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The Turn of the Story, Part VIII

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Not so long to wait this time! Otherwise known as: I have a terrible problem with brevity, which is to say, I don't know how to achieve it. Well, I hope you enjoy--this part has a unicorn!

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I was SO SURE that I could fit all of the rest of fifteen into one part, guys. I was so sure. I was so wrong. But if brevity is the soul of wit, then I am a halfwit.

I am so sorry you guys have been waiting so long for this update!

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As you may have guessed from my lamentation above, not long to wait this time around. The next and last part of fifteen will be along soon!

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Long have I promised an Unmade snippet, and been bribed with kittens and readers’ tears and all the things I enjoy for one, which is much appreciated!

So here it is.

It is hiiiiighly spoilery for the end of Untold. I’m just warning you. It’s also a little… it’s a little bit… it’s not right is what I’m telling you. I’m not right.

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So the Unmade cover has sneaked out, and thus I get to show you guys it in all its glory!


Do you liiike it? I hope so! I like that it has Kami, the Crying Pools, and a SUNSET which implies THE END OF DAYS.

This the back of the book:

Who will be the sacrifice?

Kami has lost the boy she loves, is tied to a boy she does not, and faces an enemy more powerful than ever before. With Jared missing for months and presumed dead, Kami must rely on her new magical link with Ash for the strength to face the evil spreading through her town.

Rob Lynburn is now the master of Sorry-in-the-Vale, and he demands a death. Kami will use every tool at her disposal to stop him. Together with Rusty, Angela, and Holly, she uncovers a secret that might be the key to saving the town. But with knowledge comes responsibility—and a painful choice. A choice that will risk not only Kami’s life, but also the lives of those she loves most.

This final book in the Lynburn Legacy is a wild, entertaining ride from beginning to shocking end.

Unmade is out September 23rd, and I hope more than anything else that you will like the insides. The end of my second trilogy. Am I a grown-up author now? Maybe. Kind of...?

For those who have already seen the cover, I bring you... a snippet.

Unmade is set a couple months after the end of Untold. This is highly spoilery...

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I have written you a parody, sweet internet, as a belated Christmas gift! I hope you enjoy it. My special thanks go to James, Rachael and Caitriona, who went to see the movie with me, especially for putting up with me declaiming dwarf poetry in public places (both times).

OUR MOVIE OPENS ON: The Prancing Pony, the bar where all exiled royalty go to smoke up & throw down.
THE SCENE: is grim, dark, and damp.
PETER JACKSON: *eats a carrot, grimly and darkly*
THORIN: All I want is to eat some food and admire my own reflection in a tin cup.
GANDALF: Let’s talk about how to combine my two interests: quests & hobbits.

12 MONTHS LATER: on a quest with a hobbit.

BILBO: We’re being chased by orcs, as in the previous movie, and by a giant bear, which is new and distressing. Thoughts? Solutions?
DWARVES: We’re looking at you, Gandalf.
GANDALF: I’m looking unsurprised, dwarves. Okay, we can take refuge in the house of an unpredictable dude I know who might kill us.
THORIN: What I’m hearing is ‘not an elf.’
THORIN: … And I like what I hear.

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The Turn of the Story, Part VI

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Since last we spoke, I finished the Lynburn Legacy series, wrote an article on sexism in the Toast (super excited to be hosted by the Toast, and Malinda Lo wrote an awesome companion article about homophobia as well as sexism), and went on tour round England with Holly Black, and met some of you excellent people. A few of you even mentioned liking Turn of the Story, and I was so pleased.

So… here is more. This part is for Seanan McGuire, because she said she liked it, and because Parasite by Mira Grant is recently out, and it was fabulously awesome and I wish to celebrate it. ;)

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So queen of excellence Holly Black and I have set ourselves up a tour throughout England, for my Untold and for Holly’s amazing, incredible, accept-no-substitutes The Coldest Girl In Coldtown. I am super excited–a tour through England hitting non-London places! New people and their shining faces! Holly is an amazebot. I hope to see you guys there! We start off at World Fantasy in Brighton, where we do a kaffeeklatsch together (as I understand it, Holly says wise things and I throw cronuts at people’s heads with pinpoint accuracy) and then we go on… to ADVENTURE!

Monday 4th November

Dark Mirrors: Gothic Fiction with Holly Black and Sarah Ress Brennan

Where: Foyles, Charing Cross Road, London WC2H 0EB

When: 6.30pm-7.30pm

Tickets: Free, but booking is essential. To book tickets, email or call 020 7437 5660

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Tonight we journey to dark places with two of the biggest names in teen fantasy. The walled cities known as Coldtowns are the hellish creation of Holly Black, author of The Spiderwick Chronicles and now The Coldest Girl in Coldtown. Within them, quarantined monsters mingle with humans in a neverending, decadently bloody party, which, in an all-too-recognisable twist, is shown on TV 24 hours a day.

Kami Glass’s hometown of Sorry-in-the-Vale, the setting for the new novel by Sarah Rees Brennan, Untold, plays host to an uneasy blend of natural and supernatural. Conflict threatens to bubble over at every turn between the non-magical townspeople and the sorcerers who yearn to rule over them – and seventeen-year-old Kami faces her own internal conflict, as the sorcerer she’s been bound to for her entire life is torn from her.
Join us to find out for yourself how these two inspirational authors create their magical worlds, unforgettable characters and breathtaking stories, and hear their tips for creating a gothic novel of your own.

(Foyles is amazing, so I am excite!)

Tuesday 5th November

An evening with Queens of Gothic fiction, Holly Black and Sarah Rees Brennan

Where: Waterstones 93-97 Albion Street, Leeds LS1 5AP

When: 6.30pm-7.30pm

Tickets: £4 / £3 for Waterstones Cardholders, available in-store or by calling 0113 2444 588

Join us at this Bonfire Night special with bestselling YA authors Sarah Rees Brennan & Holly Black, who will be discussing their new books, work, inspirations and top tips on becoming a writer! Sarah’s new novel ‘Untold’ and Holly’s new novel ‘The Coldest Girl in Coldtown’ will also be available on the night. The evening will include a talk, Q&A and signing session.

(I have never been in England on Bonfire Night before. I hope people will come talk to us and tell us where to go after! Take us to the bonfire, we’re the kind of girls who like that kind of thing! DO NOT PUT ME IN THE BONFIRE, even though I have two different coloured eyes and am clearly a witch. Likewise I have an eleventh toe, but I shall keep it in my purse for decency’s sake.)

Wednesday 6th November

Gothic Fiction with Holly Black and Sarah Rees Brennan

Where: Seven Stories Children’s Book Centre, Ouseburn Valley, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 2PQ

When: 6pm-7pm

Tickets: £3 per person (including admission to the centre). Call 0845 271 0777 ext 715 to book.

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Join teen authors Holly Black and Sarah Rees-Brennan for a fun event talking about all things gothic fiction. Holly Black is the US author of bestselling contemporary fantasy books, including The Spiderwick Chronicles and her new book The Coldest Girl in Cold Town. Sarah Rees Brennan is the Irish author of Unspoken, Untold, and her bestselling Demon’s Lexicon trilogy. Come along to hear all about their books, writing and inspirations – and find out their top tips on how to write a book of your own.

(I went to Seven Stories and I was like, I have to come back and do an event here. What a lovely space, and the lovely people there were like ‘We know you… and we love Kelly Link!’ So they were clearly the best people.)

Thursday 7th November

Meet Teen Authors Holly Black and Sarah Rees Brennan
Where: Waterstone’s Liverpool One, 12 College Lane, Liverpool L1 3DL

When: 6pm-7pm

Tickets: Tickets are free, but booking is essential. Please call 0151 709 9820.

Join teen authors Holly Black (US author of The Coldest Girl in Cold Town and the bestselling Spiderwick Chronicles series) and Sarah Rees-Brennan (Unspoken, Untold, The Demon’s Lexicon) as they talk about their books, their inspirations and their writing – and discover their top tips for writing stories of your own. Tickets are free but spaces are limited – get yours soon.

(I am EXTREMELY excited about this one, as my mama is from Liverpool, and my grandpa worked on the Liverpool docks with Brian Jacques all his life–not specifically all his life with Brian Jacques, the dude was too busy writing awesome mice adventure novels–and my aunt and my cousins still live there. I have never done an event in Liverpool! LIVERPOOL, I EMBRACE YOU.)


The Turn of The Story, Part 5

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I know, my lovebirds, all I do is shower you in words this week! It is SARAH WORDS WEEK. I hope you will enjoy this and not feel pinned, as if under a giant fallen wardrobe of words. I wanted to finish up Being Fourteen for you while it was still Untold Week. Being fifteen will happen, but not for a little bit.

I hope you enjoy this, and Untold, and all Sarah words.

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A Lynburn Legacy present for you, my petal darlings.

Set the night after the end of Unspoken, before all the action of Untold. You have to keep moving in a Gothic mystery. But sometimes you can take a night to be sad.

Amazon has kindly provided it for reading here!

I hope you guys like it!


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FIRSTLY, Untold is out in the world! I am super excited to talk about it! So I designate this the Untold spoiler post, and if you guys would like to talk about in the comments I am here to talk about it with you. If you’d like. ;)

I start off discussions by sharing some reviews with you all. I always knew that writing a series very firmly centred on one girl and analysing and interrogating romance was going to be tricky critically (because our world’s stance is: books about girls are Not Literature, and books about romance are trashy trash). I did it anyway because–I do what I want, and what I want is to do interesting stuff! I drive my career wildly about as if playing bumper cars off a cliff!

So I was super pleased to see this review from the Horn Book:

‘Horn Book (Sept/Oct)
In Unspoken (rev. 9/12), Kami Glass faced down malevolent magic-user Rob Lynburn and broke her lifelong telepathic bond with his nephew Jared. Kami’s investigative journalism skills again prove invaluable as she and her allies (including the few members of the magical Lynburn family Kami trusts, albeit reluctantly) race to identify the rest of Rob’s faction of corrupt sorcerers and stop them before they attempt to gain more power through horrifying means. Meanwhile, Jared is furious with Kami for breaking their psychic bond, and her confusing attraction to his less-troubled cousin Ash only widens the rift between them. Although the first installment’s witty banter is also present here, this sequel is darker, with higher stakes and more suspense. Brennan continues to explore the complexities of Kami and Jared’s turbulent relationship; even without the telepathic connection, the two struggle to reconcile their longing for closeness and the need for privacy and independence. Heroine Kami’s competence and outspokenness—she’s also not afraid to make difficult choices—and a whopping dose of girl detective–style sleuthing make this series a refreshing take on the paranormal romance genre.’

And also, since blog reviews are awesome:

I also did an interview with one of said lovely reviewers:

SECONDLY, I promised you guys an Untold music mix to go with the Unspoken music mix.
I hope none of you were hoping that I would repent and abandon my country music loving ways, because I will never repent and abandon my country music loving ways. I decided it would be too spoilery to talk about which characters or couples fit which songs, though I have left CLUES so you may GUESS, but I talk a lot about moods and themes I was going for…

UNTOLD from SRB on 8tracks Radio.

Echo, by Jason Walker

my echo, echo
Is the only voice coming back
Shadow, shadow
Is the only friend that I have
Listen, listen
I would take a whisper if that’s all you had to give
But it isn’t, is it?

–Untold is a lot about loneliness, about the fear of loss of friendship and love, about the sometimes unfair demands we place on other people, about codependence and not being able to be codependent anymore.

Kiss Me Slowly, by Parachute

She shows me everything she used to know,
Picture frames and country roads,
When the days were long and the world was small.
She stood by as it fell apart,
Separate rooms and broken hearts

–Broken homes in Untold! Also kissing, but there is a lot of lost innocence. There is a time when your home seems like your whole world, and so the whole world can be broken. (Also I can’t buy the Parachute song due, I suspect, to evil sorcery.)

Feel It In My Bones, Tiesto featuring Tegan and Sara

I feel you in my bones.
You’re knocking at my window.
You’re slow to letting me go.

–It’s interesting, the feeling that someone isn’t letting you go, when in fact it’s the thought of them, the memory of them, that you can’t let go.

Not Your Cinderella, by Payton Rae

Oh, I’m no Sleeping Beauty
One kiss alone won’t do it to me
I hate to be the one to tell ya
Oh, but I’m not your Cinderella

–These books are analysing romance and that means there is a lot of girls asserting themselves against false romantic ideals, that a kiss means anything but what both the people involved want it to mean, discovering that love is different for different people.

Just A Kiss, by Lady Antebellum

Just a kiss on your lips in the moonlight
Just a touch of the fire burning so bright
No I don’t want to mess this thing up
I don’t want to push too far
Just a shot in the dark that you just might
Be the one I’ve been waiting for my whole life

–BOOK TWO, MAKE OUT! I like the song because it conveys both the desperate uncertainties and wild hopes of love–how impossibly intertwined they are.

Lost and Found, Katie Herzig

I know you left me standing there
Out of the calm of the coldest air
I don’t believe the words you said
But I can’t find the words I want

–Kami is a writer: the first writer protagonist I’ve ever written, and it is always fun and interesting to write about how she feels about writing, to find where I think we would agree and where diverge. Searching for the words in life and love and literature is so very difficult. This quote of Jeanette Winterson’s always deeply affected me: ‘Why is it that the most unoriginal thing we can say to one another is still the thing we long to hear? “I love you” is always a quotation.…It’s the clichés that cause the trouble. A precise emotion seeks a precise expression. If what I feel is not precise then would I call it love?’ Talking about writing and talking about love is the same thing.

Have You Ever, Brandi Carlisle

Have you ever been out walking in the snow
Tried to get back to where you were before
You always end up not knowing where to go

–Nature, and how it intersects with life. The outside of the world in Untold reflects the inside of the characters a lot. Which leads to…

Lake of Silver Bells, Carbon Leaf

Looking past the love you face, you miss the place you never had
What you need’s not just the dream, but something on the other end
Wake up, wake up, wake up, you’re much too fast asleep
And we dance across ’til we drop, the bells keep time and never stop

–Nature, and loneliness, and the mystery of the lost bells, and love, and loneliness, and danger, and the sense there is something to reach for: there is a home to be found.

Howl, Florence and the Machine

Now there’s no holding back, I’m making to attack
My blood is singing with your voice, I want to pour it out
The saints can’t help me now, the ropes have been unbound
I hunt for you with bloody feet across the hallow’d ground

–Another aspect of love I wanted to look at was the nature of love in Gothic novels and other novels like it: how love, or the desire to possess, can lead to pain and horror.

Rotten Town, Ludo

And all the streets burned with gold,
But all my bones were so cold

–The transformation of Sorry-in-the-Vale. I feel strongly that book two should CHANGE IT UP, so from subtly-sinister-secrets home to a nightmare cage in which all is known and everyone is trapped seemed… a change… ;)

Sparks Fly, Taylor Swift

you stood there in front of me
Just close enough to touch
Close enough to hope you couldn’t
See what I was thinking of


No More Wishing, Hayley Taylor

you mean more than you should mean
but I’m willing to be
the one that you put on a pedestal
the one that you see in your dreams
the one that you hide your true self from
the one you want to please

–What compromises do we make for love that we should not make? Something every one of the main characters have to consider: whether they can pretend to be different than they are, feel differently from how they feel, and whether they can be loved if they cannot pretend. False ideals, and false idols.

How Far We’ve Come, Matchbox Twenty

I started running but there’s nowhere to run to
I sat down on the street and took a look at myself
said where you going man you know the world is headed for hell
say your goodbyes if you’ve got someone you can say goodbye to
I believe the world is burning to the ground
oh well i guess we’re gonna find out

–Overwhelming fear, and facing yourself. Nothing but good times ahead!

Eric’s Song, Vienna Teng

And of course I forgive
I’ve seen how you live
Like a phoenix you rise from the ashes
You pick up the pieces
And the ghosts in the attic
They never quite leave
…And how I am sure
Like never before
Of my reasons for defying reason
Embracing the seasons
We dance through the colors
Both followed and led
Strange how we fit each other

–I do see narratives where I think ‘yikes, these two should break up and move to different countries.’ But I also see a lot of, if a character does something wrong, that’s it for them: ‘if someone who loves hurts you, they are BAD’–that leads to a world without love. Whether you are better with someone, worse without them, is something you decide for yourself. Sometimes you love someone and they love you, and they’re still toxic. Sometimes you love someone and they hurt you, and you can forgive. It’s a scary decision to make: relationships are so complicated. To quote Jeanette Winterson again, it is so terrifying, love.

THIRDLY, cool news: there is a map of Sorry-in-the-Vale, drawn by fabulous artist Theo Black and supervised by me. It is EXCLUSIVE CONTENT: it is printed in both the first edition paperback Unspoken and the first edition hardback Untold. I don’t know if it will be printed in the second printings! (If there is a second printing I do not wish to assume!) My point is, FANCY MAPS, GET YOUR FANCY MAPS WHILE YOU CAN.

(Also, I remind you if you send me ( a picture of yourself with Untold and tell me your address, I will send you a signed bookplate.)

FOURTHLY, there is another Untold surprise. But it is not yet… you must wait. But not long. Soon, my pretties. Soon.


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