Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Welcome to the Whichwood Blog Tour!

Tahereh Mafi brings readers on a dark and lush new adventure about a girl who is fated to wash the bodies of the dead in this companion to her bestselling Furthermore.

Laylee can barely remember the happier times before her beloved mother died. Before her father, driven by grief, lost his wits (and his way). Before she was left as the sole remaining mordeshoor in the village of Whichwood, destined to spend her days washing the bodies of the dead and preparing their souls for the afterlife. It's become easy to forget and easier still to ignore the way her hands are stiffening and turning silver, just like her hair, and her own ever-increasing loneliness and fear.

But soon, a pair of familiar strangers appears, and Laylee's world is turned upside down as she rediscovers color, magic, and the healing power of friendship. 

Tahereh Mafi is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Shatter Me series and Furthermore. She can usually be found over-caffeinated and stuck in a book. You can find her online just about anywhere at @TaherehMafi or on her website,

Today I’m supposed to be a review stop on this “Whichwood” blog tour. However, this past weekend, when I had scheduled myself to read this gorgeous book, I learned that my grandmother passed away. One rushed day preparing for travel, one entire day of car travel, and then the days since preparing for a funeral and cleaning her home has (obviously) trumped my reading plans.

First thing first, I’ve still got all the tour stops down below so please keep up with the other bloggers and their posts about this gorgeous book!

Second, I will be fulfilling my review and updating this post once I return home, but wanted to talk a little about “Whichwood" from what I already know. If you’ve already read “Furthermore” by Mafi, then you’ll be delighted to know that “Whichwood” is an extension of that world! (and Alice and Oliver will be in the story!)

I read “Furthermore” last year and had some mixed feelings. Tahereh’s writing is whimsical and straight up gorgeous, but some times I felt like it was more about gorgeous and crafty prose than plot. Still, there is something about her style and imagination that is compelling, and I had a copy signed to my daughter when she came here for a signing. It’s waiting on my daughter's bookshelf for the day she will encounter it. It’s just got a lot of fun and quirky elements to it, which I think can make for really delightful reading for kids.

But “Whichwood” is supposed to have a darker tone, and it’s also inspired by Persian traditions, which is really compelling to me. (also, the cover speaks for itself. All the heart eyes) So even though I had determined that maybe Mafi's writing wasn’t my preferred reading style, I couldn’t stay away from the promise of this new story. And honestly, I think that bit of fun and whimsy she writes into her books is exactly what I need right now.

(“Whichwood” can be read as a standalone, so you don’t need to read “Furthermore” first, even though there will be some crossover.)


Week One:
November 6 – Omg Books and More Books – Review
November 7 – Buttermybooks – Creative Post
November 8 – Twirling Pages – Mood Board
November 9 – PapertrailYA – Review
November 10 – LivTheBookNerd - Review
Week Two:
November 13 – Bookiemoji – Creative post 
November 14 – Bookling Critics – Review
November 15 – Folded Pages Distillery – Review 
November 16 – Crossroad Reviews – Review
November 17 – HelloJennyReviews – Review with a giveaway of Book 1
Week Three:
November 20 – Book Briefs – Review and a Pinterest Board Inspired by the World
November 21 – Bookish Delights – Favorite Excerpts and Quotes
November 22 – Mundie Moms– Review
November 23 – Clockwork Bibliophile – Instagram giveaway
November 24 – Reads All the Books – Review
Week Four:
November 27 – The Book Nut – Review and Playlist
November 28 – A Page with a View – Favorite Middle Grade Reads
November 29 – The Wednesday Blog – Youtube Review
November 30 – In Wonderland – Creative 
December 1 – Moonlight Rendezvous – Review/Spotlight


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