Okay, so Heidi R. Kling may have beaten me to the punch on this one yesterday … but I’m still going to give my props to Maggie Stiefvater for Author Appreciation Week today.
Maggie’s books are not fluffy romances. They are intense novels about homicidal faeries and tragic, book-loving, musical werewolves. Her Wolves of Mercy Falls trilogy has seriously taken hold of the Young Adult fantasy world in the last several months — ever since the release of Shiver. (Book 2, Linger is due out in July; Book 3 Forever should come out in 2011).
Readers who loved Shiver should also check out her slightly-less-well-known books about the aforementioned homicidal faeries — Lament and Ballad. They are intense stories, rich in Irish folklore and chock-full of heartbreaking romance (not to be confused with the fluffy kind).
What’s so great about Maggie’s books is her knack for combining intensely serious, hard-core, nail-biting moments with some of the snarkiest humor ever. (One of my favorite lines comes from Lament, in which the narrator comments, “I once again fought against the desire to bitch-slap a faerie.”) Maggie’s also not afraid to include touchy subjects in her books, despite falling into the YA category. There’s an f-bomb delicately used in Lament. The subjects in her book include murder, rape, consensual teenage sex. But none of it is superfluous; it’s all part of the story and part of what makes her novels so much richer than others.
Plus, Maggie is among an elite group of authors who (gasp!) interact with their readers! Maggie maintains a Facebook page, twitter account, live journal, blog and more. (All this will writing, making music, creating her own book trailers, and, oh yeah, having a life). She even took the time to write a personal “hello” note on my Facebook wall after I sent her a friend request. And she’s got well over 3,000 friends. And she took the time to send us each a quick personal note. Wow. Just, wow.
Books by Maggie Stiefvater:
- Linger (due out July 2010)
- Forever (expected 2011)