In Which Julie Live-Texts Reading The Diminished With Kaitlyn

In a world where everyone is born a twin, Vi and Bo are the outcasts. Vi because her twin died in infancy, and Bo because he was single-born, and thus destined to rule. There is love and betrayal and fierce allies in a world that slightly ours, and yet couldn’t be more different. It’s better. Mostly. Maybe. I REALLY NEED TO READ BOOK TWO TO ANSWER THIS QUESTION.   One…

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The Diminished: You Cannot Put It Down

Aside from bestsellers, I rarely read Young Adult novels. So I’m not going to try to sell YA fans—especially YA fantasy fans— on The Diminished. Those readers will find this book on their own and I believe it will become an instant classic for them. You read mainstream fiction, women’s fiction, literary fiction, sci-fi? You are going to want to own this book. Kaitlyn Sage Patterson is an incredibly talented…

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Let’s Talk About THE DIMINISHED

Let’s talk about THE DIMINISHED by Kaitlyn Sage Patterson. I’ve been screaming with anticipation for this book to come out now it is finally here!   In a world populated by twins, Vi is “diminished” meaning the sole surviving twin of her pair, and the world waits for her to succumb to grief or murderous rage. Meanwhile, Bo, as single-born, is preparing to take the throne. There are sun ships…

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THE DIMINISHED: It’s What You’re Looking For

The Diminished scratches so. many. itches. Kaitlyn’s book is the one of my fellow 2018 Debs’ that is closest to being in the world I know. YA SFF and adult SFF do not live that far apart, and sometimes the distinguishment is really down to where any given bookstore feels like shelving things. Many authors of one also write the other (I don’t know if I ever will, being over-fond…

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[News Flash] April 8, 2018

Congratulations to @BeetlePup, winner of our #DebBallGiveaway of THE BIRDS OF OPULENCE by Crystal Wilkinson. Thank you so much to yesterday’s guest, Zoraida Cordova! Check out her charming and fascinating interview here: Interview with Zoraida Córdova https://t.co/vgBhfjQpp7 pic.twitter.com/eXjq9N5JA7 — The Debutante Ball (@DebutanteBall) April 7, 2018 News from the 2018 Debs:   Lara Lillibridge started the week with a release party in Rochester, NY, and ended it with a celebration in Cleveland. In…

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Interview with Zoraida Córdova

This week, I am so excited to introduce Zoraida Córdova to the ball! Zoraida has written adult, YA, and short fiction; Labyrinth Lost was a fantastically inventive YA fantasy novel, and it’s one of the most exciting books I read last year. Zoraida’s also a fantastic public speaker. Her keynote at last year’s Sirens Conference was thoroughly entertaining and thought-provoking. The second book in her Brooklyn Brujas series comes out in June,…

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Girlish: How Lara Broke My Heart and Put Me Back Together

I am so grateful to have had the great privilege of getting to know Lara through The Debutante Ball. She is one of the most thoughtful and considerate people I’ve ever known, and that beauty shines through in her stunning debut. I absolutely could not manage to put this book down. I read it in two sittings and was consumed by the thought of it between the two. Lillibridge manages…

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Girlish – Growing Up in a Lesbian Home

Lara’s memoir isn’t so much a linear structure as it is individual vignettes. Short stories that carry you so fully into a moment, a memory, it is as if you are there, and yet you are powerless to help. All you can do is watch things unfold for Girl and Brother. But despite the pain, there are moments of magic, experiences that balance the dysfunction, just a little bit. Her father…

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It’s My Release Day!

Here it is: release week. It’s rather fitting that my regular posting day here is also my release day.  Today I’m driving to my hometown—Rochester, New York—for my release party. I am looking forward to seeing some of my childhood friends, some of whom are mentioned in the book, and others who were present at the time but not mentioned. I’m looking forward to my snack trays from Wegmans. (Wegmans…

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