Meagan Spooner
Absolutely brilliant. This is the sci fi I’ve been waiting for! Action, romance, twists and turns–this book has it all!

Beth Revis, New York Times best-selling author of ACROSS THE UNIVERSE

2017-11-06T11:42:38-05:00

Beth Revis, New York Times best-selling author of ACROSS THE UNIVERSE

Absolutely brilliant. This is the sci fi I’ve been waiting for! Action, romance, twists and turns–this book has it all!
"A literally breathtaking archaeological expedition. Spooner and Kaufman prove once again that no one does high-stakes adventure shenanigans like they do."

E. K. Johnston, #1 New York Times best-selling author of Star Wars: Ahsoka

2017-11-06T11:44:34-05:00

E. K. Johnston, #1 New York Times best-selling author of Star Wars: Ahsoka

"A literally breathtaking archaeological expedition. Spooner and Kaufman prove once again that no one does high-stakes adventure shenanigans like they do."
One of the most intense, thrilling, and achingly beautiful stories I’ve ever read. Kaufman and Spooner will break your heart with skilled aplomb, and you’ll thank them for it. Absolutely incredible! If I have to, I will come to your house and shove this book into your hands!

Marie Lu, New York Times best-selling author of the Legend trilogy

2017-11-06T11:48:19-05:00

Marie Lu, New York Times best-selling author of the Legend trilogy

One of the most intense, thrilling, and achingly beautiful stories I’ve ever read. Kaufman and Spooner will break your heart with skilled aplomb, and you’ll thank them for it. Absolutely incredible! If I have to, I will come to your house and shove this book into your hands!
With rich, complex characters and a dynamic—and dangerous—new world, THESE BROKEN STARS completely transported me.

Jodi Meadows, author of the Incarnate series

2017-11-06T12:09:41-05:00

Jodi Meadows, author of the Incarnate series

With rich, complex characters and a dynamic—and dangerous—new world, THESE BROKEN STARS completely transported me.
Intense and absorbing, Skylark transported me to a world of magic and danger unlike anything I’ve read before. I loved Lark, and was riveted by her journey of survival and self-discovery. Dark, original, and beautiful, this is a novel you don’t want to miss.

Veronica Rossi, author of UNDER THE NEVER SKY

2017-11-06T12:13:28-05:00

Veronica Rossi, author of UNDER THE NEVER SKY

Intense and absorbing, Skylark transported me to a world of magic and danger unlike anything I’ve read before. I loved Lark, and was riveted by her journey of survival and self-discovery. Dark, original, and beautiful, this is a novel you don’t want to miss.
Skylark's rich narrative and plucky heroine will transport you into a mesmerizing and horrifying world.

New York Times bestselling author Carrie Jones

2017-11-27T09:17:02-05:00

New York Times bestselling author Carrie Jones

Skylark's rich narrative and plucky heroine will transport you into a mesmerizing and horrifying world.
With its blend of dystopian, steampunk, and generally fantastical elements, Spooner's follow up is even stronger and more gripping as the debut and is sure to ensnare further loyal readers.

Booklist (Starred Review)

2017-11-27T10:01:57-05:00

Booklist (Starred Review)

With its blend of dystopian, steampunk, and generally fantastical elements, Spooner's follow up is even stronger and more gripping as the debut and is sure to ensnare further loyal readers.
This intriguing dystopian adventure's depiction of the stand this strong female protagonist takes against the horrors of her world is fast-paced, compelling, and un-put-downable.

VOYA

2017-11-27T10:05:07-05:00

VOYA

This intriguing dystopian adventure's depiction of the stand this strong female protagonist takes against the horrors of her world is fast-paced, compelling, and un-put-downable.
Once again, the worldbuilding is superb, the characters fully fleshed out and intriguing, the battles riveting, and the edge-of-the seat suspense compelling. Teens looking for a well-written dystopian adventure with steampunk elements in the magical machines created by the Architects will enjoy spending time with Lark and her companions.

VOYA Magazine, starred review

2017-11-27T10:27:43-05:00

VOYA Magazine, starred review

Once again, the worldbuilding is superb, the characters fully fleshed out and intriguing, the battles riveting, and the edge-of-the seat suspense compelling. Teens looking for a well-written dystopian adventure with steampunk elements in the magical machines created by the Architects will enjoy spending time with Lark and her companions.
An extremely entertaining tale of past, present and future leaving the question: where does humanity stand when the best laid plans backfire?

Children's Literature

2017-11-27T10:29:04-05:00

Children's Literature

An extremely entertaining tale of past, present and future leaving the question: where does humanity stand when the best laid plans backfire?
A haunting and romantic exploration of love and what sacrifices come with freedom.


Marie Lu

2017-11-27T15:17:04-05:00

Marie Lu

A haunting and romantic exploration of love and what sacrifices come with freedom.
Amazing. That one word describes the whole book.

VOYA

2017-11-27T15:18:24-05:00

VOYA

Amazing. That one word describes the whole book.

Women’s World Cup Wednesday: What Does Soccer Have to Do With Writing?

In honor of the truly spectacular soccer game played Monday between Brazil and the U.S., today’s Wisdomous Wednesday is all about the World Cup—and how it relates to writing. (Trust me.) It was such an amazing game that one of the most common reactions I’ve heard has been “Someone has to be writing this book” or “You couldn’t write a better script than this.” So it really got me thinking about come-from-behind victories in literature, and how to make them believable—and most importantly, as fiercely satisfying as Monday’s victory for the USA.

(Note: In case it’s not obvious, I’m a USA Women’s World Cup fan and have been since I was teensy, when I played with a number 9 on my own jersey to be like Mia Hamm, so this is gonna be more than a little biased!)

For those of you who may not be sports fans, I’ll try to keep the summary brief. The first half of the game was relatively uneventful, with an own goal by Brazil—meaning one of their players accidentally scored on themselves. In the second half, though, the referee started making a series of truly bizarre calls.  Every fan thinks the ref is against their team, but even the announcers were scratching their heads in this case. She called a penalty kick in the box for Brazil, after it seemed clear that Marta Vieira da Silva, the star player for the Brazilian team, drew the foul. When the U.S. goalie (appropriately named Hope Solo) blocked it, which is nearly impossible, the ref said one of the US players had moved too soon and had Marta shoot again, and she scored that time. She pulled yellow cards left and right against both sides, inconsistent and unpredictable. She gave a red card to a U.S. player for almost no reason, knocking the player out of the game and forcing the U.S. to play one man down the rest of the game. The game went into overtime, tied 1-1. Brazil scored a second goal which counted, despite the player being off-side (an illegal position in soccer). In literally the last thirty seconds of the game, U.S. player Abby Wombach headed a goal in to tie the score back to 2-2.

The game went into a shootout—and the US won 5 penalty kicks to Brazil’s 4, after Hope Solo blocked one of their shots.

So that’s all very stirring, but what does it have to do with writing, you might ask? Well, I think the game offers some pretty valuable lessons about how to write a believable but intensely satisfying underdog victory in fiction.

Maybe I’m a little nuts for seeing the elements of fiction everywhere, but with that game, I’m definitely not the only one. Abby Wombach herself, who scored the tying goal in the last seconds of overtime, said it was like a story.

And if anyone wants to see the next chapter play out, USA plays France at 11:00 AM EST today. I’ll definitely be watching!

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4 Responses to “Women’s World Cup Wednesday: What Does Soccer Have to Do With Writing?”

  1. Michelle says:

    Absolutely brilliant! I’m gonna have to save this post and come back to it someday when I need inspiration! Almost makes me wish I watched soccer like my hubby does. 🙂

  2. Sarah says:

    I love this post. I love football (sorry, soccer!) and I love writing but I’ve never put the two together 🙂

  3. Julie Dao says:

    Thanks for the recap! I felt like I was watching it all over again. Just AMAZING. GO USA! I’ve always been drawn to the underdog in everything, probably because I’m almost always the underdog myself. I think come-from-behind wins are so much more compelling 🙂

  4. Beth says:

    What a great summary! Sounds like it was a terrific game.

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