Oh you lucky writers, you! Entertainment Weekly get the exclusive again… and this time it is a look at Charlaine Harris’s newest series. The brand, new rural gothic trilogy opens May 6th with Midnight Crossroad.
The trailer is wild and a bit True Blood in looks but Harris claims the otherworld doesn’t play as huge a part in this series as it did in the Sookie Stackhouse books.
The Midnight books are about a group of people, all of them with secrets, drawn to a remote and rural crossroad in Texas. Some of them are people I’ve wanted to revisit from other, older, series, and some of them are people my readers have never met before. There are supernatural elements in the Midnight books, but they’re not as focused on the otherworldly as my Sookie Stackhouse novels. It’s refreshing and revitalizing to be doing something so new and different.
Oh man, she’s been letting these characters stew for awhile now then. Be prepared for frights and fights, I imagine. When Harris lets her characters go, they can be a mean bunch, can’t they?!
We’re so excited today to bring you a guest post from Rebecca Serle – the author of “The Edge of Falling”. Some of you may know Rebecca from her book “When You were Mine”.
The Edge of Falling tells the story of Caggie and her road to recovery after a series of really hard things in her life. Here’s the official synopsis -
Growing up in privileged, Manhattan social circles, Caggie’s life should be perfect, and it almost was until the day that her younger sister drowned when Caggie was supposed to be watching her. Stricken by grief, Caggie pulls away from her friends and family, only to have everyone misinterpret a crucial moment when she supposedly saves a fellow classmate from suicide. Now she’s famous for something she didn’t do and everyone lauds her as a hero. But inside she still blames herself for the death of her sister and continues to pull away from everything in her life, best friend and perfect boyfriend included. Then Caggie meets Astor, the new boy at school, about whom rumours are swirling and known facts are few. In Astor she finds someone who just might understand her pain, because he has an inner pain of his own. But the more Caggie pulls away from her former life to be with Astor, the more she realises that his pain might be darker, and deeper, than anything she’s ever felt. His pain might be enough to end his life…and Caggie’s as well.
I am a sucker for anything contemporary, but really picky. Jenny Han is my idol, as is Sarah Dessen. Serle is the first author that I would put on that level – she’s joined that rank to me.
Because The Edge of Falling deals with grief and the suicide aspect hit me really. I wrote Rebecca after words and thanked her for writing a book that hit so deep. For this guest post, Rebecca chose to write about the subject of grief/suicide. My mother committed suicide and I thank Rebecca for treating this subject with care. (Continue Reading…)
What if something completely ordinary left you with extraordinary abilities? That’s what happens to the students in homeroom 10B at New York City’s Bloomberg High School in Tribeca. One day they’re lining up for their annual flu shot, and the next day they’re developing the ability to read each other’s minds.
In typical teenage fashion, they use their newfound abilities to cheat on tests, find out what the guy they likes thinks about them, or find out what’s going on with their parents.
However, they quickly discover the downside of ESP — namely, that there is absolutely no privacy. Every single one of them now knows who that girl has a secret crush on or which guy she cheated on her boyfriend with.
This book was a fun read, but it didn’t overwhelm me with its awesomeness. I was a little turned off by the group POV. Even though it made sense, considering the characters are all in each others’ heads, it was a bit confusing, and at time I felt that it detracted from what was going on in the story. The little asides were usually funny, though.
Today we’re chatting with author Lauren Oliver about her new book Panic, which is now available.
Here’s the synopsis for Panic:
Panic began as so many things do in Carp, a dead-end town of 12,000 people in the middle of nowhere: because it was summer, and there was nothing else to do.
Heather never thought she would compete in Panic, a legendary game played by graduating seniors, where the stakes are high and the payoff is even higher. She’d never thought of herself as fearless, the kind of person who would fight to stand out. But when she finds something, and someone, to fight for, she will discover that she is braver than she ever thought.
Dodge has never been afraid of Panic. His secret will fuel him, and get him all the way through the game, he’s sure of it. But what he doesn’t know is that he’s not the only one with a secret. Everyone has something to play for.
For Heather and Dodge, the game will bring new alliances, unexpected revelations, and the possibility of first love for each of them—and the knowledge that sometimes the very things we fear are those we need the most.(
Now check out our exclusive interview with Lauren Oliver about all things Panic: