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Today’s Fantastic Fable brings us a pretty interesting and somewhat obscure fable — Bluebeard. I haven’t heard this story in some time. Amy Garvey’s debut young adult release is COLD KISS (available on September 20th), which tells the tale of a girl gripped by tragedy, consequences and love. Wren, the heroine of the story, is here to share her version of the dreaded Bluebeard fable with us. Want to get your hands on the book? Thanks to Amy and the always awesome HarperCollins/HarperTeen, five of you who comment on this post will win a copy of the book! See details below
“Bluebeard” is everything I love in a story. It’s dark, scary, bloody, and even has some ties to history. Cold Kiss is nowhere near as violent, but two things Wren and Bluebeard’s wife definitely have in common are curiosity and a serious stubborn streak.
I think the story might have played out a little differently if Wren were Bluebeard’s wife, though. But I’ll let her diary excerpts tell the tale …
“…Father thinks I am mad for agreeing to Bluebeard’s proposal of marriage. But if anyone can live to discover the fate of his wives, I can. And I mean to. Father doesn’t understand the power I wield, and neither will my future husband …”
“My dear sister could hardly bear to say goodbye today. She was pale with terror. But she will learn, when her own power blooms inside her. There is very little the women in our family cannot do if we set our minds to it …”
“… has given me a handmaid, who despairs at the tangled state of my hair, and is quite shocked at my sturdy, sensible boots. She insists I should be wearing dancing slippers, and I do my best to decline politely. My boots are comfortable, and if I’m to explore this place, nearly the size of a small city, I am not going to do it in fragile satin …”
“… The castle is enormous and richly appointed. It’s all a bit vulgar, if I am to be honest – everything drips gold and jewels, and I am expected to dress for every occasion as if the king himself is liable to arrive unannounced any moment. A simple glamour works well enough to hide my modest wardrobe, but it seems fear and revulsion makes my power difficult to control. I turned a footstool into a broad little dog earlier today, quite without meaning to …”
“… He is off to the southernmost part of the kingdom on business, or so he tells me, and he has given me freedom to explore ‘my new home’ as thoroughly as I like. But for one room, of course, although he has given me the key. To tempt me? Test me? What he does not know is that I could open that door without it, now that I know where his secrets are buried …”
“… no words to describe the horror. Blood has dried sticky and dark on the floor and the walls, and the bodies … some are quite unrecognizable as human, much less as young brides. Their gowns are shreds, exposing each blow, every wound, the pale sheen of bone …”
“I wonder if it is in my power to restore these poor women to life … but if I could, would he ever pay for his crimes? It won’t be easy but I believe I can cage him … The maid tells me he has returned already! I must think quickly now …”
“… no sound sweeter than his hoarse shouts, the way he pounds at the door, helpless, useless, trapped like the poor girls he wed …”
“Father cannot quite believe that I am home safe, and a wealthy widow at that. ‘However did you survive it,’ he asks, holding my hands tight. I cannot tell him, for he would not believe that either, but I am quite content to gift him with a new pair of riding boots and a good saddle. I want none of it. I have my memories, and they are quite enough … Even my most powerful magic cannot erase them.”
Amy Garvey is a former editor who now works on the other side of the desk as an author. She grew up reading everything she could get her hands on, watching too much TV, and wishing she was Samantha Stevens from Bewitched. (She still wishes that, actually.) Cold Kiss is her first novel for young adults, and she’s hard at work on the sequel (when she’s not obsessively discussing TV’s Supernatural online, making more tea, and thinking about cupcakes).
Want to read more from Amy Garvey?
This giveaway is provided by Amy Garvey, DFT and HarperCollins/Harper Teen
Five winners will each receive a copy of Cold Kiss by Amy Garvey
Available on September 20, 2011 from HarperCollins/Harper Teen
About the Book:
“It seemed so right. Danny was mine, I was his, and that wasn’t going to work if he was dead. So I would make him not dead, not anymore. I didn’t think any further than what it would feel like to kiss him again, to wrap my arms around him and bury my head against his shoulder. That was my first mistake. It also turned out to be the biggest.”
When her boyfriend, Danny, is killed in a car accident, Wren can’t imagine living without him. Wild with grief, she uses the untamed powers she’s inherited to bring him back. But the Danny who returns is just a shell of the boy she once loved.
Wren has spent four months keeping Danny hidden, while her life slowly unravels around her. Then Gabriel DeMarnes transfers to her school and somehow, inexplicably, he can sense her secret. Wren finds herself drawn to Gabriel, who is so much more alive than the ghost of the boy she loved. But Wren can’t turn her back on Danny or the choice she made for him—and she realizes she must find a way to make things right, even if it means breaking her own heart.
Amy Garvey’s transcendent teen debut is perfect for fans of Shiver and Beautiful Creatures. Wren’s unforgettable voice and story will stay with readers long after the last page is turned.
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