"Overall, this story was a fantastic read. I'm still thinking about it quite a few days later, and I think these characters were super well done. There were a few things that I didn't connect with as much, but I think it was a very good book. I definitely recommend this book for anyone that is looking for a super cool fantasy book that is something a little bit different. Four crowns and an Ariel rating!" - Mandy, Goodreads
Published: October 2nd, 2017
Luke can uncross almost any curse—they unravel themselves for him like no one else. So working for the Kovrovs, one of the families controlling all the magic in New York, is exciting and dangerous, especially when he encounters the first curse he can't break. And it involves Jeremy, the beloved, sheltered prince of the Kovrov family—the one boy he absolutely shouldn't be falling for.
Jeremy's been in love with cocky, talented Luke since they were kids. But from their first kiss, something's missing. Jeremy's family keeps generations of deadly secrets, forcing him to choose between love and loyalty. As Luke fights to break the curse, a magical, citywide war starts crackling, and it's tied to Jeremy.
This might be the one curse Luke can't uncross. If true love's kiss fails, what's left for him and Jeremy?
A Plausible Fantasy World
My vision for The Uncrossing was a contemporary fairy tale set it an action movie world, so, though it’s set in present-day New York, there is still a lot that I altered to create the story world. There are folk magics and fairy-tale curses, as well as glamorous gangsters in fancy cars who can get away with almost anything. There are a few key things that can help the reader suspend disbelief around those elements of the world:
- Make sure the story is internally consistent. It doesn’t have to follow the real world’s rules, but it does have to follow its own rules. It also helps to foreshadow big twists and reveals, so that the magic the story will hinge on at the end is something the reader is already familiar with from a lower-stakes moment earlier in the story.
- Let the characters lead. I try to stick only to details that the characters would realistically notice or think about, and to reveal those details in scenes where the characters have a goal or something at stake. Keep readers invested in the characters, not nitpicking the world.
- Introduce only what’s necessary, when it’s necessary. It’s tempting to include lots of details or long digressions just because worldbuilding is rad, but if it isn’t moving the story or characters forward, cut it out or save it for later.
About the author:
Melissa Eastlake’s debut novel, The Uncrossing, is coming in 2017 from Entangled Teen. She lives in Athens, Georgia with her partner and their dog.
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