Friday, February 13, 2015

What is Cat Hellisen reading?

Featured at Writers Read: Cat Hellisen, author of Beastkeeper.

Her entry begins:
I have three books on the go at the moment. On my ereader is Ruth Frances Long's A Crack in Everything, which is a wonderful YA urban fantasy set in Dublin, drawing on Long's love of mythology and fairy folk lore. Issy and Jinx are great characters, and the darkness of the sidhe and their world will appeal to fans of Holly Black. Long stitches in all kinds of mythological elements, but it is Dublin that makes the book really come alive, like a secret character that weaves the story lines together. It's also something of a relief to read a YA urban fantasy that is not set in either a major US city, or London. The main character Izzy feels real to me in a way that most US teens don't, but...[read on]
About Beastkeeper, from the publisher:
Sarah has always been on the move. Her mother hates the cold, so every few months her parents pack their bags and drag her off after the sun. She’s grown up lonely and longing for magic. She doesn’t know that it’s magic her parents are running from.

When Sarah’s mother walks out on their family, all the strange old magic they have tried to hide from comes rising into their mundane world. Her father begins to change into something wild and beastly, but before his transformation is complete, he takes Sarah to her grandparents—people she has never met, didn’t even know were still alive.

Deep in the forest, in a crumbling ruin of a castle, Sarah begins to untangle the layers of curses affecting her family bloodlines, until she discovers that the curse has carried over to her, too. The day she falls in love for the first time, Sarah will transform into a beast . . . unless she can figure out a way to break the curse forever.
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