A Fortnight of Bookish Posts: Days 12 – 14

Day 12:

  • Book you still aren’t sure of your feelings on:

As in ever? Because I was full of certitude about everything I read this past year. I still question whether some of those Ann Aguirre books I read were really worth reading at all.

  • Series you gave up on in 2015:

I wasn’t really ever in it, but I read The Name of the Blade by Zoe Marriott (who has written other books I did like) and could not bring myself to continue the series. It was a struggle just to complete that first one.

Day 13:

  • Favorite passage/quote of 2015:

There are two kinds of guilt. The kind that’s a burden and the kind that gives you purpose. Let your guilt be your fuel. Let it remind you of who you want to be. Draw a line in your mind. Never cross it again. You have a soul. It’s damaged but it’s there. Don’t let them take it from you.

Sabaa Tahir, An Ember in the Ashes

(I did not get around to this book but I really appreciated this quote when I saw it.)

  • Book which had the overall greatest impact on you this year:

Let God’s Light Shine Forth by Pope Benedict XVI

Day 14:

  • A book you didn’t read this year that will be your #1 priority in 2016?

Winter by Marissa Meyer!!!

  • New book you are most anticipating for 2016?

2016 looks like a pretty exciting year for books! There are at least fifty books that I am looking forward to, many of them sequels and final installments in series, but here are the ones that I am most eager to read…

  • The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater
  • Memories of Ash by Intisar Khanani
  • The Dark Talent: Alcatraz vs. the Evil Librarians by Brandon Sanderson (At LONG last)
  • Tell the Wind and Fire by Sarah Rees Brennan
  • Fire Touched by Patricia Briggs
  • Marked in Flesh by Anne Bishop
  • Stars Above by Marissa Meyer
  • See How They Run by Ally Carter
  • Delilah Dirk and the King’s Shilling by Tony Cliff
  • A Little Taste of Poison by R. J. Anderson
  • Passenger by Alexandra Bracken
  • The Winner’s Kiss by Marie Rutkoski

 

 

Upcoming Books 2014 and beyond

Kate Coombs: The Tooth Fairy Wars – the story of a boy who isn’t on board with the Tooth Fairy’s plans; illustrated by Jake Parker (Atheneum, July 2014).

Goodnight Mr. Darcy  – a la Goodnight Moon (July 1st 2014 by Gibbs Smith)

 

Michelle Harrison: One Wish  – prequel to the 13 series (22 May 2014 Simon & Schuster Children’s Books).

One Wish is a prequel to the 13 trilogy, following Tanya’s first brush with the

fairy world. Meeting Henry ‘Ratty’ Hanratty and his Artful Dodger fairy sidekick, Turpin, Tanya soon finds there’s nothing pretty or sparkly about real fairies. The 13 series will also be

published in a brand new package, perfect for a new generation of young readers.

 

Jacqueline West: The Books of Elsewhere Volume Five: Still Life – final book in the series (June 2014 Dial Books)

 

Sarah Rees Brennan:  Tell the Wind and FireA Tale of Two Cities retelling (2015  HarperCollins)

UnmadeLynburn Legacy 3 (September 23rd 2014 Random House Books for Young Readers)

 

Sarah Beth Durst: The Lost (Harlequin/Mira, A, 2014)
Chasing Power (Bloomsbury, YA 2014) YA
The Missing (Harlequin/Mira, A, 2014)
The Found (Harlequin/Mira, A, 2015)

 

Alexandra Bracken: In the Afterlight  – The Darkest Minds #3 (October 28th 2014 by Disney-Hyperion)

                                  Passenger  (2015 Fall Disney)
Wayfarer #2  (2016 Fall Disney)

 

 

E. D. Baker: The Bravest Princess  – Wide-Awake Princess #3  (April 1st 2014 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens)

 

Sherwood Smith: Lhind the Thief is available as paperback

Spy Princess will be reissued in paperback by Scholastic soon.The novella “Rule of Engagement” will be reprinted in Lightspeed Magazine

Finished: A Sword Named Truth, working on Firejive,, adventure/comedy of manners Rondo Allegro (set in 1799-1806), and a sequel to Lhind the Thief, working title, Lhind the Spy.

 

 

Lesley Livingston: Transcendent  – Starling #3  (December 23rd 2014 by HarperTeen)

Now and for NeverNever #3 ( May 27th 2014 by Razorbill Canada)

 

Brandon Sanderson: Legion: Skin Deep (Legion #2) – Spetember 2014

 Skybreaker (The Stormlight Archive #3) – 2015

Untitled (Rithmatist #2) – 2015

Calamity (Reckoners #3) -2015 by Delacorte

Nightblood (Warbreaker #2) – 2015

Untitled (Mistborn #6) – 2015 by Tor

Firefight (Reckoners #2) – 2015

 

 

Christopher Healy: The Hero’s Guide to Being an Outlaw – The League of Princes #3  (Published April 29th 2014 by Walden Pond Press)

 

Kate McMullan: Get Lost, Odysseus!  – Myth-O-Mania #10 ( August 1st 2014 by Stone Arch Books)

 

Shannon Hale: The Princess in Black  (October 14, 2014)

From Shannon and Dean Hale and illustrator LeUyen Pham comes the first in a humorous and action-packed chapter-book series for young readers

who like their princesses not only prim and perfect, but also dressed in black.

Princess Academy #3  Untitled  (2015)

Dangerous  (March 2014)

 

Lemony Snicket: File Under: 13 Suspicious Incidents   – All the Wrong Questions #2.5  (April 1st 2014 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers)

Shouldn’t You Be in School?  – All the Wong Questions#3  (September 30th 2014 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers)

 

Gail Carriger: Waistcoats & Weaponry –  Finishing School Series #3 (2014 Little, Brown Books for Young Readers US)

Manners & MutinyFinishing School Series #4  (2015 Little, Brown Books for Young Readers US)

 

For mature readers: Prudence ~ (March17, 2015 Orbit US)

Imprudence ~ (2016 from Orbit US)

 

 

Michelle Knudsen: Evil Librarian  (September 9, 2014 Candlewick Press) YA

TRELIAN BOOK 3 Untitled (Fall 2015)  MG

 

Marissa Meyer: Cress – The Lunar Chronicles #3 (February 2014 Feiwel and Friends)

Winter – The Lunar Chronicles #4 (February 2015 by Feiwel and Friends)

Heartless

 

 

Sarah Prineas: Magic Thief: A Proper Wizard Magic Thief #3.5 ebook shortstory  (August 19th 2014 by HarperCollins)

Magic Thief: Home – Magic Thief #4 (September 16th 2014 by HarperCollins)

 

 

Jennifer A. Neilson: The Shadow ThroneAscendance Trilogy #3  (February 25th 2014 by Scholastic Press)

Mark of the Thief – The Praetor War #1  (2015 by Scholastic Press)

The new series follows a boy in ancient Rome where powerful forces struggle for control of a hidden magic; the boy becomes embroiled in a fight for freedom, survival, and the safety of the future.

A Night Divided  (2015 by Scholastic)

 A story of danger and intrigue in Cold War-era East Berlin, about a girl whose family is split in half when the Berlin Wall goes up.

 

Ilona Andrews: Magic Breaks – Kate Daniels #7  (July 29th 2014 by Ace Hardcover)

Kate Daniels 8-10 to follow every summer

 

Patricia Briggs: Night ShiftedMercy Thompson #8) March 11th 2014 by Ace Hardcover

Mercy Thompson #9 Untitled to-come

Shifting Shadows: Stories from the World of Mercy Thompson (September 2nd 2014 by Ace Hardcover)

Dead HeatAlpha & Omega #4  (Spring 2015)

 

Maggie Stiefvater:  SinnerThe Wolves of Mercy Falls #4  (July 1st 2014 by Scholastic Press)

Blue Lily, Lily BlueThe Raven Cycle #3  (October 28th 2014 by Scholastic Press)

UntitledThe Raven Cycle #4   (2015 by Scholastic Press)

RequiemBooks of Faerie #3  (2015 by Scholastic Press)
Laini Taylor:  Dreams of Gods & Monsters  – Daughter of Smoke & Bone #3   (April 8th 2014 by Little, Brown & Company)
Jonathon StraudThe Whispering SkullLockwood & Co. #2  ( September 16th 2014 by Disney Hyperion )
Rick Riordan: Percy Jackson’s Greek Gods  (August 19th 2014 by Disney-Hyperion)

The Blood of OlympusThe Heroes of Olympus #5  (October 7th 2014 by Disney-Hyperion)

Untitled Norse Mythology #1  ( 2015 by Disney Hyperion Books)

 
Ally Carter: Untitled Embassy Row #1  (2015 by Scholastic)

 

This exciting new series focuses on Grace, who can best be described as a daredevil, an Army brat, and a rebel. She is also the only granddaughter of perhaps the most powerful ambassador in the world, and Grace has spent every summer of her childhood running across the roofs of Embassy Row. Now, at age sixteen, she’s come back to stay— in order to solve the mystery of her mother’s death. In the process, she uncovers an international conspiracy of unsettling proportions, and must choose her friends and watch her foes carefully if she and the world are to be saved.

 

R. J. AndersonA Pocket Full of Murder  (Atheneum Fall 2015) ; Untitled #2

 They star a Veronica Mars-type girl who joins forces with a mystery-loving street boy to solve a murder in a 1930s-style city driven by spell power.

Interview with Sarah Rees Brennan

We have the gracious Sarah Rees Brennan here today! Sarah, Congratulations on joining the truly amazing and talented group of writers that have debuted in 2009! Your first novel, The Demon’s Lexicon, was published  this past June.

Thank you for the congratulations!

 

Where did the title come from? You or your publisher? Is there a story behind that name?

When I wrote it I was living near London with my sardonic and wonderful friend Penelope, who smokes like a chimney and despairs of me on a daily basis. I showed her my List of Possible Titles, and she said ‘Oh, the Demon’s Lexicon, definitely.’ ‘Really?’ I said. ‘Why do you like that one best?’ She took a long, worldweary drag of her cigarette and said ‘Because Sarah… all the other titles are terrible.’Publishers often do change titles, but I am very happy they let me keep mine. Sometimes people think it should’ve been called something else – sometimes people just wonder what the heck ‘Lexicon’ means – but I like the title because it works on a lot of levels, and one way only makes sense once you’ve read the book. I love mysteries, even if they’re also titles.

 

Did you get to help choose the cover?

My publishers mostly chose, but they very kindly listened to me as well: my US publishers originally chose a blondish guy I christened Nancy Sue for my cover and they switched him out for a darker, tougher specimen because I asked. And my UK publishers performed some pretty major cosmetic surgery on the guy on their cover – which worked out great, as I think he is pretty foxy now!

 

Can you tell us a little about your writing process?

I am totally useless without a cup of tea. My very favourite way of writing is sitting at a table with writer friends, occasionally able to look up and say ‘Oh my god, quickly somebody tell me about the south of England’ and ‘Sooo… thirty makeout scenes are excessive, yes?’ But a good second is sitting on my red sofa in my red-wall-papered living room with Cup of Tea Number Thirteen and playing country music extremely loud.

 

Can you name one book you have read in the past year that you would recommend?

Oh gosh, just one? I thought Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margi Stohl was awesome – magic in the deep South, plus a boy narrator. It’s nice to have boy narrators to keep mine company...

 

What is one random thing about you?

I have different-coloured eyes, one blue and one green. Sometimes I wear mismatching socks to match them.

 

What is the most important aspect of your book about which you would want potential readers to know?

This is a hard one to choose, but perhaps – that this is an attempt to get into the mind of someone dark, disturbed, definitely dangerous and possibly unsympathetic: that this is a hero I always feared that nobody but myself would like (to shamelessly crib from Jane Austen) and hoped to be proved wrong.

 

What is your favorite thing about The Demon’s Lexicon?

Oh gosh, tough question. I like a lot of things about it, honestly – have to, or I wouldn’t have written it! I like thinking about what words really mean – important words like love and family – and I like setting up characters to be stereotypical, and then subverting them so they’re their own people, and seem real.

 

This is the first book in a trilogy. How firm are you on keeping it at three books (disregarding possible new books set in same world)? And what, if anything, can you tell us about The Demon’s Covenant, the second book of the trilogy due out next May?  Can you give a hint, vague and oblique as you like, of what is in store for your characters?

I like a trilogy, myself – I always want to spend more time with characters than one book, but I don’t want to spin off into madness and write seventeen zillion books and never tie things up for my readers. So I do think it’ll just be a trilogy focusing on these main characters… if we disregard possible new books set in the same world!Two of the four main characters in The Demon’s Covenant fall in love, not necessarily with each other. And Nick fights a duel with a person as a prize. And – well, if Lexicon was all about words, about family, love, true names and what they mean, Covenant in the same way is about bargains: the bargains Nick and Alan have made in the past and how they catch up with them, the bargains all the characters make during the book and how they turn out. In the end, family, friendship and romance are all about bargains – they’re a bargain that people will take care of one another. That they will keep loving each other.

The sequel is about words, too, in the end: it’s about what happens when you break your word.

 

Do you have the whole story all plotted out?

I do! I admit it took me, uh, years to work out one part of the end game, but I’m currently writing the third book and I know exactly what will happen in it! Of course, I admit that ‘what will happen’ may change in the rewrites. Possibly again and again…

 

*One thing that really stood out for me was the relationship between Nick and Allan. I loved it. I found it both vastly refreshing and a bit intriguing that you chose to illustrate Nick’s capacity for love in a non-romantic fashion. It is not Mae or some other romantic interest that informs and shapes Nick’s choices, but rather his connection to his brother, whose welfare and happiness are the determining factors in Nick’s life. Can you explain a bit about why you chose to take that path or that all came to be? And what can we expect from those two? Do they ever grow to understand one another? Or would that be giving too much away?

Well, thank you very much! I like romances a lot – one of my favourite books is Margaret Mahy’s The Changeover, a very romantic YA fantasy – but I did think it would be fun and a little different to have a book that, while it had romance, focused on a familial relationship. Because family is a huge part of your life, especially when you’re a teenager and you live with your parents and siblings: family is the first way most people learn about love. Of course, since the book was published in the Year of Supernatural Romance and the Twilight Movie, this may have been the wrong decision…

My first idea for the book was knowing what had happened to the characters in the past – how Alan has practically brought Nick up, all the secrets in their background, how they lived as children on the run and learning to be dangerous. Danger can make romances more intense, and friendships – as in war movies – so I thought it would be interesting to see how important brothers could become to each other – or a brother and a sister, in the case of the other two main characters.

I do not want to give too much away, but Nick and Alan’s relationship is definitely a lot more fraught in the second book. Lies endangered it, but the truth may be even worse. They do learn to understand each other a little better, but there’s also a lot of pain involved: there are things nobody wants to discover.

Ahem… the second book’s also… going to be funny? I hope! Sometimes.

Hope these answers work for you, and thank you for the great questions!

 

Thank You! Wishing you all the best in all your endeavors, especially the literary ones!

 

Book Summary from Simon and Schuster: Nick and his brother, Alan, have spent their lives on the run from magic. Their father was murdered, and their mother was driven mad by magicians and the demons who give them power. The magicians are hunting the Ryves family for a charm that Nick’s mother stole — a charm that keeps her alive — and they want it badly enough to kill again.

Danger draws even closer when a brother and sister come to the Ryves family for help. The boy wears a demon’s mark, a sign of death that almost nothing can erase…and when Alan also gets marked by a demon, Nick is desperate to save him. The only way to do that is to kill one of the magicians they have been hiding from for so long.

Ensnared in a deadly game of cat and mouse, Nick starts to suspect that his brother is telling him lie after lie about their past. As the magicians’ Circle closes in on their family, Nick uncovers the secret that could destroy them all.

Published: June 2009

Page Count: 336

ISBN-10: 1416963790

Cost: $17.99 hardcover

First Chapter

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