This year's Epic Reads tour visits Changing Hands Phoenix with three YA authors — Lauren Oliver, Kendare Blake, and Rae Carson.
visits with the first book in her new duology, Replica
is a "flip book" that contains two narratives in one. Turn the book one way and read Lyra's story; turn the book over and upside down and read Gemma's story. Lyra's story begins in the Haven Institute, a building tucked away on a private island off the coast of Florida that from a distance looks serene and even beautiful. But up close the locked doors, military guards, and biohazard suits tell a different story. In truth, Haven is a clandestine research facility where thousands of replicas, or human models, are born, raised, and observed. When a surprise attack is launched on Haven, two of its young experimental subjects—Lyra, or 24, and the boy known only as 72—manage to escape. Gemma has been in and out of hospitals for as long as she can remember. A lonely teen, her life is circumscribed by home, school, and her best friend, April. But after she is nearly abducted by a stranger claiming to know her, Gemma starts to investigate her family's past and discovers her father's mysterious connection to the secretive Haven research facility. Hungry for answers, she travels to Florida, only to stumble upon two replicas and a completely new set of questions.
presents the first book in a fantasy series about warring triplet queens, Three Dark Crowns
. In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions. But becoming the Queen Crowned isn't solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. And it's not just a game of win or lose...it's life or death. The night the sisters turn sixteen, the battle begins. The last queen standing gets the crown.
: Like a River Glorious
. After her harrowing journey west to California, Lee Westfall has finally found a new home—one rich in gold, thanks to her magical power, a power that seems to be changing every day. But this home is rich in other ways, too: with friends who are searching for a place to be themselves, just as she is, and with love. Jefferson—her longtime best friend—hasn't stopped trying to win her heart. And Lee is more and more tempted to say yes. But her uncle Hiram hasn't given up his quest to get Lee and her power under his control. When she's kidnapped and taken to him, Lee sees firsthand the depths of her uncle's villainy. Yet Lee's magic is growing. Gold no longer simply sings to her, it listens. It obeys her call. Is it enough to destroy her uncle once and for all?
ABOUT THE AUTHORS
LAUREN OLIVER is the New York Times
bestselling author of the YA novels Replica
, Vanishing Girls
, and the Delirium
, and Requiem
, which have been translated into more than thirty languages. Lauren is also the author of novels for middle grade readers: The Spindlers
; Liesl & Po
, which was an E. B. White Read Aloud Award nominee; and the Curiosity House
series, co-written with H. C. Chester. She has also written one novel for adults, Rooms
. A graduate of the University of Chicago and NYU's MFA program, Lauren Oliver is also the cofounder of content development company Paper Lantern Lit.
KENDARE BLAKE grew up in the small city of Cambridge, Minnesota. She is a graduate of Ithaca College, in Ithaca, New York and received a Master of Arts in Creative Writing from Middlesex University in London, England. She loves to travel, is an advocate for animals, and cheats a lot when she plays Final Fantasy. Adopted from South Korea at the age of seven months, she arrived with the following instruction: "Feed her chocolate." Though not medically advisable, she and her parents are eternally grateful for this advice. Kendare is the author of six novels: the contemporary Sleepwalk Society
, YA horror duo Anna Dressed in Blood
(2011 NPR Top 5, Kirkus Top Ten), and Girl of Nightmares
(2012 Kirkus Reviews Top Ten), and the Goddess War trilogy (Antigoddess
, Mortal Gods
RAE CARSON is the New York Time
s and USA Today
bestselling author of award-winning fantasy and historical fiction. She lives in Arizona with her husband.