Blog Tour: Tarot by Marissa Kennerson (Playlist)

Hey guys! I’m so excited to be on the blog tour for Tarot by Marissa Kennerson (February 19, 2019 – Razorbill)! I’ve been SUPER excited for this book ever since I first heard about it – it has everything I love in a book: magic, intrigue, a unique world, and epic characters. When I realized there was going to be a blog tour, I jumped at the chance to be a part of it!

So, for my blog tour stop, I’m sharing my Playlist with you. Mad props to all the authors who do these for their books because I’ve never done a playlist for a book before and this was HARD. I just hope I did the book justice with my song selections…

Before I share my playlist with you guys, take a look at the cover and synopsis for the book:

Her fate is so much more than the cards she was dealt.

Born of a forbidden union between the Queen and the tyrannical King’s archnemesis, Anna is forced to live out her days isolated in the Tower, with only her mentors and friends the Hermit, the Fool, and the Magician to keep her company. To pass the time, Anna imagines unique worlds populated by creatives and dreamers–the exact opposite of the King’s land of fixed fates and rigid rules–and weaves them into four glorious tapestries.

But on the eve of her sixteenth birthday and her promised release from the Tower, Anna discovers her true lineage: She’s the daughter of Marco, a powerful magician, and the King is worried that his magical gifts are starting to surface in Anna. Fearing for her life, Anna flees the Tower and finds herself in Cups, a lush, tropical land full of all the adventure, free-spiritedness, and creativity she imagined while weaving.

Anna thinks she’s found paradise in this world of beachside parties, endless food and drink, and exhilarating romance. But when the fabric of Cups begins to unravel, Anna discovers that her tapestries are more than just forbidden expression. They’re the foundation for a new world that she is destined to create–as long as the terrors from the old world don’t catch up with her first.

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And now for my Playlist (Please note: These are in no particular order)!!

Bell, Book and Candle by Eddi Reader. This song came to me for no other reason but that it was used in Charmed (the original 1998 version), which is about witches and magic. Also, I’m not sure what genre it is officially, but when I listen to it, I think of folk music and Celtic music, which makes me think of witches and magic.


When Will My Life Begin by Mandy Moore. This came to mind when I was on page 26 of the US ARC. Anna being stuck in the tower made me think of Rapunzel. I just kept picturing Anna throughout the years, stuck in the tower with very little to do, and imagined her asking the same questions Rapunzel does in the song: When will my life begin? What’s it really like outside this tower? Will I ever get out of this tower and truly live?


Unwritten by Natasha Bedingfield. This song came to me before I even started reading, but then page 6 of the US ARC really made me think about it. In Tarot, Anna’s father – the king – says, “Fates are a fixed thing, destiny preordained.” But Anna doesn’t believe that – she feels people should be able to have more autonomy; that they should be able to decide things for themselves. This song’s message aligns with that. It’s basically saying, only you can live your life. Your life is a blank book and only you can decide what happens and how it ends.


Wildflowers by Tom Petty. At the beginning of Tarot, a line from this song is quoted: “You belong among the wildflowers.” In the song, the line goes on to say, “You belong somewhere you feel free.” So, I included this song on the playlist for two reasons:

1) It’s quoted in the book, so the author must feel it’s relevant
2) It really does fit the theme of the book, of wanting to be free (as Anna wants to be free of the tower and her father’s control).


Journey to the Past from the animated movie Anastasia. This song came to me after Anna escaped the tower. She’s on a journey to discover who she is and to live her life – which is exactly what this song is about; finding yourself, finding your family, your future, your home, etc. Most importantly, it’s about discovering your past so you can find the path to your future. Because if we don’t understand where we come from, how will we know where to go next on our journey in life?


That’s it for my playlist! Like I said at the beginning of this post, I’ve never done a playlist for a book before, and I truly hope this list does the book justice!

Now tell me, have you read Tarot? Which of the above songs would you add to your playlist? Are there any songs NOT on my playlist that you think fit this book? Share them in the comments!


About the Author:
Marissa Kennerson received her B.A. in English literature from the University of California, Berkeley. Before earning her master’s degree in psychology and art therapy, she worked for Wired and Glamour. She’s the author of the YA cult-suspense novel, The Family, which she did not write from personal experience, since the only cult she’s ever been in is the cult of YouTube makeup tutorials. She lives in California with her husband and son.
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