We’re welcoming back Veronica Wolff today and her protagonist Annelise Drew from ISLE OF NIGHT (available now by NAL Trade), which I called ‘one of the most dangerous, romantic, and exciting paranormal YA titles I’ve read all year.’ Today’s Spooky Legend offers a vampiric explanation of a ghostly phenomenon. Thanks to Veronica, two of you will win a signed copy of ISLE OF NIGHT. See details below.
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Annelise Drew on Graveyard Eyes
Veronica: Unfortunately, I’m currently on deadline and unavailable to write an extensive blog, so I’ve asked my character, Annelise Drew, to step in and lend me a hand. Drew, we’re discussing urban legends. Have you heard the one—
Drew: No such thing.
Veronica: Um, what do you mean, no such thing?
Drew: There’s no such thing as urban legends.
Veronica: Okay, I know you’re the scholarly one, but how can you categorically deny all urban legends? I mean, you’re the one who’s living with a bunch of vampires. You believed in their existence pretty quickly.
Drew: That’s different. There are vampires.
Veronica: So if there are vampires, then maybe some of these other things exist too. Like, I read this urban legend called “Graveyard Eyes” that suggests the existence of ghosts.
Drew: Ghosts aren’t real. Ghosts are a figment of people’s overactive imaginations, whereas vampires can be scientifically explained.
Veronica: Get out. Now that I don’t believe.
Drew: People wouldn’t have believed flesh-eating viruses, either. Two hundred fifty million year old bacteria, cloning, vampires—incomprehensible, maybe, but true. Ghosts? No such thing.
Veronica: Fine, then explain this. There’s a graveyard in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, where people have seen spooky bright eyes in the shadows, hovering six feet above the ground.
Drew: That’s your urban legend? That’s not a ghost. It’s a vampire.
Veronica: How do you know?
Drew: Because I’ve seen those eyes myself. Come to the Isle of Night, sneak from your dorm after curfew, then maybe you’ll see them yourself.
Veronica: No thanks. I’ll pass.
So there you have it, folks. Urban legends are fiction. Unless it involves eyes glowing in the darkness, and then apparently it’s a real-life vampire sighting.
Happy Halloween, and beware of the dark.
About the author:
Veronica Wolff has a master’s degree in art history from The University of Texas at Austin. She has lived everywhere from South Carolina to Hawaii to India, finally settling in San Francisco where she lives with her husband, two children, a dog and cat, and countless houseplants. Her unmarketable skills include snow-boarding, speaking Hindi, gardening, and knowing an alarming amount of pop-culture trivia.
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Two signed copies of ISLE OF NIGHT by Veronica Wolff
Available now from NAL Trade
IS LIFE OFFERING FEWER AND FEWER OPTIONS? THEN JOIN THE DEAD.
When Annelise left for college, it meant good riddance to her abusive father and stepmother—until a bureaucratic screw-up left her without a diploma, flat broke, and facing an uncertain future Then she met Ronan—tall, dark, and way too seductive for her own good. He promised Annelise a new life, if she had the courage to chance the unknown. One look at him and she certainly had the desire. Sure enough, accepting rides from strangers does yield surprises.
Whisked away to a mysterious island in the North Sea, Annelise is pitted against other female recruits in tests of skill, smarts, and strength. To win is to become a member of the Watchers, an elite and unique partnership—with vampires—that dispatches its teams on the most dangerous missions imaginable. It’s not exactly what Annelise had in mind for a new beginning but it’s livelier than the alternative. Because on the Isle of Night, to lose the challenge doesn’t just mean dishonor. It means death.
Let the games begin.
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