Archive Monthly Archives: February 2019

It’s good to be bad. Interview with Amy Ewing

Ewing’s focus on the juxtaposition of darkness and light extends back to childhood. “Probably my favorite author was Roald Dahl because he was really influential to me when I was a kid,” said Ewing. “As children, you want something to be dangerous and then you want it to be kind of safe again. I love pushing that limit, especially with fantasy.”

Readers can expect Ewing’s antagonists to be multifaceted and riveting. “I do love getting in the villains’ heads,” she confessed. Whether it’s the Duchess in The Jewel, or the High Priestess in The Cerulean, the author imbues her baddies with sufficient depth to remind us why evil is enticing. “No one’s just bad,” she said. “There’s got to be one sympathetic thing that I can find.” Ewing is especially intrigued by characters still traveling along the road to fully-fledged villainy. “I find those to be the most interesting villains; Tom Riddle is more interesting than Voldemort.”

Read our full interview with Amy Ewing of The Cerulean in the February 2019 issue of Curiositales magazine. By Juliet White.

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Do you believe in magic? Interview with Shelley Sackier

People wish they could have magical powers for all kinds of reasons. Some would want use their powers to make their dreams come true while others would wish for destruction and revenge. Then there are others who would simply want to save the life of a dying friend – this is what Fee wants.

Luckily for her, she actually does have the ability to use magic. Unluckily, though, she lives in a world where using her abilities is banned. But, when Fee is unable to resist the magic within herself, she is suddenly thrust into a secret world full of excitement and danger.

Read our full interview with Shelley Sackier of The Antidote in the February 2019 issue of Curiositales magazine. By Kelsey Bjork.

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Romantic Cliches in YA Literature

Even though most people can’t agree on what’s the target age range for YA literature, what we can agree upon is that teenage romance is a big topic in almost every young adult book you can find in stores.

Don’t get me wrong, it’s not a bad thing. We all know teenagers are dating and, in general, girls love to read about love. The problem is, it’s hard to write a romance that’s not one big cliché. I feel like if you can imagine any romantic plot for a book, it’s already been written.

To write a good and unique romance, authors have to fight against clichés to make them better, which is not an easy goal but once done, it pays off. Before you can defeat your enemy, you need to get to know your enemy.

Read three of the worst clichés in YA romances in the February 2019 issue of Curiositales magazine. By Martina Krausová.

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Fiction Food | “The Antidote” & “The Cerulean”

“She picked morosely at her salad of melon and
pomegranate seeds […]. […] Fishermen sold skewers of grilled cod and scallops while fresh octopus cooked under their watchful gaze.” -The Cerulean

“[…] rustic fruit and berry pies. […] A seven-day of diet of nothing but brown rice, vegetables and water will cleanse the liver and the kidneys.” -The Antidote

Get the recipes inspired by The Antidote and The Cerulean in the February 2019 issue of Curiositales magazine. Created by Elle Jauffret, @fictionfoodchef.

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Literary Cosplay | @clementinecosplay

Lizzy Clements (@clementinecosplay) put together a fabulous photo essay inspired by literature. Can you guess the characters? She's pulled from both modern and classic literature, with a beloved fairy tale character for good measure. If you like her work, follow her on Instagram!

Check out the full photo spread  in the February 2019 issue of Curiositales magazine.

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Around the Bookish World- February 2019

El Ateneo Grand Splendid, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Buenos Aires, Argentina.. The famous bookshop El Ateneo Grand Splendid. It's situated at 1860 Santa Fe Avenue. In 2008 it was placed as the second most beautiful bookshop in the world.

Read more about this special bookstore in the February 2019 issue of Curiositales magazine.

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