Mar 31, 2015

Spring 2015 YA Scavenger Hunt!

It's finally, finally spring. Why I moved to a state filled with ice and subzero temperatures, I'll never know. Regardless, I have two reasons to celebrate these days: the snow is slowly disappearing, and it's time for the Spring YA Scavenger Hunt. This is an event created by Colleen Houck as a way to give readers access to exclusive bonus material from their favorite authors and a chance to win some very amazing prizes.

Not only will you get exclusive content from authors (I made a SO CLOSE TO YOU character playlist for all you music lovers), but you'll also get a clue on each page. Add up the clues and you could qualify to win 20 signed books from all the authors participating. But play fast: this contest (and all the exclusive bonus material) will only be online for 72 hours!

To make it even more awesome, there are eight contests going on at the same time. I'm part of the ORANGE TEAM.

But there are also blue, pink, gold, red, green, teal AND purple teams for a chance to win a whole different set of 20 or so signed books. Make sure to stop by the YA Scavenger Hunt page to find out more details and see links for all the participating authors.

Scavenger Hunt Puzzle

Directions: Somewhere in this post I've listed my favorite number. Collect the favorite numbers of all the authors on the orange team, and then add them up.

Entry Form: Once you've added up all the numbers, make sure you fill out the entry form to officially qualify for the grand prize.

Only entries that have the correct number will qualify.

Rules: Open internationally, anyone below the age of 18 should have a parent or guardian's permission to enter. To be eligible for the grand prize, you must submit the completed entry form by Sunday, April 5th at noon Pacific Time.

(NOTE: Entries sent without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered.)

 

For this hunt, I have the pleasure of hosting Marissa Kennerson:

Marissa Kennerson received her B.A. in English Literature from the University of California at Berkeley. Before earning her master’s degree in psychology and art therapy, she worked for Wired and Glamour. She lives in California with her family. 

Here's Marissa's novel, THE FAMILY:

Just like any average seventeen year old, Twig loves her family. She has a caring mother and a controlling father. Her brothers and sisters are committed to her family’s prosperity… All one hundred and eighty three of them. Twig lives in the Family, a collective society located in the rainforest of Costa Rica. The Family members coexist with the values of complete openness and honesty, and a shared fear of contagious infection in the outside world. So when Adam, their Father, prophet, and savior, announces that Twig will be his new bride, she is overjoyed and honored. But when an injury forces her to leave the grounds, Twig finds that the world outside is not necessarily as toxic as she was made to believe. When she meets Leo, an American boy with a killer smile, she begins to question everything about her life within the Family, and the cult to which she belongs. But when it comes to your Family, you don’t always get a choice.

Cults and cute boys? I'm intrigued. To order THE FAMILY, CLICK HERE! And to find out more about Marissa and her books, click here.

For her exclusive content, Marissa is sharing a playlist for her novel:

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Twig and Leo’s Playlist

Music was such a huge part of my experience while writing THE FAMILY. I had this lovely, young, innocent, artistic and sadly -  victimized – Twig. I felt so passionately that music would be like a firecracker of inspiration for her. It would blow her mind.

Everything was blowing her mind after being raised in an oppressive, abusive cult environment. Music could whisper when she needed it, make her want to jump and dance and bounce and pounce at other times.

Music as healer. Music as poet. Music as intoxicant!

1. Teenage Dream – Katy Perry

Hazel dares Leo to dance to this POPsicle of song. He accepts the challenge and Twig just about loses her mind. The boy’s got moves, he’s hot and oozes charm.  He’s sweet. This song was just also a total guilty pleasure while I was writing. I kind of pumped me up and brought me instantly into the soul of the book.

Imagine Twig riding in a convertible, hair blowing…”Let’s run away and never look back.”

Thank you, Ms. Perry. Something really comes through in this song.

2. Remember the Mountain Bed – Billy Bragg and Wilco

So, I am a Jeff Tweedy anything girl. Jeff Tweedy strung out and skinny,  Jeff happy and healthy and all dad making an album with his son, Jeff and his book of poems. You get the picture. And this is Jeff singing Woodie Guthrie’s words. Yes, please.

Remember the Mountain Bed – sigh. It’s just the most romantic, out in the woods, delicious business. My friend Sarah turned me on to it in the 90’s, and I knew it was perfect to describe the mood between Leo and Twig that magical Thanksgiving night in the woods when she decides to go on the surf trip with him. Twig in her vintage YSL on loan from Gran, the moon full and bright, their young love.

3. Mellow Mood – Bob Marley Wailers

The Cohens and Leo were inspired by a family I knew as a teenager in Santa Monica, the Kaufmans. I had moved back to LA with my family after living in a very conservative, small, affluent (Laura Ashley/Pierre Deux) town in Northern California. I thought wearing Gunne Sax was cool when I got back to LA.

Sheila Kaufman and her family introduced me to a new way of experiencing life the way the Cohens do for Twig (on a smaller level for me of course). We would make fresh salsa, AMAZING music playing, swimming in their pool deep into the night and more laughter than I could ever describe.  Mellow Mood – just says Cohen. Says Kaufman. It’s what Leo and her family bring to Twig.

4. Side of the Road – Lucinda Williams

 This song will rip you in two.

Ms. Williams articulates something so true in this song – it hurts. I had put the lyrics of this book but had to take them out for copywriting purposes.

“If only for a minute or two – I want to see to what it feels like to be without you…”  -LC

It’s Twig’s dilemma between the world she has always known –the world she has loved and this new world that is capturing every essence of her young being.

5. Goodbye Girl – The Shins and/or Squeeze – you choose!

When the Shins came out with this version of Goodbye Girl – it just struck this crazy chord with my 13 year old self and my 28 year old self – and the mix was heady. I came up with the Cohen’s musical car game: each family member has to bring a song and its cover to the table and everyone votes. It’s just so Cohen and so fun.

So which do you choose?

6. Appletree – Erykah Badu

Hazel is this sexy, sensual, badass, confident American teen. She’s kind of the antithesis of Twig. (Although they are both big-hearted gals!) Erykah Badu – well she’s like my super hero. This song just oozes cool. It was perfect for Hazel’s song during the Cohen Lip Sync night during the surf trip.

7. Love is Strange – Micky and Silvia

My dad and I were driving one day and he pointed out how adorable and bubbly this song is. Then there was the Dirty Dancing scene. It was just too perfect – Leo and Twig singing this song with one another. I think if the FAMILY ever does become a movie or TV show and they do this scene – I’ll just faint dead away of happiness.

8. Blackbird – The Beatles

Leo gives moments a song. A soundtrack to life. Twig gives people colors. My editor gave the FAMILY a song. There you have it.

Thanks for the listen!

Let me know what you think!

Marissa

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Continue the scavenger hunt by CLICKING HERE for the next author. Also, lately I've been dreaming of the number 11. I think the universe is telling me something...

In the spirit of the hunt, I'm also giving away a full set of the So Close to You trilogy. Enter below to win signed copies of So Close to You, This Strange and Familiar Place and Find Me Where the Water Ends + bookmarks. US only!

Good luck to all who enter and happy hunting!

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Sep 30, 2014

Fall 2014 YA Scavenger Hunt!

Somehow it has been a full year since I moved back to Vermont, and almost three months since the final So Close to You book came out. Yeesh, time flies. Well, the good news is that it's time for the Fall 2014 YA Scavenger Hunt! This is an event created by Colleen Houck as a way to give readers access to exclusive bonus material from their favorite authors...and a chance to win some very amazing prizes.

Not only will you get exclusive content from authors (I'm sharing a deleted scene from Find Me Where the Water Ends) but you will also get a clue on each page. Add up the clues and you could qualify to win 20 signed books from all the authors participating. But play fast: this contest (and all the exclusive bonus material) will only be online for 72 hours!

To make it even more awesome, there are six (!!!) contests going on at the same time. I'm part of the GOLD TEAM.


But there's also a red team, a blue team, a green team, an orange team AND an indie team for a chance to win a whole different set of 20 or so signed books. Make sure to stop by the YA Scavenger Hunt page to find out more details and see links for all the participating authors.

 

Scavenger Hunt Puzzle

Directions: Somewhere in this post I've listed my favorite number. Collect the favorite numbers of all the authors on the gold team, and then add them up.

Entry Form: Once you've added up all the numbers, make sure you fill out the entry form to officially qualify for the grand prize.

Only entries that have the correct number will qualify.

Rules: Open internationally, anyone below the age of 18 should have a parent or guardian's permission to enter. To be eligible for the grand prize, you must submit the completed entry form by Sunday, October 5th at noon Pacific Time.

(NOTE: Entries sent without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered.)

 

For this hunt, I have the pleasure of hosting Sarah Beth Durst!

Sarah Beth Durst is the author of eight fantasy novels for teens and adults. Her YA titles include CONJURED, VESSEL, DRINK SLAY LOVE, ENCHANTED IVY, ICE, OUT OF THE WILD, and INTO THE WILD. Her first book for adults, THE LOST, came out in June 2014 from Harlequin/Mira, and her next book for teens, CHASING POWER, comes out in October 2014 from Bloomsbury. She was awarded the 2013 Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Children's Literature and has been a finalist for SFWA's Andre Norton Award three times. Sarah lives in Stony Brook, New York, with her husband and two children. Visit her at sarahbethdurst.com.

Here's Sarah's newest novel, Chasing Power:

CHASING POWER is the story of Kayla, a sixteen-year-old girl who can move things with her mind, and Daniel, a boy who can teleport across continents and who lies as easily as he travels. Together, they embark on an Indiana-Jones-style adventure to find and steal an ancient incantation, written on three indestructible stones and hidden millennia ago, all to rescue Daniel's kidnapped mother. But Kayla has no idea that this rescue mission will lead back to her own family, and to betrayals that she may not be able to forgive... or survive.

To order Chasing Power, CLICK HERE! And to find out more about Sarah and her books, visit her website.

Now for the best part - Sarah's exclusive content. Here's a scene from the upcoming Chasing Power.

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"My name's Daniel."  He stuck out his hand like he wanted to shake.  She shook it because she didn't have a particular reason not to, plus she wanted him to answer her question.

"Okay, Danny, now that we're best buds, how do you know who I am?  Have you been stalking me?  Because that's not what friends do."  She tried to ignore the prickly feeling that walked over her skin.  He couldn't know what she did, what she could do.  Also, you couldn't get more public than the center of State Street.  She was perfectly safe.  This had nothing to do with Dad.

"Daniel.  Not Dan.  Not Danny.  And how about I tell you a story?  You can buy me a coffee.  It might take a while."

"I don't buy guys coffee.  You seem to be unclear on how this works.  You're hitting on me.  I'm not obliged in any way to supply the beverages in this situation.  Besides, I have to meet a friend soon."

Daniel stood.  He blocked the sun, and the light framed him, obscuring his features.  She wasn't certain if he was smiling or smirking.  He looked a bit like a dark angel, dressed in all black with the sun halolike around him.  "You'll want to make an exception for me," he said.

Maybe it would cheer her up to flirt with a cute guy for a little while, at least until Selena showed up.  Still, she was not buying him coffee, cute or not.  "Cocky much?  That's not as attractive as you think."

"Actually, I was going for ominous.  And I am not hitting on you.  I need to talk with you, Kayla.  It's vitally important.  Life-or-death important."  There was sincerity throbbing in his voice, but it still bothered her that he knew her name.  She was the anonymous pink-haired girl, and she liked it that way.  "I came a long way to find you."

Instantly, she knew: Dad.  She wasn't paranoid.  He'd sent this boy.

Kayla rose from the bench.  Her heart beat so fast in her chest that she felt as though she'd swallowed a hummingbird.  Her hands, shoved into her pockets, formed shaking fists.  "Congratulations.  Tell my father it's about time.  I'm sick of hiding.  And he's going to pay for what he did."

And then she pivoted and ran.

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Continue the scavenger hunt by CLICKING HERE for the next author. Also, most of my passwords contain the number 11. Maybe that's too much info, but it does seem important somehow...

In the spirit of the hunt, I'm also giving away a full set of the So Close to You trilogy. Enter below to win signed hardcover copies of So Close to You, This Strange and Familiar Place and Find Me Where the Water Ends + bookmarks & some mystery prices. US only!

Good luck to all who enter and happy hunting!

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Jul 10, 2014

Giveaway Winners!

It's been a little over a week since FIND ME WHERE THE WATER ENDS came out. Can you believe it? I can't. It is very surreal to have the series be, well, over. But at the same time I'm soooo happy to share the final chapter with everyone - now I can finally talk about everything. Like, what was up with Wes, what happens to the Montauk Project, does Lydia get a happy ending, etc. 

Speaking of which, if anyone has ANY Lydia/Wes/Montauk/Book 3 questions, please send them my way. Email me (rachelcarterya@gmail.com), tweet me (@rachelcarterya), comment on this post, send carrier pigeons, WHATEVER. If I get enough questions, I'll make a whole post about it, but I promise to answer you no matter what.

I want to do a little round-up of everything I've been up to lately & also to FINALLY post the winners of my giveaway from last week. Right now I'm in the middle of the woods with limited wi-fi, so I've been pretty lax about contacting winners. But they exist and I'm sending out emails RIGHT NOW. If I don't get answers/they live in Siberia then I'll pick new ones until I have officially given away 5 books.

Here they are, the winners of signed copies of FIND ME WHERE THE WATER ENDS:

* Hannah M

* Yvonne J

* Katherine I

* Maggie D

* James K

Congrats to all, and if you didn't win then sit tight - I have like 30 copies of this book so I will be doing plenty more giveaways. Also, there are a few places to win the book on the web right now: BookTrib & the lovely Dianne at Oops! I Read a Book Again are also both doing giveaways.

Speaking of BookTrib, not only do I write a bunch of articles for them on the regular, but I did a Live Chat this week & it was SO FUN. Also, I was on the Huffington Post Live talking YA a few weeks ago, so check that out too. Right now I'm on vacation (& kind of going nuts trying to work on a new project!), but if you're in the Burlington, VT, area on July 29th, then come see me at the Essex Library at 6:30!

I think that's it for now. Thanks to everyone who has reached out to me about the series - I love your feedback, I love your enthusiasm, and I am just all around grateful for all of you. xoxo

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Jun 23, 2014

And Then There Were Three...

LOOK WHAT I GOT.

!!!!!

They are so pretty. Seriously. So. Pretty.

I love the sky, I love the hair, I love the deckled pages. And the book itself is black:

EEKK I LOVE IT.

Plus now I can finally do this:

And this:

And zomigod this:

I'm so excited. The book comes out in about a week - July 1st. Mark your calendars, pre-order, pre-order, start the series from the beginning, whatever! And if you still haven't read So Close to You, now's the time - the Kindle version is only $1.99!

All I want to do is share this book with you guys, so obviously I have to do a giveaway. I'm giving away FIVE copies of Find Me Where the Water Ends to FIVE different readers. Just fill out the giveaway form below to win (& US only, sorry!).

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Apr 1, 2014

Spring 2014 YA Scavenger Hunt!

~This Hunt is officially over!~

I cannot believe how fast this year is flying by - it's already time for the Spring 2014 YA Scavenger Hunt! This is an event created by Colleen Houck as a way to give readers access to exclusive bonus material from their favorite authors...and a chance to win some very amazing prizes.

Not only will you get exclusive content from authors (in my case, a very top secret scene from Find Me Where the Water Ends - the final book in my series, not out till July!) but you will also get a clue on each page. Add up the clues and you could qualify to win 25 signed books from all the authors participating in the hunt. But play fast: this contest (and all the exclusive bonus material) will only be online for 72 hours!

To make it even more awesome, there are two contests going on at the same time. I'm part of the BLUE TEAM.

But there is also a red team for a chance to win a whole different set of 25 signed books. Make sure to stop by the YA Scavenger Hunt page to find out more details and see links for all the participating authors.

 

Scavenger Hunt Puzzle

Directions: Somewhere in this post I've listed my favorite number. Collect the favorite numbers of all the authors on the blue team, and then add them up.

Entry Form: Once you've added up all the numbers, make sure you fill out the entry form to officially qualify for the grand prize.

Only entries that have the correct number will qualify.

Rules: Open internationally, anyone below the age of 18 should have a parent or guardian's permission to enter. To be eligible for the grand prize, you must submit the completed entry form by Sunday, April 6 at noon Pacific Time.

(NOTE: Entries sent without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered.)

 

For this hunt, I have the pleasure of hosting Sara B. Larson!


Sara B. Larson can’t remember a time when she didn’t write books. Although she now uses a computer instead of a Little Mermaid notebook. Sara lives in Utah with her husband and their three children. She writes during naptime and the quiet hours when most people are sleeping. Her husband claims she should have a degree in “the art of multitasking.” On occasion you will find her hiding in a bubble bath with a book and some Swedish Fish.

Here's Sara's novel, Defy:

Alexa Hollen is a fighter. Forced to disguise herself as a boy and serve in the king's army, Alex uses her quick wit and fierce sword-fighting skills to earn a spot on the elite prince's guard. But when a powerful sorcerer sneaks into the palace in the dead of night, even Alex, who is virtually unbeatable, can't prevent him from abducting her, her fellow guard and friend Rylan, and Prince Damian, taking them through the treacherous wilds of the jungle and deep into enemy territory.

The longer Alex is held captive with both Rylan and the prince, the more she realizes that she is not the only one who has been keeping dangerous secrets. And suddenly, after her own secret is revealed, Alex finds herself confronted with two men vying for her heart: the safe and steady Rylan, who has always cared for her, and the dark, intriguing Damian. With hidden foes lurking around every corner, is Alex strong enough to save herself and the kingdom she's sworn to protect?

Guys, love triangles and dangerous secrets are my kryptonite. This book sounds so good. To order it, CLICK HERE! And to find out more about Sara and her books, visit her website.

Now for the best part - Sara's exclusive content. Here's the prologue from Defy, written from Marcel's point of view. 

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Sorry! Now that the hunt is over, so is the exclusive content!

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Continue the scavenger hunt by CLICKING HERE for the next author. Also, have I mentioned that every time I look at a clock it has 11 on it? It seems important somehow...

In the spirit of the hunt, I'm also giving away 2 of my own books. Enter below to win a signed paperback of So Close to You, a signed hardcover of This Strange and Familiar Place + bookmarks. US only!

Good luck to all who enter and happy hunting!

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Mar 15, 2014

On What It Means to be a Fangirl

WARNING: THERE WILL BE SPOILERS.

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Yesterday I watched the Veronica Mars movie. And then I rewatched it. And rewatched it. And then maybe rewatched it. Then rewatched certain make-out-lift-up-by-the-ass-to-perfect-hipster-music scenes OVER AND OVER AND OVER.

Yes, ladies and gentlemen, I am a fangirl.

This comes as no surprise, I'm sure. In fact, I don't think I've met a single YA author who isn't a crazy-fan in one sense or another. We are consumed by stories, after all, and those epic, never-ending, hope-filled romances are our kryptonite. Nothing exemplifies this blend of longing and fear and FEELS better than Veronica Mars.

I first got into the world of Neptune when I was in college. I remember renting the DVDs from my local video store (remember those?), binge watching the series on my futon (we all had futons, shut up), and ignoring my then-boyfriend for days. I couldn't get enough of the quick wit, of the over-arching mysteries, and, of course, of Logan. Watching Logan and Veronica's story play out with all the messy feelings, the pushing and the pulling, the kissing and the fighting, was consuming. And before I knew what was happening, I was consumed. 

Veronica Mars was not the first thing I've ever fangirled over. That belongs to The Tribe, this weird, obscure show about teens in a dystopian New Zealand who live in a shopping mall after all the adults are wiped out by a mysterious virus (IT WAS THE SHIT (but also kind of terrible)). Then there were the few years in high school where I fangirled out over Roswell pretty hard, to the point where I was having Liz & Max fueled dreams and canceling plans in order to read fanfiction.

Back then I was definitely the only one of my friends who had ever even heard of fanfiction. Sometimes I still am. Most of my friends (apart from the amazing online community) are not fangirls or boys. They do not understand the way something can sink into your skin, can live inside you, is all that you can think about for days and weeks and your biggest fear is that it will end and then you will never find another show or couple or book that will match this obsessive, all-encompassing feeling. For me, this is the roller-coaster test. If I see or read about a couple having A MOMENT and my stomach drops out like I'm on a roller coaster, and keeps dropping out for weeks upon weeks, I know that I have found another pure fangirl love.

I've had a bunch of them, believe me. The Tribe, Roswell, The Outlander series, The Bronze Horseman series, Battlestar Galactica, the first three seasons of Misfits. But fangirling is not the same as liking something. I like plenty of stuff. I watch/read and get invested in a lot of things. Loving to the point of obsession is much different. And I've never loved any of my fangirl obsessions as much as I love Veronica Mars.

The problem with being a fangirl is that it will break your heart. When VM was cancelled, I actually cried. I wish I was kidding. But by that point I was already losing faith. The third season was clearly a season for the network instead of the fans - changing its format to try and stay on the air, softening Logan and Veronica to the point where they were almost unrecognizable. I thought the Duncan-storyline in season 2 was as low as we could go, but I was wrong.

Clearly, I've thought about this a lot. And I still do. Because here's the thing - as a fangirl you are giving a part of yourself over to someone else - a stranger really - and asking them to care for it. I think that anyone who loves Veronica Mars as much as I do feels in some weird, completely irrational way that they have a relationship with Rob Thomas, the creator. That we are a part of the same team. That we can blame him for things and praise him for others, but that - no matter what - we are connected. It makes no sense, I know. Trust me. But does anything about being a true fangirl make sense? It is all about base emotions, and I've found that those are rarely rational.

Is this all a long-winded way for me to say that I love Veronica Mars? Well, yes. But it's more than that. Watching the movie last night (and again this morning, let's be honest) brought back all those old feelings. I felt like I was watching fanfiction come to life, and that was in no way a bad thing. For years I've been forced to live with the thought that Veronica would end up with Piz, that she and Logan would never be together, that she'd leave Neptune and never look back. I had to imagine what her future would be like, to wonder and speculate. But that's the danger of getting completely sucked into a world and a story - at some point it has to end and the only thing left is our imagination.

As a fangirl, I live in a world where there's a little part of me that believes all of these people actually exist. Or at least I like to pretend that they do, that these characters aren't just lifeless things in a book or on a screen. They're real. They're part of me. Which is why I've always chosen to believe that somewhere out there, even all these years later, Logan and Veronica are making out and solving crimes in a town called Neptune. Last night I finally got that confirmation, and it feels pretty incredible. 

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Jan 17, 2014

YA Meets Kdrama: Tithe

YA Meets Kdrama is a weekly blog feature where 4 other writers/bloggers/readers and myself cast young adult novels as Korean dramas. Because we are obsessed. And awesome.

Here are some recent posts:

Katie M Stout casts Shiver

Christina at A Reader of Fictions casts Being Sloane Jacobs

I'm incredibly excited to be casting one of my favorite YAs this time around: Tithe by Holly Black.

Tithe was one of the first "modern" YAs I read, and definitely my first dark tale of faeries. I became obsessed with the relationship between Roiben and Kaye, and I remember DEVOURING the sequel (Ironside) when it came out. Even now, I read these books about once a year or so.

Tithe as a Kdrama:

Synposis: Sixteen-year-old Kaye is a modern nomad. Fierce and independent, she travels from city to city with her mother's rock band until an ominous attack forces Kaye back to her childhood home. There, amid the industrial, blue-collar New Jersey backdrop, Kaye soon finds herself an unwilling pawn in an ancient power struggle between two rival faerie kingdoms -- a struggle that could very well mean her death.

Starring:

Yoon Jin Yi as Kaye Fierch

Because of her upbringing, Kaye is tough, independent, smart, and wary of the world around her. But she also has an innocence about her and a deep desire to love and be loved. After watching Yoon Jin Yi be vulnerable in A Gentleman's Dignity, and tough and sassy in Answer Me 1994, I know she'd make a perfect Kaye. Plus this girl needs her own show already - she's awesome.

Lee Phillip as Roiben

I've only seen Lee Phillip in Secret Garden, but whoa-man would he make a perfect Roiben. He's definitely the warrior type, and no one can look at those cheekbones and tell me that this guy doesn't look like a hot avenging faerie knight.

Baro as Corny

My newest kdrama obsession is Answer Me 1994, which also happens to be Kpop star Baro's first experience as an actor. But he's great in it, and plays the sensitive, struggling-with-his-identity Binggeure very well. Corny is also a character adrift and I can definitely see Baro giving him a specific forelorn spin.

Kim Woo Bin as Nephamael

This is not my first Woo Bin casting nor will it be my last because I LOVE HIM WITH THE POWER OF A THOUSAND SUNS. Also, Nephamael is one of those asshole guys you love to hate and if that doesn't describe Woo Bin's character in Heirs then nothing will. Woo Bin has this great ability to look amusingly pissed all the time. I think it's in the eyebrows.

Song Hye Kyo as Nicnevin

I ADORE the thought of casting Korea's-sweetheart as the evil, sadistic, basically insane Unseelie Queen. Song Hye Kyo is great at being vulnerable and sweet (see: That Winter, the Wind Blows), but I can totally see her rising to the challenge of playing evil. And Lord knows she's beautiful enough to play a faerie queen. 

Casting this book is seriously so much fun and I think it would make a perfect Kdrama. Because while I've seen Kdramas about ghosts, witches, time travelers, gumihos, crimelords, and body-swappers, I have yet to see one about faeries. Time to get on it, Korea. 

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