will roll, bodies will be impaled . . . and hearts will be broken.


About Kiersten White

KIERSTEN WHITE is the New York Times bestselling author of the Paranormalcy trilogy; the dark thrillers Mind Games and Perfect Lies; The Chaos of Stars; and Illusions of Fate. She also coauthored In the Shadows with Jim Di Bartolo. She lives with her family near the ocean in San Diego, which, in spite of its perfection, spurs her to dream of faraway places and even further away times.


Monday, May 30th: Icey Books, Review
Tuesday, May 31st: Bookiemoji, Guest Post (Character Profiles)
Wednesday, June 1st: Seeing Double in Neverland, Review
Thursday, June 2nd: Alexa Loves Books, Playlist Post
Friday, June 3rd: Awesome Book Nut, Review
Monday, June 6th: Jessabella Reads, Review
Tuesday, June 7th: The Eater of Books!, Top Five Roundup
Wednesday, June 8th: Across the Words, Review
Thursday, June 9th: Pandora’s Books, Sneak Peek for Book Two
Friday, June 10th: Tales of the Ravenous Reader, Review
Monday, June 13th: A Midsummer Night’s Read, Review
Tuesday, June 14th: The Irish Banana Review, Top 10 Guest Post
Wednesday, June 15th: Stories & Sweeties, Review
Thursday, June 16th: Jenuine Cupcakes, Author Mystery Guest Post
Friday, June 17th: The Soul Sisters, Review
Monday, June 20th: Winterhaven Books, Review
Tuesday, June 21st: Two Chicks on Books, Q&A (4-6 questions)
Wednesday: June 22nd: The Book Swarm, Review
Thursday, June 23rd: Read. Sleep. Repeat., Top Five Fantasy Books Kiersten Loves to Re-Read
Friday, June 24th: Please Feed The Bookworm, Review
Monday, June 27th: Comfort Books, Review
Tuesday, June 28th: Fitshun, Q&A
Wednesday, June 29th: Addicted Readers,Review
Thursday, June 30th: Lindsay Cummings, Movie Casting Post
Friday, July 1st: Rabid Reads, Review
Monday, July 4th: Reading Teen, Review
Tuesday, July 5th: YA Bibliophile, Guest Post (Trip to Romania)
Wednesday, July 6th: Carina’s Books, Review
Thursday, July 7th: Mundie Moms, Author Mystery Guest Post
Friday, July 8thMy Friends Are Fiction, Surprise Post!


Have you read And I Darken

Or do you plan to?


  1. Chantal says:

    I’m so excited to read this and go to the launch party! Kiersten white is such an amazing person with amazing books! I have so much love for her :].

  2. Danielle says:

    Love this post! I just finished AND I DARKEN and it was AMAZING. Can’t wait to read more in this world (and see what kind of cover they will come up with to match this one). Seriously, great historical revision.

  3. Carina Olsen says:

    KITTIES 😀 Eee, I love this post. <3 Such a stunning blog tour post Crystal. Thank you so much for sharing 😀 I really liked this book. YAY! It's pretty awesome 🙂 Gosh, I hope you love it, if you haven't read it this past week. Hugs. <3

  4. Morgan @ Gone with the Words says:

    HAHAHAHA OH MY GOD. This is the best, most accurate post I’ve ever seen 😀 I’ve read (and loved) And I Darken and I can 100% picture the characters as all of these cats. Plus the gifs themselves are fantastic. Oh I love this 🙂

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