Right now, children’s literature is seeing an intense flare-up in the ongoing conversation about the diversity crisis in children’s books. While this conversation has been going on for decades, now social media has given the people having it megaphones, and they are using them to brilliant ends….
Protect yourself. Do not visit the Allegiant tag until after you’ve read the book.
Publix shipped the book early to a few lucky Canadians who couldn’t not share spoilers and of course a leaked ebook. If you are reading this ebook you are taking money and sales numbers away from your so called favorite author.
“I get asked about money a lot — how much do authors make? What percentage of the book’s price comes back to the author? How do royalties work? Well, I’m going to try to de-mystify this voodoo a little bit.”—
“At LeakyCon, a young lady asked me how I dealt with bullying. I wasn’t able to give her a very good answer, which troubles me. Well, there were lots of shouts of “It gets better” and “Stay strong” and “We love you”. But when I put myself back in time to when I was being bullied, none of those things would’ve helped me. Yes, absolutely it does get better. But when you are being physically and psychologically tortured, it is difficult to remove yourself from the pressingness of the moment at hand. Here’s how I dealt with bullying: I cried, I hated myself, I hated my life. I didn’t deal with it, I survived it, but I never dealt with it. So here are two tips from someone with lots of experience. 1: It’s not about you, it has nothing to do with you, it’s about the assholes doing it to you. 2: Your job is not to deal with it, your job is to survive it, which you CAN do because it WILL end. And then yes, it will get better.”—
But with bullies, he’s so right. IT IS NOT ABOUT YOU. I see so many online bullies now, people who basically go out every day with a bag full of hate—and it’s so clear that *they* have the problem, not the person they’re talking about.
Does it make it easier? Well, yes and no. Hang on to that knowledge that bullying is kind of a problem THEY have, that they are trying to INFLICT on you.
Then spread the word! Reblog! Retweet! Do your Christmas shopping early!
When we hit our first pre-order goal Mac will release an original song I wrote. (I’m a little freaked out about that, but you guys will be gentle, right? Right??)
And when we hit our ultimate pre-order goal, you’ll get BRAND NEW SHADOW AND BONE SCENES told from the POV of a fan favorite character. (I bet you can guess who it is, and yes, one of those new scenes features the Darkling.) It’s basically a bonus chapter and I’m very, very excited about it.
New soul Ana is new. For thousands of years in Range, a million souls have been reincarnated over and over, keeping their memories and experiences from previous lifetimes. When Ana was born, another soul vanished, and no one knows why. No soul Even Ana’s own mother thinks she’s a nosoul, an omen of worse things to come, and has kept her away from society. To escape her seclusion and learn whether she’ll be reincarnated, Ana travels to the city of Heart, but its citizens are afraid of what her presence means. When dragons and sylph attack the city, is Ana to blame? Heart Sam believes Ana’s new soul is good and worthwhile. When he stands up for her, their relationship blooms. But can he love someone who may live only once, and will Ana’s enemies—human and creature alike—let them be together? Ana needs to uncover the mistake that gave her someone else’s life, but will her quest threaten the peace of Heart and destroy the promise of reincarnation for all?
Category: YA Fantasy
My take: Loved it!
So I’ve been on a big fantasy kick recently and figure I’d review some of the ones I really enjoy. Since Jodi is running a contest for an ARC of Asunder (book 2—which comes out January 2013) I figured I’d start with Incarnate.
The book starts off with Ana leaving home and right away her troubles start. Actually I guess her troubles started at her birth when she became the first new soul to be born into a world where the same souls were recycled over and over. Her mother..grrrr….deliberately sends her into danger but she ends up rescued by Sam who chooses to befriend her. Her first friend ever. Ana is skeptical at first, who wouldn’t be with the crazypants mom that she had, but eventually she comes to trust him.
Sam. Oh Sam. He is such a complete sweetheart. While he doesn’t know why Ana is the first new soul in forever, he doesn’t believe she is evil, and helps her to try and find her place in Heart.
Music plays a big part in Ana’s self-discovery which I can totally relate to. Then there is the masquerade scene. LOVE! That’s all I’m going to say about that.
But when Ana’s mother shows up in Heart…man. Just get ready for a whirlwind of an ending. Also, there are dragons. Mean, people-eating dragons. Awesome.
So if you enjoy fantasy and a story-teller who can spin a good yarn, go pick up Incarnate before Asunder hits shelves.