While Hollywood has pushed back almost all movies and TV shows to a later date, authors have been making their debuts or launching the newest addition in their series all year. Get ready to finish out the year with a few of the most anticipated fantasy & sci-fi books.
he Wrath and the Dawn is finally being adapted for television. The author of the series, Rene Ahdieh, published the book in 2015 and, now that 1212 entertainment optioned the rights to this epic fantasy story, it's finally going to get the adaption it deserves.
This fall has brought us countless new reads, one of the newest being Hush by Dylan Farrow. Hush follows seventeen year old Shae who has wanted nothing, but a quiet life. After living with the secret of a disease that took the life of her brother, Shae has known nothing but a life of fear. Once her mother is murdered she is forced to face the secrets that she has kept at bay before they destroy her. If you are looking for a read that is full of fantasy with a strong female main character, then Hush is for you.
I was lucky enough to get to ask author Dylan Farrow a few questions about her new release!
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For readers interested in reading Hush, what four words would you use to describe this book?
Magic, secrets, journey, and language.
As a writer do you enjoy writing more about a enemies-to-lovers trope or a friends-to-lovers trope? As a reader, which do you prefer to read about?
I am a sucker for enemies-to-lovers. The stakes, the drama… I just love it. I haven’t written much about that theme in-depth yet, but it’s something I would love to explore in the future.
What character did you have the most fun with writing about/getting to develop? Which character did you find the hardest to write about/develop?
Kennan was by far the most fun to create. One of my favorite things about writing for her was how she calls Shae out on her BS. I really enjoyed writing a strong female character who already knows she kicks butt and doesn’t apologize for it.
The hardest character to write for was probably Cathal. He’s a character with a lot of secrets so it was sometimes a challenge walking that line between keeping his cards close to his chest and allowing enough information to slip out to keep the story going.
Hush has a little bit of everything, you did a brilliant job at incorporating fantasy, romance, mystery, and action all into one book. Did you always know that you wanted all these elements in your book or was it something that came together as you wrote?
Those are some of my favorite elements in storytelling, so it was probably inevitable that they worked their way in. Overall, I try and put the needs of the plot and characters first, so if something doesn’t work, I try to be objective and just axe it. I’m glad it all wound up resonating together in the end.
You weave together a very complex and alluring world within Hush, what was that hardest part about developing it?
Bringing the world of Montane together was a challenge. It looked very different in its earliest versions. I wanted it to contain elements of strife from the real world, but not too much, and sometimes that was a tricky balancing act. One of my favorite things about this genre is worldbuilding, so it was a fun challenge for me.
Which character do you find yourself relating to the most?
I relate to them all a little, but perhaps a tiny bit more to Shae’s mother. I started writing Hush as a new mom, so I think that experience really brought me closer to that particular character.
Did you always know that you wanted to be a writer?
Yes and no. I went through a period where although I loved writing more than anything, I didn’t have the self confidence that I could follow through with making it my career. After a certain point of trying a few different jobs and never feeling completely satisfied with them, I figured I might as well try writing, since it makes me so happy. I’m very fortunate that it all worked out!
What are some books/authors that have inspired you to write?
The Earthsea series, His Dark Materials, and Lord of the Rings had a huge impact on my desire to write, and especially piqued my interest in fantasy. I was also hugely inspired by a number of excellent video games.
Finally, I must say the ending of Hush did leave me on the edge of my seat. I must ask/hope is there going to be a second and perhaps third book?
Hush is a duology! I’m currently writing the second and final book in the series. I don’t want to give away too much this early on, but Shae and her friends are in for an epic, wild ride!
You can get your hands on a copy of Hush now!
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As we carry on into another month of quarantine, let's sit down with a fantasy book. Here are five new fantasy books coming out this month.
Universal has acquired the film rights to Tracy Wolff’s young adult vampire novel ‘Crave.’
‘Crave’ is a supernatural fantasy that is followed through the perspective of Grace, a regular girl who finds herself in conflict at a supernatural school divided by factions. In the midst of it all, Grace falls for a vampire prince named, Jaxon Vega. Grace feels compelled to Jaxon; she feels that there is something that needs to be fixed in him, similar to what is broken in herself. However, she learns that Jaxon is broken for a reason. Will this result in death for the both of them?
The book was released yesterday on April 7th through Entangled Publishing and distributed by Macmillan New York. Universal’s SVP of Production Jeyun Munford and Creative Executive Christine Sun will manage the project. There is currently no cast associated with the movie.
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I have heard read many positive reviews on the novel and I expect the same for the film (which never happens). If this book is at all similar to the Twilight series, i just want to say I’m already team Grace. I love a book with a strong female lead and that’s enough of a reason to give it a read!
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