Publishing Date: 9/24/15
While the cover is un-inspiring, I have to admit that this book has a special place in my heart. It is a book within a book that introduces you to an author (Darcy) who has just finished high school and who has received an advance on her first novel and now must rewrite it and at the same time walks you through the book she is about to publish as it is being written. I really love learning new things while immersing myself in the different books that I read and Mr. Westerfeld never lets me down. I found it interesting that an indian girl was the lead and that he was able to incorporate pieces of the culture into both story lines. The reason I liked this story so much is it really walks you through what a new author has to go through and the struggles they sometimes face writing the books we all love to read. It also introduced me to the idea of Advance Readers Copies, so is more or less the whole reason I am here writing this review. Thank you for that Sir!
From the #1 New York Times bestselling author Scott Westerfeld comes a “masterful” (Cory Doctorow) novel-within-a-novel that you won’t be able to put down.
Darcy Patel has put college on hold to publish her teen novel, Afterworlds. With a contract in hand, she arrives in New York City with no apartment, no friends, and all the wrong clothes. But lucky for Darcy, she’s taken under the wings of other seasoned and fledgling writers who help her navigate the city and the world of writing and publishing. Over the course of a year, Darcy finishes her book, faces critique, and falls in love.
Woven into Darcy’s personal story is her novel, Afterworlds, a suspenseful thriller about a teen who slips into the “Afterworld” to survive a terrorist attack. The Afterworld is a place between the living and the dead, and where many unsolved—and terrifying—stories need to be reconciled. Like Darcy, Lizzie too falls in love…until a new threat resurfaces, and her special gifts may not be enough to protect those she cares about most.
About the Author:
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of forty-nine romances and women’s fiction titles, Jane Porter has been a finalist for the prestigious RITA award five times and won in 2014 for Best Novella with her story, Take Me, Cowboy, from Tule Publishing. Today, Jane has over 12 million copies in print, including her wildly successful, Flirting With Forty, picked by Redbook as its Red Hot Summer Read, and reprinted six times in seven weeks before being made into a Lifetime movie starring Heather Locklear. A mother of three sons, Jane holds an MA in Writing from the University of San Francisco and makes her home in sunny San Clemente, CA with her surfer husband and two dogs.