Eternal by Cynthia Leitich Smith — Feb. 2009: Cover, Info, Excerpt, Countdown

Here’s a sneak peek at the cover art and flap copy to Eternal (Candlewick, Feb. 2009):

At last, Miranda is the life of the party: all she had to do was die.

Elevated and adopted by none other than the reigning King of the Mantle of Dracul, Miranda goes from high-school theater wannabe to glamorous royal fiend overnight.

Meanwhile, her reckless and adoring guardian angel, Zachary, demoted to human guise as the princess’s personal assistant, has his work cut out for him trying to save his girl’s soul and plan the Master’s fast-approaching Death Day gala.

In alternating points of view, Miranda and Zachary navigate a cut-throat eternal aristocracy as they play out a dangerous and darkly hilarious love story for the ages.

Read two sample chapters.

Cynsational Notes

Eternal is set in the same universe as Tantalize (Candlewick, 2007, 2008) and features different main characters. The two casts will crossover in a third novel, Blessed, which is now in progress and picks up in the timeline where Tantalize leaves off. An audio edition of Eternal is also in production at Listening Library.

If you know of another YA novel featuring angels, please write me with the title, author, and publisher. I often briefly book-talk related reads at the end of presentations and/or distribute tie-in bibliographies. I’m already well set with books reflecting vampire and shape-shifter mythologies, but please also keep me in mind for these as new releases emerge. Thanks!


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