I'm thrilled to have The Radiant Road Blog Tour stopping by today with a Top 10 List. And don't forget to check out my review.
The Radiant Road
by Katherine Catmull
January 19, 2016
A gorgeously written tale of magic, friendship, and self-discovery set in a dream-like landscape filled with fairies.
After years of living in America, Clare Macleod and her father are returning to Ireland, where they’ll inhabit the house Clare was born in—a house built into a green hillside with a tree for a wall. For Clare, the house is not only full of memories of her mother, but also of a mysterious boy with raven-dark hair and dreamlike nights filled with stars and magic. Clare soon discovers that the boy is as real as the fairy-making magic, and that they’re both in great danger from an ancient foe.
Fast-paced adventure and spellbinding prose combine to weave a tale of love and loyalty in this young adult fantasy.
Praise for The Radiant Road
Publishers Weekly (starred review): "A stunningly atmospheric, gorgeously complicated dream of a book. Genuinely frightening and eerie moments are drawn as masterfully as the joyous, glowing, peculiar images that populate Catmull's version of a world inexorably linked to, yet separate from, our own."
School Library Journal (starred review): "An unforgettable tale that begins slowly and gently, gradually and inevitably leading to athundering crescendo. A haunting novel that contains all the darkness and light of A Midsummer Night's Dream."
Booklist: "Catmull has created an eerily lovely story, writing with an old-fashioned style that at times sings like a lullaby. An excellent addition to either teen or juvenile collections of all sizes."
BookPeople Top Shelf Pick: "Catmull’s writing is incomparable, unique in a genre that is already full of magical tales."
Top 10 Things I Can’t Live Without
by Katherine Catmull
1. The unexpected. Nothing makes me happier than stuff that breaks my mind a little, stuff that upends my assumptions.
2. My brilliant and hilarious younger siblings. This gif precisely captures what it was like being oldest of six children. Basically this was my anxious maddening childhood, but I wouldn’t trade it (or them) for anything:
3. Singing. I am not a particularly good singer, but I sing all the time anyway. I sing in the bath, I sing in the kitchen, I scare my cats. I used to sing backup in a band, which was crazy fun. Singing harmonies with other people is a huge joy, an animal joy, like wolves howling.
4. When I’m writing and suddenly it all comes together on its own, completing a picture I didn’t know I was drawing. I wish that happened more often.
5. The kindness and sweetness and ridiculousness of our two cats.
6. SNACKS BABY. I seem unable to write without eating, huddled over my desk, protecting the food from the suddenly less kind, less sweet cats.
7. Everything that helps me be brave—maybe it’s not bravery I need so much as more trust? So that I stop reacting to the whole world like this:
8. Autumn and its colors and its blessed relief from the heat. Which where I live happens around Christmas, but better late than never.
9. Yellowstone y’all. My grandfather and father were rangers there, and my parents met there, so I spent plenty of time in the park as a kid. But recently I’ve been going there every year. I’m a little obsessed. This is one of my favorite spots:
10. My guy. Sorry, I know it’s rather obv, but I really like him! He’s an actor and director; this is him performing a line from Thom Pain, by Will Eno.
Katherine Catmull is an actor, freelance writer, voice-over artist, and sometimes playwright. Her first novel, Summer and Bird, was called “a stunning debut” that “thrills with complex storytelling” by Booklist. She lives in Austin, Texas.
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1/15 - Interview
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Live To Read
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The Book's Buzz
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