Best Books I Read In: February (and you should too!)

Best Books list for February! I read a lot this month, but didn’t find as many gems.

thicker than water coverThis was a ’16 debut I was highly anticipating, and I’m pleased to say it floored me. The writing was beautiful and dealt with so many things like grief and guilt and denial. Plus complicated family and sibling relationships that leapt off the page. I’m always impressed with non-linear stories that pull it off, just like this book did. We jump back and forth between Cecelia becoming a dealer and her dealing days to the present where she’s in the midst of a trial for her brother’s death and in treatment. A wonderful, well-executed novel for sure!

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symptoms coverI did not expect to love this book as much as I did. I was a little iffy on the voice for the first few chapters because there were some awkward sentences and cliche phrases, but thankfully that didn’t become an issue. Riley’s voice was beautiful, rich, and humorous. I was also concerned this would become a preachy book on the woes of social media, but it wasn’t that, either. Instead this was a complexly drawn (is that a thing?) novel about identity, and I adored it. Riley is gender-fluid, an orientation I’m ashamed to admit I don’t know a lot about. Riley deals with bullying, anxiety, family drama, and a growing internet presence Riley’s not sure how to handle. And through it all this novel never feels dark or like an “issue” book, as they are sometimes called. It’s just a really well told story that touches on timely subjects.

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Have you read either of these books? What did you think? What are your favorite recent reads?

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Happy Book Birthday, REBEL OF THE SANDS!

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REBEL OF THE SANDS is a special book to me. I love it the way people love the Harry Potter books or Tolkein or Narnia. It was the first fantasy I read that said everything I needed it to, that was everything I needed it to be.

Amani, thank you for being rebellious and selfish and so unabashedly yourself. Thank you for being a feminist. Thank you for kicking major ass. Thank you for the sass. Thank you for feeling lost. Thank you for losing your way. Thank you for finding your way.

Jin, thank you for your perfect face (and chest). Thank you for being a feminist (swoon). Thank you for your loyalty. Thank you for your traitor eyes. Thank you for your devotion–which I guess could be loyalty, but don’t ruin this with logic. Thank you for your Jin-ness which I’m just realizing I don’t really know how to explain without divulging the entire plot.

Shira, thank you for being so unabashedly yourself, no matter how insufferable you can be.  *Shira-stan flag flies*

Shazad, thank you for your epic-nose breaking-badassness. Thank you for taking risks and fighting for what you believe in.

Ahmed, thank you for your ideals. Thank you for your belief in the people you love. Thank you for the rebellion.

Delila, Imin, Bahi, *smothers you all in hugs*

These characters are as precious to me as the Golden Trio or the Fellowship. This world is as beautiful as Hogwarts and Middle Earth, with myths and fairy tales weaved into the narrative and brimming with magic on every page.

The happiest of book birthdays to you, REBEL OF THE SANDS, and my friend, Alwyn Hamilton. You have crafted a magnificent story I have read over and over again with the same levels of enthusiasm each time, and I expect many readers will feel the same.


~ABOUT THE BOOK~

rebel of the sands coverTitle: REBEL OF THE SANDS
Author: Alwyn Hamilton
Pub Date: March 8, 2016 from Viking Books for Young Readers/Penguin/Faber + Faber
Amazon: Buy it!
B&N: Buy it!
Waterstones: Buy it!
Book Depository: Buy it!
Goodreads: Add it to your shelves 
or borrow it from your local library 🙂

Find Alwyn on tour around the US with other Penguin authors!

She’s more gunpowder than girl—and the fate of the desert lies in her hands.

Mortals rule the desert nation of Miraji, but mystical beasts still roam the wild and barren wastes, and rumor has it that somewhere, djinni still practice their magic. But there’s nothing mystical or magical about Dustwalk, the dead-end town that Amani can’t wait to escape from.

Destined to wind up “wed or dead,” Amani’s counting on her sharpshooting skills to get her out of Dustwalk. When she meets Jin, a mysterious and devastatingly handsome foreigner, in a shooting contest, she figures he’s the perfect escape route. But in all her years spent dreaming of leaving home, she never imagined she’d gallop away on a mythical horse, fleeing the murderous Sultan’s army, with a fugitive who’s wanted for treason. And she’d never have predicted she’d fall in love with him…or that he’d help her unlock the powerful truth of who she really is.

 

The Tsar’s Guard: THE CROWN’S GAME Soundtrack + Giveaway

Hello and welcome to The Tsar’s Guard Parade!

The Tsar’s Guard are a legion of readers who are super excited for the release of The Crown’s Game. Read on for more info about this amazing book, take a listen to some beautiful instrumentals that remind me of the story, and enter the giveaway! Oh, and if you want to join The Tsar’s Guard, all the info is on Evelyn’s website (linked below!) and you should cause it’s awesome (secret emails!).

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Title: THE CROWN’S GAME
Author: Evelyn Skye
Release Date: May 17, 2016
Pages: 416
Publisher: Balzer+Bray
Formats: Hardcover, eBook
Find it: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks

Vika Andreyeva can summon the snow and turn ash into gold. Nikolai Karimov can see through walls and conjure bridges out of thin air. They are enchanters—the only two in Russia—and with the Ottoman Empire and the Kazakhs threatening, the Tsar needs a powerful enchanter by his side.

And so he initiates the Crown’s Game, an ancient duel of magical skill—the greatest test an enchanter will ever know. The victor becomes the Imperial Enchanter and the Tsar’s most respected adviser. The defeated is sentenced to death.

Raised on tiny Ovchinin Island her whole life, Vika is eager for the chance to show off her talent in the grand capital of Saint Petersburg. But can she kill another enchanter—even when his magic calls to her like nothing else ever has?

For Nikolai, an orphan, the Crown’s Game is the chance of a lifetime. But his deadly opponent is a force to be reckoned with—beautiful, whip smart, imaginative—and he can’t stop thinking about her.

And when Pasha, Nikolai’s best friend and heir to the throne, also starts to fall for the mysterious enchantress, Nikolai must defeat the girl they both love . . . or be killed himself.

As long-buried secrets emerge, threatening the future of the empire, it becomes dangerously clear . . . the Crown’s Game is not one to lose.

About Evelyn:
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Evelyn Skye was once offered a job by the C.I.A., she not-so-secretly wishes she was on “So You Think You Can Dance,” and if you challenge her to a pizza-eating contest, she guarantees she will win. When she isn’t writing, Evelyn can be found chasing her daughter on the playground or sitting on the couch, immersed in a good book and eating way too many cookies. THE CROWN’S GAME is her first novel. Evelyn can be found online at http://www.evelynskye.com and on Twitter @EvelynSkyeYA.

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~The Crown’s Game Soundtrack~

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*Picture this: Dueling magicians whose arena are the streets you take to school and to work, the bridge in the park you walk on a romantic evening stroll with your love, on a mysterious island that appears out of nowhere…

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*Picture this: A young girl leaves her village and journeys to the big city with only a token from her loving father. She is alone. She has a mission. She is powerful. And she will not lose.

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*Picture this: A boy sees a girl battle lightning. This boy soon realizes their fates are entwined in The Crown’s Game. The Crown’s Game can only have one victor.

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*Picture this: A young prince is trapped by duty and responsibility. His sister is more suited to the life planned for him. His mother is ill and his father hides dangerous secrets. He longs for a girl he saw best lightning, but destiny is a hard thing to escape.

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*Picture this: At a masked ball, a prince can finally meet the lightning girl he’s been longing for. Two dueling magicians can finally share a dance.

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*Picture this: Two young magicians enter a game that can only have one victor. Two young magicians are intrigued by each other anyway.

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*Picture this: A final showdown on a magical island that two magicians have made for each other. 

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*Picture this: Two young magicians keep their promise to the Crown’s Game, and a young prince faces his destiny.

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Enter the Giveaway! 

1 winner will receive an ARC of THE CROWN’S GAME. International.

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Find the complete Tsar’s Guard Parade Schedule at Evelyn Skye’s website!

ARC Review: THE DARKEST CORNERS by Kara Thomas

Holy shit, guys. I don’t even think this is going to be a review, but more like a deluge of feels.

darkest corners cover.jpgTitle: THE DARKEST CORNERS
Author: Kara Thomas
Pub Date: April 19, 2016 from Penguin Random House–Delacorte
B&N: Pre-order it
Amazon: Pre-order it
Goodreads: ADD IT NOW
Launch event at Books of Wonder on April 19!!!!

For fans of Gillian Flynn’s Dark Places and Sara Shepard’s Pretty Little Liars, The Darkest Corners is a psychological thriller about the lies little girls tell, and the deadly truths those lies become.

There are ghosts around every corner in Fayette, Pennsylvania. Tessa left when she was nine and has been trying ever since not to think about it after what happened there that last summer. Memories of things so dark will burn themselves into your mind if you let them.

Callie never left. She moved to another house, so she doesn’t have to walk those same halls, but then Callie always was the stronger one. She can handle staring into the faces of her demons—and if she parties hard enough, maybe one day they’ll disappear for good.
Tessa and Callie have never talked about what they saw that night. After the trial, Callie drifted and Tessa moved, and childhood friends just have a way of losing touch.

But ever since she left, Tessa has had questions. Things have never quite added up. And now she has to go back to Fayette—to Wyatt Stokes, sitting on death row; to Lori Cawley, Callie’s dead cousin; and to the one other person who may be hiding the truth.
Only the closer Tessa gets to the truth, the closer she gets to a killer—and this time, it won’t be so easy to run away.

Thanks to Netgalley for granting me an e-arc.

Firstly, this book is some Courtney Summers level of feels. I was not prepared, nor was I expecting to fall in love with this book. I read the Prep School Confidential series, and thought it was just fine. It didn’t blow me away or anything, so I didn’t particularly have high hopes for this book. Then it got me. It just grabbed me right from the beginning.

This is a story of friendship, a broken friendship, where two girls are ripped apart by a single event and then brought back together because of that event. Tessa and Callie’s relationship is the heart of this book. The other heart is the relationship between Tessa, her sister, and mother. For a book all about violence towards women and the violence women do, this book had beautiful, fleshed out female relationships that never made the violence feel gratuitous or scintillating. This is a book about horrible things happening to women, and also about women living and breathing and making choices.

I could tell you I love Tessa and all the complexities that went into the choices she made as a kid and as a teenager. I could tell you I love how big this world was, full of all kinds of people that played major and minor roles in the mystery. I could tell you this is a story of how the world treats and values girls and women, but these would all just be massive understatements.

This would be one also: I absolutely love this book.

THE DARKEST CORNERS is a story about the people you thought you knew and all the ways you can never truly know someone. Gorgeous writing, tightly plotted, and rich characters make this a standout novel and one of my favorites.  

Cover Thoughts
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Does she not look like she has lots of SECRETS???

Favorite Quotes [from an ARC so check the final print version]
“The only reason they listened to our story as kids was because they needed it. No was ever really listening to us at all.”

“Nice girls are always the ones who get hurt. It’s like the universe gets some sort of perverse pleasure out of taking out the nice girls one by one, while the whole world watches and gets some perverse pleasure from mourning the loss of yet another nice girl.”

“Then the rest of the world forgot about Fayette, Pennsylvania, and all its dead girls.”

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Favorite Character
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ps I’ve literally just finished this book and am so far into my book hangover that I can’t do anything else but think about this book and want to yell at everyone about it.

Are you excited for THE DARKEST CORNERS?

Books to Read to Celebrate Agent Carter Season 2!

Looking for books to satisfy your Agent Carter feels?

I’m so stoked that Peggy Carter, Jarvis, and the gang are back for season 2 of Agent Carter. I think it’s one of the best shows on tv! It wears its feminism on its sleeve, has great witty writing, and Peggy is the total best. After watching the season two premiere, I was clamoring for more books that evoke the same feel. So here we go!

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Illuminae by Amy Kaufman and Jay Kristoff! This sci-fi novel is so engrossing and one of the main characters is Kady, who is basically future hacker Peggy. Howard Stark with his genius mind would probably go crazy for AIDAN, the artificial intelligence of the spaceship.

 

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Lois Lane: Fallout by Gwenda Bond!
Perhaps an obvious choice because Lois, like Peggy, is a famous comic book character. Gwenda’s Lois Lane origin story sucked me in because of how awesome Lois is. She takes no shit like Peggy and is relentless in her desire to help people and prove herself as a journalist (or an SSR agent, same thing). Just like Agent Carter’s season 1 did a great job at integrating Steve/Captain America into the show in a way he didn’t overshadow it, so does Gwenda in how she constructs Clark Kent.

Bone Gap by Laura Ruby! Maybe a less obvious choice… but in the same way Agent Carter is bone gapproud of its feminism, so is Bone Gap. I think Peggy would love Roza and Petey, two girls who are overlooked because of their gender and their looks and fight to save themselves. Agent Carter also has Sousa, a disabled character who is capable of taking care of himself and more than just his war injury. Bone Gap also has a main character with a surprising disability, who is more than just a disability. vicious

Vicious by V.E. Schwab! A superhero/villain novel! This novel captured the comic book feel and though it’s about two men, it also has a sister relationship as its second anchor. Much like Captain America was a science experiment, Victor and Eli both experiment on themselves. There’s a very interesting rationale behind how powers/ability types manifest in people which I haven’t seen done before.

all the rage coverAll the Rage by Courtney Summers! This book is hard and painful and gut-wrenching. It’s rape culture and sexism and misogyny and all the things Peggy fights daily. This story, tonally, is very different from the Agent Carter aesthetic, but all the same issues are there.

 

The Wrong Side of Right by Jenn Marie Thorne! This political contemporary is a girl’s coming of the wrong side of rightage story. It has no explosions or flamingos or toxic gas that makes an entire theater full of people maul each other. But Kate’s journey reminds me of Peggy. She stays true to her ideals, especially on the important issue of immigration and fights for the people she loves. This book might not as be as flashy as Agent Carter is, but I think, at its core, it has the same tone (and of course a great female character leading it).

conspiracyofusThe Conspiracy of Us & Map of Fates by Maggie Hall! Also another book that has the same feel to me. But different from Wrong Side. Conspiracy has the whirlwind and intrigue and action. Avery is not a boss fighter like Peggy, but she uses her intellect to make her way through a new world she’s just uncovering for the first time. She’s also struggling to find her power because there are too many adults and a mandate/prophecy trying to steal her agency. But Avery, like Peggy, is not going to give in. She’s going to make her own way. under a painted sky

Under a Painted Sky by Stacey Lee! This is a historical, just like Agent Carter, but set like 100 years before in the late 1840s. Sam and Annamae face sexism and danger on the Oregon Trail as they flee slavery, racism, and a murder charge. Just like Peggy and Angie had such a great relationship (ANGIE, WE MISS YOU), Sam and Annamae take care of each other on this harrowing journey.

nimona coverNimona by Noelle Stevenson! Another superhero/villain story you guys just can’t miss! I love this book so much.

 

 

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Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin! So I just finished this book and have so many feels but Yael has been through hell and is still so full of feels and goodness and dedicated to her mission and Captain America and Peggy would be horrified if the Axis Powers had won the war and just please everyone read this book. It is incredible and like a darker Agent Carter but with amazing Yael.

Honorable Mentions!

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Comic Recs!

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What books would you put on this list? Have you read any of these? DON’T YOU LOVE AGENT CARTER?

ARC Review: THIS SONG IS (NOT) FOR YOU by Laura Nowlin

Check out what I thought about this YA novel about music, glitter, and love from Laura Nowlin.

this song is not for you coverTitle: This Song is (Not) For You
Author: Laura Nowlin
Release Date: January 5, 2016 from Sourcebooks Fire
Amazon: Order it here!
B&N: Or here!
Goodreads: Add it to your shelves!

Ramona fell for Sam the moment she met him. It was like she had known him forever. He’s one of the few constants in her life, and their friendship is just too important to risk for a kiss. Though she really wants to kiss him…

Sam loves Ramona, but he would never expect her to feel the same way-she’s too quirky and cool for someone like him. Still, they complement each other perfectly, both as best friends and as a band.

Then they meet Tom. Tom makes music too, and he’s the band’s missing piece. The three quickly become inseparable. Except Ramona’s falling in love with Tom. But she hasn’t fallen out of love with Sam either. How can she be true to her feelings without breaking up the band?

Thanks to Netgalley for an e-arc!

I was excited to read this book because I heard there was an asexual main character. Said character is Tom and the parts of this book where he questioned himself and his sexuality were so well written, they broke my heart. I felt for him and wanted to scream at anyone that ever pushed him away once he told them he was ace.

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The other main characters were Ramona and Sam. I had a hard time telling each POV apart because the voice was relatively the same. However, that voice was addicting and made this a fast read.

I got a little restless while reading because I felt this was missing a more developed conflict and plot. My favorite part was Ramona being dead set on this music college and expecting Sam and Tom would want to go too, and they’d be together. However, Tom and Sam aren’t so sure they want to study music, have a career in music, or even go to college at all. I felt like some parts of this subplot were brushed over, which made me sad.

The love triangle is definitely not an over the top, in your face, angsty one. It’s really well done. The resolution is an interesting one, and perhaps unconventional. But you know what, their love is not for you. 😉

Also, how dare The Cure’s Just Like Heaven be considered a secret/guilty pleasure song. It is perfect.

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This Song is (Not) For You is a must read for music lovers and glitter enthusiasts that deals with first love and transitioning from high school to college. It is a good book for anyone looking to learn more about asexuality–which should be everyone and will give you feels. 

Cover Thoughts
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Favorite Quotes [From an ARC & subject to change]

Back then, playing the piano felt like my purpose. Beavers build dams. Bees make honey. Ramona plays piano.

Ramona sighs, and I think it’s for me. Ramona sighs, and I am sinking into the floor as my soul flies up past the ceiling.

“You don’t care. About sex.” She said it like I’d said I didn’t care about curing cancer.

“They’re mean because they’re unhappy, and they’re unhappy cause they’re stuck. They’re stuck because they’re refusing to open their minds, to consider changing the way they live their lives.”

The most important thing is love. “That’s true,” Dad says, his voice quiet again. After a pause he adds. “Though for me it’s novels. Novels are the second most important thing.”

Favorite Character 
I kind of really liked Sam? He was such a romantic.
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Book Event: PASSENGER and TRUTHWITCH Launch at Books of Wonder

The launch event for Passenger and Truthwitch was tonight at Books of Wonder. Read on for a special recap of the event!

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Erin Bowman moderated the highly anticipated launch for Alexandra Bracken and Susan Dennard’s new novels, PASSENGER and TRUTHWITCH, respectively. I had a such a great time at this event! The atmosphere at Books of Wonder is always amazing, but there was so much palpable excitement as the crowd built and the store filled.

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Books of Wonder also created a BEAUTIFUL window display! Sadly there was scaffolding, so it was hard to get a good shot, but I promise it was phenomenal.

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The full crowd way before the event was supposed to start! And there were so many people standing behind me, you guys won’t believe it.

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And then the powerhouse women of the night emerged!

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Important: These are not direct quotes, so please don’t treat them as such!

On the inspiration of their novels

Susan: Truthwitch was a ‘perfect storm’ of ideas. She was couch surfing across Croatia and fell in love with the country. Yay Croatia! Everyone go!

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She loved the city so much she knew she wanted to set a story there–or in a world inspired by it. She also knew she wanted to write a female friendship that was crucial to a fantasy story. Plus there had to be magic! Then one night as she was falling asleep the word “threadwitch” popped into her head and she was like ‘ooohhh, what’s that?’ and more and more ideas came to her. She was also inspired by the musical group Two Steps From Hell.

Alexandra: Passenger, like her Darkest Minds series, was a book she wanted to read. She was a history nerd in college and cites Hamilton for making history cool now. But when she was in high school it was not cool, but she was super obsessed with the 18th century and read 6 biographies on George Washington. She was convinced a past life of herself lived in the 18th century. She went to the College of William and Mary, one of the oldest universities (and a super good school! just saying). In colonial Williamsburg she would go to the reenactments and try not to rage at the inaccuracies–like the total exclusion of slavery. It made her feel like a time traveler.

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On the topic of research

S: Both she and Alexandra had a hard time finding an interior layout of an 18th century ship. They discovered this was an issue because back then, people didn’t really make blueprints. They just kind of designed something and hoped it worked. They winged it. Every ship designer had their own style and they didn’t document it on paper for all time. And they were so frustrated by this because they wanted to be very authentic. Eventually they realized they would have to wing it too and create something. Susan also took a lot of workshops about life on a ship, and horses, and diversity. She wanted to craft the most realistic and respectful novel possible.

She also teased an upcoming video where she had her sensei get her into weird twisty positions so she could figure out how to break out. So get excited!

A: In the same vein as Susan, she tried to find the right layout of a ship. She watched a lot of Master and Commander, but that wasn’t good enough because it was a war ship and thus not the type she was looking for. She also gets really into research and gets distracted by slightly off-topic things she discovers and procrastinates writing by going deeper and deeper into her research. She had a lot of primary documents saved away from her college days and felt very comfortable writing from an 18th century male POV. The only thing was having to check the English Oxford Dictionary to see when words were originated and if they meant the same thing as they did today back then. She also has a scene set in London during the Blitz and had to find out if locations she wanted to use were unharmed/still standing.

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On world building

S: Her editor was a big help because she said there were too many types of witches and suggested breaking it all down based on the elements. Since Susan was a big fan of Avatar: The Last Airbender (and the crowd–including me–got very excited about this), she totally rolled with this idea, but was hooked on the number 6, so she used that instead of the usual 4.

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A: Like Susan, she loves creating rules and sticking to them. She thought creating her time travel around magic instead of science would have made things easier, but it still ended up being super complicated. Paradoxes!

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Every solution she came up with just created more problems. She joked she made a guide called ‘How Not to Get Killed in Another Century.’

On problem scenes and favorite scenes

A: Beginnings are the worst! She mentioned the BEA ARC vs the new ARCs that came out after she did significant edits. She had a hard time figuring out where the story was supposed to start, but loves endings. Her first drafts always have ten thousand characters and then she cuts away in revisions. Her favorite scene is the end of Passenge.

S: She agreed beginnings are hard, maybe because they’re what we write first. She wrote the first 200 pages in a burst of inspiration and had her ‘I’m a genius!’ moment. But because the book was sold On Proposal, there was a six month lag period where she did no writing, waiting to see if the book would sell before she could commit to writing the entire story. After the good news it indeed sold, she had a hard time coming back to the story and the voice.

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Susan said she’s more of a reviser than a drafter. Her favorite scene was The Lighthouse Scene in chapter 15 and then she showed off a lighthouse necklace someone gave her and Alexandra and Erin cooed over it and it was lovely.

If your MC could get help from any other character in literature or pop culture, who would it be?

A: Sherlock Holmes! There are a lot of puzzles and murky character motivations to work out, so she feels the famed detective would be an asset. Plus he would know his history to work out some connections.

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S: Gen from The Thief by Megan Turner. The ‘ultimate squad buddy,’ as she put it. 😉

Would you wanna live in your world?

A: Yes! She’s a history buff, so of course! However, she noted time travel is only always safe if one is a white guy. She would not be equipped to be a girl in the 18th century. However, she’d be down to go to the future cause she loves spoilers.

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S: Yes! She loves the Witchlands and she’d be a water witch cause she loves Katara from ATLA.

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(How can anyone not love Queen Katara?)

She’s also a Pisces and used to be a marine biologist, so water is in her blood, basically. Her dream super power is to be able to breathe underwater. And then she did an impersonation of Sokka’s ‘water tribe’ and I died!

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Other Stories/Inspirations

A: Outlander! She didn’t want to write YA Outlander or Outlander 2.0, but she wanted to create something as immersive as that series.

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(I’m totally here for the plot…)

Any scenes based on a real life experience?

A: Etta is a fantastic violinist and she used to be the second to last clarinet chair. She got to revisit the musical world in this book. She also set Etta’s life in New York because she was living in New York at the time and loved all the history of the city. Sadly colonial Manhattan doesn’t exist anymore, but the grave of Alexander Hamilton does–at Trinity Church downtown.

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S: Croatia!

What books have you read recently that you’re excited about?

S: The Thief!

A: Illuminae and Red Queen! And thus a fun story about meeting Victoria Aveyard at SDCC happened. “It rhymes with graveyard!”

Erin: Six of Crows and a 2017 YA contemporary debut called Kissing Max Holden.

R2D2 or BB8?

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S: R2! The original trilogy has a special place in her heart. She’s gonna name her next dog R2–she already has a Leia! 🙂

A: She agrees BB8 has gotten a lot of love lately and is hogging it. She’s sad R2D2 got pushed into retirement. Although, BB8 is so cute.

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And there you have it! Doesn’t it feel like you were at the event yourself?

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All links are below! Thank you very much for reading.
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Amazon || B&N || Goodreads

 

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Amazon || B&N || Goodreads

 

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Are Susan and Alexandra coming to a city near you?

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