Blog Tour: Blazewrath Games by Amparo Ortiz
Blazewrath Games by Amparo Ortiz. “World Cup with Dragons”. These 4 words were enough for me to want to read this book. OUT October 6th, 2020
I’m so excited to be a part of this book tour so first, I have to thank Caffeine Book Tours for this opportunity!
Today, however, I’ll be doing something different to what I usually do. I won’t be reviewing this book in sections/questions like I usually do but I’ll be showing you guys some creative content that was inspired by Blazewrath Games.
If you want to follow along with this book tour, here is more information you have to know, including the dates and accounts of the participants who will be reviewing + creating amazing content about Amparo Ortiz’s fantasy debut!
Disclaimer: I received an ARC from the publisher but in no way this changes or affects my opinion about the book.
Now… let’s begin!
“Experience the World Cup with dragons in this debut fantasy, set in an alternate contemporary world, in which riders and their steeds compete in an international sports tournament.
Lana Torres has always preferred dragons to people. In a few weeks, sixteen countries will compete in the Blazewrath World Cup, a tournament where dragons and their riders fight for glory in a dangerous relay. Lana longs to represent her native Puerto Rico in their first ever World Cup appearance, and when Puerto Rico’s Runner—the only player without a dragon steed—is kicked off the team, she’s given the chance.
But when she discovers that a former Blazewrath superstar has teamed up with the Sire—a legendary dragon who’s cursed into human form—the safety of the Cup is jeopardized. The pair are burning down dragon sanctuaries around the world and refuse to stop unless the Cup gets cancelled. All Lana wanted was to represent her country. Now, to do that, she’ll have to navigate an international conspiracy that’s deadlier than her beloved sport”.
Genre: Young Adult, fantasy
Publication Date: 06 October 2020
Publisher: Page Street Publisher
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Photo Collage Interpretation?
Apart from the self-explanatory photos like the dragons and Puerto Rican flags, here are some things that I enjoyed about the book that maybe aren’t that self-explanatory from the collages.
1. The Importance of Family
This is one of the things that I love most about being Latina. I mean, that and the food tbh
In almost every latin household family is very important and in Blazewrath Games you can definitely ‘see’ this. Alana is just a very family-oriented person and I feel like these values are sometimes not taken into consideration in a lot of YA books.
2. Lana’s Perseverance
Lana Torres might be at first considered as the ‘underdog’ but she’s a badass female character.
For me, a strong character (and person) is also someone who isn’t afraid of showing their emotions and someone who no matter the circumstances, doesn’t give up.
Shown through the Puerto Rican flags.
I might not be Puerto Rican but I definitely feel like this book would make a Boricua proud.
Through out the book, you can see that Lana is proud of her culture. There are some mentions of some traditional foods and some words in spanish. Even if Spanish is not the language that Lana feels the most comfortable with, she’s still proud of her roots. AND she isn’t embarrassed of saying so.
About the Author:
“Amparo Ortiz was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and currently lives on the island’s northeastern coast. Her short story comic, “What Remains in The Dark,” appears in the Eisner Award-winning anthology Puerto Rico Strong (Lion Forge, 2018), and SAVING CHUPIE, her middle grade graphic novel, comes out with HarperCollins in Winter 2022. She holds an M.A. in English and a B.A. in Psychology from the UPR’s Río Piedras campus. When she’s not teaching ESL to her college students, she’s teaching herself Korean, devouring as much young adult fiction as she can, and writing about Latinx characters in worlds both contemporary and fantastical”.
Does it seem like the type of book that you would enjoy?
If you have already read Blazewrath Games, what did you think about it? Do you think my collages makes sense?