Book Review: Ice

Ice

Ice, by Sarah Beth Durst

As 18-year-old Cassie tries to track an elusive polar bear, he seemingly escapes through solid ice. When she tells her father about the bear, he reacts strangely and tells her she’s leaving the Arctic research station. Unbeknownst to Cassie, the fairy tale that her grandmother recited to her each night as a child was true. A magical polar bear made a deal with Cassie’s mother that he would marry Gail’s daughter. Now, he has returned for Cassie.

A true modern-day fairy tale, Durst has created a world of wonder and magic. Cassie is an incredibly brave and remains true to herself and her family. Bear is also a wonderful character. He is mysterious and honorable. Their relationship is very much like “Beauty and the Beast.” But Cassie and Bear’s story is much more complex. And Cassie is forced to make difficult decisions and always makes the one that she thinks is right, following her heart no matter what the cost.

Ice is a fairy tale focused towards young adults, but is an ageless story. Durst is a talented storyteller, weaving a vibrant and beautiful tale of fantasy, love, and family. I will definitely be checking out Durst’s other works. Young adult fantasy fans, don’t miss this one.

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Exclusive Interview: Julie Kenner

TaintedAuthor Julie Kenner was kind enough to respond to an exclusive interview for SciFiChick.com. Kenner’s latest series, the Blood Lily Chronicles, begins with Tainted, recently released, followed closely by Torn and Turned. Keep reading for more about the author and her latest series.

Can you tell us a bit about the new Blood Lily Chronicles?

Sure! The series centers around about a woman who goes out to murder the man who raped her sister, but is killed in the process. She’s given the chance to come back to earth in the body of another woman to earn her redemption as a demon assassin. But things aren’t always as clear-cut as they seem, and as Lily tries to navigate life in a murdered girl’s body, she has to figure out who her allies and her enemies really are.

Unlike most series which produce new novels each year, Tainted, Torn, and Turned are coming out in quick succession each month. How did that work out?

More and more publishers seem to be doing that lately. As a reader, I think it’s awesome (except, of course, after book 3 you have to start waiting again, and I’m impatient!). The idea is to build excitement and let readers have a chance to really get a feel for the series. I was happy to learn that Ace intended to publish the books that way!

Where do you get your ideas for your characters?

I like to tease and say Wal-Mart, but the more honest answer is that I really don’t know. With Lily, I thought I knew her in the proposal, but after a few false starts, I realized I didn’t know her at all, and the character who ended upon the page is much different from my original incarnation. In contrast, Kate (demon hunting soccer mom) hasn’t changed at all from the way I first envisioned her. As for where they came from, Kate in a lot of ways came from me and my new-mom status. Lily comes from a darker place, and I can’t point exactly to where because I don’t really know. I started with the idea of an assassin, and spun off from there. Characters, to me, are very organic.

Lily is a demon hunter, and so is Kate Connor (from the Demon-Hunting Soccer Mom series). But the Blood Lily Chronicles is much darker than your previous series. What made you decide to go this route?

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Sneak Peak of The Prisoner: Night One

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The Prisoner premieres on Sun., Nov. 15 from 8PM to 10PM ET | PT. The Prisoner will air over three consecutive nights, with two episodes each evening, from 8PM to 10PM ET | PT on AMC.

A man, known as “Six,” finds himself inexplicably trapped in “The Village” with no memory of how he arrived. As he explores his environment, he discovers that his fellow inhabitants are identified by number instead of name, have no memory of any prior existence, and are under constant surveillance. Not knowing whom to trust, Six is driven by the need to discover the truth behind The Village, the reason for his being there, and most importantly — how he can escape.
Jim Caviezel (The Passion of the Christ, The Thin Red Line) will play the role of Six; and two-time Oscar nominee Ian McKellen (Lord of the Rings, The Da Vinci Code) will co-star as Two.

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