Fantasy – Fiction Book Review: Under Suspicion

Under Suspicion Hannah Jayne As the only human at the Underworld Detective Agency, Sophie Lawson has the unique gift of immunity to magic. After getting stood up by a client, Sophie suspects foul play when it seems the dragon left her home under duress. Then, when other demons are attacked, Sophie’s suspicions are confirmed – … Read more

Bitterblue and VISA Gift Card Giveaway!

Courtesy of Penguin, I have a copy of Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore and a $50 VISA Gift Card for one (1) lucky winner!

Contest is open to US only. No PO Boxes, please. To enter, just fill out the form below. Enter daily to increase your chances! Contest ends May 25. I’ll draw a name on May 26, and notify winner via email.

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Exclusive Interview: Julianna Baggott

Pure fuse was recently able to interview accomplished author Julianna Baggott, author of the YA dystopian thriller Purereviewed here.

Can you tell us a bit about Pure in your own words?
It starts with a 16 year old girl hiding in an ash-choked cabinet, her hand fused to the head of a doll, the result of the Detonations. She lives near rubble fields and deadlands. There’s also a boy who’s survived in a Dome. He’s a Pure. Their two lives become entwined in ways that make the novel a thriller.

Post-apocalyptic/dystopian novels are popular right now. What do you think sets Pure apart from the rest?
I wanted to tell an intimate story in a large cinematic landscape — a world I got to make by hand. From there, the novel is built from the dark finery of my subconscious on a lot of levels so my own twisted head sets it apart, I suppose.

Pure’s future world is a unique and dark place. Has creating it been a gradual process, or did you come up with it right away?
Every novel is 17 million ideas — not just one. Still, some parts rushed in — all windswept with ash. Others took tinkering.

Will this be a trilogy?
Yes. F– USE comes out February 2013. BURN follows in February 2014. I will attach — for the first time! — the cover for F– USE. It just came out! [see above]

When writing for the young adult market, do you write with that target audience in mind?

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