Series: Stray #2
Published by HarperCollins on January 19th 2016
Genres: Fairy Tales & Folklore, Fantasy & Magic, General, Girls & Women, Young Adult
Burn is the thrilling companion to Elissa Sussman’s masterful and original fairy tale, Stray. This engaging and imaginative continuation of the original fairy tale begun in Stray will appeal to readers of Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale and fans of the musicals Wicked and Into the Woods.After helping to rescue Princess Aislynn, Elanor has finally rejoined the rebel camp she calls home. Stolen from her parents at a young age and forced into service by the Wicked Queen, Elanor now wants nothing more than to see the queen removed from power. But Elanor has secrets, mistakes she’s spent years trying to forget, and the closer the rebels get to the throne, the harder it is for Elanor to keep her past hidden away. Booklist said of Stray, “Sussman delightfully mixes dystopian tension with retold fairy tales, and the result is something wholly original.” Includes a map.
Ali: Hello Elissa. Thank you so much for stopping by today. We are so excited to have you here on Dazzled by Books. I wanted to kick off with asking you, what was the deciding factor on doing companion novels?
Elissa: I always imagined doing the series this way – having new protagonists for each book gives me the opportunity to view this world from all sorts of different perspectives. Because while each story is, in a sense, self-contained, there is also a larger story that will unravel over the rest of the series.
A: Do you have a favorite character you love to write?
E: Rhys is definitely a favorite of mine. He’s kind of cocky and self-assured, but he’s also really sweet and gentle, especially with his friends. It says a lot about him (and Elanor) that they’re such good friends because they are so different. They’re especially fun to write together.
A: Why fairy-tales?
E: I’ve always loved fairy tales. There’s something really fun about playing with stories that lend themselves so well to new interpretations. No one looks at the same fairy tale in the exact same way and I love that.
A: I have to agree. Everyone looks at a fairy tale differently. I think that is why I love fairy tales and fairy tale retellings so much. Has anyone or anything influenced your writing?
E: Patricia C. Wrede’s ENCHANTED FOREST CHRONICLES was my favorite series when I was a teenager and though my storytelling style is the complete opposite of hers, she is a huge influence on the kind of stories I want to tell. I also really love Margaret Atwood and Aimee Bender, both of whom weave fairy tale stories or imagery throughout their fiction.
A: If you were to sell Burn to someone that has read Stray in 10 words or less, where would you start?
E: A badass Snow White confronts an emotionally abusive Wicked Queen
A: Disney Villain or Disney Princess?
E: Ooo. That’s a hard one. I might have to say Disney Sidekick, because the Fairy Godmother in Cinderella is what inspired this entire series.
A: Has working with animation helped with your writing at all?
E: It made me more disciplined. Since I didn’t do anything on the creative side when I worked in animation, it gave me experience in how to manage and schedule artists, so when it came to my own art, I had a sense of how to keep myself on track.
A: Thank you so much for stopping by Elissa. We hope to have you again soon!
Author: Elissa Sussman
Series: Stray #1
Release Date: October 7th, 2014
Formats: Hardcover, Paperback, eBook, audiobook
I am grateful for my father, who keeps me good and sweet. I am grateful for my mother, who keeps her own heart guarded and safe. I am grateful for my adviser, who keeps me protected. I am grateful for the Path, which keeps me pure. Ever after.
Princess Aislynn has long dreamed about attending her Introduction Ball, about dancing with the handsome suitors her adviser has chosen for her, about meeting her true love and starting her happily ever after.
When the night of the ball finally arrives and Nerine Academy is awash with roses and royalty, Aislynn wants nothing more than to dance the night away, dutifully following the Path that has been laid out for her. She does not intend to stray.
But try as she might, Aislynn has never quite managed to control the magic that burns within her-magic brought on by wicked, terrible desires that threaten the Path she has vowed to take.
After all, it is wrong to want what you do not need. Isn’t it?
Book Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gAUmtw45Mgg
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