Odd & True | Extract

Odd & True

The latest from master of historical paranormal, Cat Winters, about a pair of monster-hunting sisters with a dark past. Taking inspiration from the legend of the Jersey Devil and adding in two strong female protagonists, this supernatural story won’t disappoint.

Trudchen grew up hearing Odette’s stories of a monster slaying and a magician’s curse. But now that Tru’s older, she’s starting to wonder if her older sister’s tales were just comforting lies, especially because there’s nothing fantastic about her own life – permanently injured and in constant pain from an accident.

In 1909, after a two-year absence, Od reappears with a suitcase full of weapons and a promise to rescue Tru from the monsters on their way to attack her. But it’s Od who seems haunted by something. And when the sisters’ search for their mother leads them to a face-off with the Leeds Devil, a nightmarish beast that’s wreaking havoc in the Mid-Atlantic states, Tru discovers the peculiar possibility that she and her sister – despite their dark pasts and ordinary appearances – might, indeed, have magic after all.

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Odd & True by Cat Winters is on sale September 2017 – order your copy today.

12 YA Must-Reads from 2016

The last two months of 2016 are crawling into view and as the end of the year dawns upon us we’re taking a look back at some of the amazing YA titles we’ve had through our doors this year. From The Cure for Dreaming by Cat Winters to The Romantics by Leah Konen, 2016 has been a bumper year for A&CB YA.

Have you missed any? Here is a round-up of our favourite 2016 titles; ready for your Christmas Wishlist!

The Cure for Dreaming Cat Winters

The Cure for Dreaming by Cat Winters

‘The book is a timely reminder that political equality of is hard fought for and hard fought against…’ – SFX Magazine

“With great imagination, an interesting twist, historical photographs, and a fresh voice, Cat Winters is a true talent to be celebrated. Whatever this author writes, I want!” – Kate Ormand

It’s 1900 in Oregon, and Olivia’s father, concerned that she’s headed for trouble, convinces a stage mesmerist to try to hypnotise the rebellion out of her. But the hypnotist, an intriguing young man named Henri Reverie, gives her a terrible gift instead: she’s able to see people’s true natures, manifesting as visions of darkness and goodness, while also unable to speak her true thoughts out loud. These supernatural challenges only make Olivia more determined to speak her mind and so she’s drawn into a dangerous relationship with the hypnotist and his mysterious motives, all while secretly fighting for the rights of women.

Iron Cast

Iron Cast by Destiny Soria

It’s Boston, 1919, and the Cast Iron club is packed. On stage, hemopaths—those “afflicted” with the ability to create illusions through art—captivate their audience. Corinne and Ada have been best friends ever since infamous gangster Johnny Dervish recruited them into his circle. By night they perform for Johnny’s crowds, and by day they con Boston’s elite. When a job goes wrong and Ada is imprisoned, she realises how precarious their position is. After she escapes, two of the Cast Iron’s hires are shot and Johnny disappears. With the law closing in, Corinne and Ada are forced to hunt for answers, even as betrayal faces them at every turn. An ideal next read for fans of Libba Bray’s The Diviners.

Devil and the Bluebird

The Devil and the Bluebird by Jennifer Mason-Black

“Devil and the Bluebird is smart, quirky, beautifully written and full of wisdom.” Rhino Reads

“Soothing and lyrical, this might be the most optimistic book you’ll read this year.” SFX Magazine

Blue Riley has wrestled with her own demons ever since the loss of her mother to cancer. But when she encounters a beautiful devil at her town crossroads, it’s her runaway sister’s soul she fights to save. The devil steals Blue’s voice—inherited from her musically gifted mother—in exchange for a single shot at finding Cass. Armed with her mother’s guitar, a knapsack of cherished mementos, and a pair of magical boots, Blue journeys west in search of her sister. When the devil changes the terms of their deal, Blue must reevaluate her understanding of good and evil and open herself up to finding family in unexpected places. In Devil and the Bluebird, Jennifer Mason-Black delivers a captivating depiction of loss and hope.

One Thing Stolen

One Thing Stolen by Beth Kephart

“One Thing Stolen is a really beautiful and poignant book, with a great look at a rare neurological disorder. I loved it.” Once Upon a Bookcase Blog

Something is not right with Nadia Cara. While spending a year in Florence, Italy, she’s become a thief. She has secrets. And when she tries to speak, the words seem far away. Nadia finds herself trapped by her own obsessions and following the trail of an elusive Italian boy whom only she has seen. Can Nadia be rescued or will she simply lose herself altogether?

Set against the backdrop of a glimmering city, One Thing Stolen is an exploration of obsession, art, and a rare neurological disorder. It is also a celebration of language, beauty, imagination, and the salvation of love.

The Movie Version

The Movie Version by Emma Wunsch

The only thing sixteen-year-old Amelia Anderson loves more than movies is her older brother, Toby, a larger-than-life force, as popular with the cheerleaders as with the stoners. Amelia, on the other hand, is addicted to Netflix and afraid to drive. But she doesn’t mind. She’s happy playing the sidekick in the movie version of Toby’s life. But when a devastating event takes Toby out of the picture, Amelia’s left without a star. Ready or not, she has to step into her own spotlight. It’s time to get out of her head, get off of Netflix, and get behind the camera—and the wheel.

This whip-smart, heart-wrenching debut YA novel about first love, first loss, and filmmaking will delight fans of Jandy Nelson and Jennifer Niven.

The Edge of Gone

On The Edge of Gone by Corinne Duyvis

“One of the best apocalyptic thrillers, and certainly one of the most character centred, in years.” Starburst Magazine

“Utterly superb” SFX magazine

“Read this book. Please. Because it’s brilliant, *and* you might learn something in the process.” Jax Blunt, Liveotherwise

A thrilling, thought-provoking novel from one of young-adult literature’s boldest new talents. January 29, 2035. That’s the day the comet is scheduled to hit—the big one. Denise and her mother and sister, Iris, have been assigned to a temporary shelter outside their hometown of Amsterdam to wait out the blast, but Iris is nowhere to be found and at the rate Denise’s drug-addicted mother is going, they’ll never reach the shelter in time. A last-minute meeting leads them to something better than a temporary shelter—a generation ship, scheduled to leave Earth behind to colonize new worlds after the comet hits. But everyone on the ship has been chosen because of their usefulness. Denise is autistic and fears that she’ll never be allowed to stay. Can she obtain a spot before the ship takes flight? What about her mother and sister? When the future of the human race is at stake, whose lives matter most?

This is the Story of You

This is the Story of You by Beth Kephard

On Haven, a six-mile long, half-mile-wide stretch of barrier island, Mira Banul and her Year-Rounder friends have proudly risen to every challenge. But then a superstorm defies all predictions and devastates the island, upending all logic and stranding Mira’s mother and brother on the mainland. Nothing will ever be the same. A stranger appears in the wreck of Mira’s home. A friend obsessed with vanishing disappears. As the mysteries deepen, Mira must find the strength to carry on-to somehow hold her memories in place while learning to trust a radically reinvented future. Gripping and poetic, This Is the Story of You is about the beauty of nature and the power of family, about finding hope in the wake of tragedy and recovery in the face of overwhelming loss.

Every Falling Star

Every Falling Star by Sungju Lee & Susan McCleelland

“Lee’s story is beautiful, even though it’s hard-hitting and eye-opening.” - The Whispering of the Pages

“It’s a visceral and breathtaking account of hardship, injustice, violence, hunger and raw survival so extreme that readers in the UK (especially those already familiar with the dystopian landscapes imagined by James Dashner, Michael Grant et al) might find it barely credible … ultimately, this is not so much a story about suffering, as one that underlines the importance of hope, love, friendship and family for all of us as human beings.” - Teach Secondary

Every Falling Star, the first book to portray contemporary North Korea to a young audience, is the intense memoir of a North Korean boy named Sungju who was forced at age twelve to live on the streets and fend for himself. To survive, Sungju creates a gang and lives by thieving, fighting, begging, and stealing rides on cargo trains. Sungju richly recreates his scabrous story, depicting what it was like for a boy alone to create a new family with his gang, “his brothers,” to daily be hungry and to fear arrest, imprisonment, and even execution. This riveting memoir allows young readers to learn about other cultures where freedoms they take for granted do not exist.

The Steep and Thorny Way

The Steep & Thorny Way by Cat Winters

“Cat is a master in creating strong heroines and Hanalee is no exception.” – The Daily Prophecy

“It was a beautiful book. With a beautiful story. I couldn’t have loved it more than I did. The Steep and Thorny Way is one of a kind.” – Carina Olsen

A thrilling reimagining of Shakespeare’s Hamlet, The Steep and Thorny Way tells the story of a murder most foul and the mighty power of love and acceptance in a state gone terribly rotten. 1920s Oregon is not a welcoming place for Hanalee Denney, the daughter of a white woman and an African-American man. She has almost no rights by law, and the Ku Klux Klan breeds fear and hatred in even Hanalee’s oldest friendships. Plus, her father, Hank Denney, died a year ago, hit by a drunk-driving teenager. Now her father’s killer is out of jail and back in town, and he claims that Hanalee’s father wasn’t killed by the accident at all but, instead, was poisoned by the doctor who looked after him—who happens to be Hanalee’s new stepfather. The only way for Hanalee to get the answers she needs is to ask Hank himself, a “haint” wandering the roads at night.

Worlds of Ink and Shadow

Worlds of Ink and Shadow: A Novel of the Brontës by Lena Coakley

“This fantastic novel looks at the isolated lives of the Brontë children, cleverly combining fact with fiction. Each chapter is told from an alternate point of view, allowing insight into each character’s driving force, as well as exploring the creative beginnings of their literary masterpieces. It is a fascinating and heart-breaking read.” BookTrust

Charlotte, Branwell, Emily and Anne. The Brontë siblings have always been inseparable. After all, nothing can bond four siblings quite like life in an isolated parsonage out on the moors. Their vivid imaginations lend them escape from their strict upbringing, transporting them into the glittering world of Verdopolis and the romantic and melancholy Gondal. As they grow older, the children realise that not only are they imagining these glorious places, they are also truly crossing over, as both inhabitants and creators. When one imagined character, the Earl of Northangerland, follows Emily back home, Emily becomes caught up in a tortured romance with him, and it is only when Anne disappears that Charlotte realises she and her siblings must get to the bottom of their abilities in order to save Anne and possibly themselves. Gorgeously written and meticulously researched, Worlds of Ink and Shadow brings to life the upbringing of one of history’s most celebrated literary families.

The Romantics

The Romantics by Leah Konen

Perfect for fans of Lauren Myracle and Rainbow Rowell, The Romantics will charm readers of all ages. Gael Brennan is about to have his heart broken when his first big relationship crumbles on the heels of his parents’ painful separation. Love intervenes with the intention of setting things right—but she doesn’t anticipate the intrusion of her dreaded nemesis: the Rebound. Love’s plans for Gael are sidetracked by Cara, Gael’s hot-sauce-wielding “dream girl.” The more Love meddles, the further Gael drifts from the one girl who can help him mend his heart. Soon Love starts breaking all her own rules—and in order to set Gael’s fate back on course, she has to make some tough decisions about what it means to truly care.

Seven Ways We Lie

 “Seven Ways We Lie is a superb contemporary YA read, touching upon many different issues facing young people today and with a diverse cast of characters. It’s clever, gripping and hugely relatable, making it not only fun novel for today’s teens but also a very important one.” – Page to Stage Reviews

“I love the way their stories intertwined” – Snuggling on the Sofa, Blog

Seven Ways We Lie by Riley Redgate

In Seven Ways We Lie, a chance encounter tangles the lives of seven high school students, each resisting the allure of one of the seven deadly sins, and each telling their story from their seven distinct points of view. The juniors at Paloma High School all have their secrets, whether it’s the thespian who hides her trust issues onstage, the closeted pansexual who only cares about his drug-dealing profits, or the neurotic genius who’s planted the seed of a school scandal. But it’s Juniper Kipling who has the furthest to fall. No one would argue that Juniper—obedient daughter, salutatorian, natural beauty, and loyal friend—is anything but perfect. Everyone knows she’s a saint, not a sinner; but when love is involved, who is Juniper to resist temptation? When she begins to crave more and more of the one person she can’t have, her charmed life starts to unravel.

Then rumors of a student–teacher affair hit the fan. After Juniper accidentally exposes her secret at a party, her fate falls into the hands of the other six sinners, bringing them into one another’s orbits. All seven are guilty of something. Together, they could save one another from their temptations—or be ruined by them.

Riley Redgate’s twisty YA debut effortlessly weaves humor, heartbreak, and redemption into a drama that fans of Jenny Han and Stephanie Perkins will adore.


 

What is your favourite A&CB YA from 2016? Vote for yours @ACBYA #ACBfavs.

A&CB Book Club | July 2016

Hi book lovers,

July has rolled in amidst rain-showers and Brexit. But we refuse to let that damped our spirits! We are spreading the #JoyOfReading with #SummerReads quizzes and giveaways. In that vein, your July reading challenge is to pick-up a YA novel you have been dying to read. Can’t pick one? Take a peek at our YA list.

The A&CB team laboured over their pick, but we finally decided on The Cure For Dreaming by Cat Winters.

The Cure for Dreaming

“I feel like you should all read and love The Cure for Dreaming. Because it was honestly a perfect book. The writing is gorgeous. Which I knew it would be. And the story is full of heart and so perfect. And the characters. Sigh. Cat is amazing at writing characters that I fall in love with.” Five Star review, Carina Olsen – blogger

“The ending was bittersweet, it made me feel both sad and hopeful. All in all, The Cure for Dreaming was a deliciously compelling read full of atmosphere and allure.” The Page Turner

“For those of you wanting to fall in love with reading again, this is certainly the book for you. There is nothing that keeps you glued to the pages quite so strongly as injustice and a small group of people who rally against it, which this book has in spades. Try as I might to find fault with the story, I was unable to, so it would be completely unfair to judge this book to be anything other than a five out of five and a must-read.” 5* review on The Bookbag

”The Cure for Dreaming proves the potential, relevance, and importance of YA fiction. It’s entertaining, educational and mystical. YA naysayers may have just met their match.” Starburst Magazine

“With great imagination, an interesting twist, historical photographs, and a fresh voice, Cat Winters is a true talent to be celebrated. Whatever this author writes, I want!” Kate Ormand, author

After this, there is no more doubt: Cat Winters is an unstoppable literary force. She does her research, she combines fact with simply marvelous fiction, she touches our hearts and somehow teaches us all a valuable lesson in the process. What more could we possibly want?” The Nocturnal Library

“A truly mesmerising read, this is one you won’t want to miss out on!” Opinionatedcupcakes, blogger

“The book is a timely reminder that political equality of is hard fought for and hard fought against…” – SFX Magazine

“Olivia is everything you could ask for in a character” The Daily Prophecy, blog

Also available from Cat Winters:

The Steep & Thorny Way and In The Shadow of Blackbirds.

More from Cat Winters

Let us know what you pick using #ACBookClub.

PLUS! Join us at @ACBYA for more #SummerReads fun. We are bursting at the seams with bookish quizzes, recommendations and giveaways.

The Steep & Thorny Way | Chapter Preview

“It was a beautiful book. With a beautiful story. I couldn’t have loved it more than I did. The Steep and Thorny Way is one of a kind.” Carina Olsen
“I was completely swept away by this Hamlet-inspired supernatural/historical mashup where the people are scarier than the ghosts. Spectacular.” Kate Ormand

The Steep and Thorny Way

1920s Oregon is not a welcoming place for Hanalee Denney, the daughter of a white woman and an African-American man. She has almost no rights by law, and the Ku Klux Klan breeds fear and hatred in even Hanalee’s oldest friendships. Plus, her father, Hank Denney, died a year ago, hit by a drunk-driving teenager. Now her father’s killer is out of jail and back in town, and he claims that Hanalee’s father wasn’t killed by the accident at all but, instead, was poisoned by the doctor who looked after him—who happens to be Hanalee’s new stepfather.

The only way for Hanalee to get the answers she needs is to ask Hank himself, a “haint” wandering the roads at night.

A thrilling re-imagining of Shakespeare’s Hamlet, The Steep and Thorny Way tells the story of a murder most foul and the mighty power of love and acceptance in a state gone terribly rotten.

Read the first chapter of this thrilling new historical fiction from Cat Winters today: The Steep & Thorny Way 1st Chapter.

#FiveYearsOfBooks | Top Five Young Adult Fiction

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We have a lot of love for our Young Adult list. Who wouldn’t when we have authors like A.G Howard and Cat Winters! This eclectic Top 5 represents the best of the best from our YA list.

Did your favourite make the cut? 

Splintered
Splintered
A. G. Howard
Abrams

We fell down the rabbit hole with A.G. Howard’s Splintered in 2013, and we haven’t wanted to come out since. The Splintered series is a firm favourite in our office, including fierce debates over #TeamJeb and #TeamMorpheus. There was never a question of this title not appearing in our Young Adult Top 5!

But don’t take our word for it…

“A beautiful retelling of a classic tale. High concept romance, young adult fiction with huge potential” METRO

“Brilliantly conceived, utterly original and a triumph of modern writing” Books Monthly

“There’s always been something a bit creepy about The Alice in Wonderland story but A.G. Howard’s take on it out Goths Tim Burton” SFX

“Splintered deserves to be read. It does a better job of a ‘dark’ Wonderland than either McGee’s Alice or Tim Burton’s recent sequel” Starburst Magazine

“Overall, this was a really exceptional read. The setting was jaw-droppingly awesome, the characters jump off the page, the adventure was badass in every level and the twist in the end was unexpectedly heartbreaking. Need I say more? If you haven’t read this book yet, you’re missing out on a lot of awesomeness. Read it now!” Books for YA

“Splintered, you’re gothic and twisted but you’re mine. Now let’s officially move you onto my favourite bookshelf”. Reflections of a Bookworm

“Splintered is a wonderful retelling of the original Alice in Wonderland. Readers will love the madness, romance, action, and the dark twists and turns of the story. Howard’s outstanding writing, bizarre but loveable characters and mysteriously fresh tale will take you to a whole world where everything is unexpected yet fascinating.”Say It With Books

“Splintered is an utterly captivating story on so many levels and I am sure is set to be a classic in its own right. A feast for the imagination as well as the eyes”. Book Angel Booktopia

“I could not have hoped for a better renewal of a favourite classic” Realm of Fiction

“I really can’t urge everyone enough to go pick up this highly addictive book, because I can promise you that you’ll not have read anything like it before!” Fiction Fascination

“I was absorbed straight away.” Journey Through Fiction gives Splintered 4.5 Stars

Alyssa Gardner hears the whispers of bugs and flowers, precisely the problem that landed her mother in a mental hospital years before. Surely, she tells herself, it has nothing to do with the fact that she is directly descended from Alice Liddell, the real life inspiration for Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland. But when her mother takes a turn for the worse and the whispers grow too strong to bear, Alyssa learns that she’s not mad but she must find the origins of a secret family curse…

The Cure for Dreaming
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Cat Winters
Abrams

Cat Winters’ The Cure for Dreaming is pure magic. The elegant proses weave a story of love, rebellion and the power of truth. We cannot praise this book enough, it left us feeling strong, determined and hopeful. The Cure for Dreaming, with a tip of our hat to In the Shadow of Blackbirds, is number two in our Top 5 YA list.

On October 31, 1900, the mesmerizing Henri Reverie will perform his hypnotic feats.

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Stand when commanded!

Speak when commanded!

Think when commanded!

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Let Monsier Reverie control your mind & who knows what you will see…

Olivia Mead’s father wants to elimiate her rebellious thoughts. But the hypnotist he hires to stamp out her independence ends up giving her a gift: the ability to see people are they really are.

Monsters. Victims. Madmen. Friends.

Terrifying and enlightening, Olivia’s visions tell  her who is trustworthy and who is dangerous. But only she can find a way to make her mind her own again.

“I feel like you should all read and love The Cure for Dreaming. Because it was honestly a perfect book. The writing is gorgeous. Which I knew it would be. And the story is full of heart and so perfect. And the characters. Sigh. Cat is amazing at writing characters that I fall in love with. So yes. You should all go pre-order this book right away. Because you will need to read it when it comes out in October. It will be worth it.” Five Star review, Carina Olsen – blogger

” The ending was bittersweet, it made me feel both sad and hopeful. All in all, The Cure for Dreaming was a deliciously compelling read full of atmosphere and allure.”The Page Turner

‘For those of you wanting to fall in love with reading again, this is certainly the book for you. There is nothing that keeps you glued to the pages quite so strongly as injustice and a small group of people who rally against it, which this book has in spades. Try as I might to find fault with the story, I was unable to, so it would be completely unfair to judge this book to be anything other than a five out of five and a must-read.’ 5* review on The Bookbag

‘The Cure for Dreaming proves the potential, relevance, and importance of YA fiction. It’s entertaining, educational and mystical. YA naysayers may have just met their match.” Starburst Magazine

“With great imagination, an interesting twist, historical photographs, and a fresh voice, Cat Winters is a true talent to be celebrated. Whatever this author writes, I want!” Kate Ormand, author

“After this, there is no more doubt: Cat Winters is an unstoppable literary force. She does her research, she combines fact with simply marvelous fiction, she touches our hearts and somehow teaches us all a valuable lesson in the process. What more could we possibly want?” The Nocturnal Library

“A truly mesmerising read, this is one you won’t want to miss out on!”Opinionatedcupcakes, blogger

‘The book is a timely reminder that political equality of is hard fought for and hard fought against’ – SFX Magazine

“Olivia is everything you could ask for in a character” The Daily Prophecy, blog

Elena Vanishing
Elena Vanishing
A Memoir
Elena Dunkle and Clare B. Dunkle
Chronicle Books

Elena is a fighter, a survivor – but never a victim. This isn’t just the story of anorexia. It’s the story of a person. This is Elena’s story.

Elena Vanishing is a bit of a departure from our traditional YA publishing, but this powerful memoir, paired with it’s companion Hope & Other Luxuries written by Clare B. Dunkle; Elena’s mother, is a reading experience unlike anything else. Reading this story of desperation and ultimately hope from two sides of the same coin creates a raw and honest portrayal of a families struggle with a life-threatening eating disorder.

Seventeen-year-old Elena is vanishing. Every day means renewed determination, so every day means fewer calories. This is the story of a girl whose armor against anxiety becomes artillery against herself as she battles on both sides of a lose-lose war in a struggle with anorexia.

Deep, emotional, but ultimately hopefully Elena Vanishing has added another level to our YA list and as such earned it’s place in our Top 5 YA books list.

Otherbound
Otherbound
Corinne Duyvis
Abrams

Corinne Duyvis’ debut novel, Otherbound is a wholly unique story. It takes place across two minds, two worlds, two genders that come together in the blink of an eye.

Every time Nolan closes his eyes, he doesn’t see darkness. Instead he’s transported into the mind of Amara, a girl living in a different world. Nolan’s world is our world, full of history tests, family problems and laundry; his parents think he has epilepsy, judging from his frequent blackouts. Amara’s world is full of magic and danger and she’s a mute slave girl who’s tasked with protecting a renegade princess. Nolan is an observer only in Amara’s world — until he’s not. At first, Amara’s terrified by this new presence controlling her. But they eventually learn that the only way to protect the princess and escape danger is to work together. It’s a fascinating premise, clearly and compellingly written and imagined.

This incredible story will carry you to places you don’t expect and is an essential addition to our Top 5 YA books list.

“Gritty and violent at times, this is an intelligent, satisfying YA novel.” 250th anniversary issue, SFX magazine.

‘I really enjoyed it and and for the readers looking for some more diversity in their books, I highly recommend Otherbound, because there’s a big chance this is the book that you’ve been waiting for!’ Irisjexx

‘Otherbound is magical ‘ you’ll read the first page and before you know it the book has ended and you’ll want to start again.’ Luna’s Little Library.

‘Otherbound is not just your standard heard-it-all-before book and run of the mill characters. In that way and in so many others with its enthralling and vivid factors, it’s truly one of the best Fantasy books I’ve read in a while and reminded me why I love these types of books. With adventure, a captivating journey from a contemporary world to fantasy, Otherbound will surely be on my five-star reads recommended list for a very long time.’ Pretty Little Memoirs.

“With diverse relatable characters and relationships that are constantly in danger and on the run, with twists and betrayal and a complex world and complicated characters who actually swear, Otherbound was an intense journey.’ Kirstie Marie Jones

“A really great modern fantasy read for all ages!” LGBT YA Reviews

The Storyteller
The Storyteller,
Antonia Michaelis
Abrams

A classic from our YA list, The Storyteller is a dark addition to our Top 5 YA reads. This novel shows Antonia Michaelis moving in a bold new direction: a dark, haunting contemporary novel that is part mystery, part romance, part melodrama.

Anna and Abel couldn’t be more different.

They are both 17, in their last year of school, but while Anna lives in a nice old town house, her father a doctor, her mother a literature professor at university. Abel, the school drug dealer, lives in the big cage-like tower blocks at the edge of town, full of people without work, without money, without future.

Anna is afraid of him until she finds a child’s doll that he has dropped and, in returning it to him, realises that he is caring for his six-year-old sister on his own. Fascinated, Anna follows the two and listens as Abel tells little Micha the story of a tiny queen assailed by dark forces. It’s a beautiful fairytale that Anna comes to see has basis in reality. Abel is in real danger of losing Micha to their abusive father, an insistent social worker, and to his own inability to make ends meet.

Anna gradually falls in love with Abel, but when his ‘enemies’ begin to turn up dead, she fears she’s fallen for a murderer.

Is your favourite not here? Let us know which of our books you think should be in our top 5, & why you love it so much!

The Cure For Dreaming

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“The Metropolitan Theater simmered with the heat of more than a thousand bodies packed together in red velvet chairs. My nose itched from the lingering scent of cigarette smoke wafting off the gentlemen’s coats—a burning odor that added to the sensation that we were all seated inside a beautiful oven, waiting to be broiled. Even the cloud of warring perfumes hanging over the audience smelled overcooked, like toast gone crisp and black.”

Cat Winters returns with another spectacular novel; The Cure For Dreaming. Just like In the Shadow of Blackbirds (now out in paperback) the evocative story is offset by archival images dotted throughout the chapters.These images give tangible context to the story and they add to the general splendor of the package. When you remove the printed jacket to reveal a deep purple and silver leather-esq hardcover you know you are in for something special. Even the font, on creamy white pages, draws you in.

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The Cure For Dreaming seamlessly stitches together history, vivid characters and a story you can’t put-down. In this case, Cat seamlessly blends the struggles of the women’s suffrage movement with hypnotism, Dracula and a vivacious protagonist.This is a book not to be missed.

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But don’t take our word for it…

“I feel like you should all read and love The Cure for Dreaming. Because it was honestly a perfect book. The writing is gorgeous. Which I knew it would be. And the story is full of heart and so perfect. And the characters. Sigh. Cat is amazing at writing characters that I fall in love with. So yes. You should all go pre-order this book right away. Because you will need to read it when it comes out in October. It will be worth it.” Five Star review from Carina Olsen.

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“The ending was bittersweet, it made me feel both sad and hopeful. All in all, The Cure for Dreaming was a deliciously compelling read full of atmosphere and allure.” Five Star review from The Page Turner

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“For those of you wanting to fall in love with reading again, this is certainly the book for you. There is nothing that keeps you glued to the pages quite so strongly as injustice and a small group of people who rally against it, which this book has in spades. Try as I might to find fault with the story, I was unable to, so it would be completely unfair to judge this book to be anything other than a five out of five and a must-read.” 5* review on The Bookbag

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The Cure for Dreaming proves the potential, relevance, and importance of YA fiction. It’s entertaining, educational and mystical. YA naysayers may have just met their match.” Starburst Magazine

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“With great imagination, an interesting twist, historical photographs, and a fresh voice, Cat Winters is a true talent to be celebrated. Whatever this author writes, I want!” - Kate Ormand

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“After this, there is no more doubt: Cat Winters is an unstoppable literary force. She does her research, she combines fact with simply marvelous fiction, she touches our hearts and somehow teaches us all a valuable lesson in the process. What more could we possibly want?” - The Nocturnal Library

Image Credit:<br /><br /><br />
Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division.<br /><br /><br />
pp.344-345

Image Credit: Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division. pp.344-345

Five Questions Monday

 

From great taste in eggs and films to a truly terrible joke. We learn a little more about Cat Winters, author of The Cure For Dreaming and In The Shadow of Blackbirds through her offering to the 5 Questions Monday Gods…

1.       How do you like your eggs in the morning?

Scrambled, with a dash of pepper.

2.       What’s your favourite joke?

Hmm, I’d probably say my favourite is the very first one I remember learning as a kid: Where do sheep go to get their hair cut? The bah-bah shop!

(I didn’t say it was a great joke, but it was hysterical to me when I first learned it.)

3.       What film character are you most like?

Sally Albright, from the classic romantic comedy WHEN HARRY MET SALLY. Like her, I’m a notoriously picky eater who sometimes takes a while to order her food, plus I was friends with my husband before I ever fell in love with him.

4.       What is the first book you ever read?

The first book I remember being able to read out loud by myself is NEVER TALK TO STRANGERS by Irma Joyce. It uses entertaining animal drawings and poems to teach lessons about stranger danger, and I most certainly didn’t talk to strangers because of it!

5.       Would you rather be hypnotised or attend a séance? 

Hypnotized. As much as I love ghost tales and tours of haunted sites, the idea of communicating with the dead through a séance terrifies me. I’d be frightened of either interacting with an actual ghost or getting swindled by a fake medium, as what happens to my IN THE SHADOW OF BLACKBIRDS protagonist. However, I did hold séances with friends as a kid.

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