SUGAR SKULLS (2015)
A near-future YA collaboration with Glenn Dallas.
Welcome to Cyrene, a city where energy is currency and music is the lifeblood of its young citizens. Everyone lives on the grid, and the residents of the world’s largest playground are encouraged to pursue every physical and emotional pleasure imaginable.
Vee is the lead singer of the Sugar Skulls, an all-girl band that is Corporate’s newest pet project. Micah haunts the city like a ghost, after an overdose of a deadly illegal street drug knocked him off the grid. When Micah and Vee forge an immediate, undeniable connection, their troubled worlds collide.
Trading concert stages for Cyrene’s rooftops and back alleys, they have to evade vicious thugs and Vee’s possessive manager as they unravel the mysteries connected to their dark pasts. And before the curtain falls, Micah and Vee will bring the city to its knees in their desperate bid for love, home, and a future together.
“A power ballad of dark and light, glitter and ruin, love and hate.”—Heidy White, for MystGrrl Review
“SUGAR SKULLS ripped me out of comfortable and boring, and threw me headfirst into a world unlike anything I’ve ever read about. Both main characters are intense and charismatic, the thriller bits are enthralling, and the romance will have you fanning yourself just a little. The only scary part is how close this could be to the future.”—Susan Adrian, author of Tunnel Vision
“An electrifying chorus of sex, drugs, and rock and roll, with an undercurrent of darkness that cuts through the glittering facade of Cyrene. It will rip your heart out, rock your face off, and leave you eager for an encore.”—Chloe Palka, for Fangirlish.com
When Penny Farthing nearly dies, brilliant surgeon Calvin Warwick manages to implant a brass “Ticker” in her chest, transforming her into the first of the Augmented. But soon it’s discovered that Warwick killed dozens of people as he strove to perfect another improved Ticker for Penny, and he’s put on trial for mass murder.
“A ripping yarn! TICKER grabs you from the first page and doesn’t let up until the book is done. Packed with imagination, mystery, humour, excitement, and heart made of solid brass.”
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The Théâtre Illuminata Series – Feiwel & Friends
EYES LIKE STARS (2009)
Welcome to the Théâtre Illuminata, where the characters of every play ever written can be found behind the curtain. They were born to play their parts, and are bound to the Théâtre by The Book–an ancient and magical tome of scripts. Beatrice Shakespeare Smith is not one of them, but they are her family–and she is about to lose them all and the only home she has ever known.
“All the world’s truly a stage in Lisa Mantchev’s innovative tale, EYES LIKE STARS. Magical stagecraft, unmanageable fairies, and a humorous cast of classical characters form the backdrop for this imaginative coming-of-age.”
—SUZANNE COLLINS, author of THE HUNGER GAMES series
PERCHANCE TO DREAM (2010)
Beatrice Shakespeare Smith’s search for her stolen companion has brought her traveling company far from the stage of the Théâtre Illuminata. With the power of her words, Bertie can reshape reality, but the magic is wild and defies her attempts to control it. The Pirate’s time is running out and Sea Goddess will not give up her prize willingly.
“This is another rousing adventure of literary and theatrical whimsy, filled with sly twists and humorous moments. Bertie’s continuing story deserves multiple encores and a standing ovation.”
—Realms of Fantasy
SO SILVER BRIGHT (2011)
Things are never easy for Beatrice Shakespeare Smith. Something’s happened to the Théâtre Illuminata, putting the only home she’s ever known in limbo. Her mother’s sanity is fraying under the strain, her father has vanished and an angry goddess is out for revenge. Bertie is caught between her duties and her dreams, just as her heart is torn between Ariel and Nate. But hope glimmers in a Distant Castle, and if Bertie can put on the performance of her life, she can win the magical boon that may save them all.
“…fans of the series will find even more of what they loved in this book: the surrealistic imagery; the witty wordplay and literary allusions; and favorite characters…”
—School Library Journal