It's been a bit of a whirlwind year for Lauren Kate. This year saw the release of Rapture, the last book in the Fallen series bringing to an end one of the most popular YA series in the last few years. I absolutely loved the story of Luce, Daniel and Cam! If you haven't read it yet, trust me, you're missing out on something extra special! She's also waiting for the patter of tiny feet with her first child being expected some time over the winter and we at Midnight Reads want to send our love and congratulations at such an exciting time! With so much going on we were over the moon when Lauren said she would still love to take part in our Winter Warmers Event! This year Lauren chose Between You & Me by Marisa Calin. Here's a brief synopsis of her favourite début novel for 2012:
Phyre knows there is something life-changing about her new drama teacher, Mia, from the moment they meet. As Phyre rehearses for the school play, she comes to realize that the unrequited feelings she has for Mia go deeper than she’s ever experienced. Especially with a teacher. Or a woman. All the while, Phyre’s best friend—addressed throughout the story in the second person, as "you"—stands by, ready to help Phyre make sense of her feelings. But just as Mia doesn’t understand what Phyre feels, Phyre can’t fathom the depth of her best friend’s feelings . . . until it’s almost too late for a happy ending. Characters come to life through the innovative screenplay format of this dazzling debut, and unanswered questions—is "you" male or female?—will have readers talking.
So here's what Kate had to say about her favourite début book of this year:
I really loved Marisa Calin's debut novel, Between You and Me. Between You and Me is a rare surprising love story starring characters so open they are impossible not to relate to. Marisa Calin's writing enchanted and impressed me. When I finished reading I was left with that gaping-hole feeling that only another incredible book can fill. I hope she writes another one soon!
Many thanks to Lauren for taking time out for a second year and taking part in our Winter Warmers Event. If you'd like to find out more about either author mentioned here you can find the links below: