To celebrate the release of THE GUARDIAN by Sarah Fine, we're giving away six paperback copies of The Serpent, the first book in the Immortal Dealers series!
Life and death are a gamble for a girl fighting to save humanity in a world she’s only beginning to understand.
One minute, Ernestine “Ernie” Terwilliger was a fairly normal young woman with an almost normal life. Absent father. Peculiar mother. Family secrets. The next, she was hurled into a land where the Immortal Dealers are waging a battle between good and evil—and where the fate of the world is in the cards.
Having only started to master her own deck, the inexperienced Ernie places the wrong bet on the right guy at the worst time. That’s when she’s bounced into another realm and trapped there by a formidable and power-hungry rogue Dealer who knows more about Ernie’s fractured family than Ernie herself does.
Now, Ernie’s fight to free herself is only the beginning. As the secrets of Ernie’s father and his own relics of power start to surface, Ernie will need to tell friend from foe—a feat not as easy as it seems.
At least now she has a full deck…because to survive secrets, betrayals, and dangerous dimensions, she’ll need to deal the best hand.
SARAH FINE is the author of several books for teens, including Of Metal and Wishes (McElderry/Simon & Schuster) and its sequel, Of Dreams and Rust, the bestselling Guards of the Shadowlands YA urban fantasy series (Skyscape/Amazon Children’s Publishing), and The Impostor Queen (McElderry, January 2016).
She is also the co-author (with Walter Jury) of two YA sci-fi thrillers published by Putnam/Penguin: Scan and its sequel Burn. Her bestselling adult urban fantasy romance series, Servants of Fate, includes Marked, Claimed, and Fated, and was published by 47North in 2015, and her second adult UF series —Reliquary (and its sequels Splinter and Mosaic) was published 2016. When she’s not writing, she’s psychologizing. Sometimes she does both at the same time. The results are unpredictable.
This was not one of the books I’d normally read. To be honest, I downloaded it when it was on a free promo, and the cover captured my attention, so I thought to give it a try, and I’m glad I did. SKIN is not your usual high school, YA romance story. It’s hard. It’s cold. It’s truthful. And it is the first book that manages to put off a great no-HEA ending that doesn’t leave you frustrated but somehow… relieved?
Reading this book, I wonder how much really happened in BB’s life. You had it real tough, girl! What I loved about this book was that it is a fresh story without the usual clichés. You never know what’s going to happen on the next page.
One of BB’s talents is definitely giving a character a certain touch. I loved how she depicted Knight – cold and crazy and his own enemy but fair and just and likeable. Also, a high-five to BB for touching so many sensitive subjects. As an author, I know how fast you can burn your fingers when you write about things that are, let’s say, more like in the gray zone. There are a lot of readers who have zero tolerance here, even if half of the things that are forbidden in books are allowed in movies. I don’t care as long as it adds to the deeper meaning of the story.
Life is not always just hearts and flowers. I grew up in the 90s, too, maybe 7-8 years later, but I can relate to some of it. I didn’t witness bloody murder, but high school is a b****.
Great work – thanks for the entertainment, BB!