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These are what Stories look like…STORYKILLER!

So, we’ve got so many great illustrations at this point for STORYKILLER I figured I should gather them all up into one awesome Tumblr post for sharing.

Above we have work by: Noelle Stevenson, Stephanie Hans, Ross Campbell, Meredith McClarenm, Stephanie Hans, Brett Weldele, Caanan Grall, Rebekah Isaacs, and Stephanie Hans. Limited Edition prints available (those that aren’t already sold out!)

Still to come is art by: Dustin Nguyen, Kris Anka, Declan Shalvey & Jordie Bellaire, more from Ross Campbell, Renae De Liz & Ray Dillon, Ming Doyle, Cassandra James, Ben Caldwell, Matthew Southworth, Jake Wyatt, and Thomas Boatwright.

FIGHT YOUR FICTION!

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/532638631/storykiller

I'm torn...I don't know which to read first!!!

So, as some of you may well know Cassandra Clare's City of Heavenly Fire came out today, and of course I purchased a copy before work, but I also got Storykiller by Kelly Thompson in the mail today!  She’s the author of The Girl Who Would Be King, both of which I backed on Kickstarter.  So I don’t know what to read first, I’ve been waiting for both impatiently!  And it doesn’t help I have to work tomorrow morning, so I can’t really afford to stay up reading!  HOW DO I CHOOSE?

Also can we talk about how HUGE City of Heavenly Fire is?

Okay. Let’s start 2015 off right!

Here’s a peek at a GORGEOUS Ross Campbell Tessa Battle from the next volume of Storykiller!

Storykiller 2: All Of Them Are True will be out in 2015. I’m hard at work on it now and there will be more news in the coming months. GET PUMPED. :)

Huge thanks to my pal Ross Campbell who gave this illustration to me as a Christmas gift…I am a very very lucky girl. :)

If you don’t have the first volume of Tessa’s adventures you can still get the deluxe illustrated version (and cool swag!) here.

Or the cheap and/or digital versions on Amazon, here.

So, here’s my first contribution to Hank Green’s new ‘internet thing’: Reviewsday Tuesday.

Storykiller.

I was already disposed to love it on account of how much I *adore* The Girl Who Would Be King, author Kelly Thompson’s first novel (seriously, check that one out too.) Storykiller is also the product of a wildly successful Kickstarter, which I backed, that’s how I got the ebook - now available on Kindle and Nook, hardcopy to follow at some point in the near future.

It’s no secret that I love stories, and fairy tales in particular. I really love adapting and changing classic fairy tales in inventive ways and I positively ADORE metafiction about fairy tales. Any time characters from a story know they’re in a story, or when storybook characters are “real” and interact with the real world… it’s like catnip for me and I can’t get enough. Fables, Once Upon A Time, the Thursday Next series by Jasper Fforde. If you like any of these things, you’ll love Storykiller.

Though the idea of “real life” story characters isn’t exactly new, the world of Storykiller is really unique and vibrant, and extremely well-developed: Every story that’s ever been written is real, and the characters possess a limited ability to travel back and forth between their world and ours. A mortal - the Scion - exists in every generation to help keep the peace, and is the only being with the ability to completely kill a Story, effectively erasing it from human consciousness throughout time and space. As the Last Scion, Tessa Battle (best name EVER) quickly learns that with great power - the “standard superhero package” - comes great responsibility, and a heck of a lot of fictional characters who want to befriend you, help you, con you, or kill you. 

I love every one of the characters. Tessa is both supernaturally fabulous and extremely relatable, strong on the outside and insecure on the inside. She gets actual superpowers (which, since Buffy, has become kind of a rarity for girls…) She’s a clever and inventive problem solver with a wry wit, a huge mythical axe, and an undercut. Everyone and their mom is comparing her to Buffy - for obvious reasons, she and her team of wonderful misfits owe a lot to the OG Scooby Squad. Helping her out are nerdy and enthusiastic Brand and shy, still-waters-run-deep Micah, BFF that will make you fall in love with them in about two seconds - even faster than you’ll fall for Robin… yeah, Robin Hood *suggestive eyebrow waggle* Also, the Snow Queen - who is a lot more Emma Frost than Queen Elsa (and therefore no one is surprised that Kris Anka drew the pinup of her for the Kickstarter. Did I mention that there are killer illustrations in this book? Drawn by none other than Stephanie Hans, Noelle Stevenson, Dustin Nguyen, and so many more huge names!) Kelly Thompson writes the most compelling and complex villains around and Snow is no exception. She’s sort of the Spike in this scenario. And if brooding/mysterious anti-hero is your type, may I present Fenris? The Big Bad Wolf. Every one of these characters is fully-realized and complex, with their own demons to fight and agendas to follow.

This is the first novel in what is bound to be a fantastic series and you can get in right now and say you loved it before it was cool/a summer tentpole movie trilogy. It’s too late to back the Kickstarter, but it’s only $4.99 on Kindle, so you really have no excuse. Fight Your Fiction!