Friday, July 25, 2008

P.C. Cast News

I just heard from our publicity team that the authors of the bestselling House of Night series are going to be in Toronto to meet their Canadian fans and sign books on August 18th at the Indigo store in the Manulife Centre (55 Bloor St. West) at 7 PM.
The first three books in the series (Marked, Betrayed, & Chosen) are already in stores and the fourth, Untamed, is coming in September. For those unfamiliar with the series, the books chronicle the story of teenaged Zoey Redbird, who is Marked as fledgling vampyre and joins the House of Night, a private boarding school where fledglings train to become adult vampyres. What sets this series above the plethora of vampire fiction novels aimed at teens these days is the writing (which is quite often funny and always rings true to a teenager's perspective) and that the authors have created a totally new vampire mythology. In this world, vampyres have always existed. One becomes a vampyre by being 'Marked' by a Tracker, a process that involves some cermonial words, no bloodshed, and a sapphire blue crescent moon that appears on the 'marked' person's forehead. Once selected, the changes begin (paleness, sensitivity to sunlight etc). Not everyone survives the change process, and some fledglings develop greater powers than others. Mixing such issues as fitting in, friendship, romance, and self-discovery with larger, action-packed plotlines, it was no surprise to me that both Marked and Chosen were selected as 2008 Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers by YALSA. Just a word of warning- I'd recommend these books for readers ages 15+ as they contain swearing and sexual situations.
If you are in the Toronto area on August 18th, please do come downtown and meet these great authors!

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