Interview with #PitchWars 2015 Mentee, Julie Artz

I can hardly believe that we’re starting to gear up for #PitchWars 2016, but here we are, and I could not be more excited!

In 2014, I had a breeze of a time choosing which manuscripts I was interested in working with. They called to me, and I snatched them right up! 2015 was a different story though. I had a handful of manuscripts that I felt strongly about, that I thought could do well in the agent round, and that I knew I could help make into stronger novels. I ended up choosing Julie Artz’s incredible QUEST FOR THE KALEVALA in the most super secret of ways (I’m still snickering over this, Julie!). I hadn’t requested Julie’s manuscript, but rather had gotten the full from another of the mentors she’d submitted to. I’d heard about how fantastic she was from those same mentors, too. I ended up reading her manuscript just a few days before we had to announce our picks. By then, I decided to keep it a secret that I was looking at her book at all! Julie was an absolute dream to work with. I could not have been happier. Below, you’ll find her answers to the same questions I asked Stacy and Dana back in 2014.

If you’d like to read the interview with my 2014 mentee and alternate, go here. Read on below for Julie Artz’s thoughts on Pitch Wars 2015, and what it was like to work closely with me in preparation for the incredibly exciting agent round.

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Me: There are a few parts to PitchWars, the first of which was deciding which writers you wanted to submit to as potential mentors. How did you decide who to send to?

Julie: As soon as the mentor list was announced, I followed all of the MG mentors (and most of the YA/Adult ones too, to be honest) on Twitter and started keeping an eye on the #PitchWars thread for tips as I madly polished the manuscript I was entering. Then, when I was ready to start narrowing down, I did a first pass through the middle grade mentors to come up with a list of folks who were interested in MG fantasy. Of those, ones who had an agent I loved or who specifically said they liked something similar to my Pitch Wars manuscript got a highlight on my spreadsheet–Yes, I had a spreadsheet. I listened to the mentor Q&A sessions and further narrowed down the list. Juliana already had a star for Howl’s Moving Castle (one of my all-time favorite books), but she got another one when she tweeted about being great with character emotion and arcs, something I’d struggled with while revising my dual-POV story. When I had the list down to about seven, I pinged some of my trusted critique partners and they helped me narrow the list down to five. I’ll be honest, though, it was tough!

Me: For the 2016 PitchWars hopefuls, what was it like to have me as your mentor? (Feel free to be honest :P)

Julie: I was thrilled to have Juliana as my mentor. She understood how to fix my story right away and by the time we finished our first Skype conversation, I knew exactly what I needed to do. I learned so much about structure and how it supports character arc. How to write better emotion. How to keep propelling the story forward. All from her excellent notes and homework assignments. In addition to providing so much great feedback during September and October, she’s been a constant source of encouragement since the Agent Round. I feel so lucky to have her as part of my tribe!

Me: *all the hugs!* Seriously, the best part of PitchWars is the close writing relationships you end up forming!

Me: What was your overall experience with the editing/revising process? Was there a certain part that was particularly difficult or rewarding?

Julie: I completed a major structural revision of my story in a few short weeks, which was all-consuming and completely exhausting. But I also learned so much during that time period that I walked into my next story with a lot more confidence in my ability to tell a story than I’d had before Pitch Wars. And I went from hating revision to understanding what a powerful part of the writing process it can be (even as I vowed never to write another story without thinking about arc and structure up front).

Me: Were there any parts of your PitchWars experience that you were surprised at? Submissions? Edits? The agent round?

Julie: The Agent Round was both thrilling and terrifying. My fellow 2015 mentees are so amazing that the agent-offer frenzy started the second the Agent Round ended and hasn’t really left us in the months since. As a middle-of-the-pack entry with a respectable number of requests, I knew my querying road was going to be a bit longer. That was harder emotionally than I thought it would be, but I am really thankful for all the support I’ve gotten from Juliana and from my amazing 2015 mentee pals.

Me: If you could choose to do PitchWars all over again, would you?

Julie: Absolutely! Anyone who is serious about their work, but struggling to find an agent, should enter this contest. The community created around Pitch Wars is fantastic and the time, energy, and love each mentor puts in is such an amazing gift to the writers who enter!

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Be sure to check out Brenda Drake’s website for more information on Pitch Wars and follow her on Twitter for updates!

2015 in Books

2015 was a good, albeit busy, year for me. To sum it up, 2015 is…

–The year I became an aunt. This is honestly the best thing that has ever happened to me.
–The year of editing. Usually I draft 1-2 books a year, but this year, I edited. I rewrote. I redrafted. I redid worldbuilding and magic systems. I’m very excited to get back to drafting in 2016!
–The year I became a teacher! Teaching Kindergarten fills me up in a similar was that writing does. It’s soul-satisfying, while being one of the more difficult things I’ve ever done.
–The year I finally met @rebeccaenzor in person! <3
–The year I moved to the mountains of North Carolina. Living here is a wonderful thing, where you step onto the porch and have mountains veering up straight across from you. I miss Tennessee though! Good thing it’s such a short drive away.
–The year I discovered the type of book I need to be writing. Basically: upper middle grade with crazy magic, complex characters, and seemingly unrelated plot threads that combine in unexpected ways at the climax. It only took me 9 books to figure this out.
–The year I started learning how to read white water.
–The year of live concerts. The Yonder Mountain Stringband. Greensky Bluegrass. The Infamous Stringdusters. Larry Keel. Keller Williams. The Stray Birds. Horseshoes and Handgrenades. Jeff Austin. Big Daddy Love. JJ Grey and the Mofro. Soja. We really got into seeing live bluegrass, jamband concerts, and it was awesome.

I also read something around 60 books! I usually set my goal to 50 and have to play catch up in the last two weeks of the year, but after cruising through 15 books the month of July, I was good to go. I started recording my books on 50 Book Pledge, which has a handy (and attractive) shelf for book covers. It’s fun to scroll through and see the books I’ve read. I like this site much better than Goodreads…or, I’m just a lot better at keeping up with it here :) I’ve posted my entire list of 2015 reads at the bottom, but I decided to write a quick review of my very favorite books from this year!

The Real Boy by Anne Ursu

The Real Boy is the first book I’ve read by Anne Ursu, and I’ve got to say that she’s now in my “favorite authors” list. The writing style is so lovely, with clever turns of phrase and descriptions that had me reading certain passages multiple times.  It’s not directly stated on the page, but the main character, Oscar’s, autism is clearly and beautifully written. This is definitely the sort of middle grade I’d like to write.

The Queen of Attolia by Megan Whalen Turner

The Queen’s Thief is one of my very favorite series with Gen being my very favorite book character. Turner’s first book in this series, The Thief, was a Newberry Honor book in 1997 and for good reason. The intricate plot she wove in The Thief continues into The Queen of Attolia, except it gives a closer look at some of the characters, including one of the antagonists. I read the three most recent books in this series in a span of five days this summer.

The Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows

I will admit that The Orphan Queen was not one that I wanted to read based on the back cover. It was suggested to me by @EpicEmmy (who I trust with my reader’s-heart and suggested at least half my reads this year!), so I took a chance on it. It was a bit of a slow start for me, but once past the 1/3 point, I couldn’t put it down. Part of why I enjoyed this book so much is that magic has a specific, negative effect, though the characters don’t know why or how that negative effect comes about. I’ll be interested to read and find out the answer to this when the second book comes out the beginning of 2016.

Quintana of Charyn by Melina Marchetta

Quintana of Charyn is the third book in a trilogy, starting with Finnikin of the Rock. I enjoyed Finnikin, but I fell in love with the trilogy at the second book, Froi of the Exiles. I have Quintana of Charyn listed here though because this is one of the books that I had to sit in silence after finishing. It was such, such a marvelous read, with intricate story-plotting that tied together threads from the first book all the way to the end. This is a darker read, with a frank style, and honest telling of the brutality of war and exile.

 

Witch Week by Diana Wynne Jones

It’s no secret that Diana Wynne Jones is my favorite author. I will preach her work until my end (HOWL’S MOVING CASTLE, FTW!), but this year I scoured around for some more of her works that I haven’t read (I also read and enjoyed The Darklord of Dirkholm and was fascinated by the juxtaposition of tone and plot). The hook in Witch Week is so wonderful that when I came to it, I thought, Why on earth haven’t I ever thought of this concept?? Witch Week was absolutely hilarious. I found myself laughing out loud throughout almost the entire read!

The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

The Name of the Wind is the first in a series of books where Kvothe, the main character, tells his life’s story . This was an unexpected narrative style for me that took a few chapters to get used to, but once into the story, I couldn’t put it down. I cruised through this one as well as the second, The Wise Man’s Fear (fair warning, only two books are out right now) and am excited to pick up 2.5, The Slow Regard of Silent Things, in the New Year. This is definitely the biggest epic fantasy that I read this year.

Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith

Career of Evil is the third book in Rowli–I mean Galbraith’s series. The detective, Cormoran Strike, has a very Holmsian sort of air about him, as well as the way that the story unfolds. Career of Evil was by far the most closely personal of the three books that are out, which worked for me. I highly (highly highly) suggest checking out this series even if you don’t usually read mysteries.

Wyrd Sisters by Terry Prachett

Before this year, I hadn’t read any of Terry Prachett’s books (I know, I know. Terrible!), and after he passed, I went to check out his Discworld books. I am so glad that I did. I started with Wyrd Sisters because it was recommended as a good book to start with in the series. It was clever and unique and hilarious in very fun, unexpected ways.

The Map to Everywhere by Carrie Ryan and John Parke Davis

This is exactly the sort of middle grade book that I love! A funny, romping adventure story with two main characters that the reader roots whole-heartedly for. I haven’t picked up the sequel yet, but I’ll be excited to check it out in 2016.

Vicious by VE Schwab

Vicious is a superhero book that doesn’t feel like a superhero book. It’s told through a non-linear timeline with multiple points of view which allows for the events to unfold in unexpected ways. None of the characters in Vicious felt like heroes to me, all with dark backgrounds and motivations that made the characters feel very real. Schwab is one of my very favorite authors and she definitely didn’t disappointed with this one (as well as A Darker Shade of Magic which I read this year too).

 

The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin

This book. This book. THIS BOOK. This book has all the things: intricate, fully-developed world building; a magic-system that is both limitless and science-based (I can’t describe how envious I am of this system!); and characters with fleshed out histories, hidden motivations, and emotions that run deep. Jemisin plays with points of view and and narrative style in this book. I will likely go back in 2016 to try and figure out how exactly she did what she did. I’m very excited for the second book in this trilogy to come out.

What were your favorite reads from this year? 2015 was severely lacking in non-fiction reads. I have a few keyed up for 2016 (including The History of the World in 12 Maps which I’ve started and is AMAZING), but I’d love recommendations if you have any!

Full 2015 Book List

The Real Boy- Anne Ursu
Magyk- Angie Sage
The witch’s boy- Kelly barnhill
The queen of attolia-Megan Whalen turner
The king of attolia- Megan Whalen turner
A conspiracy of kings- Megan Whalen turner
The Runaway King-Jennifer A. Neilson
Princess Academy- Shannon Hale
Illusions of Fate-Kiersten White
I’ll Give You the Sun- Jandy Nelson
My Heart and Other Black Holes- Jasmine Wanga
Soulless-Gail Carriger
Blameless- Gail Carriger
Changeless- Gail Carriger
Razorhurst- Justine Larbalester
The Hollow Kingdom- Clare B. Dunkle
Close Kin- Clare B. Dunkle
Tuesdays at the Castle- Jessica Day George
End of Days- Susan Ee
Warprize- Elizabeth Vaughan
The Wrath & the Dawn-
Stolen Songbird
The Orphan Queen- Jodi Meadows
Red Queen- Victoria Aveyard
Uprooted- Naiomi
The Young Elites-Marie Lu
A Court of Thorns and Roses- Sarah J. Maas
Froi of the Exiles- Melina Marchetta
Quintana of Charyn- Melina Marchetta
The Dark Lord of Derkholm- Diana Wynne Jones
Monstrous- MarcyKate Connoly
Howl’s Moving Castle- Diana Wynne Jones
Witch Week- Diana Wynne Jones
The Queen of the Tearling- Erika Johansen
The Rook- Shanon Cameron
Carry On- Rainbow Rowell
Preludes and Nocturnes- Neil Gaiman
Cold Magic- Kate Elliott
Cross Stitch (Outlander)- Diana Gabaldon
The Arrow- Monica McCarty
The Devil in Winter- Lisa Kleypas
Career of Evil- Robert Galbraith
Nimona- Noelle Stevenson
Dragon Slippers- Jessica Day George
The Name of the Wind- Patrick Rothfuss
The Infinite- Rick Yancey
Trickster’s Queen- Tamora Pierce
Trickster’s Choice- Tamora Pierce
The Magicians of Caprona- Diana Wynne Jones
The Wise Man’s Fear- Patrick Rothfuss
Dark Triumph- Robin LaFevers
Queen of Shadows- Sarah J. Maas
Skin Hunger- Kathleen Duey
Wyrd Sister’s- Terry Pratchett
The Silkworm- Robert Galbrath
Cold Hearted Rogue- Lisa Kleypas
The Fifth Season- NK Jemisin
Vicious- VE Schwab
A Darker Shade of Magic- VE Schwab

 

Pitch Wars Wish List 2015

MG Mentor

Pitch Warriors! I’m glad you’ve stopped by my blog! Comment on this post and come find me on twitter (@julianalbrandt), I would love to get to know you. I know how much research you’re doing to prepare and decide who to submit to, so I’m going to try and keep this short and sweet.

Why You Should Choose Me!

-If you’re curious about what it’s like to work with me from a mentee’s point of view, check out this blogpost to read and interview with my mentee and alt from last year.
-My writing is represented by the fiercely wonderful agent Emmanuelle Morgen of the Stonesong Literary Agency. I’ve written 10 books (whew–MG as well as YA) and am amazed at how much I’ve learned with each one. I can’t wait to share some of that with you!
-My mentee from last year received a whopping 12 agent requests during the agent round!
-While I love the drafting process, I particularly enjoy revising and editing. I have a large group of CPs that I critique for. I’m prepared to help with both developmental edits as well as line-by-line edits.
-I’ve had a lot of practice honing queries. In fact, I often do giveaways on twitter for them. It’s something I genuinely enjoy. Also, I know the query game. I know what it’s like to be in the trenches. We’ll make yours sparkle.
-I’m passionate about writing in all forms and will work so, so hard for you, if you’re willing to do the same.
-On a not-writing note, I’ve just received my Masters of Education and recently moved to the heart of the Appalachia in NC. I spend the majority of my free-time in the mountains–rock climbing, hiking, running…pretty much anything that gets me outdoors.

Update! I posted on twitter some of my editing strengths. (read tweets bottom to top)

PitchWars

What I’m Looking For!

This year, I’m particularly looking for MG fantasy! I would love to see submissions with unique magic systems and unique worlds. To give you an idea of my reading tastes, check out the list below:
-All of my very favorite MG fantasy has clever twists, whimsical turns of phrase, solid world building, creative/original magic, and well developed relationships between characters. Think HOWL’S MOVING CASTLE (or anything by Diana Wynne Jones, for that matter), THE REAL BOY by Anne Ursu, TUESDAY’S AT THE CASTLE by Jessica Day George, or THE HOLLOW KINGDOM by Clare B. Dunkle.
-I have a soft spot for MG that isn’t as magic-based, such as THE THIEF by Megan Whalen Turner (this is one of my very favorite series, though they really do cross over into YA), THE FALSE PRINCE by Jennifer Nielson, or PRINCESS ACADEMY by Shannon Hale.
-I adore dark fantasy such as THE PECULIAR by Stefan Bachmann. I’m not as experienced with MG horror, but if you have something especially creepy like THE NIGHT GARDENER by Jonathon Auxier, we could be a good fit (though with horror, ghost stories are not the right fit for me).
-I would fight hard for a magical, adventure story like THE MAP TO EVERYWHERE by Carrie Ryan and John Parke Davis, LIESL & PO by Lauren Oliver, or PETER & THE STARCATCHERS by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson.
-A sci-fi story would also be very welcome.

What I’m Not Looking For

*I am not as good of a fit for “chosen one” stories, magic systems that have been seen before (such as elemental magic), or retellings (or stories using fairytale characters). If your MS has any of these and you still want to submit to me, these elements will have to be very uniquely written for me to be interested.
*I am also not a good fit for contemporary. There are some lovely other MG mentors who will do your contemporary story justice, I am just not one of them.
As a note, this year I will not be responding to everyone who submits to me. I will do my best to respond to the people I request material from (and more, if I can!) (Also, as a friendly hint, if I request material, I will likely request a partial along with an in depth synopsis.)

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Interview with PitchWars 2014 Mentee and Alternate

PitchWars 2014 was a great experience for me, and I think my mentee and alternate had a pretty fun and rewarding time participating as well. We made their queries and manuscripts shine, but it wasn’t an easy process. I made both of them work hard over the two months we had to prepare for the agent round.

The process of choosing a mentee and alternate was not an easy one! That first week was pretty intense, for me. I logged at least 30 hours in my PitchWars email reading submissions. In the end, I chose Stacy Hackney’s THIRTEEN O’CLOCK and Dana Mongillo’s DILLON AND THE INVASION STATION because of the voice and quality their manuscripts. Both were incredibly clever and funny, and importantly, I could see specific ways that I could help take their writing to the next level. I also checked out both ladies online and sent them emails. I wanted to get to know them personally and get a feel for how they would be to work with! They both seemed to be open to my opinions and excited to jump into edits.I chose to do edits with each of them in two parts, the first being an edit letter where I detailed my thoughts to them on edits. In it, I described general writing concepts and plot elements that would be beneficial for them to learn more indepth (and in this business, we are always learning!) and apply to their manuscripts. The second was an intensive line edit of their manuscript.

I’m proud to say that both ladies took edits in full stride and were excited to work, even though I gave them a lot to do!I thought it would be fun to interview both ladies on their experiences with PitchWars, partly in the hope that it will help those of you who are working on submissions for PitchWars 2015 :)

 

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Me: There are a few parts to PitchWars, the first of which was deciding which writers you wanted to choose to submit to as potential mentors. You both only could submit to 4 writers, and there were about 80 to choose from. How did you decide to send to me? (And I’m SO GLAD you did :D )

Stacy: I am a big believer in research and I really (really, really) wanted to make it into PitchWars so I spent a lot of time deciding who would be a good fit for my novel! I made a list of all the authors mentoring middle grade, and then I narrowed it down further by the authors that were interested in the fantasy/sci-fi genre. This still gave me a much higher number than four authors so I started stalking (er…following) them on twitter and reading all their blog posts! It became obvious that Juliana was not only knowledgeable about writing and the industry, she was smart, passionate, and seemed incredibly nice. I crossed all my fingers and toes that she would like my work!

Dana: It was overwhelming to choose from all the mentors. When I first saw that gigantic list, my head pretty much froze up. But, I got right to work. First, I organized my sock drawer. Then, I walked to the store for some chocolate, stopping on the way back to watch some guy wash his car. When I returned to my writing desk, I sharpened every one of my pencils, counted them, grouped them by color, and then opened up my laptop. I made a list of all the mentors who were after MG. I analyzed the subtext in their PitchWars bios and did some cyber-stalking. My preference went to those who appeared fun/nice/enthusiastic/wonderful but also made it clear they’d be a ruthless editor who would make their mentees sweat. In working with a mentor, I wanted to have both my hand held and my ass kicked. I was ready to tear those pages apart. Juliana was AWESOME and exceeded my expectations!

Me: For the 2015 PitchWars hopefuls, what was it like to have me as your mentor? (Feel free to be honest :P I know I made both of you work pretty hard!)

Stacy: I LOVED having Juliana as my mentor. For one thing, she’s brilliant and simply “gets” how to make a book better. She not only gave me tons of feedback on my MS, but she also gave me reading suggestions that helped my writing, introduced me to potential critique partners, made me laugh often, and became a friend.

Dana: You were awesome and exceeded my expectations! You helped me see where I was frequently going astray and not serving my characters. Your advice was helpful–not just for DILLON but also for everything I have written since. I now feel actual physical stress when I see a passive verb or telling words that distance the reader from the action (feel, see, hear, etc.) Because of my experience with you during PitchWars, my first drafts are tighter and my writing is stronger.

Me: Aww, I love you guys too! <3What was your overall experience with the editing/revising process? Was there a certain part that was particularly difficult or rewarding?

Stacy: Juliana immediately sent me a loooong edit letter with big picture stuff that needed to be changed. It was a little daunting to consider at first, but the suggested changes were also so insightful and spot-on, I couldn’t wait to get started. After I finished with the big picture changes, I sent the MS back to Juliana and she then gave me line by line revisions. Her feedback was amazing. It strengthened my book ten-fold. I think my favorite part of the revision process was discussing possible changes with Juliana and working together to address different issues with the MS. It felt like a partnership and I loved that.

Dana: The whole thing was both difficult and rewarding. It was especially useful to be pushed to show more of the emotion behind the character, which is something I have often struggled with. I did go a little too far with the emotion in the initial rewrites but toning it down was way easier than getting it there in the first place. I went into PitchWars already loving the revision process. I love cutting words and getting rid of redundancy, even if it means erasing beautiful sentences. It’s easier to be brave about making those changes when you have someone awesome providing guidance and encouragement.

Me: Were there any parts of your PitchWars experience that you were surprised at? Submissions? Edits? The agent round?

Stacy: If there was anything I was surprised by, it was the high level of enthusiasm and support from the writing community for the wonderful contest.

Dana: I was surprised at how much love and effort all the mentors were putting into the manuscripts. This was a massive undertaking, a massive time commitment for both mentor and mentee. The community that developed was so lovely and supportive. I get teary just thinking about it!

Me: If you could choose to do PitchWars all over again, would you?

Stacy: I would do PitchWars again in a heartbeat! I would say it was one of the best decisions I made for my writing.

Dana: I would definitely do PitchWars! If you have a manuscript ready, this is a great opportunity! Do not hesitate to get involved!

 

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Thanks, guys! I was so incredibly lucky with how fantastic both Stacy and Dana were to work with! I can’t wait to see how PitchWars 2015 goes! <3

A Look Back On 2014

2014 was an interesting year. As a snapshot, I…

-Found out I’m going to be an aunt, next year! <3
-Went on some fun vacations. I travel frequently to see my family and was able to go Portland, OR for my sister’s 30th birthday and also to the Grand Canyon for a very cool hiking trip with my parents.
-Drafted 3 books (okay okay, I am 8k from finishing that third book, but still!)
-Edited 2 of those books until I couldn’t stand 1 of them and had to shove it back into the recesses of my computer
-Finished another year of my masters degree. I only have one semester left!
-Participated in PitchWars and got to mentor two AWESOME writers.
-Was let-go from my job, found a part-time teaching gig at a local community college, and then was re-hired by the first company (that was a crazy month, let me tell you).
-And, of course, I read some pretty amazing books.

Here’s my reading list from 2014! I’ve bolded the books that I particularly enjoyed (bold & italics mean I had book hangovers after finishing them :D ). I’m starting 2015 off with the The Real Boy by Anne Ursu and am loving it so far. What books did you fall head over heels for in 2014?

The One I Left Behind- Jennifer McMahon
Annie & Fia: a Mind Games Story-Kiersten White
Two Boys Kissing- David Levithan
Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea- April Genevieve Tucholke
Tell the Wolves I’m Home- Carol Rifka Brunt
I Am The Messenger- Markus Zusak
Thinking in Pictures- Temple Grandin
Liesl & Po- Lauren Oliver
The Caged Graves- Dianne K. Salerno
Fire in the Hole- Elmore Leonard
Okay for Now- Gary D. Schmidt
The Girl who Chased the Moon (audiobook)- Sarah Addison Allen
The Rook- Daniel O’Malley
The Killing Moon- N.K. Jemison
The Sugar Queen (audiobook)- Sarah Addison Allen
The Coldest Girl in Coldtown- Holly Black
The Spindlers (audiobook)- Lauren Oliver
LaBrava- Elmore Leonard
These Broken Stars- Amie Kaufman & Megan Spooner
Stardust (audiobook)- Neil Gaiman
All the Truth that’s in Me- Julie Gardner Berry
Cruel Beauty (audiobook)- Rosamund Hodge
Perfect Lies- Kristen White
Fire- Cristen Cashore
Throne of Glass- Sarah J. Maas
Control- Lydia Kang
The Walled City- Ryan Graudin
Crown of Midnight-Sarah J. Maas
The Winner’s Curse- Marie Rutkoski
The Murder Complex- Lindsay Cummings
Grave Witch- Kalayna Price
Grave Dance- Kalayna Price
Grave Memory- Kalayna Price
Cat Chaser- Elmore Leonard
Incarceron- Catherine Fisher
The Lost Sun- Tessa Gratton
Defy- Sara B. Larson
Another Little Piece- Kate Karyus Quinn
The Elegance of the Hudgehog- Muriel Barbery
Across the Universe-Beth Revis
Angelfall- Susan Ee
World After- Susan Ee
The Promise of Amazing- Robin Constantine
Heir of Fire- Sarah J. Maas
The Iron Trial- Cassandra Clare & Holly Black
Attachments- Rainbow Rowell
Soon I Will Be Invincible- Austin Grossman
Brightly Woven- Alexandra Bracken
The Near Witch- Victoria Schwab
The Cuckoo’s Calling- Robert Galbrath
The Night Gardener- Jonathon Auxier
The Alchemist-Michael Scott
The False Prince- Jennifer A. Nielsen