Okay please don’t jump to conclusions when you read that title I swear I don’t agree with the whole “murder people who get in your way” method, I just really like the “books are more important than people” concept. Because it’s true (pleasedon’tkillmeI’mjustintrovertedIswear).
In an exhilarating new series, New York Times bestselling author Rachel Caine rewrites history, creating a dangerous world where the Great Library of Alexandria has survived the test of time.…
Ruthless and supremely powerful, the Great Library is now a presence in every major city, governing the flow of knowledge to the masses. Alchemy allows the Library to deliver the content of the greatest works of history instantly—but the personal ownership of books is expressly forbidden.
Jess Brightwell believes in the value of the Library, but the majority of his knowledge comes from illegal books obtained by his family, who are involved in the thriving black market. Jess has been sent to be his family’s spy, but his loyalties are tested in the final months of his training to enter the Library’s service.
When his friend inadvertently commits heresy by creating a device that could change the world, Jess discovers that those who control the Great Library believe that knowledge is more valuable than any human life—and soon both heretics and books will burn…
Cleverly introducing a world where the legendary Library of Alexandria never burnt down, the story starts off with introducing Jess, the son of a book smuggler who prefers reading books over selling them.
After his father convinces him to join the next class of Library trainees, Jess finds himself and his new friends caught in the middle of the fight over the rights of knowledge and who gets to own it.
Everyone has their own secrets here, even Jess… But some of these secrets may cost them their lives.
Jess will have to choose… His family, that’s treated him more like a worker than a son or brother, or his new friends, with whom he’s survived so much already.
The book introduces a world where there’s all the world’s knowledge available to every one, but at the same time reveals a corrupt power that limits the people to keep its hold.
Jess, Thomas, Khalila, Morgan and all the other students are powerful characters with strong personalities and opinions that really bring them off the page.
The combination of the story and the messages marking the beginning of each chapter reveals a lot about the world and its history without distracting from Jess’ tale and provides a nice insight into how the world works in this alternate universe.
Potential Spoilers for “Paper and Fire”
Let the world burn.
With an iron fist, the Great Library controls the knowledge of the world, ruthlessly stamping out all rebellion and, in the name of the greater good, forbidding the personal ownership of books.
Jess Brightwell has survived his introduction to the sinister, seductive world of the Library, but serving in its army is nothing like he envisioned. His life and the lives of those he cares for have been altered forever. His best friend is lost, and Morgan, the girl he loves, is locked away in the Iron Tower, doomed to a life apart from everything she knows.
After embarking on a mission to save one of their own, Jess and his band of allies make one wrong move and suddenly find themselves hunted by the Library’s deadly automata and forced to flee Alexandria, all the way to London.
But Jess’s home isn’t safe anymore. The Welsh army is coming, London is burning, and soon, Jess must choose between his friends, his family, and the Library, which is willing to sacrifice anything and anyone in the search for ultimate control…
Picking up after the students have been given their roles in the ever-growing Library, all of them must grapple with the decision to remain loyal to the source of the world’s knowledge or risk their lives to reveal a secret to the world that could change everything.
Again told from Jess’ perspective, he has to cope with both the loss of several close friends and the shadow that his fathers’ business casts upon him as his twin brother is trusted with more and more jobs that could’ve been his.
Choices are made and loyalties are broken as the Library’s grip on the students tightens and begins to threaten the people they’re close to.
This book really slowed down compared to the first one and focused heavily on the military aspect of things, which bored me a bit in the beginning there. Thankfully, it jumped right back into the usual high-stakes chases that I loved in Ink and Bone.
Though it’s not one of my favorites, I did thoroughly enjoy this series and the world painted on its pages. I’m not sure if I’m going to read the third book, but it will definitely be under consideration as I read throughout the year.
Haha, so I really couldn’t help myself from choosing Styx lyrics as the title because… c’mon, have you even read the book title? I WAS HUMMING RENEGADES THE ENTIRE DURATION OF READING THIS which was only, like, two days, BUT STILL
Frankly, I’ve heard a lot of mixed reviews about Renegades, and as both a writer working on a superhero story and a fan of Marissa Meyer’s Lunar Chronicles (THAT I STILL HAVE TO FINISH ARGH I’LL DO IT SOON I SWEAR), I was really anxious to dive in.
I’d read the official excerpt about the time it came out and was instantly hooked by Nova’s origin story. Starting out as a little girl who loved the heroes and going darkside because they were too late to save her family? AWESOME (i mean unless you’re her family, in which, it sucks that they had to die because i got attached to little evie on, like, page one). The superhuman ability to put people asleep? HEY WHERE’S MINE SLEEP SOUNDS GOOD. Being the neice of the infamous supervillain Ace Anarchy?Girl, I am 100% on board with this entire premise give it to me now.
Of course, after reading said premise, I was stuck waiting FOREVER for the book itself to come out and I am not one of the lucky ones to get an ARC, which left me itching to get my hands on one.
Thankfully I got this book for Christmas (a signed copy too!) and after finishing Good Omens (which you can read my review of here!) I immediately grabbed this off my stack and dug in!
Secret Identities. Extraordinary Powers. She wants vengeance. He wants justice.
The Renegades are a syndicate of prodigies—humans with extraordinary abilities—who emerged from the ruins of a crumbled society and established peace and order where chaos reigned. As champions of justice, they remain a symbol of hope and courage to everyone…except the villains they once overthrew.
Nova has a reason to hate the Renegades, and she is on a mission for vengeance. As she gets closer to her target, she meets Adrian, a Renegade boy who believes in justice—and in Nova. But Nova’s allegiance is to a villain who has the power to end them both.
This book immediately sucked me in, pulling me into Nova’s harsh reality of supervillains, gangs and violence… all when she was six years old. Her backstory was heart-wrenching right off the bat and when the story actually began, telling the history of Gatlon City and the Renegades in a new way that made it really fun to read? I WAS SOLD. Meeting the adorably awkward Adrian, whose ability to make his drawings come to life is downright endearing and still a useful superpower? I AM ON BOARD.
Honestly, compared to Nova’s “survival of the fittest” attitude, Adrian’s optimistic and cheerful outlook really made her lighten up and JESUS CHRIST THEY’RE SO ADORABLE EVEN THOUGH THEY SECRETLY WANT TO MURDER EACH OTHERS’ ALTER EGOS.
See, Nova’s an Anarchist, following in the footsteps of her villainous Uncle Ace in an attempt to bring down the Renegades that let her parents and baby sister die at the hands of a street gang years ago. With her ability to send people to sleep with one touch, her role as Nightmare is by no means a small one, especially when you add in her homemade inventions and skills on the battlefield.
But then there’s Adrian. Adopted son to two of the most famous Renegades in the city (and birth son to another one!), his ability to make his drawings come to life is something you’d think is weak and useless turns out to present Adrian with opportunities to become a serious hero.
Of course when one of Nova’s allies suggests she infiltrate the Renegades, she finds herself spending more time with Adrian and more time asking herself “Is being a Renegade really that bad?”
Not only was the story interesting to read (I mean, come on, a supervillain who doesn’t want power, just equality? SIGN ME UP), but I found myself shipping Nova and Adrian all the way through (Adrianova? Novadrian?) because of their adorable behavior.
Now, I haven’t read a lot of other superhero books before, but I think that Marissa Meyer did a great job of setting up her story, just like she did with the Lunar Chronicles, and I can promise you, I’ll be keeping an eye out for Book #2 this November!
You know, there’s a lot of theories about how the world will end. Zombies, meteors, fiery explosions, the works.
But Good Omens definitely opens a new (and very British) perspective.
According to The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch (the world’s only completely accurate book of prophecies, written in 1655, before she exploded), the world will end on a Saturday. Next Saturday, in fact. Just before dinner.
So the armies of Good and Evil are amassing, Atlantis is rising, frogs are falling, tempers are flaring. Everything appears to be going according to Divine Plan. Except a somewhat fussy angel and a fast-living demon—both of whom have lived amongst Earth’s mortals since The Beginning and have grown rather fond of the lifestyle—are not actually looking forward to the coming Rapture.
And someone seems to have misplaced the Antichrist . . .
Us lucky readers get an up closer and personal view of Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett’s impending apocalypse, riding shotgun with the demon Crowley (whose name you may recognize from the hit CW show, Supernatural. The two are similar, but not entirely the same, trust me.) and angel Aziraphale as they realize that Earth isn’t quite as horrible as they’d thought in the Beginning. Out of curiosity, the oddball pair decide to pay a visit to the lovely little Antichrist… Only, it turns out that somebody lost him (I’m looking at you, Satanic chattering nuns).
Bouncing between the perspectives of several characters that (knowingly or not) have some influence on The Fate of The World As We Know It, we get to meet a quirky and eccentric with named Anathema Device, an adorable eleven-year-old named Adam Young, the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse and many more curious characters!
If you enjoy comedy with a bit of a serious side, Good Omens is a great choice! It combined the age-old Good vs. Evil fight a lighthearted carefree tone. Aziraphale and Crowley and #squadgoals and work together despite being enemies by nature. The Apocalypse was really built up throughout the whole book, and I have to say (small spoiler), my only complaint is the way that the ending fell flat.
It’s a fun and easy read with footnotes that add to the story in ways that made me smile with almost every line.
As an added bonus for any preexisting fans of the book, BBC has currently started turning this into a TV show starring David Tennant as Crowley and Michael Sheen as Aziraphale. The show is slotted to release in 2019, so if you haven’t read the book yet, you’ve got plenty of time to!
Hello again! Honestly, I wasn’t planning on posting again this soon, but I just found out that I’ve been tagged by the amazing Katie at The Act Diary for her book tag! (You should really check out her blog, it’s got a lot of good stuff about books, movies and actors and actresses!)
As a life-long Potterhead (because isn’t everyone?), I was reasonably hyped for the release of a new chapter of the timeless story. Now, I’m normally not a fan of screenplays (because I need that description to help me see the play, uh duh), but Harry Potter can always be an exception. Sadly, I’ve heard a lot of bad reviews and people online saying “LET’S JUST PRETEND THIS NEVER HAPPENED!” so I’m very conflicted.
A book or series you didn’t like as much the second time you read it.
Now, this is an exceptionally hard question because I don’t tend to reread books unless I absolutely positively adored them and at that point I can’t see any flaws so…. probably The Ruining by Anna Collomore.
I think one of the reasons I didn’t like this the second time around was because I really wasn’t interested the first time. See, I got this book as a Christmas present when I was, like, ten.
News Flash: This book was not written for a ten-year-old.
It’s got a lot of heavy stuff in there. Murder, marital issues, insane asylums, crazy second wives. Me as a ten year old was not prepared for all the crap that book dumped on me and I’m 75% sure it’s one of the reasons I’m a little nutso today (it’s definitely not because of my weirdo friends who are actually really great, oh definitely not).
I read it for a second time a couple years ago and while I did understand it a whole lot more, it didn’t improve my disposition of the book at all. Sure, I understood the whole story this time. But I still had that bitter taste in my mouth from the first time.
Not a reflection of the book itself, just a reflection of the fact that I read it too young.
A book or series that you’ve liked for a really long time.
Oh, this is so easy! The Princess and the Unicorn by Carol Hughes! I read this book with my mom when I was very young. I was about six or seven years old, my mom read it to me every night for a whole summer. It took us forever, but it’s always been a favorite of mine.
When I was younger, I absolutely loved the Artemis Fowl books. What else do you need besides a snarky twelve-year-old genius and his kick-butt fairy captive saving the world from said twelve-year-old genius? NOTHING!
Sadly, as I grew up, I never… really… got to finish. I got through The Opal Deception (which I actually read before the first book haha I goofed) and then COULDN’T FIND THE REST OF THE BOOKS!
I am frantically SEARCHING for The Time Paradox but life is very distracting, you should know.
Bonus: The first book in the series is going to be made into a movie, by Disney, soon AND I’M SO HYPED!
A book or series you’d recommend to anyone and everyone.
There’s a lot of books that fit this bill for me, but for right now, I’d have to say Everlost by Neal Shusterman.
I found this book a few years ago and I ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT TO DEATH (haha, I made a joke)! I BELIEVE EVERYONE SHOULD READ IT IT’S SO AMAZING!
So, during PaperFury’s first Beautiful Books link-up for this year (more on that here and here if you’re interested!), I perused some of the authors linking up for NaNoWriMo. Among them was Zara Hoffman, writing the ever-intriguing Unmoored, spin-off to her first novel The Belgrave Legacy. After going in and reading about her book, I was quite interested in it!
A Reluctant Heroine. A Snarky Angel. A Big Mess.
Fawn doesn’t believe in magic. But it is very real, and has made her a vulnerable target.
Caleb is sick of Hell. When the Devil offers him a way out, he immediately says yes.
Can this young witch trust the dark angel assigned to romance and seduce her? Or will his betrayal tear them apart forever?
The Belgrave Legacy is an upper-young adult paranormal romance. Filled with magic, witches, angels, and demons, this story will keep you turning the pages until the very end. Buy the book now, and discover a world hiding in our own.
The whole premise is interesting, very magical and all-around sounds like a great idea. With my recent addiction interest in Supernatural added into my life-long love of magical mythology, the whole concept of the witches, angels, demons and soulmates really appealed to me.
Sadly, the book itself was fairly disappointing. And I only got about halfway through the book.
The prologue was good. It introduced the conflict well. Sadly, the way it was introduced was just flat. It was too much tell, not enough show. There are some cases where you have to tell, but frankly, this prologue was just a bit too cut-and-dry for me. When you write a prologue, you have to leave some mystery. You cannot tell the audience the entire conflict in about six paragraphs. Conflict isn’t introduced into the story until the rising action. I’m all for foreshadowing, but this just didn’t fit the bill.
And then there was the first chapter. At first, I loved it. Prologue aside, the beginning kicked up fairly well. While I know that dream sequences aren’t always the best thing to kick-off a novel’s storyline, I have to say, this one was done well. Again, there was a slight issue with telling-not-showing, but of course, that was a consistent feature in the story, so I won’t even mention it from this point forward. I really did enjoy the magic and the bit in the beginning, but there was one issue that I really had with this first bit. In it, Fawn, the main character, is sixteen. For the rest of the book she’s twenty-one.
Do you see my issue?
There’s a five-year gap between the first chapter and the second.
I’m all for time-skips while writing, but only in moderation. If you really wanted to get the contrast that badly, make the first chapter a memory, not a legitimate chapter with established perspective. It kind of trips the readers up, yanno?
So, anyway, after I got over the huge time-jump and got into the actual story (that actually barely touched on Fawn learning magic, as she did in the first chapter), I found it very…. bland, cliche… boring.
At first, Fawn seems like quite the empowered female character, with all her faults and flaws proudly shown. She starts out so strong and independent and ready to face the world on her own without the help of some stuck-up guy… but then Caleb gets in the picture.
Don’t get me wrong, I knew what I was signing up for when I decided to read this. I knew it’d be romance. I knew it’d be about the “bond” between Fawn and Caleb.
But a “bond” does not mean ditching everything you’ve founded your life on for a guy who claims to be there to help you when your gut feeling said he was bad news.
And then the whole “Bad guy gets redemption because he fell in love with MC and that changes EVERYTHING” cliche happened around part two and I just kind of…. couldn’t.
Overall (as much as I hate to say it because this book had so much promise), I’d give this book 2 stars.
If you’re still interested in Zara Hoffman’s The Belgrave Legacy, check it out on her website here!
So, my lovely little Book Nook-ers (idk is that a good name idk names halp i suck at names), have you ever had that one book that sounded so fabulous and then you actually read it and just went “meh”? Am I the only who wrote and entire other version of this book in my head because THIS COULD’VE BEEN SO MUCH BETTER? Do you have any genres that you absolutely love to read? Tell me in the comments below!
Hello again! I know I haven’t posted in a while but that’s because I have no life NANOWRIMO STARTED! (If you want to learn more about my NaNo project, visit my original Beautiful Books post or Writing page!) In case you don’t know (which, I mean, I don’t understand how you can’t know at this point), NaNoWriMo is short for National Novel Writing Month where thousands of writers attempt to write an entire 50,000 word novel in a month.
In honor of NaNoWriMo, Cait @ Paper Fury and Sky @ further up and further in host the amazing Beautiful Books, where writers and NaNo participants can share information about their works-in-progress. (Visit the link-up for this month’s here!)
Now, for the actual questions!
-Overall, how is your mental state, and how is your novel going?
Haha, my mental state’s been long gone, but my novel is actually going pretty slowly. See, Day 1 I was about a hundred words ahead, but by Day 2 I was already behind so YAY! I’m gonna fail.
-What’s your first sentence (or paragraph)?
People always say that if you die in your dreams, you die in real life. Right now, the way my dream was going for me, I’d better hope that’s not true.
Yeah, that’s my first line. I open on a premonitory dream sequence where Molly thinks she dies. Fun.
-Who’s your current favourite character in your novel?
I think my favorite character would have to be a toss-up between Brian and Charlie. Brian is the dork who makes bad jokes and fun side-comments while Charlie’s the one who waggles her eyebrows and makes inappropriate jokes about everything said. They’re both really fun to write even though I haven’t actually gotten to writing Charlie yet.
-What do you love about your novel so far?
So far, nothing really. I’m not even through the first chapter and it’s a lot of character intros and world-building AND I JUST WANNA GET TO THE SUPERHEROES AND DRAMA!
-Have you made any hilarious typos or other mistakes?
Oh yeah! See, I’ll scribble down snippits in a notebook and when I was copying one down I was talking about pizza and instead of saying “dark black hair” I put “dark black pizza” and ended up sending the snippit to a friend by copy-and-paste and SHE JUST LAUGHED AT ME FOR THAT.
-What is your favourite to write: beginning, middle, or end — and why?
I really love the middle and end because it’s where everything picks up and the drama gets big and then everything gets tied up into a nice little bow except not really because SEQUELS!
-What are your writing habits? Is there a specific snack you eat? Do you listen to music? What time of day do you write best? Feel free to show us a picture of your writing space!
My writing habits are basically “OH I GOT AN IDEA LEMME WRITE IT DOWN AND BABBLE ABOUT IT AS I DO” and occasionally listen to my writing soundtracks or stay up until 4am because WHO NEEDS SLEEP. My writing pace is wherever I get an idea.
-How private are you about your novel while you’re writing? Do you need a cheer squad or do you work alone (like, ahem, Batman)?
I’ll usually write in silence, but ramble a lot afterwards about random topics related to it or text my friends as I work and annoy them to death.
-What keeps you writing even when it’s hard?
Haha, nothing but my own physical pain and the screaming of my characters. Oh, and the whole “I want people to relate to my writing.” thing.
-What are your top 3 pieces of writing advice?
Write whenever you get ideas, don’t force it.
Don’t be afraid to share it with people, because feedback is always important.
KEEP WRITING EVEN IF YOU THINK IT SUCKS!
So that’s my answers for this month’s Beautiful Books! I’ll probably be updating (relatively) soon with a book review, so keep an eye out for that and I’ll catch you all next time!
Journals – love them or loathe them, everyone’s tried to keep one at some point in time, and failed epically. Over the past few months, I’ve decided to give journaling another chance, and have figured out several things that have made keeping up so much easier!
1. Start a journal entry with a quote, lyric, or dictionary entry
The hardest part for me is figuring out what to write about, and this is an easy solution to that. Go onto We Heart It, Pinterest, or Goodreads to find a quote, and I guarantee that you’ll find one that you relate to on a spiritual level! If you’re unable to access a computer, and can’t think of any profound quotes off the top of your head, then grab a dictionary and find a word that describes your day. Not only do you have the start of a great entry, but you’re…
Okay, huge disclaimer, this post includes absolutely no virtual reality hacks. I do not have virtual reality. I am vastly deprived of modern technology (Thanks Mom.)
Here’s a secret.
This is actually a book review.
WOAH! I know, right? I haven’t done one these ever. BUT THAT’S HOW MUCH I LOVED THIS BOOK!*
*Also known as Warcross by the ever-fabulous Marie Lu
For the millions who log in every day, Warcross isn’t just a game—it’s a way of life. The obsession started ten years ago and its fan base now spans the globe, some eager to escape from reality and others hoping to make a profit. Struggling to make ends meet, teenage hacker Emika Chen works as a bounty hunter, tracking down players who bet on the game illegally. But the bounty hunting world is a competitive one, and survival has not been easy. Needing to make some quick cash, Emika takes a risk and hacks into the opening game of the international Warcross Championships—only to accidentally glitch herself into the action and become an overnight sensation.
Convinced she’s going to be arrested, Emika is shocked when instead she gets a call from the game’s creator, the elusive young billionaire Hideo Tanaka, with an irresistible offer. He needs a spy on the inside of this year’s tournament in order to uncover a security problem . . . and he wants Emika for the job. With no time to lose, Emika’s whisked off to Tokyo and thrust into a world of fame and fortune that she’s only dreamed of. But soon her investigation uncovers a sinister plot, with major consequences for the entire Warcross empire.
I. Need. More. Of. This. In. My. Life.
Super-advanced virtual reality goggles? Video games becoming the next Olympics? THE ENTIRE PREMISE OF THIS BOOK AND ITS FABULOUS SCI-FI UNIVERSE THAT MARIE LU CREATED BECAUSE GOSH DARNIT I WANNA LIVE THERE?
Shut up, I’m 90% sure I’m still mentally sane after reading this.
Warcross is not only the latest book from one of my favorite author on the face of the Earth (along with all the other authors I’ve read, shut up, I’m normal), but it’s got so much adventure, suspense and romance that I’m totally fangirling over EVERYTHING.
Emika Chen is your totally not-normal eighteen-year-old hacker/bounty hunter who makes her living off of hunting down folks who illegally bet on the ever-famous Warcross matches. Stuck in a broken-down apartment with an overdue rent, she risks everything during the opening night of the Warcross Championships by trying to slip in and steal a power-up to sell on the Dark World. What she doesn’t plan for is accidentally glitching into the game and becoming an overnight sensation and getting an offer from the creator of the game and technology, Hideo Tanaka.
Jetted off to the futuristic Tokoyo, Emike finds herself immersed in a game that slowly turns into something much more dangerous. As the game goes on, the stakes get higher, putting lives at risk and dark secrets get revealed.
HAHA! Look at that! I wrote a thing! THAT MAKES SENSE! i’m so proud
This book pulled me in and got me totally invested in not only the stakes of Emika’s hunt for Zero, but the game of Warcross itself! Not only that, but I found some Legend Easter eggs after catching a glance of a question on Goodreads.
If you at all enjoyed the Legend and Young Elites series’s, you’ll absolutely LOVE Warcross, I can promise it!
Have any of you read Warcross? What were your thoughts? Am I the only person not allowed to have any sort of modern technology that I don’t buy myself? Yeah, I probably am.
So, not that long ago I decided to follow a fabulous book blog called Paper Fury (that also consequently double my TBR list, but shhh, nobody needs to know). Usually Cait (the blogger-in-residence ((who I’m going to assume lives off of straight-up espresso shots because her posts are always just really hyper and a little bit crazy in the best ways possible))) posts lists for Top Ten Tuesdays (whose rules she’s frequently broken) or reviews books, but today, lo and behold, I found an entirely new type of blog post!
Basically, ten questions about your NaNoWriMo project that she shares with EVERYONE (with help from furtherinfurtherup.net).
Before I actually launch into my answers, here’s a link to the original blog post (because, y’know, I’m actually gonna follow the rules *glances at Cait*):
Now for my answers!
For my project, Duct-Tape Heroes. (That links to my NaNoWriMo description/synopsis/STUFF, but you can also check out more by hopping over to my Writing page!)
-What inspired the idea for your novel, and how long have you had the idea?
What inspired me? Wow, well, um…. as a big bit of a superhero fanatic, I’d always been a little… disappointed by the lack of superhero books. Sure, there’s movies and TV shows and all the comic books in the world, but just how many superhero books can you name? (Shut up, I know Renegades is a thing I had this idea before it came out) To be honest, I was also really wanting a good ole’ teenage superhero. With grown-ups like Captain America and the Flash ruling a majority of modern superhero media, I just really wanted to see something that centered around a teenage superheroes. (Yes I know Spider-Man: Homecoming just came out BUT I HAD THE IDEA BEFORE) And not just any teenage superhero. A superhero who doesn’t focus on romantics. A superhero who doesn’t put their duty above their schoolwork and social life, but manages to balance both (Because let’s be honest, even if I was a superhero, I’m not sacrificing my grades to go safe the city. Learn to fight, guys.).
I’ve had this idea since about this time last year because I had to write a short story for a school project and when my teacher said short, I though she meant a 25-page mini-novel, so, um…. poor peer reviewers, amirite?
-Describe what your novel is about!
Duct-Tape Heroes follows best friends Molly Chase and Brian French (who are freshmen in high school and epic comic book nerds. Molly even lives above a comic book store, for Pete’s sake) as they watch their city’s famous superheroes systematically get killed off by the pyrokinetic Inferno, who’s after the “rulers” of the Supers.
Of course, it doesn’t stop there because, oh, let’s say one both of them have superpowers and one both of them decide to raid Brian’s extensive duct-tape collection to decorate $5 sweatshirts and sweatpants, all to fight off this jerk of a SuperVillain because they’re nice kids, well…. imagine having to explain that to their parents.
-What is your book’s aesthetic? Use words or photos or whatever you like!
So, um, I do have a Pinterest board for DTH (here!), but… it’s more textposts than anything.
If I were to sum it up in words, I’d say that this quote sums it up perfectly:
KEEP CALM AND USE DUCT TAPE
IF YOU CAN’T FIX IT WITH DUCT-TAPE, YOU’RE NOT USING ENOUGH DUCT TAPE.
That’s… basically Brian’s life-motto (he’s an artsy bean).
-Introduce us to each of your characters!
*deep breath* This’ll be a long one…
Molly Chase is a reserved, quiet girl who is absolutely obsessed with comic books. She’s lived her whole life in Whiterocks, New York (their world equivalent of NYC), living above her father’s comic book shop, Chase Comics (“We Chase ’em so you don’t have to!”). She’s got shoulder-length, curly black hair and bright blue eyes. She’s fourteen years old and about 5’4″. She’s been best friends with Brian since they were ten years old and has had a crush on her old friend Chance Chamberlain since fifth grade. She has an older brother named Max, who lives in Seattle with their mother (no, her parents aren’t divorced/separated, it’s just…. complicated…).
Brian French is a loud, outspoken boy who’s outright NUTS about superheroes (both the real and the fictional). He lived in the small town of Nowhere, Alabama until his father died and Brian accidentally stuck a fork in the toaster and electrocuted himself when he was eight years old. He and his mom spent two years bouncing around until they ended up in Whiterocks, where they moved into the building next to Chase Comics. He and Molly became fast friends and spent all of middle school as best buds. He’s got short, messy brown hair (think Andrew Garfield when he was Spider-Man) and dark brown eyes. He’s fourteen years old and about 5’6″. He’s been hiding a secret crush on Molly for years. He doesn’t have any siblings that he knows of.
While Molly and Brian are the two main characters of DTH, they also have quite an array of weird and quirky friends, whom I’ll give quick descriptions of.
Chance Chamberlain (yes, the one Molly likes) is a black-haired, green-eyed Percy Jackson lookalike who’s already been promised the role of center on the JV basketball team at their high school, has been an honor student since grade school and loves messing around with technology whenever he gets the chance. Problem is, he’s also dating the impossibly attractive Bella Graham, a girl he went to middle school with (Chance and Bella went to a private middle school, whereas Molly and Brian went public).
Charlie Ozera is a firecracker with short, white hair and mischievous brown eyes who’s probably the most dirty minded girl on the planet (No, that’s a lie, my friends are worse) and enjoys flirting with literally everyone. Including Molly and Brian, even though she knows they both like other people. She’s got four older brothers and is a touch cookie because of it (not because they beat her up, but because she was the one defending them) and was raised by her fathers. Charlie gets along best with Brian, but became friends with Molly in first grade because she thought Molly was pretty and told her as much.
And then there’s Gina. Regina Hayes is a small, petite girl with long, dark brown hair and wise brown eyes and is probably the sweetest thing on Earth. She’s always the voice of reason when Molly’s not around and can talk her way out of any bad situation. She’s always there for her friends and has a younger brother. She’s one of those over-achievers who’s always doing as much as humanly possible.
So, yeah, those are the main characters.
-How do you prepare to write? (Outline, research, stocking up on chocolate, howling, etc.?)
I usually get idea bursts, but when I actually prepare (which is rare), I’ll usually sit down and scribble down a basic idea of the next few bits. But, yeah, that’s not often.
-What are you most looking forward to about this novel?
I’m really looking forward to the normal high school setting with the superhero twist. Going from study sessions with the gang, to leaping over buildings, to a movie night falling asleep on the couch. Just…. I love the little things and I can’t wait to write them.
-List 3 things about your novel’s setting.
SUPERHEROES. In Whiterocks (and the entire DTH universe), SuperHeroes are real and everywhere. Supers are an entire other race of advanced humans that goes back to Ancient Egypt, where magic was first discovered. Supers and humans have lived together is (mostly) harmony since. Supers basically follow one of two paths in life. One, to hide their powers and act as human as possible. Two, to openly share their powers (which can result in a number of things, depending on where they live and how welcome Supers are).
CHASE COMICS. Chase Comics is basically my idealized version of a comic shop based off the ones I’ve seen and read about. It’s huge, with tables for the DnDers and MTG players, arcade games and TVs for the competitive video gamers, rows and rows of comic books (because DUH!) and huge comfy chairs for you to sit and read a couple comics. On one wall, there’s a HUGE mural that features all of the most famous Whiterocks heroes. Molly’s brother, Max, painted it. Who knows, maybe when he comes back, a couple more heroes will be added…
MOLLY AND BRIAN’S ROOMS. See, everyone loves a little cliche now and then, and for me, making Molly and Brian next-door-neighbors was too tempting to ignore. Their bedroom windows? Right across from each other. Barely a three-foot gap, which they bridged with a plank when they were younger. They rarely lock their windows (unless they’re changing) and trust each other absolutely… with most things.
-What’s your character’s goal and who (or what) stands in the way?
Molly and Brian want very different things, as both heroes and civilians. As a civilian, Molly just wants to be normal and hide from everything chaotic and crazy, but as a hero, she wants to do right and keep people safe. Meanwhile, Brian, as a civilian and a hero just wants to have fun and have adventures to block out all the painful stuff he’s been through.
-How does your protagonist change by the end of the novel?
Well, at the end of Book One, I want Molly to realize that she can’t be “normal” and has to be herself and Brian to realize he doesn’t have to bury everything he’s kept hidden under jokes and adventures.
-What are your book’s themes? How do you want readers to feel when the story is over?
I don’t know what the theme would be for the first book, but the overall message of the story, as well as the accompanying AUs that I’ve designed, is “A true friend can be the difference between a hero and a villain.”
I want readers to know that anyone can be a hero, even if they’re still a kid.
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