Blog Tour: Question and Answer with Melissa Albert, author of The Hazel Wood

Q: What kind of research did you do for The Hazel Wood? In particular, what legends and myths did you draw from to create the enchanting fae world?

A: Though I didn’t do research explicitly for The Hazel Wood, it’s definitely a product of my lifetime of reading. As a kid I devoured the Grimm Brothers’ tales, Andrew Lang’s colored fairy books, the Thousand and One Nights, all the fairy stories I could get my hands on, as well as wonderful fantasy novels like Ellen Kushner’s Thomas the Rhymer and Monica Furlong’s Wise Child. All of these books gave me the grounding in fantasy literature from which I worked in creating my own first book, a mashup of contemporary and second world fantasy. Some of my personal favorite fairy tales include the very creepy “The Juniper Tree” and “The Twelve Dancing Princesses,” which, for me, remains the most visually evocative of the classic canon. Though The Hazel Wood isn’t a retelling of anything, it’s definitely informed by all the stories and books I’ve loved since I was a kid.

Blog Tour: Jane, Unlimited by Kristin Cashore

Blog Tour: Jane, Unlimited by Kristin Cashore

  “You know what I liked about your aunt?” Kiran said. “She always seemed like she knew exactly what she was going to do next. She made you feel like that it was possible, to know the right choice.” (p. 11) At the opening of Kristin Cashore’s Jane, Unlimited, Jane is grieving for her aunt, Magnolia, […]

Blog Tour: Spellbook of the Lost and Found by Moïra Fowley-Doyle

Blog Tour: Spellbook of the Lost and Found by Moïra Fowley-Doyle

Hardcover, 368 pages Published August 8th 2017 by Kathy Dawson Books Source: Publisher   Spellbook of the Lost and Found is Moïra Fowley-Doyle’s sophomore novel and like its predecessor, contains the easy charm of the Irish. The novel centres on two sets of adolescents, both of whom have cast spells to find things they have lost. These spells […]

Blog Tour: The Playbook: 52 Rules to Aim, Shoot, and Score in This Game Called Life by Kwame Alexander, Thai Neave (Photographs)

Blog Tour: The Playbook: 52 Rules to Aim, Shoot, and Score in This Game Called Life by Kwame Alexander, Thai Neave (Photographs)

Hardcover, 176 pages Expected publication: February 14th 2017 by HMH Books for Young Readers Source: ARC from Raincoast Books Rule #9 Don’t let others run over you. Always stand your ground. Defend your position. Kwame Alexander is one of my favourite poets/writers because his words are always so dynamic, so filled with movement and passion. […]