Before I get to the winner of a copy of either Scarlett Fever by Maureen Johnson or Albatross by Josie Bloss (both out on February 1st! Pre-order today at your favorite bookstore!), I though I’d share some great recent links for those, and other kt literary titles.
Bookshelves of Doom has a few words for Maureen Johnson. Namely:
ARE YOU TRYING TO MAKE ME INTO A CRAZY PERSON? How could you leave me hanging like that? Seriously? The only thing that stopped my agonized “GAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH!!!” from actually being verbalized was the fact that I was reading under the blankets with a flashlight, trying desperately not to wake my snoring husband. You, madame, are a monster. Also, I am way tired this morning. So thanks for that, too.
Also, is it gross that I’m kind of in love with Spencer?
For the record, no, not gross at all. Click through for the rest of the review.
FLUX: The tone in Albatross is more serious than your previous two books. Here, you’ve chosen a far darker story and style. What inspired this change?
JB: Though the story is darker, I think the themes of a girl finding her voice and her inner strength are quite similar to the Band Geek books. Honestly, this is a story that called to me and demanded to be written. I was going through a tough time in my personal life and when my world is upside down, it can be difficult to think or write about anything else. I borrowed significant parts of my own experiences for this book. In some ways, Albatross was my therapy and my method of productively processing these difficult experiences . . . and it’s a fist-bump to other people dealing with similar situations. Sometimes you just need to hear that you’re not alone.
Also included on the Flux blog is a excerpt — check it out!