This is probably my favorite book cover for any book ever! I bought this as an eBook and loved the cover so much I had to buy it in paper, partly because I always want “keepers” in paper but mostly for the cover:
Red, tell the people what the book is about — as if the cover weren’t enough.
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Debra Wheeler seems like any other high school reject: at fifteen, she’s more into roller skating than boys, and Mom plays favorites with big sister Gennifer, the homecoming princess. With little to love in ultra-rural Bedrock, Indiana, Deb’s counting down the days until she can skate away to join the roller derby.
When Gennifer is kidnapped, Mom’s breakdown forces Deb to take charge. With no clue where to start and thugs on her tail, she turns to the only adult who has ever helped her out in a jam: Coach, the owner of the skating rink. So what if he has tusks and might be a troll? Coach gives her a pair of magical skates and sends her off into a world that reveals a magical, if somewhat sinister, nature. Deb soon discovers that beneath the “glamours” of everyday life flit a million fantastical stories–and her own might be the juiciest gossip in town.
The Midwestern lifestyle every teenager loves to hate is turned inside out as Deb careens through Rumspringa, biker gangs, flea markets and tractor pulls–all teeming with fae. The valiant troll Harlow tries to intervene before Deb strays from her mission into romance and roller derby, but will they join forces to save Gennifer, or be lost to this strange new realm, forever?
Readers will find Deb a smart and witty narrator who–like them–says the wrong thing, wishes she could be someone else, and falls for the wrong person. They’ll be drawn in by a girl who is independent and street smart, and they’ll fall for her destined BFF, the whimsical troll loner who guides them through this quirky dark fantasy romp.
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Red Tash is a journalist-turned-novelist of dark fantasy for readers of all ages. Monsters, SciFi, wizards, trolls, fairies, and roller derby lightly sautéed in a Southern/Midwestern sauce await you in her pantry of readerly delights. Y’all come, anytime.
AND IT’S ON SALE! Today is the last day, so hop over and grab you a copy. You’ll be SO glad you did! If you miss the sale, I promise you it’s worth every penny of the full price.
A WRITING PROMPT FOR YOU: A teenager is doing something typically teenagery when something magical happens.
JaneApril 22, 2013 at 8:06am
Thanks for a fun recommend. I got it straightaway.
Marian AllenApril 22, 2013 at 8:48am
I hope you like it. I really REALLY do!
Tony AcreeApril 22, 2013 at 10:07am
I bought the book on Kindle. I’m going to read it first and then see if my Twins would enjoy it.
Marian AllenApril 22, 2013 at 10:12am
Unless your twins are grown, I don’t think so. It isn’t a kids’ book, despite the innocent look of that fairy. It’s urban fantasy for grown ups. And GOOD urban fantasy for grown ups!
Helen GingerApril 22, 2013 at 12:04pm
It’s a great book, in my opinion.
Marian AllenApril 22, 2013 at 12:24pm
You know the stereotypical review goes, “I laughed. I cried. I hated for it to end.” All true!
Bob SanchezApril 22, 2013 at 1:57pm
That cover girl looks like one tough lil angel.
Marian AllenApril 22, 2013 at 4:37pm
She IS! She’s full of soft spots, but she’s gritty, too. A full character, in fact. 🙂