Blog Tour: A Blade So Black (Style by Cover + Giveaway)

Hello and welcome to another stop for A Blade So Black blog tour hosted by Aimee, Always! While I will only be sharing blurbs, I have been very inspired by the lovely cover to come up with various styles. I really love the aesthetic of the cover, so I figured I would share some of the styles to what I think describes what is contained within the pages of this wonderful novel.


36952594Title: A Blade So Black

Author: L. L. McKinney

Genre: Fantasy, Retelling, Fiction

Date Published: 25th of September 2018

ISBN: 1250153905

Series: A Blade So Black # 1

Publisher: Imprint

Buy it on: Amazon || The Book Depository


The first time the Nightmares came, it nearly cost Alice her life. Now she’s trained to battle monstrous creatures in the dark dream realm known as Wonderland with magic weapons and hardcore fighting skills. Yet even warriors have a curfew.

Life in real-world Atlanta isn’t always so simple, as Alice juggles an overprotective mom, a high-maintenance best friend, and a slipping GPA. Keeping the Nightmares at bay is turning into a full-time job. But when Alice’s handsome and mysterious mentor is poisoned, she has to find the antidote by venturing deeper into Wonderland than she’s ever gone before. And she’ll need to use everything she’s learned in both worlds to keep from losing her head . . . literally.

Style # 1: A Modern Alice


Alice loves her converse (though I won’t be saying more than that), and I think this style reflects how cool Alice is. The story conveys Alice as cool and complex, and she’s one who cares so much for the people that she loves. With that said, I firmly believe she’s still definitely chic while fighting the Nightmares alongside the Hatter.

Style # 2: Reimagined


Since A Blade So Black is an Alice in Wonderland retelling, its roots come from the Victorian era. There are certain elements in the story that stayed true to its predecessor, but this action-packed offering ties it to the modern era. Hence, I believe this style reflects the wonderful world compacted within the pages of this novel. Classy, but still rocking it.

Style #3: Not-Your-Average Retelling


As the story goes, it gets curiouser and curiouser. This story is not your regular retelling, for it portrays beloved characters in a whole other light. Sure, it’s set in our day. But it still conveys a delight that will make you believe you can do six impossible things before breakfast. Unexpected, but definitely worth reading about. Want a boost to Wonderland? Then this story is definitely for you.



Leatrice “Elle” McKinney, writing as L.L. McKinney, is a poet and active member of the kidlit community. She’s an advocate for equality and inclusion in publishing, and the creator of the hashtag #WhatWoCWritersHear. She’s spent time in the slush by serving as a reader for agents and participating as a judge in various online writing contests.

Elle’s also a gamer, Blerd, and adamant Hei Hei stan, living in Kansas, surrounded by more nieces and nephews than she knows what to do with. Aside from rockin’ the Favorite Aunt thing, she spends her free time plagued by her cat–Sir Chester Fluffmire Boopsnoot Purrington Wigglebottom Flooferson III, esquire, Baron o’Butterscotch or #SirChester for short–or defending the realm from the enemies of Azeroth. FOR THE HORDE!

Connect with Elle!

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Win a finished copy of A Blade So Black by L. L. McKinney! (US Only) Click the giveaway tag or here.

Many, many thanks to the lovely organizer of this blog tour: Aimee from Aimee Reads! Thank you for letting me join this tour.

Follow the rest of the tour here:


Aimee – Aimee, Always
Simant – Flipping Through the Pages


Alice – Married To Books Reviews and Blog

Justine – Bookish Wisps


Joanne – Once Upon a Bookcase
Bianca – The Ultimate Fangirl


Mishma – Chasing Faerytales

Flo – Book Nerds Across America


Nicole – Cuz I’m a Nerd

Faith – suckerforcoffe


Becky – Coffee Cocktails and Books

Lara – Bellibone


Liv – Liv’s Wonderful Escape

Karlita – Tale Out Loud


Jacquie – Rattle the Stars

Olivia – Olivia’s Catastrophe


Beth – The Reader’s Corner
Sophia – Bookwyrming Thoughts


Angel – Avid Reader

Lili – Utopia State of Mind

Are you also a fan of retellings? Or Alice in Wonderland in general? Are you excited to read A Blade So Black?


2 thoughts on “Blog Tour: A Blade So Black (Style by Cover + Giveaway)

  1. 1. Love the cover!
    2. Those outfits are definitely something I’d wear! the watch face earrings??? Perfecto!

    Can’t wait for this book!

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