Two of the most anticipated young adult novels of the fall season hit shelves today: Libba Bray’s ‘The Diviners’ and duo Siobhan Vivian and Jenny Han’s ‘Burn for Burn.’ Booth books received substantial press and notoriety at this year’s Book Expo America back in June and the stories have lived up to the hype.
‘The Diviners’ by Libba Bray is the first book in a new historical paranormal trilogy that take place in the gritty streets of 1920’s New York.
Evie O’Neill has been exiled from her boring old hometown and shipped off to the bustling streets of New York City–and she is pos-i-toot-ly thrilled. New York is the city of speakeasies, shopping, and movie palaces! Soon enough, Evie is running with glamorous Ziegfield girls and rakish pickpockets. The only catch is Evie has to live with her Uncle Will, curator of The Museum of American Folklore, Superstition, and the Occult–also known as “The Museum of the Creepy Crawlies.”
When a rash of occult-based murders comes to light, Evie and her uncle are right in the thick of the investigation. And through it all, Evie has a secret: a mysterious power that could help catch the killer–if he doesn’t catch her first.(Book Blurb)
The story of a 1920’s small town girl exiled to the big city in search of a serial killer is already engaging, but Bray adds astonishing dimension by introducing the occult. As usual, Bray defies genre convention and pulls readers out of their comfort zone into a story filled with so much conviction that a reader cannot help but think it’s true. The rich setting, complex plot, and fully-developed characters is surely a recipe for success.
Vivian and Han’s ‘Burn for Burn’ is worthy competition against Bray’s release. Also the first book in a trilogy, ‘Burn for Burn’ is a contemporary story revolving around the concept of revenge.
Postcard-perfect Jar Island is home to charming tourist shops, pristine beaches, amazing oceanfront homes—and three girls secretly plotting revenge. KAT is sick and tired of being bullied by her former best friend. LILLIA has always looked out for her little sister, so when she discovers that one of her guy friends has been secretly hooking up with her, she’s going to put a stop to it. MARY is perpetually haunted by a traumatic event from years past, and the boy who’s responsible has yet to get what’s coming to him. None of the girls can act on their revenge fantasies alone without being suspected. But together…anything is possible. With an unlikely alliance in place, there will be no more “I wish I’d said…” or “If I could go back and do things differently…” These girls will show Jar Island that revenge is a dish best enjoyed together. (Book Blurb)
Vivian and Han are both celebrated YA authors individually, and now, they are a celebrated team. Readers have the innate curiosity of dissecting a book written by two authors to determine who wrote which section of the story. In ‘Burn for Burn,’ the prose is seamless. The story flows in three separate view points and braids together into one story. Vivian and Han are so successful as individual writers because of their ability to focus on a human emotion that becomes all-consuming for the character. In ‘Burn for Burn’, the authors use their strength to portray the emotion ‘revenge’ in a story that becomes impossible to put down.
Both ‘The Diviners’ and ‘Burn for Burn’ are on sale now at your local bookstores and online. For information about book tour dates for ‘The Diviners,’ please visit www.thedivinersseries.com. For information about the book tour dates for ‘Burn for Burn,’ please visit DearJennyHan.com or www.siobhanvivian.com.