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Fall Carnival: Blood for Blood by Ryan Graudin

September 17th, 2016 Bridget Posted in Fall Carnival 13 Comments »

Fall Carnival

Hide and Seek

It’s time to play a little game of hide and seek! Everyone knows how to play this childhood game but today we are going to up the stakes! We plan to hide in plain sight because today you will have the ability to change your appearance to be anyone you desire! How about we choose a beautiful blued eyed blonde haired seventeen year old girl! Now for the fun part we are not only going to hide today but we are also going to seek. You see there is a tyrant who runs the country known as the Third Reich and we have been ordered to kill him. This is not going to be an easy task for you see this ruler happens to be Adolf Hitler! You know the saying a wolf among sheep well our situation is going to be more like a wolf amount wolves! Who is excited to play???

*Enter to win an ARC of Blood for Blood plus swag at the end of this post!*

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Dark Faerie Tales: Thank you so much for taking the time to talk to us today! To start things off can you tell us a little bit about the Wolf by Wolf duology and where you got the inspiration to write it?

Ryan: The Wolf By Wolf series is a strange beast by any standard. It’s set in an alternate history where the Axis Powers won World War II and the world is now mostly divided between the Third Reich and Imperial Japan. The main character, Yael, has the ability to skinshift, that is, change her appearance to mimic any other female at will. She must use this skill to impersonate a competitor in the Axis Tour, a cross-continental motorcycle race from Germania (former Berlin) all the way to Tokyo. Her goal is to win the race and assassinate Adolf Hitler at the Victor’s Ball in order to kick off a putsch led by the resistance. This series is basically me taking many of my favorite genres and blending them into something wholly new. I took inspiration from many places—but one of the biggest and most obvious ones is the study of history. I’ve been fascinated by World War II since I was a child, and I was really intrigued at the idea of exploring it through an alternate history slant. The motorcycle race was mostly inspired by a mini-series called Long Way Round, where Ewan McGregor and his friend Charley Boorman ride from London to New York via the Road of Bones in Siberia. It’s a fantastic show. Highly recommended.

Dark Faerie Tales: I personally find history so interesting and the way you re-imagined WWII was so fascinating! How much research did you have to do and did you come across any interesting facts while researching your book?

Ryan: The research was a long time in the making, as well as endless. I drew a lot from a lifetime of reading books about WWII, but of course I had to refresh my memory and expand my knowledge. There was a lot of reading involved. The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich by William L. Shirer was one of my primary source materials. I also did a lot of consulting with WWII buffs to brainstorm plausible alternate history scenarios. One of my friends even took me to the gun range to test out the weapons Yael uses in the book.

History is chock full of interesting facts. One of the ones that took me off guard was the fact that Adolf Hitler was actually the brainchild behind the design of the Volkswagen Beetle. Who knew that the car that is so often associated with peace and love and hippies was designed by one of the most bloodthirsty men of the 20thcentury?

DFT: Yael is such an amazing and strong heroine! With her sad past and determination to make a difference she was very easy to connect with! Was she a difficult character to write or did her voice come easily to you?

Ryan: Her voice is one of my very favorite things about her. It’s very poignant and powerful. She was difficult to write in that I wanted to make sure I did her justice. The history of the books and the themes surrounding it was not something I entered lightly. Her flashbacks were definitely among the hardest scenes to write, and the ones I spent the most time on.

DFT: Luka kind of captured my heart right from the start. He is cunning, smart and gorgeous! Out of all his admirable qualities which do you think is best?

Ryan: Actually, one of my favorite qualities about Luka is one of the ones he hasn’t really revealed in Wolf By Wolf. Blood For Blood takes his character into new depths and force him to reconsider his place in this terrifying new world. He meets that challenge exceedingly well.

DFT: Felix was an interesting character to me and I couldn’t help but love him! Was he based off of someone from real life or just a figment of your imagination?

Ryan: Felix was a figment from my imagination. And for some reason he was the hardest character to write. So many revisions were focused on getting him to leap to life out of the page. Writing him was like pulling teeth for me.

DFT: You had an amazing cast of characters and I adored each one of them. Which one was your favorite to write?

Ryan: I think Luka’s sarcastic side was the funnest thing to write. He offered some much needed comedic relief in a very dark and depressing mental landscape.

DFT: I know that the editing process can be rather brutal and sometimes you have to delete things you wish you didn’t. If you can without spoiling anything would you share a deleted scene with us?

Ryan: I usually don’t delete scenes as much as radically rewrite them! So there aren’t any exciting extras sadly… just worn out scenes that were made 10x better for the final book.

DFT: Sadly Blood for Blood is the end of this series but can you tell us what you are working on next?

Ryan: I’m not sure I can say yet, actually. Just know that it’s another YA. It’s a blend of genres. Look for more news soon…!

DFT: Because we are at a carnival I thought it would be fun to do a round of quick fire questions carnival style! Quick Fire Carnival Questions Funnel Cake, Deep Fried Snicker, or Tiger Ears?

Ryan: Funnel Cake. All the way.

DFT: Farris Wheel, Tilt-a-Whirl, or the Haunted House?

Ryan: Tilt-a-Whirl? Maybe, though now I’ve gotten older I’m not sure I have the stomach for it. Definitely couldn’t handle a haunted house.

DFT: Attend a Magic Show, Talent Show, or Hypnotist Show?

Ryan: Magic!

DFT: Skee Ball, Shooting Gallery, or Ring the Bell?

Ryan: Shooting gallery. I’d like to hone my marksmanship.

DFT: Hand Dipped Corn Dog, Corn on the Cob, or Hamburger?

Ryan: Hamburger.

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ryan-headshot-2016-low-res-1About Ryan:

Ryan Graudin grew up in Charleston and graduated from the College of Charleston with a degree in Creative Writing in 2009. She is the author of Wolf By Wolf, Blood For Blood, The Walled City and the All That Glows series. She resides near Charleston with her husband and wolf-dog.

You can visit Ryan around the web here: Website | Instagram | Twitter | Pinterest | Tumblr

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blood-for-blood

Available November 1, 2016 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

About this Book:

The action-packed, thrilling sequel to Ryan Graudin’s Wolf by Wolf.

There would be blood.
Blood for blood.
Blood to pay.
An entire world of it.

For the resistance in 1950s Germany, the war may be over, but the fight has just begun.

Death camp survivor Yael, who has the power to skinshift, is on the run: the world has just seen her shoot and kill Hitler. But the truth of what happened is far more complicated, and its consequences are deadly. Yael and her unlikely comrades dive into enemy territory to try to turn the tide against the New Order, and there is no alternative but to see their mission through to the end, whatever the cost.

But dark secrets reveal dark truths, and one question hangs over them all: how far can you go for the ones you love?

This gripping, thought-provoking sequel to Wolf by Wolf will grab readers by the throat with its cinematic writing, fast-paced action, and relentless twists.

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Fall Carnival: Glitter by Aprilynne Pike

September 16th, 2016 Bridget Posted in Fall Carnival 25 Comments »

Fall Carnival

Hypnotist Booth

Come one come all to a magical show you will never forget! While everyone takes their seats I am going to introduce our guest of honor! Her name is Danica and she happens to live in the magical kingdom of Versailles where the residents dress, eat and act like its the 18th century! Danica is engaged to the ruthless young ruler of Versailles but she will do anything to escape her fate of becoming his wife. She is even willing to sell a deadly drug called glitter. One taste of the drug will leave you addicted for life! So be careful around this mesmerizing beauty she isn’t as innocent as she looks!

*Enter to win a signed finished copy of Glitter plus swag at the end of this post! And don’t forget to visit bookiemoji.com she is featuring Fate of Flames by Sarah Raughley in today’s post!*

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Dark Faerie Tales: Hi Dani! Thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule to visit with us today! To start things off can you introduce yourself and explain how you came to live in Versailles?

Dani: Thank you so much for having me! The answer to your question is just a little bit complicated and, sadly, involves geography. The Palace of Versailles sits on an eighteen-acre complex, which Sonoma, Inc. bought one hundred years ago and turned into a sovereign territory. Its own little country. It’s called Sonoman-Versailles. However, the palace itself was named after the city in which it was build five hundred years ago called … Versailles. Sonoma tried to get France to change the name of the city, but of course, they wouldn’t. So stubborn.  But names cannot stop culture, so the City of Versailles is quite steeped in the 17th Century culture of Sonoman-Versailles, even though it’s not technically part of the country of Sonoman-Versailles. So when I tell you that I was born in the City of Versailles, now you understand a little better what that means. When I was fourteen my father inherited voting shares in the company he already worked for, and officially became Sonaman-Versailles nobility. Thus, we acquired an apartment in the Palace of Versailles. No one turns down that sort of opportunity. We moved right in and I’ve been there ever since.

DFT: Can you tell us a little bit more about the drug glitter and the side effects that come from using it?

Dani: I confess, I can only tell you from hearsay. I’ve never tried it—it seems a very bad idea. Glitter is a new drug that is a complex blend of opiates and gengineered belladonna that can be absorbed right through the skin. It has a glittery appearance, thus its street name. It basically gives you the euphoria associated with a drug called heroin, while maintaining full grasp of one’s conscious state. Bliss without crash, essentially. It’s exceptionally addicting and because it doesn’t interfere with mental cognition … much … it’s in very high demand.

DFT: You have a rather ruthless mother who will do pretty much anything to gain political power! Obviously your relationship is rather strained but was there a time perhaps during childhood that you have fond memories of your mother?

Dani: I wish there was. I myself keep trying to remember a time when we were simply happy and content. But I honestly don’t believe such a time ever existed. My mother is a natural social climber, and as such, was always looking for that next upward step. She always wanted more from me; I was never enough. I suppose when I was little I thought she was encouraging me to be my best, but I’m afraid those memories have become poisoned with the realization that, in truth, she was encouraging me to be her best.

DFT: Your father is a kind man but he has unfortunately become addicted to the drug glitter and now that’s all he cares about. Before your father inherited his title I imagine he was a different person. What was something you two enjoyed doing together?

Dani: My father always encouraged my love of math and programming in a way my mother never did. We would sit at the dinner table and he would throw out complex math problem and I would try to solve them without having to write down my calculations. He supported my dreams of working the tech industry when … well, when my mother had other plans.

DFT: The king is a brutal man and unfortunately you are engaged to be married but you have to admit that he does have a certain charm about him. Do you think he has any redeemable qualities?

Dani: Certainly. He’s exceptionally handsome and charismatic, and despite his brash actions, I think he’s very smart. His parents died when he was fifteen, but I know how much influence a parent can have before that age and everyone says his parents were brilliant and cutthroat. He was raised to be an incredibly effective CEO. And I suspect he will be. But that is very, very different than being a good person.

DFT: Saber is your supplier for the drug glitter and let’s be honest he is totally dreamy. Out of all the times spent with Saber which had been your favorite?

Dani: My time with Saber always feels so tainted by Glitter. The best moments are when we can be alone and try to forget—just for a little while—that we are both so embroiled in an industry we’ve come to loathe. Unfortunately, because it’s the industry that brought us together, neither of us can bring ourselves to completely regret our choices …

DFT: I know you want to escape Versailles but is there anything you will miss if you ever do actually escape?

Dani: Almost everything and there is the great tragedy. I love the culture of Sonoman-Versailles! The clothes, the dancing, the elaborate manners and rituals. I truly do adore it. And the people. Of course I will dearly miss my friends. But I can’t live here as my mother’s puppet anymore. I can’t live in fear.

DFT: If given the chance to attend a carnival like the one we are hosting what would be the first food/game/ride you would try?

Dani: Oh, caramel apples! We would never do something so messy in Sonoman-Versailles as try to eat a huge round object on a stick that’s covered with such a sticky substance. Surely it would never come out of my hair!

DFT: The ending of your story was pretty abrupt and I’m going to be honest I’m a little worried about what’s going to happen next! Can you give us any clues as to what we can expect from book two?

Dani: My author is constantly issuing apologies for the ending. While cackling gleefully, so I’m not entirely certain I believe her. And maybe you shouldn’t either … Regardless, like a train going full speed, there’s not much I can do about it now. Going into book two there’s a brief interlude, but then the story picks up a couple days later. Nothing has changed, and yet everything has changed. Everything in book two gets bigger … and I don’t just mean the panniers.

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aprilynne-pikeAbout Aprilynne:

Aprilynne Pike is a critically acclaimed, #1 New York Times best-selling author of young adult fiction. At the age of twenty she received her BA in Creative Writing from Lewis-Clark State College in Lewiston, Idaho. When not writing, Aprilynne can usually be found running; she also enjoys singing, acting, reading, and working with pregnant moms as a childbirth educator and doula. Aprilynne lives in Arizona with her husband and their four children.

You can visit Aprilynne around the web here: Website | FacebookTwitter

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glitter

Available October 25, 2016 by Random House Books for Young Readers

About this Book:

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Aprilynne Pike comes a truly original new novel—Breaking Bad meets Marie Antoinette in a near-future world where the residents of Versailles live like it’s the eighteenth century and an almost-queen turns to drug dealing to save her own life.

Outside the palace of Versailles, it’s modern day. Inside, the people dress, eat, and act like it’s the eighteenth century—with the added bonus of technology to make court life lavish, privileged, and frivolous. The palace has every indulgence, but for one pretty young thing, it’s about to become a very beautiful prison.

When Danica witnesses an act of murder by the young king, her mother makes a cruel power play . . . blackmailing the king into making Dani his queen. When she turns eighteen, Dani will marry the most ruthless and dangerous man of the court. She has six months to escape her terrifying destiny. Six months to raise enough money to disappear into the real world beyond the palace gates.

Her ticket out? Glitter. A drug so powerful that a tiny pinch mixed into a pot of rouge or lip gloss can make the wearer hopelessly addicted. Addicted to a drug Dani can sell for more money than she ever dreamed.

But in Versailles, secrets are impossible to keep. And the most dangerous secret—falling for a drug dealer outside the palace walls—is one risk she has to take.

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Fall Carnival: Metaltown by Kristen Simmons

September 15th, 2016 Bridget Posted in Fall Carnival 18 Comments »

Fall Carnival

Blacksmith Shop

Welcome to our little shop full of nuts and bolts. Have you ever visited a shop where metal is bent and shaped into amazing objects? Most of our products here are produced at the factories but if you want I can show you a small demonstration of a typical day for the workers in Metaltown. They spend their days in a hot factory full of sweaty bodies and roaring furnaces. Their working conditions are far from comfortable but if they want to eat their next meal they will have to stay for their entire shift. In Metaltown everyone looks out for themselves, if you allow yourself to care about others you are just creating a liability. Work hard, keep your head down and you just might make it to adulthood! Do you want to hear a firsthand account of two people who work in Metaltown? Please join me in welcoming Ty and Colin!

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Dark Faerie Tales: Thanks for taking time out of your busy schedule to sit down with us today. To start things off can you both introduce yourselves and tell us a little bit about your background?

Ty: *side eyes Colin*

Colin: Well. I guess I’ll start then. I’m Colin. Tall. Smart. Devilishly good looking.

Ty: Here we go.

Colin: I grew up across the beltway in Bakerstown, but my family moved to Metaltown a few years back on account of the great views and job opportunities.

Ty: *snorts*

Colin: And friendly people. Did I mention that? Metaltown’s full of the friendliest folks you’ll ever meet.

Ty: If you mean they’ll steal the clothes off your back and the food off your table soon as you turn your head, sure, they’re friendly enough.

Colin: Ty’s well known around the factory for her sunny disposition.

Ty: Disposition? Nice word, prep school.

Colin: *rolls eyes*

Ty: I grew up in Metaltown. I work at the Small Parts Factory – Division II if you’re new to town. And if I don’t have a sunny disposition, it’s only because the foreman skipped out on our pay this week. Again. Son of a…

Colin: I told you. All sunshine and roses.

Ty: We wake up. We work. We look for clean water and food. That’s what we do.

Colin: Come on, it’s not all bad. You get to hang out with me all day.

Ty: *blushes* *grumbles* What’s the next question, anyway?

DFT: Ty for a long time you didn’t care about anyone but yourself, but then Colin came along. I know letting yourself care about others can become a liability but regardless you became friends with Colin. Do you ever regret that decision? 

Ty: Every. Single. Day.

Colin: *socks Ty in the arm*

Ty: *kicks Colin the in the knee*

Colin: *wraps Ty in a bear hug*

Ty: Okay, okay! Fine. Let go already. *blushes furiously* You got to have someone who has your back in Metaltown. Someone you can trust. Colin’s got me, and I got him. No exceptions.

DFT: Colin you didn’t always work at the factories. At one time you lived among the wealthier class, but your family fell on hard times and everything changed. What was the hardest adjustment for you when you moved to the lower class?

Colin: Um, the food? Honestly, that was probably the worst part. It’s hard to tell what’s been tested over here – what’s clean. The corn flu’s unchecked on this side of the beltway, and half the stuff the sell on the street’s been contaminated. My mom needs good food to stay strong, otherwise her condition…it gets worse. Sometimes that means doing favors for the Brotherhood, just to make sure what she eats is safe.

DFT: You two have been friends for years now and have shared a lot of great times together. What has been your favorite memory so far?

Colin: Every day Ty spends with me is her best day.

Ty: Oh yeah. That. And the time we took down those guys from the Board and Care who stole Matchstick’s coat. That was fun.

Colin: I don’t know. Hanging out on the bridge. Watching the trains. Sometimes those are the best times.

Ty: *clears throat* Sure. I guess. *looks away*

DFT: I wanted to ask both of you a few questions about Lena. She is the daughter of one of the wealthiest men in the country. You have a chance encounter with her that leads to an unlikely friendship.  What did you both think of Lena the first time you met her?

Colin: Legs.

Ty: Rich.

Colin: Hips.

Ty: Rich.

Colin: Smile. *clutches chest*

Ty: Excuse me while I go throw up. Look, Lena’s dangerous. She’s the daughter of one of the richest men in the federation. Who knows what she wants or why she’s here, but it can’t be good.

Colin: It’s definitely good.

DFT: Ty did you ever feel threatened by Lena since she is a girl that your best friend showed some interest in?

Ty: No. Why? Why would you say that? I don’t care who he looks at. He can look at anybody he likes. None of my business.

Colin: Someone feels threatened.

Ty: *shoved Colin to the ground* *kneels on his chest*

Colin: *taps out*

DFT: Colin what was it about Lena that you found so intriguing?

Ty: Don’t say legs again. Or smile. Or chest. Or whatever else you’re thinking, perv.

Colin: Those were just the first things that caught my eye. She’s smart, and she cares. Not just about her father’s factory, but about the workers. About us. She says she can make changes for us, and here’s the thing, she actually can. She’s not just yelling at the man at the top of the ladder, she’s having dinner with him every night. She wants something done, she’s going to do it. I believe in her.

DFT: I imagine that both of you have learned a few lessons along your journey. Do either of you have any words of wisdom you would like to share with us?

Ty: Sleep with one eye open.

Colin: Rotisserie pigeon is better than rat.

DFT: If given the chance to attend a carnival what would be the first food/ride/game you would try?

Ty: What’s a carnival?

Colin: We’ll do the roller coasters. The faster the better. And then we’ll get Ty some cotton candy because she’s so sweet.

Ty: *punches Colin in the arm*

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kristen-simmonsAbout Kristen:

Kristen Simmons is the author of the ARTICLE 5 series, THE GLASS ARROW, and METALTOWN. She has worked with survivors of abuse and trauma as a mental health therapist, taught Jazzercise in five states, and is forever in search of the next best cupcake. Currently she lives in Cincinnati, Ohio with her husband, where she spends her days supporting the caffeine industry and chasing her delightfully rambunctious son.

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metaltown

Available September 20, 2016 by Tor Teen

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Metaltown, where factories rule, food is scarce, and hope is in short supply.

The rules of Metaltown are simple: Work hard, keep your head down, and watch your back. You look out for number one, and no one knows that better than Ty. She’s been surviving on the factory line as long as she can remember. But now Ty has Colin. She’s no longer alone; it’s the two of them against the world. That’s something even a town this brutal can’t take away from her. Until it does.

Lena’s future depends on her family’s factory, a beast that demands a ruthless master, and Lena is prepared to be as ruthless as it takes if it means finally proving herself to her father. But when a chance encounter with Colin, a dreamer despite his circumstances, exposes Lena to the consequences of her actions, she’ll risk everything to do what’s right.

In Lena, Ty sees an heiress with a chip on her shoulder. Colin sees something more. In a world of disease and war, tragedy and betrayal, allies and enemies, all three of them must learn that challenging what they thought was true can change all the rules.

An enthralling story of friendship and rebellion, Metaltown will have you believing in the power of hope.

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Fall Carnival: Frost by M.P. Kozlowsky

September 14th, 2016 Bridget Posted in Fall Carnival 16 Comments »

Fall Carnival

Tower of Terror

Today’s booth is going to be a very fun ride but beware it’s not called the Tower of Terror for nothing. Our journey will start thirty-two stories up in a broken down old skyscraper! While on this ride with us, please make sure that you stay seated at all times and don’t leave the vehicle because venturing out in this world is extremely dangerous! It is home to the Eaters and rouge robots that will have no problem tearing you limb from limb! This is going to be quite an adventure so everyone take your seats and please welcome our host today!

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Let me take you down, because we’re going to the Battery.

The Battery is Frost’s destination, the place where her dreams may be pulled into reality, the place where, she believes, her pet broot will be saved, and her life can begin anew. But that all must wait. Right now she is 32 floors up, a burned out apartment littered with crooked towers of books, each as yellowed and brittle as the city outside. Because the door is locked — it is always locked — we enter through the gaping hole in the wall where a window once stood, the building’s facade blown out by some long ago explosion, the brick exposed and cracked like the streets below, a vantage from where she can see the city entire, the blue light of the Battery like a low hanging star in the distance. We notice how the rats come and go, some real, some mechanical. Opening the cupboards, we find them bare, the electricity long dead — a controlled fire roars in the center of the home; we feel its heat even as the chill of dread washes over us. This is a forsaken place.

Beside the fire sleeps a beast, its chest rising and falling with each heavy and strained breath. His name is Romes and he is a broot. But, more importantly, he is Frost’s beloved pet, and he is dying. Romes is massive, like a bear, but with the coloring of a pig. At one end of the animal is a large, powerful jaw; at the other is a tail similar to a rat’s. His claws are razor sharp as are his teeth. In the wild, he would be lethal, a hunter — his kind had never been known to be domesticated. But, for Frost, he is docile, playful even — he had protected and loved her for a long time. Looking at Frost, we realize there must be something truly special about her.

But if Romes’s life is to be saved, the time to leave is now. Yet Frost can’t do it alone. She will need help — a lot of it — and that help will come in the form of Bunt, a lifelong robot guardian. Standing at six feet, he looms over the young girl of sixteen years who looks merely twelve. He has glowing violet eyes and a mouth that sparks to life whenever he speaks. He has the shape of a man — even the contours of his face ache for skin — but his presence is far from human.

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His actions are clear, concise — no movement is wasted, every decision deliberate. He hunts for food daily, for supplies — the only one to ever leave the apartment. He is strong, wise, and completely loyal to Frost — this is because he was programmed this way by her father, who, upon his death, had his consciousness uploaded into the robot. Unfortunately, this is causing Bunt to malfunction. Whenever Frost’s father comes alive within the robot, his control over it becomes less and less — soon, he may not be able to control it at all. His voice has become more distant, his movements drag and sputter, as if he were walking under water. Although his only desire is to care and protect Frost, one gets the sense he may do more harm than good.

But, for now, with her father away in the dark abyss of the robot, Bunt will have to protect Frost the best he can because, outside the apartment door, down 32 flights of stairs, is a dangerous world filled with bloodthirsty Eaters, deranged robots, and unpredictable humans.

As we follow Frost into the hall and down the seemingly endless stairs, we can hear noises. Are they other people? Animals? No, Bunt informs us. They are Eaters — humans that have devolved into insatiable cannibals. The ones who are far gone are easy to spot because when they can’t find food, they feed on themselves — first their tongues, then their fingers, then their arms, and so on. They look ravaged, decayed. But it’s the newly turned that are the most dangerous. This is because the Eater’s mind is mostly intact — they’re just controlled by their hunger for flesh and blood. If one hasn’t removed its tongue yet, why, it might even befriend you, waiting for just the right moment to rip out your throat. They are legion, covering the city like a disease.

Nearing the lower floors, we can nearly taste the open air — it’s stale and rank. If Frost manages to get outside in one piece, it will be the first time in her memory that she has ever done so. Then its just six long miles to the Battery. With her on this journey is a malfunctioning robot, a dying pet that can’t walk, and the towering burden of inexperience. But she also has hope. And bravery. And an unwavering will to fight. If she wants to survive, she’ll need it all.

Let us follow, guided by the blue light of the Battery.

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img_0203About M.P.:

M.P. Kozlowsky is the author of two middle grade novels, Juniper Berry and The Dyerville Tales. Frost is his first novel for Young Adults. He lives in New York with his wife and two daughters.

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Cinder meets The Walking Dead in a chilling futuristic fairy tale that will reboot everything you thought about family, love, and what it means to be human.

Sixteen-year-old Frost understands why she’s spent her entire life in an abandoned apartment building. The ruined streets below are hunting grounds for rogue robots and Eaters.

She understands why she’s never met a human besides her father. She even understands why he forbids her to look for medicine for her dying pet. But the thing is, it’s not her real father giving the orders . . .

It’s his memories.

Before he died, Frost’s father uploaded his consciousness into their robot servant. But the technology malfunctioned, and now her father fades in and out. So when Frost learns that there might be medicine on the other side of the ravaged city, she embarks on a dangerous journey to save the only living creature she loves.

With only a robot as a companion, Frost must face terrors of all sorts, from outrunning the vicious Eaters . . . to talking to the first boy she’s ever set eyes on. But can a girl who’s only seen the world through books and dusty windows survive on her own?

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Fall Carnival: A Shadow Bright and Burning by Jessica Cluess

September 13th, 2016 Bridget Posted in Fall Carnival 29 Comments »

Fall Carnival

Magic Show

Come one come all to one of the most extraordinary magic shows you will ever see. Today’s special guest has amazing talent and her performance is sure to wow you. Her name is Henrietta Howel and she is the only female sorcerer in the world. She has the ability to control all the elements but her specialty is fire. She is currently training to become one of Her Majesty’s Royal sorcerers. If she is chosen to join the ranks her job will Require her to protect the people of England against the demons ravaging the land. Before Ms. Howel starts her spectacular show she has agreed to answer a few questions for us.

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Dark Faerie Tales: Hi Ms. Howel! Thank you so much for agreeing to join us today. First off would you mind introducing yourself and telling us a little bit about the powers you posses?

Ms. Howel: Thank you so much for having me! My powers are a bit on the strange side, I must confess. What happens is, I feel this sort of tingling along the lines of my palms, then the tingling shoots through my body, and then, well, I burst into flame. I can set only my hands on fire, or my feet, or my face, or sometimes I’ll just explode when I’m rather cross with someone. By explode, I mean I’ll quite literally be covered in flame from head to toe. I must mind the rug when that happens. Also, not that it is anyone’s business, but my clothes do not turn to ash when I ignite. They stay right where they’re supposed to be, proper and in place. Because I’ve had that question before. Honestly, the nerve of some people…

DFT: For most of your life you have had to hide your powers from everyone because being exposed meant that you would be put to death. How much of a relief was it to you when you no longer had to hide who you were?

Ms. Howel:  It was the loveliest feeling in the world. Before, if my hands started sparking with embers, I’d have to find a way to excuse myself before anyone could see. If I was in a lesson, or at church, I couldn’t move and I’d be sitting there, terrified that I’d lose all control. I was frightfully on edge all the time. But now, when people actually applaud and want to see me set fire to things, it feels like a dream. Granted, I don’t enjoy setting things on fire, but if I must, I must.

DFT: I imagine having magical powers is pretty amazing, but also stressful at times. What is the best and worst part about being a sorcerer?

Ms. Howel:  Undoubtedly, the best part is learning to use and strengthen my abilities. The worst part is all the pressure I’m under from the sorcerers around me. People want me to be a mighty, skilled warrior and a demure young lady at the same time. No one can be both things at once; it’s impossible! And I get cross when I’m told how I must be.

DFT: I imagine it is rather weird being the only female sorcerer in the world, but the plus side of things is you get to train with some very handsome young men :D ! So these next few questions are going to focus more on the men in your life.

Ms. Howel:  Oh. Oh dear.

DFT: Magnus is quite the flirt and extremely charming but it’s hard to tell when he is being serious. You developed a great friendship with him but there seems to be a possibility that there may be more between you two. Out of all your moments spent with Magnus which was your favorite?

Ms. Howel:  Well, after all, I know he’s just a flirt. I know that, of course. A handsome flirt, of course, but still a flirt. Of course. I find I’m saying the words ‘flirt’ and ‘of course’ quite a bit. Well, he can be frustrating, granted, but he was the first boy in the house to encourage me. Probably the nicest moment was when he taught me to fight with blades. It was in the library, all perfectly respectable. He gave me some wonderful techniques. He’s an expert swordsman. Excellent form. He…I’ve lost my train of thought.

DFT: Blackwood was a difficult man to deal with and at times it seemed as if he hated you, but then there were other times that he was overly kind to you. I know his hot and cold behavior must have been frustrating but you have to admit he is a fantastic sorcerer. What do you think are some of his most appealing attributes?

Ms. Howel: His attributes like being snobbish and aloof? All right, all right, appealing attributes. I’ll say this for him: he’s entirely honest. And I suppose he’s loyal to the people he cares about, although he doesn’t seem to care about many people. Though it could be that he’s shy. I often notice him sitting by himself when we’re all together, and I get the feeling he’d like to join us, but he doesn’t. Honestly, I feel rather sympathetic towards him sometimes.

DFT: Agrippa was like a father to you. He took you under his wing and tried so hard to help you in any way he could. What do you think is the most valuable lesson he taught you?

Ms. Howel: He taught me that there’s no such thing as failure, only an attempt. Hopefully, he’s right.

DFT: Finally there is Rook who isn’t a sorcerer but he is your best friend and has been for years. Can you tell me one of your favorite childhood memories that you shared with Rook?

Ms. Howel:  We used to spend whatever free time we could at a craggy rock out on the moors. We lived in Yorkshire, so the country around us was vast and wild. We played games there, and it’s where I showed him my fire powers for the first time. He was the only person I could tell about them. I’d trust him with anything.

DFT: For those of us who have read your story we are all dying to know what happens next. Can you give us any hints as to what we can expect in book two?

Ms. Howel: All right. I can’t say much, but…I leave London. I meet a new, very important character. I discover something horrible. I find myself kissing an unexpected person.

DFT: Because we are at a carnival I wanted to ask some fun this or that questions carnival style! Fresh dipped corn dogs or Corn on the Cob?

Ms. Howel: I’ll say corn on the cob, because I have no idea how you dip a dog in corn.

DFT: The ringtoss game or the fishing pond?

Ms. Howel: Fishing pond! I can use my water abilities to capture any sort of prize.

DFT: Cotton Candy or Popcorn?

Ms. Howel: I’m intrigued by the word candy. Yes, that.

DFT: The Ferris wheel or Carousal?

Ms. Howel: Carousal. I can fly whenever I choose, so I don’t need the Ferris wheel. Also, I like riding horses when they can’t buck me from the saddle.

DFT: The talent show or the hypnotist show?

Ms. Howel: Talent show, definitely. My setting-myself-on-fire bit would be sure to win, and I wouldn’t want to be hypnotized. There are some secrets I would hate to let slip.

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jessica-cluessAbout Jessica:

Jessica Cluess is a writer, a graduate of Northwestern University, and an unapologetic nerd. After college, she moved to Los Angeles, where she served coffee to the rich and famous while working on her first novel. When she’s not writing books, she’s an instructor at Writopia Lab, helping kids and teens tell their own stories.

You can visit Jessica around the web here: Website | Pinterest Twitter | Tumblr 

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I am Henrietta Howel. The first female sorcerer. The prophesied one. Or am I?

Henrietta Howel can burst into flames. When she is brought to London to train with Her Majesty’s sorcerers, she meets her fellow sorcerer trainees, young men eager to test her powers and her heart. One will challenge her. One will fight for her. One will betray her. As Henrietta discovers the secrets hiding behind the glamour of sorcerer life, she begins to doubt that she’s the true prophesied one. With battle looming, how much will she risk to save the city–and the one she loves?

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