The Suffering Tree
by Elle Cosimano
Release Date: June 13th 2017
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal
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The Boxcar (from the Boxcar Children); The Chocolate Factory (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory); The House (Little House on the Prairie)
(I was a Fear Street girl!) Oooh. I would have loved those books, but I’m old so I was all about The Boxcar Children books, MY SIDE OF THE MOUNTAIN, all the Judy Blume books, and all the Beverly Cleary books.
“Human beings are more alike than unalike, and what is true anywhere is true everywhere…” –Maya Angelou (Passports to Understanding)
If fangirling is what I think it is, I fangirled twice in my life. The first was when I met John F. Kennedy Jr. in the hallway of the school where I was teaching in NYC. The other time was when I met Barack Obama at a fundraiser. I said, “Welcome to Connecticut, Senator Obama. We love you.” He said, “Thank you. I love you, too!”
Other than STATION ELEVEN, I loved THE HATE U GIVE by Angie Thomas, an awesome fantasy book called HEART BLADE by Juliana Spink Mills and WE ARE OKAY by Nina LaCour.
THE UNLIKELIES is about a group of teens who meet at a luncheon where they are honored for being local heroes. They begin to hang out and end up fighting cyber trolls, real life bullies, and drug dealers, all while trying to honor an elderly man’s dying wish.
It’s funny because I see a little bit of The Goonies in this book. And I was definitely thinking about the revolution songs of The Beatles as I wrote. But I was most inspired by the “unlikely heroes” I have encountered in my life. I wanted to show that do-gooders can be cool and interesting and that while “no good deed goes unpunished,” it’s so important to keeping trying to do good things in this jaded world.
I loved writing the Speakeasy scene because I would have hung out at Speakeasy all the time. The difficult scenes were the ones that dealt with the dark world of drugs and the pain that comes from watching someone you love suffer from addiction.
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Could you tell our Book Addicts a little bit about THE BEST KIND OF MAGIC?
I love books/movies/TV shows with a magical element to them. What is your favorite movie or TV show or song that has the witches and/or magic in them?
Besides reading, writing, and blogging, I love fashion!! How would you describe Amber’s style?
How did you come up with the story? Did you find inspiration in any other story/movie/show and how has this affected your writing?
Tell us your favorite quote from THE BEST KIND OF MAGIC.
“Only crazy people and Satan don’t like frosting.” – Amber J
Is there a specific scene that you had the most fun to write? Or which part was the most difficult to get through?
Are there any recommendations you could give your readers to be in the “perfect mood” to read THE BEST KIND OF MAGIC (specific music, snacks…)?
What’s next for you?
The sequel, The Sweetest Kind of Fate, debuts February 2018, and I am always scribbling away on new story ideas. J
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The Love Interest
by Cale Dietrich
Publisher: Feiwel and Friends
Release Date: May 16, 2017
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, LGBTQIA
Cale Dietrich is a YA devotee, lifelong gamer, and tragic pop punk enthusiast. He was born in Perth, grew up on the Gold Coast, and now lives in Brisbane, Australia. The Love Interest is his first novel.
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He’s funny, he’s a moody teenager, and most of all, he’s desperate. He’s dying, courtesy of a heart defect. Playing Chimera and earning a new heart is his best chance at long-term survival, but the exertion could also kill him. Being stuck between that rock and hard place leads him to make some interesting and sometimes terrible decisions. It also makes him appreciate the things he has, though maybe not enough. He loves his best friend Nick pretty fiercely.
It was actually originally inspired by a tweet, of all things, but I’m not sure I can say what it was because again, spoilers. The influence of all the biomechanical body parts comes from me. I have a machine in my body to control a medical condition. The day is going to come when those “enhancements” are as voluntary as plastic surgery. And as easy as getting your ears pierced. It’s already happening, to an extent. There are people who implant contactless payment chips under their skin so they can just touch the readers with their hands. There are a couple of cases of people having cameras implanted instead of prosthetic eyes to replace eyes they’ve lost through illness or injury. Things like this will become more and more common.
“Their brains came last, a delicate balance between human enough to be cruel and machine enough to act on it.”
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“Once in a Lifetime” by the Talking Heads.
I was raised in the wilds of New York by lovely, nonviolent parents who somehow never managed to prevent me from staying up late to read scary books. I now work at an alt-weekly newspaper in Vermont, where my favorite part of the job is, of course, reviewing scary books and movies. The Killer in Me is my first novel.
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