Friday, February 26, 2016

Simon Pulse Guest Post: Unhooked (Lisa Maxwell)

Author: Lisa Maxwell
Release Date: February 2, 2016
Pages: 352
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Formats: Hardcover & eBook

From “talented wordsmith” (Publishers Weekly) Lisa Maxwell comes a lush, atmospheric fantasy novel filled with twists and turns about a girl who is kidnapped and brought to an island inhabited by fairies, a roguish ship captain, and bloodthirsty beasts.
For as long as she can remember, Gwendolyn Allister has never had a place to call home. Her mother believes they are being hunted by brutal monsters, and those delusions have brought them to London, far from the life Gwen had finally started to build for herself. Gwen’s only saving grace is that her best friend, Olivia, is with her for the summer.
But shortly after their arrival, the girls are kidnapped by shadowy creatures and dragged to a world of flesh-eating sea hags and dangerous Fey. And Gwen begins to realize that maybe her mother isn’t so crazy after all…
Gwen discovers that this new world she inhabits is called Neverland, but it’s nothing like the Neverland you’ve heard about in stories. Here, good and evil lose their meaning and memories slip like water through your fingers. As Gwen struggles to remember where she came from and tries to find a way home, she must choose between trusting the charming fairy-tale hero who says all the right things and the captivating pirate who promises to keep her safe.
Caught in the ultimate battle between good and evil, with time running out and her enemies closing in, Gwen is forced to finally face the truths she’s been hiding from all along. But can she save Neverland without losing herself?

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Lisa Maxwell is the author of Sweet Unrest, Gathering Deep (Flux, Fall 2015) and Unhooked (Simon Pulse, Spring 2016). When she's not writing books, she's an English professor at a local college. She lives near DC with her very patient husband and two not-so patient boys.

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Hi, Beth! And thanks so much for having me on the blog today to recommend a YA Book.

I’ll be honest—this is was a difficult post to write, mostly because there are so many great books and picking one was really, really hard. But I finally decided on one that’s stayed with me for a while now—BONE GAP.

If your readers haven’t heard, it won the 2016 Printz award, so there are plenty of people who would agree that it’s a great book. I absolutely loved the writing in it—I’m a sucker for gorgeous, lyrical writing like you find in Laini Taylor or Nova Ren Suma’s work. It also has a twisty plot that keeps you guessing until the very last about what is actually going on in the story. 

The story of Finn, a boy who saw his brother’s girlfriend, Roza, taken. Everyone else in the town believes that the girl only ran off, because the boy can’t actually describe the person who took her. They all believe that he’s lying. As the story unfolds in a magical, unreal way, the reader also has to question whether Finn imagined the whole thing, or whether Roza really is waiting somewhere, waiting to be saved.

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