Blog Tour: Frozen Beauty

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Frozen Beauty

bLexa Hillyer
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release Date: March 17th 2020

Genre: Young Adult, Mystery, Thriller, Contemporary
Synopsis:
Everyone in Devil’s Lake knows the three golden Malloy sisters—but one of them is keeping a secret that will turn their little world inside out….
No one knows exactly what happened to Kit in the woods that night—all they have are a constellation of facts: icy blue lips and fingers cold to the touch, a lacy bra, an abandoned pick-up truck with keys still in the ignition. Still, Tessa, even in her fog of grief, is certain that her sister’s killer wasn’t Boyd, the boy next door whom they’ve all loved in their own way. There are too many details that don’t add up, too many secrets still tucked away.
But no matter how fiercely she searches for answers, at the core of that complicated night is a truth that’s heartbreakingly simple.
Told in lush, haunting prose, Frozen Beauty is a story of the intoxicating power of first love, the deep bonds of sisterhood, and a shocking death that will forever change the living.
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Guest Post

For as long as I can remember, I have loved books about sisters. From Ramona and Beezus to the Sweet Valley twins, from Caroline and Sara Louise of Jacob Have I Loved to the March sisters, from Jane Austen’s Dashwoods and Bennets to Jeffrey Eugenides’ Lisbon sisters. I have two younger sisters plus a little brother, and my mother has always been close to her three sisters, so I grew up in the midst of that closeness and competitiveness, that circle of love fraught with feuds and tears and shared memories. Unlike friendship or romance, sisterhood is something you don’t choose; often, siblings are so different from one another, yet they’re bonded by the intimacy of youth, and the mutual responsibilities of family. This creates such an intense and interesting dynamic. Usually within sibling hierarchies, roles emerge that can completely define the kind of person you become: eldest sibs are often leaders or nurturers but secretive when it comes to their own emotions, youngests tend to wear their hearts on their sleeves, and middles are known to channel their desire to be noticed through over-achievement and competition. On top of that, siblings are often the people who know your weakest parts; they’re often the ones who can hurt you the most. But sometimes when terrible things happen, those are the only relationships left standing; these are the people who pick you back up when no one else is around. That makes the relationship between sisters full of angst and vulnerability, tenderness and uncertainty. It’s a powerful mix of emotions, and has such a strong hold on how we self-identity. For all these reasons and probably many more that I can’t quite articulate, I find myself drawn again and again to writing about sister relationships. My fantasy duology, Spindle Fire and Winter Glass reimagine fairytales (Sleeping Beauty and Cinderella, respectively) as if the two heroines are sisters—Aurora and Isabel. In my most recent novel, Frozen Beauty, there are three sisters: Kit, Tessa, and Lilly Malloy. As much as Frozen Beauty is a mystery/thriller, it’s truly a tale of the bonds between young women as they navigate the sometimes rocky path to adulthood and truth. Boyd, the boy next door, describes the secret world of the Malloy sisters as Narnia or Terabithia, a magical terrain that’s tantalizing close, yet impossible to enter unless you are one of them.

I wanted to write about what it was like to be inside that bubble… and how easy it can be to take that special access for granted until it’s shattered.

About the Author

Lexa Hillyer is the Founder and President of Publishing at Glasstown Entertainment, an all-womxn creative development and production company located in New York and Los Angeles. She is also the author of Frozen Beauty, Spindle Fire, Winter Glass, and Proof of Forever, all young adult novels published by HarperCollins, as well as the poetry collection Acquainted with the Cold from Bona Fide Books. Acquainted with the Cold was the 2012 gold prize winner of the Foreword Book of the Year Award for Poetry and received the Melissa Lanitis Gregory Poetry Prize. Her work has been featured in a variety of journals and collections including Best New Poets 2012, and she has received several honors for poetry. Lexa earned her BA in English from Vassar College and her MFA in Poetry from Stonecoast at the University of Southern Maine. She worked as an editor at both HarperCollins and Penguin, before founding Glasstown Entertainment along with New York Times Bestselling author Lauren Oliver. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and daughter and their very skinny orange tree.

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Guest Review of Caraval

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Before you enter the world of Caraval, you must remember that it’s all a game . . .

 

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Caraval Review

By: Lexi Lindale

 

Do you remember that magical feeling that came whenever the carnival rolled into town? The nights were longer, the air was crisp with fall. Magic seemed to illuminate every shadow, every moment. You couldn’t wait to walk into the tents and find things that didn’t exist in the real world. The excitement, the anticipation, the magic of it all made your heart soar.

That’s exactly how it feels reading Stephanie Gerber’s debut novel Caraval.

The story is about sisters. Donatella, Tella for short, and Scarlett. They’ve grown up on the Isle of Trisda with only their father. Their mother left when they were little and their father turned into an overbearing abusive man. So the sisters only have each other.

Scarlett lives off the stories their grandmother used to tell them about the magical traveling Caraval. She’s dreamed of going ever since she was a child. She wrote letters every year to the game master. And the year she is to be married off to a count, a man she has never met, Legend finally answers her pleas.

Scarlett has grown up and changed in the years it took for Legend to finally answer her. She doesn’t want to go at first. She believes the only way to save her sister from her father is to marry. She’s never met her fiancée but she truly believes she’s in love with him. So Tella enlists the help of a sailor named Julian and they kidnap Scarlett and take her to the island of dreams.

Once Scarlett and Julian have gotten to the island they realize that the prize of winning Caraval is a wish, but finding Tella is now the game. Scarlett gets thrust into this world of make believe, this world that will do whatever it has to do to trick her into believing it is more than a game. All the while her heart is trying to deny her attraction to Julian, her partner and only saving grace on this foreign land.

The game is spellbinding and there is never a moment where you don’t believe you aren’t involved. Scarlett and Julian work together flawlessly and awkwardly as most pairs do.

But the beauty in this story, the heart of it all, is the love between both sisters. Because while everyone else sees their own desires, focus on their own pleasure during the game, Scarlett is determined to find her sister. As always she’s determined to keep her safe, even if that means pushing Julian away.

What makes this story so beautiful isn’t just the magical writing and the ease in which Stephanie goes from one chapter to the next. It is the bond, the loyalty, the belief these two sisters share. Its refreshing to see something so real, two sisters yearning to leave the nest together. Two sisters who want nothing more than freedom and happiness, and the chance to experience it all together.

I won’t spoil the ending or any major twists (there are so many turns!) but I will say you truly cannot guess how this book will end. This comes from a girl who reads the last page first. I did not see the end coming and I am truly heartbroken I have to wait for the second one longer than everyone else.

But I will tell you that I’ve never read any book as beautiful, as hauntingly magical as Caraval. I cannot wait to see what else Stephanie Garber writes because she has been added to my favorite author list.

 

Caraval will leave you spell bound, it will leave you breathless. But mostly it will leave you wanting more.

To find out more, visit the author’s website here.

To purchase your own copy of Caraval visit your local bookstore today!