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Friday, January 22, 2016

the wearer must speak the truth - The Keepsake (The Empress Chronicles #2) by Suzy Vitello

Liz and Sisi are two heroines separated by centuries but bound by boy troubles, magical lockets, a time-traveling diary and a chance to save the Habsburg Empire. But by changing history, will they be able to change their own? 
Follow these two young women in the first two books of the Empress Chronicles Series – both TOP FIVE STAFF PICKS (2014 & 2015) at the infamous Powell’s Bookstore!


Release Date: December 1st, 2015

In this second Empress Chronicles book, Liz and Sisi continue their intertwined journey through time. On the heels of discovering a magical locket in the empress diary, Liz comes to understand its very special power: the wearer must speak the truth. Not only that, but it turns out that there are three lockets, each with their own magic and power.

Meanwhile, Sisi realizes that she’s communicating with a girl who lives 150 years in the future. A girl who knows what awaits her if she marries the emperor: lack of personal freedom and a legacy that will refer to her as the "reluctant empress."

With the world's future hanging in the balance, the two heroines must work together to thwart Lola, whose ambition to rule the Habsburg Empire will rewrite history, and lead to a terrifying new version of reality.

In this dazzling novel from the author of THE MOMENT BEFORE, one courageous girl seeks keys to the past to unlock the future…

When city girl Liz is banished to a rural goat farm on the outskirts of Portland, the 15-year-old feels her life spiraling out of control. She can’t connect to her father or his young girlfriend, and past trauma adds to her sense of upheaval. The only person who seems to keep her sane is a troubled boy who is fighting his own demons. But all of this changes in one historical instant.

One-hundred fifty years earlier, Elisabeth of Bavaria has troubles of her own. Her childhood is coming to a crashing end, and her destiny is written in the form of a soothsaying locket that has the ability to predict true love. But evil is afoot in the form of a wicked enchantress who connives to wield the power of the locket for her own destructive ends.

When Liz finds a time-worn diary, and within it a locket, she discovers the secrets and desires of the young Bavarian princess who will one day grow up to be the legendary Empress of Austria.

It is in the pages of the diary that these two heroines will meet, and it is through their interwoven story that Liz will discover she has the power to rewrite history—including her own...

About the author:

Suzy Vitello is a proud founding member of a critique group recently dubbed The Hottest Writing Group in Portland, and her short stories have won fellowships and prizes (including the Atlantic Monthly Student Writing Award, and an Oregon Literary Arts Fellowship).

Suzy's young adult novels, THE MOMENT BEFORE and THE EMPRESS CHRONICLES are available wherever books and ebooks are sold.

An e-chapbook of some of her stories, UNKISS ME, can be found here

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Stephanie LaPlante said...

Sounds very interesting. Thanks for the giveaway!

Kathy Davis said...

This book sounds great. I love the idea of 2 heroines being separated by time. I need to read the first book in the series first.

Arf2-D2 said...

Hmmm. Is she a legendary empress or a reluctant one? Or does that depend on the choices she makes and either of the futures could happen?

Rebecca said...

I forgot to say that I follow by GFC on the rafflecopter. Sorry. This book sounds really interesting!