Mysterious Galaxy is proud to welcome the Fierce Reads author tour to San Diego.
School’s out for summer, so what better time for a visit from a troupe of young adult debut authors with Fierce Reads? Kate and Bunny are particular fans of Marissa Meyer’s Cinder, a Cinderella story with “cyborgs, lunars, deadly plagues and threatening war.” (See Bunny’s review here.)
Anna Banks’s Of Poseidon is a novel about a teenage girl who learns she has the gift of Poseidon and can communicate with fish—and gorgeous mermen – perfect for a coastal city like San Diego.
See Maryelizabeth’s review here of make-up artist and author Leigh Bardugo’s Shadow and Bone, a dark fantasy with elements of Russian mythology.
Jennifer Bosworth’s Struck includes an earthquake-devastated Los Angeles, doomsday cults, a teenage lightning addict, the importance of individuality, and the end of the world.
With four novels to her name, and a fifth, 52 Reason to Hate My Father, on the way, Jessica Brody is the voice of experience in the group. Her novels for teens are The Karma Club, and My Life Undecided, which deal with the difficulties of life sans paranormal elements.
Monument 14 received a starred review from Publishers Weekly, stating, “Actress/screenwriter [Emmy] Laybourne’s debut ably turns what could have been yet another postapocalyptic YA novel into a tense, claustrophobic, and fast-paced thriller.”
More information about the Fierce Reads authors may be found on their Facebook page here.
And their very short musical book trailer is here.
Leigh Bardugo is also signing in Redondo Beach on June 28th.
Galen is the prince of the Syrena, sent to land to find a girl he's heard can communicate with fish. Emma is on vacation at the beach. When she runs into Galen--literally--both teens sense a connection. But it will take several encounters, including a deadly one with a shark, for Galen to be convinced of Emma's gifts.
About the Author
Anna Banks says: "I live with my husband and daughter in the Florida Panhandle. I have a southern accent compared to New Yorkers, and I enjoy food cooked with real fat. I can't walk in high heels, but I'm very good at holding still in them. If you put chocolate in front of me, you must not have wanted it in the first place."
Orphaned by the Border Wars, Alina Starkov is taken from obscurity and her only friend, Mal, to become the protg of the mysterious Darkling, who trains her to join the magical elite in the belief that she is the Sun Summoner, who can destroy the monsters ...
About the Author
Leigh Bardugo was born in Jerusalem, raised in Los Angeles, and graduated from Yale University. She lives in Hollywood and indulges her fondness for glamour, ghouls, and costuming in her other life as makeup artist L.B. Benson.
Mia Price is a lightning addict. She’s survived countless strikes, but her craving to connect to the energy in storms endangers her life and the lives of those around her.
Los Angeles, where lightning rarely strikes, is one of the few places Mia feels safe from her addiction. But when an earthquake devastates the city, her haven is transformed into a minefield of chaos and danger. The beaches become massive tent cities. Downtown is a crumbling wasteland, where a traveling party moves to a different empty building each night, the revelers drawn to the destruction by a force they cannot deny. Two warring cults rise to power, and both see Mia as the key to their opposing doomsday prophecies. They believe she has a connection to the freak electrical storm that caused the quake, and to the far more devastating storm that is yet to come.
Mia wants to trust the enigmatic and alluring Jeremy when he promises to protect her, but she fears he isn’t who he claims to be. In the end, the passion and power that brought them together could be their downfall. When the final disaster strikes, Mia must risk unleashing the full horror of her strength to save the people she loves, or lose everything.
About the Author
Jennifer Bosworth was born in Price, Utah, a small, coal-mining town in the desert. As a kid, her favorite thing to do was to roam alone through the barren hills and tell herself stories. As an adult, she continues to do the same thing, onl;y now she's roaming the streets of Los Angeles, her favorite city in the world.
Jennifer attended college at the University of Utah, where she taught continuing education classes on writing horror, fantasy, and science fiction.
PLEASE READ THIS! MY LIFE DEPENDS ON IT!
Okay, maybe that was a bit melodramatic, but I’m sorry, I’m feeling a
bit melodramatic at the moment.
Here’s the deal. My name is Brooklyn Pierce, I’m fifteen years old, and I
am decisionally challenged. Seriously, I can’t remember the last good
decision I made. I can remember plenty of crappy ones though. Including
that party I threw when my parents were out of town that accidentally
burned down a model home. Yeah, not my finest moment, for sure.
But see, that’s why I started a blog. To enlist readers to make my
decisions for me. That’s right. I gave up. Threw in the towel. I let
someone else decide which book I read for English. And whether or not I
accepted an invitation to join the debate team from that
cute-in-a-dorky-sort-of-way guy who gave me the Heimlich maneuver in the
cafeteria. (Note to self: chew the melon before swallowing it.) I even
let them decide who I dated!
Well, it turns out there are some things in life you simply can’t choose
or have chosen for you—like who you fall in love with. And now
everything’s more screwed up than ever.
But don’t take my word for it. Read the book and decide for yourself.
You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll scream in frustration. Or maybe that’s
just me. After all, it’s my life.
About the Author
Jessica Brody knew from a young age that she wanted to be a writer. She started self “publishing” her own books when she was seven years old, binding the pages together with cardboard, wallpaper samples and electrical tape.
After graduating from Smith College, Jessica later went on to work for MGM Studios as a Manager of Acquisitions and Business Development. In May of 2005, Jessica quit her job to follow her dream of becoming a published author. The Fidelity Files, her debut, released in stores (in real binding) in June of 2008 and the follow-up, Love Under Cover in November 2009. The Karma Club, Jessica’s debut young adult novel released in April of 2010 and her second YA release, My Life Undecided just recently hit bookstores in June 2011. 52 Reasons to Hate My Father will be out in Summer 2012 and Unremembered, the first book in a new teen sci-fi series, will be released in early 2013.
"Your mother hollers that you're going to miss the bus. She can see it coming down the street. You don't stop and hug her and tell her you love her. You don't thank her for being a good, kind, patient mother. Of course not--you launch yourself down the stairs and make a run for the corner.
Only, if it's the last time you'll ever see your mother, you sort of start to wish you'd stopped and did those things. Maybe even missed the bus.
But the bus was barreling down our street, so I ran."
Fourteen kids. One superstore. A million things that go wrong. In Emmy Laybourne's action-packed debut novel, six high school kids (some popular, some not), two eighth graders (one a tech genius), and six little kids trapped together in a chain superstore build a refuge for themselves inside. While outside, a series of escalating disasters, beginning with a monster hailstorm and ending with a chemical weapons spill, seems to be tearing the world--as they know it--apart.
About the Author
Emmy Laybourne is a screenwriter, lyricist, and actress. She has acted in movies, television, and improv groups including Chicago City Limits. She lives in Chestnut Ridge, New York, with her husband and their two children. Monument 14 marks her fiction debut.
Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New
Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless
lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that
Earth's fate hinges on one girl. . . . Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a
About the Author
Marissa Meyer says: "One of my first spoken words was 'story' (right along with 'bath' and 'cookie'), my favorite toy as an infant was a soft, squishable book, and I’ve wanted to be a writer since I first realized such a job existed. When I was fourteen my best friend introduced me to anime and fanfiction—over the years I would complete over forty Sailor Moon fanfics under the penname Alicia Blade. Those so inclined can still find my first stories at fanfiction.net. Writing fanfic turned out to be awesome fun and brought me in contact with an amazing group of fanfiction readers and writers. As Alicia Blade, I also had a novelette, “The Phantom of Linkshire Manor,” published in the gothic romance anthology Bound in Skin (CatsCurious Press, 2007). When I was sixteen I worked at The Old Spaghetti Factory in Tacoma, Washington, affectionately termed “The Spag.” (Random factoid: This is also the restaurant where my parents met some 25 years before.) I attended Pacific Lutheran University where I sorted mail that came to the dorm, carted tables and chairs around campus, and took writing classes, eventually earning a Bachelor’s degree in Creative Writing and Children’s Literature. Knowing I wanted a career in books, I would also go on to receive a Master’s degree in Publishing from Pace University. After graduation, I worked as an editor in Seattle for a while before becoming a freelance typesetter and proofreader. Then, day of days, someone thought it would be a good idea to give me a book deal, so I became a full-time writer. Cinder is my first novel, though I have an adorable collection of unfinished ones lying around too. I now live with my husband and our three cats (Calexandria Josephine, Stormus Enormous, and Blackland Rockwell III), who go in and out, in and out, about eight hundred times a day. My favorite non-bookish things include Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, re-watching episodes of Firefly, and playing all manners of dress-up."