“Being generically perfect isn’t beautiful. Thighs and necks and skin and (heaven forbid) ears have nothing to do with beauty. Beauty is in the stories of our faces, the people who have loved us, the people we have loved and do love and will love. Beauty is what we have survived and what we will create. Beauty is stamped into the way our eyes shift when we smile, the things our hands do, the kindness that comes out of our mouths. Beauty is not how the world sees us, but what we take of ourselves and give to the world.
Today when you look in the mirror, don’t wish yourself away. Trace the lines of your face, theyou that you are. Because you are beautiful.”
- Kiersten White, author of Paranormalcy, in this blog post.
Yes, I am quoting myself. In case you need a reminder sometimes, like I do.
If I Stay trailer: Adam Wilde.
I told you he was the perfect Adam
Had a long discussion with my HarperTeen editor and another author yesterday, during which the phrase “legit hot” was bandied about several times in relation to Adam.
You know when you read something and you have to stop every other page because you want to read it out loud to the person sitting next to you?
This is like that. Only you’re the person sitting next to us and we can’t read it out loud because this book doesn’t come out until January!
Grrr. C’est la vie.
Holly Black’s The Darkest Part of the Forest marks her triumphant return to her faerie roots, and will be out January 13, 2015. Until then here’s a taste:
Children can have a cruel, absolute sense of justice. Children can kill a monster and feel quite proud of themselves. A girl can look at her brother and believe they’re destined to be a knight and a bard who battle evil. She can believe she’s found the thing she’s been made for.
Hazel lives with her brother, Ben, in the strange town of Fairfold where humans and fae exist side by side. The faeries’ seemingly harmless magic attracts tourists, but Hazel knows how dangerous they can be, and she knows how to stop them. Or she did, once.
At the center of it all, there is a glass coffin in the woods. It rests right on the ground and in it sleeps a boy with horns on his head and ears as pointed as knives. Hazel and Ben were both in love with him as children. The boy has slept there for generations, never waking.
Until one day, he does…
As the world turns upside down, Hazel tries to remember her years pretending to be a knight. But swept up in new love, shifting loyalties, and the fresh sting of betrayal, will it be enough?
And this cover! Beautiful, right?
GAH HOW HAVE I NOT SEEN THIS YET??
WANT DOES NOT DESCRIBE HOW I FEEL. NEED BARELY TOUCHES THIS ACHE IN MY CHEST WHERE HOLLY’S NEXT BOOK WILL FIT.
Oh hi, I really like Holly Black.
Here is a fun secret:
You can have more than one strong female lead on a show. So, you know, when you want to introduce another one? You don’t have to kill off the previous. You seem to love introducing many new guy characters, and they survive and get pulled into the regular roster, but once more than two girls have regular lines, someone’s gotta die.
That’s not cool.
This is cool:
EVERBLAZE Cover revealed!!! -
I know I made you guys wait an EXTRA long time for this one—but once you see the awesomeness I’m sure you’ll agree that it was worth the wait.
And I know there’s now point in saying anything else because you’ve already skipped over this to see the shiny so….
Ooh! Love it! Shannon’s KEEPER series has such fun covers!!
What did you guys think of the #IfIStayMovieTrailer that just premeired on MTV?
If you missed it, don`t worry- I`ll be posting the link to it tomorrow!
I will tell you what I think when I can stop the happy crying going on here.
Anonymous asked: Will there be another Mind Games? I know your rule about leaving characters at adulthood, but I can see it both ways.
This is a great question! Anon is referencing what I have said in the past about extending the Paranormalcy series, or writing a sequel to The Chaos of Stars. For me, YA is about taking the characters and leaving them on the threshold of adulthood. So, when I feel like they’re there, in the case of Evie and Isadora, I don’t feel any compelling need to tell more stories with them.
The Mind Games series is a bit different. I would love to tell more stories in that world! I feel like there’s a lot more there to build on and play with in terms of the world setup. However, if I were to write more books in the series, they would be other POVs. For example (and this is PURELY HYPOTHETICAL), I would write a Pixie/Sadie book, where Annie and Fia were major characters but not the POV characters.
At this point in time, I have no further Mind Games books under contract, nor do I expect to. I’m working on a completely different series I hope to sell soon.
This is a case in which I will say not now, but not never.