Name: Melissa Zilberberg
Role: Children’s Marketing and Publicity Manager at HarperCollins Canada
Favourite 2013 Book: Allegiant by Veronica Roth
Allegiant was this year’s IT book in my opinion. The much-anticipated, much-talked about conclusion to the Divergent trilogy was on my mind for the majority of this year and I’m guessing on most of Frenzy’s followers’ minds as well. With sneak peeks at the Divergent movie trailers, cover reveals and announcements about Allegiant, it felt like there was always something to linger upon surrounding the release of the book. And now it’s finally here.
Without giving anything away I’m just going to say that I think Allegiant was a smart, risky though rewarding conclusion that left me satisfied yet sad to say good bye. Tris and Four are two incredible characters that will stay with me for a long time. Luckily the movie is just around the corner (March 2014) when we can relive the excitement and build up once again.
Happy Holidays, everyone!
Name: Jessica Anderson
Role: Creative Associate at HarperCollins Canada (and YA-lover!)
Favourite 2013 Book: The Madman’s Daughter by Megan Shepherd
I’ve never read The Island of Dr. Moreau, nor did I feel the need to. Like any English major, I love me a classic, but sci-fi isn’t my thing, nor is vivisection (but then again, who’s thing IS vivisection!?) But The Madman’s Daughter taught me a valuable lesson. You can basically add a feisty teenage heroine, a love triangle, a monster, and deep dark family secrets to anything, and I’ll fall in love with it. So without further adieu, here are just a few of the reasons I adored this book.
1. Juliet grew up living the life of an upper class gal in London, only to lose it all when she becomes orphaned. She totally rallies, gets a job as a maid, and takes care of herself. She has hutzpah. I like a gal that is independent, smart, and can take on the mean streets of London, or a monster on an island like it ain’t no thang.
2. I’m not ruining anything when I say this girl puts her father in his place. She won’t let him ruin her anymore than he has. Again, hutzpah.
3. There are two cute boys. Who to choose? Such a tough situation we all face all the time. Right.
4. There is a monster. On the island. A monster.
5. There are two more books that follow this one. And I can tell you the second one is inspired by Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and it is FANTASTIC.
Just one word of warning, if you have a weak stomach like I do, do not eat while reading. Vivisection is gross.
All right, so it’s good news/bad news time.
Everyone always wants the bad news first, so here goes.
Bad News: the three remaining stories from Four’s perspective that I’ve been working on, which were supposed to come out later this year/early next year, have been delayed until July 2014….
Based on the classic fairy tale Beauty and the Beast, Cruel Beauty is a dazzling love story about our deepest desires and their power to change our destiny.
Watch the trailer for Cruel Beauty here!
Paul Rudd is hosting SNL this week with musical guest One Direction
We’re gonna read Where We Are as pre-SNL prep.
Ask Lauren Oliver, Episode 24!
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