Welcome to Day #5 of the official blog tour for The Tombs by Deborah Schaumberg. We’re so excited about this gorgeous new moody historical/fantasy YA – and today, Deborah stops by to give us a tour of her “shelfie.” Be sure to visit ALL stops on the tour for more exclusive content – and keep reading to win a signed copy of the book plus a custom bookmark handmade by the author. (Hint: the more blogs you visit, the more chances you’ll have to win!)
by Deborah Schaumberg
On the top shelf are some old classics like David Copperfield and Great Expectations by Charles Dickens and The Mists Of Avalon. You can’t miss The Invention Of Hugo Cabret – it’s so big and so awesome!
The second shelf has so many favorites – The Diviners by Libba Bray, Scott Westerfeld’s Uglies/Pretties/Specials, The Spiderwick Chronicles, Wuthering Heights, my Nancy Drew set from growing up, and an entire row of Anne Rice books including The Witching Hour, which I love the best.
The next shelf has the Eragon series, the Twilight series, the Series Of Unfortunate Events series, Caraval, and The Thirteenth Tale.
Next to the antique candle and cool feathers are all seven Harry Potter books, of course. Near the old clock is The Curiosities, great short stories by three authors including Maggie Stiefvater, and one of the Shannara Chronicles by Terry Brooks.
Last but not least, the bottom shelf holds family photo albums – treasured beyond words!
I also want to point out the empty looking mason jar. It holds a mechanical butterfly that has all my nieces and nephews fooled; they think it’s real…shhhh.
Sixteen-year-old Avery Kohl pines for the life she had before her mother was taken. She fears the mysterious men in crow masks who locked her mother in the Tombs asylum for being able to see what others couldn’t. Avery denies the signs in herself, focusing instead on her shifts at the ironworks factory and keeping her inventor father out of trouble. Other than secondhand tales of adventure from her best friend, Khan, an ex-slave, and caring for her falcon, Seraphine, Avery spends her days struggling to survive.
Like her mother’s, Avery’s powers refuse to be contained. When she causes a bizarre explosion at the factory, she has no choice but to run from her lies, straight into the darkest corners of the city. Avery must embrace her abilities and learn to wield their power–or join her mother in the cavernous horrors of the Tombs. And the Tombs has secrets of its own: strange experiments are being performed on ‘patients’…and no one knows why.
Deborah Schaumberg’s gripping debut melds history and fantasy, taking readers on a breathless trip across a teeming turn-of-the-century New York, and asks the question: Where can you hide in a city that wants you buried?
Deborah Schaumberg was born in Brooklyn, not far from where her novel The Tombs takes place. She grew up renovating dilapidated old houses with her family. She and her father would walk the rooms, floor by floor, making up stories about the inhabitants that were filled with dark secrets, monsters, and, of course, ghosts. Deborah is a writer and an artist whose work always has an element of fantasy to it, and since she also studied architecture, settings are equally important. It was on a trek to the Annapurna Sanctuary in Nepal that she imagined a girl with the ability to see energy, and the seed of The Tombs was planted. She collects old bottles, and her favorite holiday is, you guessed it, Halloween. Deborah lives with her family and two dogs in Maryland, just outside DC.
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