Events

Virtual Event Tomorrow: Tanaz Bhathena

Tomorrow we’ll be hosting our second virtual event with young adult author Tanaz Bhathena on our YouTube channel! Check out the buttons below to be directed to our YouTube channel and to order your copy of Tanaz’s book which will come with a signed postcard with artwork from the book and a cool bookmark!

Tuesday, July 21st at 7pm: TANAZ BHATHENA

Young Adult Fantasy author of Hunted by the Sky, recommended by Marielle

HUNTED BY THE SKY: Exploring identity, class struggles, and high-stakes romance, Tanaz Bhathena’s Hunted by the Sky is a gripping adventure set in a world inspired by medieval India.
Gul has spent her life running. She has a star-shaped birthmark on her arm, and in the kingdom of Ambar, girls with such birthmarks have been disappearing for years. Gul’s mark is what caused her parents’ murder at the hand of King Lohar’s ruthless soldiers and forced her into hiding to protect her own life. So when a group of rebel women called the Sisters of the Golden Lotus rescue her, take her in, and train her in warrior magic, Gul wants only one thing: revenge.
Cavas lives in the tenements, and he’s just about ready to sign his life over to the king’s army. His father is terminally ill, and Cavas will do anything to save him. But sparks fly when he meets a mysterious girl—Gul—in the capital’s bazaar, and as the chemistry between them undeniably grows, he becomes entangled in a mission of vengeance—and discovers a magic he never expected to find.
Dangerous circumstances have brought Gul and Cavas together at the king’s domain in Ambar Fort…a world with secrets deadlier than their own.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Tanaz Bhathena writes books for young adults. Her sophomore novel, THE BEAUTY OF THE MOMENT, won the Nautilus Gold Award for Young Adult Fiction and has also been nominated for the Ontario Library Association’s White Pine Award. Her acclaimed debut, A GIRL LIKE THAT, was named a Best Book of the Year by numerous outlets including The Globeand Mail, Seventeen, and The Times of India. Her latest book, HUNTED BY THE SKY, is the first of a YA fantasy duology set in a world inspired by medieval India. Her short stories have appeared in various publications including The Hindu, Blackbird, Witness, and Room. Born in India and raised in Saudi Arabia and Canada, Tanaz lives in Mississauga, Ontario, with her family. You can connect with Tanaz on her website tanazbhathena.com

With a strong female protagonist young girls can look up to and beautifully built fantasy world, Hunted by the Sky is a gorgeous book with an enchanting story to tell. Full of magic, kick-ass warrior girls, and growing romance alongside a dark spine tingling adventure? Seriously what more could you ask for?

Marielle

Previous Virtual Events

Watch the YouTube videos here!

Celesta Rimington

Middle Grade author of The Elephant’s Girl, recommended by Marielle

THE ELEPHANT’S GIRL: A magical adventure about a girl with a mysterious connection with the elephant who saved her life, for fans of Katherine Applegate and Jennifer Holm.
An elephant never forgets, but Lexington Willow can’t remember what happened before a tornado swept her away when she was a toddler. All she knows is that it landed her near an enclosure in a Nebraska zoo; and there an elephant named Nyah protected her from the storm. With no trace of her birth family, Lex grew up at the zoo with Nyah and her elephant family; her foster father, Roger; her best friend, Fisher; and the wind whispering in her ear.
Now that she’s twelve, Lex is finally old enough to help with the elephants. But during their first training session, Nyah sends her a telepathic image of the woods outside the zoo. Despite the wind’s protests, Lex decides to investigate Nyah’s message and gets wrapped up in an adventure involving ghosts, lost treasure, and a puzzle that might be the key to finding her family. As she hunts for answers, Lex must summon the courage to leave the secure borders of her zoo to discover who she really is–and why the tornado brought her here all those years ago.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Celesta Rimington is an elephant advocate, a musical theater performer, and an active participant in her local writing community. While she can’t actually talk to the wind like her character in The Elephant’s Girl, she’s had several close encounters with tornadoes. As a teenager, she worked at a zoo in Omaha, which is part of the reason she set The Elephant’s Girl in a Nebraska zoo. Celesta now lives in Utah with her husband and two children where they have a miniature railroad with a rideable steam train.

An enchanting middle grade novel of contemporary fiction with a touch of magical realism combine in this story of a young girl’s telepathic bond with the elephant that saved her life and her search for her lost family. Wonderfully written and full of magic, mystery, and animals, The Elephant’s Girl is a lovely tale of belonging and is perfect for anyone who has always wanted to know what their favorite animal is thinking.

Marielle

Upcoming Virtual Events

Thursday, July 30th at 7pm: JANELLA ANGELES

Young Adult Fantasy author of Where Dreams Descend, recommended by Anna, Marielle & Sarah

WHERE DREAMS DESCEND: In a city covered in ice and ruin, a group of magicians face off in a daring game of magical feats to find the next headliner of the Conquering Circus, only to find themselves under the threat of an unseen danger striking behind the scenes.
As each act becomes more and more risky and the number of missing magicians piles up, three are forced to reckon with their secrets before the darkness comes for them next.
The Star: Kallia, a powerful showgirl out to prove she’s the best no matter the cost
The Master: Jack, the enigmatic keeper of the club, and more than one lie told
The Magician: Demarco, the brooding judge with a dark past he can no longer hide
Where Dreams Descend is the startling and romantic first book in Janella Angeles’ debut Kingdom of Cards fantasy duology where magic is both celebrated and feared, and no heart is left unscathed.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Janella Angeles is a Filipino-American writer who works in children’s publishing by day while penning novels by night. She graduated summa cum laude from Emerson College with a B.A. in Writing, Literature, and Publishing, but found the most valuable way of learning to write was in creating glorious Harry Potter fanfiction and reading obscene amounts of books. She currently resides in Massachusetts. WHERE DREAMS DESCEND is her first book. You can connect with Janella on her website at janellaangeles.com

This book is truly magical in all of the senses. It follows a born magician named Kallia as she leaves all that she has known behind to travel to a formerly forbidden (to her) city. She auditions for a magic show as a chance for her to prove her worth. It won’t be easy for many reasons. One being that she is a woman in a male-dominated world, and magicians who are women are not seen as highly as men. Another reason being that she has spent her whole life with Jack, the master of Hellfire House, and another more powerful magician. Jack is hiding many secrets of his own and we learn them when Kallia does, and little by little through his own narrative. This book was gripping from the start, and really pulled me in immediately. The lush descriptions of everything really paints a unique world. Kallia is truly one of the strongest female characters I have ever read about, and I’m thoroughly excited to see where this series will go. It reminds me of all of the parts I liked about The Night Circus, but with a much more fast-paced plot.

Anna

This book is amazing and exquisitely written. With a writing style reminiscent of V.E. Schwab, lush and sensory details are layered throughout bringing each place, each person, each part of the story to vivid vibrant life. Beautifully worded sentences and cleverly constructed similes dot the pages, adding the flair of a live stage performance to every nook and cranny of the book. The story itself is a haunting tale full of magic, mystery, and suspense that keeps you guessing and will have you lusting after the next book in the series. With a full sensory experience, exciting magical moments, and a strange intricate love triangle I am still trying to piece together, Janella Angeles delivers a heart-pounding story that I absolutely need the sequel to.

Marielle

Where Dreams Descend is the best sort of fantasy – one that immediately pulls you in and makes you want to inhabit the world right along with the characters. With the perfect balance of intrigue and fantastical world building, I wouldn’t hesitate to follow Kallia to the ends of the earth if it meant I could spend more time in the world of this wonderful book!

Sarah

Tuesday, August 4th at 7pm: NATALIE JENNER

Historical Fiction author of The Jane Austen Society, recommended by Sarah, see her full review HERE.

THE JANE AUSTEN SOCIETY: Just after the Second World War, in the small English village of Chawton, an unusual but like-minded group of people band together to attempt something remarkable.
One hundred and fifty years ago, Chawton was the final home of Jane Austen, one of England’s finest novelists. Now it’s home to a few distant relatives and their diminishing estate. With the last bit of Austen’s legacy threatened, a group of disparate individuals come together to preserve both Jane Austen’s home and her legacy. These people—a laborer, a young widow, the local doctor, and a movie star, among others—could not be more different and yet they are united in their love for the works and words of Austen. As each of them endures their own quiet struggle with loss and trauma, some from the recent war, others from more distant tragedies, they rally together to create the Jane Austen Society.
A powerful and moving novel that explores the tragedies and triumphs of life, both large and small, and the universal humanity in us all, Natalie Jenner’s The Jane Austen Society is destined to resonate with readers for years to come.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Natalie Jenner was born in England, raised in Canada, and graduated from the University of Toronto with consecutive degrees in English Literature and Law. She worked for decades in the legal industry and also founded the independent bookstore Archetype Books in Oakville, Ontario, where she lives with her family and two rescue dogs. A lifelong devotee of all things Jane Austen, THE JANE AUSTEN SOCIETY is her first published novel. You can connect with Natalie on her website at nataliejenner.com.

I absolutely loved The Jane Austen Society. As I read, I felt I was walking around Chawton, immersing myself in the world of her colorful inhabitants, surprised by how they handled certain situations, while simultaneously feeling like they were behaving exactly as they should. The plot is intricate and beautifully woven, written by the hand of the master storyteller, it’s a great book for Austen lovers and historical fiction lovers alike!

Sarah

Tuesday, September 22nd at 7pm: SIGNE PIKE

Historical Fiction author of The Lost Queen & The Forgotten Kingdom, recommended by Sarah, see her full review HERE.

THE LOST QUEEN: Intelligent, passionate, rebellious, and brave, Languoreth is the unforgettable heroine of The Lost Queen, a tale of conflicted loves and survival set against the cinematic backdrop of ancient Scotland, a magical land of myths and superstition inspired by the beauty of the natural world. One of the most powerful early medieval queens in British history, Languoreth ruled at a time of enormous disruption and bloodshed, when the burgeoning forces of Christianity threatened to obliterate the ancient pagan beliefs and change her way of life forever.
Together with her twin brother Lailoken, a warrior and druid known to history as Merlin, Languoreth is catapulted into a world of danger and violence. When a war brings the hero Emrys Pendragon, to their door, Languoreth collides with the handsome warrior Maelgwn. Their passionate connection is forged by enchantment, but Languoreth is promised in marriage to Rhydderch, son of the High King who is sympathetic to the followers of Christianity. As Rhydderch’s wife, Languoreth must assume her duty to fight for the preservation of the Old Way, her kingdom, and all she holds dear.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Signe Pike was born in born in Ithaca, NY, and graduated from Cornell University with her Bachelor of Science in Communication.  
She worked as an acquisitions editor at Random House and then Penguin, before leaving to write her first book, Faery Tale: One Woman’s Search for Enchantment in a Modern World. Pike has spent the past ten years researching and writing about Celtic history, myth, folklore and tradition. Her love of history, the great outdoors, early medieval and ancient archeology, and her dedication to historical accuracy has made her social media feeds an informative delight to her readers. 
Signe teaches seminars and workshops internationally on writing and publishing, as well as on folklore and tradition. Her writing has been published by SalonCharleston City Paper, Book Riot and NPR.org.

After two years of reading almost exclusively nonfiction, The Lost Queen (and a trip to its magical setting, rural Scotland), broke my fiction dry-spell.
This book is an absolute knockout of a debut – beautiful language, characters and world. I flew through it and later wished I had slowed down and savored it a bit more. To echo the words of the editor, I envy your first reading of this delightful tome and I happily welcome you to the club of people anxiously awaiting the rest of the trilogy!

Sarah

Later today our intern Elise will be sharing some of her favorite books by young adult author Morgan Matson!

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