Curse of Stars (Diamond Crier #1)
Publication date: February 19th 2017
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Sabi Perez is the last Diamond Crier, only she doesn’t know it. Not until a crazed ruler from another world comes to collect her priceless tears and won’t take no for an answer.
Living in New York, Sabi’s seen some nasty things, but the lengths to which her captor will go to keep his crown are things found only in the darkest nightmares. Afraid and alone, Sabi finds solace in her cellmate, Anya, and Cabal, a fellow Crier who also has powers, a rare combination that buys his favor from the ruler. Only it’s a favor he doesn’t want.
In a fit of rage, power erupts out of Sabi, the same power Cabal has, and a spark of hope ignites. Together they may have a chance at escape, something no other Crier has done. Except a ruler hellbent on draining them of every last diamond tear isn’t their only hurdle. If they escape they’ll be hunted to the ends of the earth, if they survive the trek to safety. If they stay the ruler will leech them dry. Sabi would rather die trying than lie down and die, even if that means running away into even more danger.
“. . . vividly imagined and deftly plotted dark fantasy . . .” BookLife Prize in Fiction
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Name your Top 10 Characters in Literary Works
Ava from Caitlin Kittredge’s Hellhound Chronicles – She’s Miriam Black light. Not as much of a hot mess, but still gritty, associates with the foulest people on earth, and gets herself into some messes. But she’s strong and flawed and completely relatable.
Miriam Black from Chuck Wendig’s Miriam Black series – Full tilt Miriam that self-sabotages to the point of stupidity. She’s such a hot mess she could be a dumpster fire and she makes the worst decisions ever. But she’s engaging, grittier than sandpaper, and may make you want to take a shower after. But she’s got a mouth on her I love.
Maya from Roshani Chokshi’s The Star-Touched Queen series – Flipping fairy tales on their head, Maya saves the prince and brings him back from the dark. She fights through hell to get to him and risks her own life to do it. What’s not to love about that?
Annelise Drew from Veronica Wolff’s The Watchers series – Aside from the fact that I love this series to death, I love Drew. She went from a down on her luck nothing in an abusive step-father relationship to someone who can kill with little more than her hands. Her story arc is incredible.
Alina from Leigh Bardugo’s Grisha Trilogy – I love me some reluctant heroes and I think Alina fits that bill. Shouldered with a power she can barely control and pegged as the only person who can save a world, she feels every ounce of that world on her shoulders and she’s not all that afraid to show it.
Trinity from Mari Mancusi’s Scorched series – Mari and I are pretty on point with our heroines and I feel like Trinity’s a soul mate of sorts. Or a clone of myself. However you want to look at it. She’s everything I look for in a character: strong, sassy, commands respect, and holds her own. This princess can truly save herself!
Evie and Theta from Libba Bray’s The Diviners series – I’m counting them as one because they’re from the same series. Two very different characters, but I love them both. Evie starts off as a very superficial flapper that desperately tries to hold on to that façade while her world crumbles around her. And Theta is a chori with a whole pile of darkness behind her.
Karou from Laini Taylor’s Daughter of Smoke and Bone series – Ugh. These books. My heart. And I love Karou for all her realism and her altruism and all the heart and clear mind she has throughout the series.
Shins from Ari Marmell’s Widdershins Adventures – A snarky, sassy, nearly-ninja thief with a god on her shoulder (literally), she survives so much, yet manages to keep her head up through it all.
Hermione from JK Rowling’s Harry Potter series – A bookworm dear to my heart, if it weren’t for this girl Harry and Ron would have been dead in book one. Enough said.
Donna has been writing since she was in the single digits when she first realized she needed to do something about all the thoughts in her head. After a stint with bad poetry she finally found her way to novels, mainly of the young adult fantasy variety. When she’s not cranking out more stories she works a regular 9 to 5, reads anywhere from 2 to 3 books a week, drinks copious amounts of tea, eats way too much, and makes her own beauty products because her skin turns into a sentient hive if she uses anything else. This is mostly because she lives in the desert where the air siphons water clean out of her. She lives with a man named Steve and several quadrupeds: three cats named Renfield, Sam, and Dean; and a MinPin named Malfoy.
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