Category Archives: Jackie Morse Kessler

>Author Interview and MORE with Jackie Morse Kessler

>

“Fast-paced, witty, and heart-breaking! Jackie Morse Kessler is one of the most talented authors I know.”—Richelle Mead, author of Vampire Academy

Today I have the pleasure of interviewing Jackie Morse Kessler, author of several successful series including the new YA Horsemen of the Apocalypse. Her newest book release is RAGE (review to follow) So, please sit back, relax and join me as we get to know Jackie a little better.

RAGE by Jackie Morse Kessler
April 2011 from Harcourt Graphia

Missy didn’t mean to cut so deep. But after the party where she was humiliated in front of practically everyone in school, who could blame her for wanting some comfort? Sure, most people don’t find comfort in the touch of a razor blade, but Missy always was . . . different.

That’s why she was chosen to become one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse: War. Now Missy wields a new kind of blade—a big, brutal sword that can cut down anyone and anything in her path. But it’s with this weapon in her hand that Missy learns something that could help her triumph over her own pain: control.

A unique approach to the topic of self-mutilation, Rage is the story of a young woman who discovers her own power and refuses to be defeated by the world.
REVIEW

Advertisements

>REVIEW: Hunger by Jackie Morse Kessler

>HUNGER by Jackie Morse Kessler

  • Reading level: Young Adult
  • Paperback: 180 pages
  • Publisher: Graphia (October 18, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0547341245
  • ISBN-13: 978-0547341248
  • Cover: Simple but effective
  • Author Website: Jackie Morse Kessler
  • Favorite Line: “Thou art famine, yo,” Death said. “Time to make with the starvation.”
  • REVIEW YYY1/2

    When I first sat down to read HUNGER I did not know what to expect. I only know that I was intrigued with the idea of this novel: A anorexic girl that now has an amazing power connected to her food issues. The story concept is imaginative and daring because it encompasses a very touchy topic while introducing us to a new world.

    Jackie Morse Kessler has written several paranormal novels but HUNGER is her debut YA effort. With HUNGER, Jackie has done a great job of presenting a girl with an eating disorder that now harnesses the power of one of the Four Horsemen of the apocalypse.

    Lisabeth Lewis is consumed by Hunger, it rules her life and it provides her with the ammunition for control. She is an anorexic seventeen-year-old that constantly feels empty and cold, and one night when she takes measures to fill the never ending void she is visited by Death: one of the Four Horsemen of the apocalypse whom presents her with a set of scales and a new job. Lisa does not remember much from the encounter until the next night when Death returns and explains that she is now Famine: a black rider of the Four Horsemen (Famine, War, Death and Pestilence) and she must go out unto the world. As Famine, she is able to forget her personal life and constant hunger and marvel at the disturbing power that she now possesses as she roams the earth. Yet, with this horrifying gift Lisa must balance learn to balance her new life with her eating disorder and make sense of it all.


    HUNGER starts off bursting forth out of the gate and continues it’s face-paced gallop until the very end and although I enjoy a quick read I would have preferred a bit more build up prior to the inception of Lisa as Famine. Lisa’s inner struggle was well visualized and demonstrated and I could understand her character. Yet the character that I enjoyed the most was Death for he was Sexy and mysterious and had some of the best lines in this dark story. I commend Jackie for an inventive new story while interweaving a young girl’s eating disorder for it is original, terrifying and honest and I cannot wait for the next story.

    For those fans of Wintergirls that may want a story with a supernatural edge then you need look no further.

    >Waiting on Wednesday: HUNGER by Jackie Morse Kessler

    >

    “Thou art the Black Rider. Go thee out unto the world.”

    Lisabeth Lewis is seventeen, anorexic…
    and the new Famine of the Horsemen of the Apocalypse.

    HUNGER
    by Jackie Morse Kessler

    Coming October 2010 from Harcourt Graphia

    Lisabeth Lewis has a black steed, a set of scales, and a new job: she’s been appointed Famine. How will an anorexic seventeen-year-old girl from the suburbs fare as one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse?

    Traveling the world on her steed gives Lisa freedom from her troubles at home: her constant battle with hunger, and her struggle to hide it from the people who care about her. But being Famine forces her to go places where hunger is a painful part of everyday life, and to face the horrifying effects of her phenomenal power. Can Lisa find a way to harness that power — and the courage to battle her own inner demons?

    **Sorry for not having the book cover, but it isn’t out yet. I could not resist posting it. I met Heather Brewer last Friday and she could not stop talking about it**