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The Lost Reviews

"This exuberant fantasy is finely crafted, filled with humor and very moving." -- Kirkus (Read full review)

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"In her highly imaginative and jarring adult debut, YA star Durst (Vessel, 2012) pushes readers out of their comfort zones and into a slow-brewing, increasingly exciting, and deeply provocative fantasy world." -- Booklist

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"The world Durst has envisioned is often disturbing and bizarre, but at times surprises with its beauty and poignancy." -- BookPage

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"Sarah Beth Durst has created another masterpiece with her debut adult publication. Completely unique and utterly unlike anything I have read before, The Lost kept me riveted from beginning to end. With rich descriptions and robust characters, this book has layer upon layer of intense storytelling that pulls its readers into the pages." -- A Simple Love of Reading (Read full review)

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"A dangerous and dark world where the lost and hopeless go to find 'what they've lost' with wonderfully descriptive writing that will have you 'lost' in this world ... Overall, The Lost is one of my favorite books of the year." -- Dark Faerie Tales (Read full review)

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"This enigmatic first novel about grown-up Peter Pans (the ultimate Lost Boy... somewhat matured?), drifting Wendys and brave, knife-wielding Tinkerbells is the first for adults from Sarah Beth Durst. We'll be looking forward to seeing where she gets to next!" -- Finding Wonderland (Read full review)

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"A book that is so frightening on so many levels. I read this in one sitting, readers will be hooked by the end of the first page." -- Cayocosta72 (Read full review)

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"The Lost was everything I didn't know I was looking for. The characters were interesting, the plot intriguing and the mystery kept me guessing right up until the end." -- Blood, Sweat, and Books (Read full review)

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"Lauren's metaphysical Lost is as bizarre as Wonderland and its inhabitants are equally as mad.... This was a great thought provoking read and I can not wait for the next book in the series." -- Project Nemesis (Read full review)

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"A strong start to a very promising series. Stunning. Transfixing. Captivating." -- Book Snatch (Read full review)

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"I loved this, I really did. It was so wonderfully done. It was bizarre and beautiful with its hidden messages and meanings and I am on the edge of my seat in anticipation with wanting more." -- My Guilty Obsession (Read full review)

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"This book is awesome. It’s a seriously unique premise, wonderfully executed... The Lost just perfectly delivered on what I wanted it to be. The town is a super cool, sort of grown-up/darker version of Neverland, run down but beautiful." -- There Were Books Involved (Read full review)

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"Truthfully, there just aren't enough words for me to say how much I loved The Lost by Sarah Beth Durst. It's a book so good, and so delightful, that I'm left inarticulate.... Durst has crafted a truly brilliant and unique fantasy world, giving thought and purpose to the things we lose -- and questioning what it is that makes a person go lost, and the many ways they can be found again." -- Novel Novice (Read full review)

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"Durst once again delivers an amazingly evocative world in this fantasy story." -- Miss Print (Read full review)

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"The Lost is Durst's first foray into adult fiction, and what an adult debut it is! As with her YA's, she doesn't disappoint. An intriguing and twilight-zoneish premise, fascinating characters, and a highly readable story make this a book you won't want to miss." -- Wands and Worlds (Read full review)

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"The Lost is Sarah Beth Durst's first adult novel and, like in her YA novels, she once again takes us on a unique adventure in a strange yet brilliantly crafted world. Seriously, you guys, Ms. Durst can do no wrong." -- Michelle & Leslie's Book Picks (Read full review)

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"The world of The Lost was both, at once, incredibly imagined and incredibly real. It was like if Sarah Dessen and Neil Gaiman had a love child book, this would be it." -- Bibliophilia, Please (Read full review)


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Conjured Reviews and Awards

A Junior Library Guild Selection
Mythopoeic Fantasy Award Finalist
Cybils Young Adult Speculative Fiction Finalist

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"A twisted circus of a book, completely freaky and delicious at the same time. It's a thriller, a fairy tale nightmare, and a romance all in one, unlike anything else and impossible to predict. I could not stop reading!" -- Laini Taylor, New York Times bestselling author of the Daughter of Smoke & Bone series

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"Durst excels at describing grotesque violence and gorgeous magical transformations alike, painting a touching portrait of first love against a backdrop of Twilight Zone-type terrors." -- Kirkus

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"Durst combines the particular terrors of memory loss and icy bureaucracy with the colorful horrors of carnivalesque murder, killer sleight-of-hand, and a creepy, terrible truth about Eve's very being. Disorientation, curiosity, and fear course through the story, offering tight suspense and satisfying mystification even up to the last pages. An unusual blend of magical worlds, psychological thriller, and teen romance." -- Horn Book (Read full review)

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"It's original, it's smart, it's scary, it's emotionally satisfying on all levels. It's a thriller and a romance and a mystery and a thoughtful examination of love and humanity and trust and patience. I loved it, I loved it, I loved it. Count this one in as an awards contender, for sure." -- Leila Roy, Kirkus Blog (Read full review)

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"Eerie and provocative, this is a thinker of a thriller that will appeal to teens whose past has left them feeling adrift." -- The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (BCCB)

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"An ambitious, visually dazzling and completely breathtaking literary triumph - Conjured by Sarah Beth Durst is an absolute must-read for any paranormal fantasy fan out there. This book makes for an extremely compelling, refreshing and emotionally engaging journey - one that you'll want to re-take time and time again. It's entirely unique. It's seamlessly plotted. It's dark and creepy, yet mesmerizing and magical at the same time. Hands down one of my top favorite books ever." -- Bookish (Read full review)

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"Conjured is a beautifully constructed novel that goes from utterly disorienting to exceptionally horrific as its story progresses. It features an uber-creepy carnival, a supernatural serial killer and an amnesic narrator. But its true core is a story about agency and identity and what it is like to forge both when there is no memory, no past, no sense of true self to start with." -- The Book Smugglers (Read full review)

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"Another thought-provoking and utterly unique read... This is a really nuanced, subtle book with a lot of details, and a lot of layers. It's the kind of book you can come back to, and get something new out of it on a re-read."" -- Finding Wonderland (Read full review)

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"Conjured is like nothing you have ever read before. Just when you think that the story is going one way, BAM plot twist that changes everything. And the best part? All of the questions get answered. Every. Single. One. Conjured is a little bit of everything sprinkled with the unexplainable. I absolutely loved it and would recommend it to anyone looking to spice up their reading list." -- TeenReads (Read full review)

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"In Conjured, Sarah Beth Durst delivers a brilliant, gorgeously-written, intricately-plotted tale of magic and mystery. Romance and intrigue intertwine, laced together with elegant words and memorable characters." -- Tor.com (Read full review)

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"Durst takes readers on an emotional ride, forcing you to question everyone and everything while you root for young love. Extraordinary characters, enticing possibilities, and an open ending leave me wanting more." -- Suspense Magazine

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"Conjured is a creative story that surprises and intrigues the reader at every turn." -- Book Revels (Read full review)

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"In Conjured, Sarah Beth Durst once again gives us a story full of haunting imagery that defies imagination." -- Stories and Sweeties (Read full review)

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"Great mystery, great suspense, twists you'll never see coming, and such beautiful writing you'll imagine you're in an entirely different world!" -- So Long and Thanks for All the Fish (Read full review)

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"This one totally took me by surprise, and--on the real--that NEVER happens anymore. Really, if you can surprise a writer who likes to put twists and turns all over her own ish, you're doing it right." -- Left to Write (Read full review)

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"Trippy, full of the 'How did I not see that coming?!' plot twists, a sweet romance, and a very real, interesting and complex villain, Conjured kept my attention until the end." -- Coffeeshop Reader (Read full review)

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"Conjured was breath-taking, amazing, compulsively compelling, and totally awesome. I run out of superlatives when I think about this story." -- Ms. Martin Teaches Media (Read full review)

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"It's dark and twisted and it bends your mind and makes you believe in the impossible. It takes fantasy into that unknown dimension where everything and anything can happen. It's the stuff that makes Durst books great. She's not afraid to be daring and different and it shows with this extraordinary novel. Conjured is an entertaining and engaging escape fit for fans who like their books a little above abnormal but still just as amazing and fantastical as we come to expect from this wonderful talent. I look forward to seeing what Durst has in store for us next. Bravo!" -- WinterHaven Books (Read full review)

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"Durst brings a trippy, creepy world to life in memorable imagery, and unfolds a moving psychological journey for Eve." -- Fantasy Literature (Read full review)

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"Overall this book blew all of my expectations out the window and I loved that. It turned convention on its head and made me read things I never expected. Sarah Beth Durst created a world unlike I have ever read, and probably will ever read." -- Conversations of a Reading Addict (Read full review)

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"Conjured is Magical Realism at its finest... It had that fuzzy, strange, dreamy quality, and carnival-esque darkness rolled into one. Sarah Durst's writing and imagination are coupled exquisitely in this novel, and I am eager to read more of her work." -- Mel Erin & Regina Read-a-Lot (Read full review)

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"Readers who enjoy clever writing and unique plot structures will be rewarded by a completely surprising and original novel as Conjured builds slowly to a shocking revelation and a conclusion that will have readers holding their breath until the dramatic finish." -- Miss Print (Read full review)

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"With plenty of suspense, unnerving imagery, mystery, romance, and magic -- this fantasy is completely unpredictable and immensely captivating." -- SciFiChick (Read full review)

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"Conjured is an exquisitely crafted book that stands out for its tight writing, unique story, and intriguing character arc. Durst obviously spent time and care on the writing: every word is carefully chosen and rich with meaning, from smells, sounds and colors, to the use of point of view." -- Wands and Worlds (Read full review)

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"Conjured is as original as fiction can get -- all brilliantly and beautifully written." -- Novel Novice (Read full review)

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"It's a really interesting, original tale that keeps the pages turning at a fast pace to see exactly what's going on. It's very creepy too, especially some of the passages that involve Eve's visions." -- Book Chic (Read full review)

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"Darkly mysterious and eerily entrancing, Conjured is a dazzling tale that will surprise you in more ways than one." -- YA Book Queen (Read full review)

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"Conjured is a thoroughly unique and creative book, full of magic, mystery, and danger. It is unlike any other YA fantasy book currently published." -- The Compulsive Reader (Read full review)

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"Durst creates a layered story full of mystery and wonder." -- Reading by Lamplight (Read full review)

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"This story really captured my attention since it seemed to mix the best of the Twilight Zone with Men in Black in more of a horror-thriller type tale." -- BookHounds (Read full review)


Available now from Bloomsbury / Walker Books for Young Readers

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Vessel Reviews and Awards

Mythopoeic Fantasy Award Winner 2013
Andre Norton Award Finalist 2012
Kirkus Best Teen Books 2012

Kirkus Best Teen Books 2012

Cybils F/SF YA Award Finalist 2012

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"Durst offers a meditation on leadership and power and a vivid story set outside the typical Western European fantasy milieu. From the gripping first line, a fast-paced, thought-provoking and stirring story of sacrifice." -- Kirkus (Starred Review) (Read full review)

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"Readers will feel the desert heat, the earth-numbing droughts, the vicious sandstorms and resulting sandwolves, and the bizarre sensations of a goddess living within the body of its human vessel. Brilliantly riveting." -- Booklist (Starred Review)

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"Vessel is a fast-paced, thrilling adventure set in a hostile world filled with complex clan feuds and strong traditions.... The highly descriptive writing forms intense visuals for the reader so that characters, animals, and locations feel rich and realistic." -- VOYA (Starred Review) (Read full review)

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"Strong folklore elements, a striking setting, and thoroughly imagined characters." -- Publishers Weekly (Read full review)

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"Durst has crafted a unique fantasy world populated with dangerous creatures and strong characters and woven together with magic." -- School Library Journal

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"Unique and breathtaking -- Sarah Beth Durst outdoes herself, again!" -- Tamora Pierce, New York Times bestselling author of the Beka Cooper series

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"Vessel is a beautiful, thought-provoking, brilliant gem of a novel that I loved from beginning to end." -- The Book Smugglers (Read full review)

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"Fantastically written with amazing world-building, this novel will delight long-time fantasy fans but is still accessible to those less accustomed to the realm of fantasy." -- YALSA, The Hub (Read full review)

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"Durst will captivate readers with Liyana's struggle to survive and journey to figure out whether her true self is worth the lives of her tribe members, and all she holds dear." -- USA Today, Happily Ever After (Read full review)

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"Sarah Beth Durst's writing flows and captivates, while her plot pulls and submerges you into her story. Magical and riveting, Vessel is a definite must-read." -- Icey Books (Read full review)

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"This book was freaking amazing. The world that Sarah Beth Durst built with such extreme care and detail is enough to render you breathless, plus add to that an amazing heroine, high stakes, and twists and turns that leave you dizzy. This one was awesome." -- Bloody Bookaholic (Read full review)

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"Vessel is a beautifully written and fascinating story. The writing, the adventure, the characters, the world... I just loved it all." -- YA Bibliophile (Read full review)

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"Durst has given us an incredible imaginative tale, building a rich world of myth and legend, with terrifying dangers that range from simply dying of thirst to fighting off sky serpents and sand worms. Definitely one to pick up if you have a craving for an epic fantasy adventure!" -- Stories & Sweeties (Read full review)

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"Vessel is a coming of age story that fantasy fans of all ages should enjoy. This fantasy adventure is a unique story with plenty of magic, suspense, drama, and heart." -- SciFiChick (Read full review)

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"Sarah Beth Durst's world-building is a thing of wonder - beautifully subtle, with almost no noticeable exposition, but a sense of immersiveness that makes her setting just shine off the pages." -- Zoe Marriott, author of Shadows on the Moon (Read full review)

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"This was a fantastic, well written novel of fantasy for young adult (and adult!) readers. I enjoyed so much about this story : the characters, the quest, the resolution … I could go on. I read it in one big gulp on a quiet afternoon, and it has stayed in my mind long after I finished it." -- Short Librarian's Blog (Read full review)

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"Vessel is undisputedly one of the superior novels I've read this year. It features a well-crafted storyline, detailed world-building, and three-dimensional characters. I would definitely recommend it to anyone looking for a fantastic high fantasy stand-alone." -- Late Nights with Good Books (Read full review)

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"If I had to pick two words to sum up all of Vessel, it would be unique and thought-provoking.... If you enjoy selfless heroines, never before seen Desert Mythology, and one truly captivating setting, then Vessel is definitely the book for you!" -- Reading Until Dawn (Read full review)

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"Sarah Beth Durst has hit her mark once again with Vessel! I found this story to be unique and completely immersive. I didn't want to stop reading it!" -- The Flashlight Reader (Read full review)

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"Sarah Beth Durst captured what I love most about fantasy with her impressive command of prose, instantly likable main character, and beautifully defined world." -- Books to Infinity (Read full review)

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"Easily one of the best stories I've read all year, Vessel is a highly creative, richly cultured, and wonderfully executed fantasy novel that sweeps across the harsh desert lands as one extraordinary young woman tries to save her people." -- YA Book Queen (Read full review)

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"Gorgeously crafted and rich with bold imagination, Vessel is sure to entrance readers with the story of one girl who must set out to find her own destiny now that the one she expected has been snatched away from her." -- Pirate Penguin's Reads (Read full review)

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"It's got quests, deities, adventure, survival, desperate tactics -- everything a fantasy fan could want, AND a strong, butt-kicking female protagonist." -- Finding Wonderland (Read full review)

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"Vessel is a unique YA tale which had me captivated from the beginning." -- Books and Things (Read full review)

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"Gorgeously imagined world with rich and flavourful cultural tapestry, characters you will root for, a seemingly impossible quest of epic proportions, and a conclusion that will leave you breathless and heartbroken - Vessel has all that and more! This sweeping tale mixes adventure, romance, drama and enough eye-popping sorcery to earn this book a place on every fantasy fan's shelf. It's definitely one of 2012 must-reads!" -- Bookish (Read full review)

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"This novel was everything wonderful about fantasy in one go." -- Pass the Chiclets (Read full review)

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"If I had to sum up this book in one word it would be: breathtaking! I was absolutely absorbed in every aspect of this book. It felt more like an experience than just simply reading a book. The descriptions were so vivid and the characters were so interesting, it became easy to get swept up in this world and let everything around me just slip away." -- A Bookworm's Haven (Read full review)

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"Vessel is the most unique fantasy novel I've read this year, and its execution is worthy of it." -- Stacked (Read full review)

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"Between the plot, characters, and setting, this book is highly recommended to young adult/teen readers." -- Live to Read (Read full review)

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"Vessel is a beautiful, richly detailed story that is full of action." -- For What It's Worth (Read full review)

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"I really cannot write enough good about this book. It was amazing. I was engrossed from the first page to the last." -- Young Adult Sci-Fi and Fantasy Blog (Read full review)

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"Through Liyana, Durst shows the importance of strength, intelligence, love, and sacrifice. She also tells a powerful and unpredictable story of a desert people struggling to survive." -- Libby's Guide (Read full review)

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"All in all, I heartily recommend this fantasy. It's very entertaining and in all the good ways." -- The Bookwurrm (Read full review)

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"This is one of my favourite books of 2012 and highly recommend people try it - and that includes the adults out there. An absorbing read where you really find yourself cheering on the team when things are going well, mourning with them when things go wrong, and cursing the bad guy when you find out who it is." -- Random Acts of Reviewing (Read full review)

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"Hurrah for standalone books! I knew I was going to enjoy Vessel because everything I've read by Sarah Beth Durst I've liked. And I was right! It is excellent, imaginative and you just fall in love with the characters. I loved Liyana--I admired her and I was so sad when I finished the book because my time with her was over already. Vessel is a must-read." -- Michelle and Leslie's Book Picks (Read full review)

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"Vessel is unlike any other book I've read. It is a poetic story of love, sacrifice, and destiny, with Durst painting an on-going struggle between fate and free choice." -- Novel Novice (Read full review)

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"Vessel is a transportive, beautiful book with just the right mixture of drama, humor, and love." -- Portrait of a Book (Read full review)

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"Get this one into the hands of teens who enjoy the strong heroines of writers like Tamora Pierce. They will love the world building, unique setting, and Liyana herself." -- Waking Brain Cells (Read full review)

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"Vessel was just an amazing high fantasy book that I absolutely loved to no end!" -- Fiction Freak (Read full review)

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"Sarah Beth Durst weaves a wonderful fantasy fiction... Liyana is a fantastic female lead, vulnerable yet determined, beautiful and intelligent. The adventure compels. And the romantic aspects treated with a careful hand." -- Omphaloskepsis (Read full review)

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"If you want a book with engaging characters, an original plot, and a beautiful setting, and you're in the mood to feeeeeel things, pick up Vessel ASAP." -- Bookshelvers Anonymous (Read full review)

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"Vessel is by far Sarah Beth Durst's best novel to date. It's intriguing, beautiful, the setting is amazing and the characters endearing." -- Reading the Best of the Best (Read full review)

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"Vessel went beyond any expectation I had for it. The world building that Sarah Beth Durst explores is some of the best I have ever seen. Immersing me into a world that I never wanted to leave. I loved every moment of exploring this incredible tale. Bravo!" -- The Book Monsters (Read full review)

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"Go pick up this book if you haven't already, it deserves all the attention it can get because it's perfect.""Go pick up this book if you haven't already, it deserves all the attention it can get because it's perfect." -- Librarian Mouse (Read full review)

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"I just can't give enough praise for this book. It combined all of my required elements beautifully. I am definitely picking up more of her books in the future. And a big fat YAY to some quality young adult fiction." -- Gofita's Pages (Read full review)

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"From the very beginning I was swept up in the desert sandstorm that is this book. I anticipated enjoying this book, but I fell in LOVE. The unique setting, the fantastic characters, the overarching themes of faith and perseverance…it hit all of my sweet spots as a reader." -- Wrapped Up in Books (Read full review)

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"Vessel is one of the best and most creative novels I've read this year. It swept me away, kept me on the edge of my seat, and occasionally punched me in the gut. I highly recommend it to YA and adult readers." -- Fantasy Literature (Read full review)

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An intricate and unique tale of magic, inner strength, romance, and war, Vessel is one of the best books I've read of 2012. If you're in the market for unique and well plotted fantasy, or even if you're not, buy this one today." -- Book Brats (Read full review)

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"I was repeatedly captivated, fascinated and interested in Liyana's journey and Durst's outstanding imagination." -- The Daily Bookmark (Read full review)

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"The real reason to read this book is the incredible quality of the storytelling. The language is beautiful, the world is impeccably drawn, and the plot is really original." -- Slatebreaker (Read full review)

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"My consensus is just that Sarah Beth Durst clearly has a spectacular imagination. She has taken a completely unique story in an unconventional setting, created a whole huge mythology for this world, and then created lovable and strong characters to interact with a intriguing plot. This is how one crafts a great YA fantasy novel -- 5 stars!" -- A Myriad of Books (Read full review)

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"Sarah has a way of writing that captures your attention right away and keeps you reading. You are drawn in to the book's world and are able to connect with the characters." -- Pawing Through Books (Read full review)

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"Get it soon. Liyana, Korbyn, and the other main characters are an enjoyable and complicated ensemble, and the world they inhabit is as magical as it is dangerous. I loved the world, and the story was a solid quest with fun characters, lots of peril, a not-too-angsty romance, and occasional armies." -- Rich in Color (Read full review)

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"[The world building] was so amazingly strong, detailed and unique; I think Durst really did a knockout job of creating a world that felt complete and utterly fascinating... Durst gets stronger with every book, in my opinion, and has become one of my top authors to watch." -- The Book Rat (Read full review and watch video review)

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"A beautiful book for many reasons. The writing, the characters, the story, the ending. It's powerful, too, in a way that not a lot of fantasy books can pull off. I loved reading about Liyana and watching her grow into herself, and the story moves in such a nice, fluid arc. Vessel is a must-read for me." -- Bread and Ink (Read full review)

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"This book was exciting, fresh, and filled with some wonderful writing and storytelling... You girls looking for a strong, confident female character need to invest in this book." -- Great Imaginations (Read full review)

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"Absolutely loved this book. I recommend it to anyone who loves fantasy and is looking for a unique, vividly conveyed world with an amazing heroine." -- A Novel Idea (Read full review)

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"With an unique concept and interesting world, Vessel was a delightful read." -- Gypsy Reviews (Read full review)

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"As far as fantasies go, Vessel is the tops. I want to read it all over again! *5 stars and then some*" -- The Page Sage (Read full review)

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"This book was a flying cobra snake. I don't know how else to put it. It was different and exciting and wonderfully suspenseful. It completely captivated me." -- Bookmark Dragon (Read full review)


Available now from Simon & Schuster / Margaret K. McElderry Books

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Drink, Slay, Love Reviews

"Combining a sense of humor with the dark appeal of supernatural romance, this book is funny, scary and thought provoking all at once. Even jaded fans of the supernatural will find fun in this one." -- Kirkus (Read full review)

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"Having her way with the conventions of the genre, Durst crafts a fresh, modern, and humorous twist on the vampire novel. Lively characters and a sweet romance are icing on the cake." -- Publishers Weekly (Read full review)

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"How refreshing to find a stand-alone vampire book with a real twist... There's catty and dark humor, romance, blood, danger, and, of course, there's the unicorn, whose secrets are revealed. The story transitions easily between the vampire and human world, creating characters, settings, and situations that are quite believable and often funny while still maintaining a respectable level of darkness. Fans of vampire fiction will be pleased to find this one on the shelf." -- School Library Journal (Read full review)

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"Offering a nicely skewed twist on the teen vampire genre, this book features a young bloodsucker enduring a crisis of conscience that causes her to be torn between the traditional vampire way of life and that of a normal high schooler. Pearl is an engagingly written, deeply flawed character, and readers will enjoy her sarcasm-fueled search for the unicorn that altered her life." -- VOYA

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"Durst creates an original, tough-as-nails brood of vampires who vie for social standing and use a flail to teach manners. The novel oozes ironic humor as Pearl's violent subterranean society crashes up against the local high school scene, with its tasteless ponytails and kindly counselors. Fierce, smart, and sarcastic, Pearl is a lively antihero who is forced to choose sides in the ultimate showdown, revealing her true loyalties. A sweet yet unusual romance completes the book's appeal." -- The Horn Book

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"Pearl is, if not exactly likable, refreshingly self-aware and possessed of a sort of mad charm, and readers both vamp-crazy and not will enjoy her dry, unapologetic take on the genre that is at once pointed send-up and twisted celebration." -- The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

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"One of the most entertaining vampire books to come along in a while." -- Michael Jones, Realms of Fantasy

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"Witty and wonderful! I'm a Durst fan and have been from the beginning, but I have to say, this is her best yet! The story is beautifully crafty, laugh-out-loud funny, witty, and edge-of-the-seat tense. A beautifully crafted book with great characters!" -- Tamora Pierce, New York Times bestselling author of the Beka Cooper series

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"Drink, Slay, Love is a clever, entertaining book complete with a winning heroine readers will want to cheer for -- albeit from a safe distance." -- Emma Carbone, New York Public Library (Read full review)

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"One word: WOW. Never before have I read a vampire book that left me totally speechless. Drink, Slay, Love by Sarah Beth Durst is, hands down, one of the best (if not THE best) vampire novel I have ever read." -- Bookish (Read full review)

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"This book is as wonderfully tongue in cheek as the title suggests, delightfully self-mocking the vampire lit genre it participates in while also providing such a great, well-told story. Pearl's journey of awakening to having a soul works well along-side the humor -- the story was fun as well as poignant." -- Heather Anastasiu, author of Glitch (Read full review)

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"Okay, I loved it, plain and simple. Pearl is witty and likeable (even if she doesn't want to be). Evan and Bethany are adorable. And the book as a whole is just funny. The dry, sarcastic humor from Pearl is fantastic! I loved her." -- The Flashlight Reader (Read full review)

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"Sarah Beth Durst is a genius!!! I loved this Drink, Slay, Love; the whole concept was unlike anything I've ever read!" -- The Cozy Reading Corner (Read full review)

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"Funny, fast moving and even a bit charming gave this book its recipe for tasty goodness. Its tone, well done writing and unique voice is everything I've come to appreciate in a Sarah Beth Durst novel." -- TinasBookReviews (Read full review)

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"The writing was smooth, and the pacing perfect. Definitely a recommendation for anyone who wants to read a non-traditional vampire tale and have a good laugh while you're at it." -- Book Munchies (Read full review)

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"Ms. Durst's snarkily humorous take on the monster was fresh and above all, fun. If you see it on a bookshelf in your near future, buy it, read it, love it." -- .bibliophile. .anonymous. (Read full review)

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"Drink, Slay, Love is amazing! 5 Stars: Vampires, unicorns, and some kick-tail action sequences... heck yeah!" -- Bound & Determined to Find a Good Read (Read full review)

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"Holy moly, I just finished a vampbook with a smile on my face. WHAT." -- Wear the Old Coat (Read full review)

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"Drink, Slay, Love is a fun, light-hearted vampire novel that would be a great read for reluctant paranormal readers such as myself. And yes, I can't believe that I actually put fun and light-hearted in the same sentence with vampire, but you better believe it. This is not your stereotypical vampire novel." -- Muggle-Born.net (Read full review)

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"Drink, Slay, Love has a great plotline that's both funny and meaningful with tons of catchy pop culture references and of course, sparkly unicorns! I never expected to find such a fantastic variety of content in a Young Adult book. Keep your eyes peeled for more reads from Sarah Beth Durst. She's an author worth following!" -- Rabid Reads (Read full review)

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"The whole story was very unique - a vampire becoming a daywalker? How fun! ... The writing is absolutely hilarious and the characters are wonderful." -- Snowdrop Dreams of Books (Read full review)

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"I have a strong suspicion that any fan of Joss Whedon will love this book as much as I did... This book is sweet and beautiful, humorous and insightful at the same time. For me, it sparkled (pun totally intended)." -- Nocturnal Book Reviews (Read full review)

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"This is a fresh, truly unique take on the genre, a genuine twist with a delightful heroine and a totally engaging story... Funny, cool, dark in places, and all together delightful." -- Fresh Fiction (Read full review)

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"If you've been thinking about reading Drink, Slay, Love then I'd definitely suggest giving it a go." -- Beneath Shining Stars, I Read (Read full review)

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"This book is unique, like no other teenage vampire book I have ever read... I recommend this one to all you vampire lovers out there, who like to see some ass kicking and some blood drinking. Real blood that is." -- Graced with Books (Read full review)

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"Unicorns, and vampires in the same novel? That makes it automatically awesome. It turned out to be a fun, surprisingly touching read that I really enjoyed." -- A Glass of Wine (Read full review)

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"Take it from the girl who was skeptical at first -- this book is wickedly, deliciously fun." -- Bookish Bethie (Read full review)

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"This book had enough darkness balanced with just the perfect amount of tongue in cheek whimsy to win me over." -- You Gotta Read Reviews (Read full review)

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"If you hate Twilight, you'll love Drink, Slay, Love. If you loved Twilight (and you have a sense of humor), you'll still love Drink, Slay, Love." -- My Awesome Bookshelf (Read full review)

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"Sarah Beth Durst has a distinct writing style, and a talent for creating intricate and unique worlds." -- A Simple Love of Reading (Read full review)

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"Drink, Slay, Love is ridiculously fun. It's full of snappy dialogue that was genuinely clever and funny, a storyline that was wacky but completely enjoyable, and a believable sweet romance. I had a blast reading this book." -- All Things Urban Fantasy (Read full review)

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"Drink, Slay, Love is a quirky, charming twist on the vampire tale told with heart, humor and sass." -- Novel Novice (Read full review)

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"I have to say this one of the most unique books I've read in a long time. Vampires & Unicorns.. not quite the combination I would have thought would work but it does!! ... Anyone who loves vampires, unicorns or paranormal will LOVE this book and I highly recommend that you get your hands on a copy to read. This easily makes it into my top ten for the year and will have a permanent spot in my own personal library!" -- Stitch - Read - Cook (Read full review)

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"A novel that's guaranteed to make you giggle, but one that still has some serious undertones." -- Musings of a YA Reader (Read full review)

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"Intriguing and fun, Drink, Slay, Love was an entertaining read, a glimpse into a young vampire's life when her life is altered in the biggest of ways." -- Me on Books (Read full review)

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"You know how much I love a good vampire tale and Drink, Slay, Love by Sarah Beth Durst is definitely one of my new faves." -- Steph's Stacks (Read full review)

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"This book blew me away page after page." -- The Bornean Bookworm (Read full review)

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" A very clever plot with a surprising twist that left me laughing all night. Seriously, I was laughing so much that the guy sitting next to me on the plane kept on shooting me looks." -- Vy's Blog (Read full review)

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"I was easily caught up in Drink, Slay, Love and I never lost interest in the book. If I sat the book down, it was always there, hovering in my brain like a puzzle waiting to be solved. I couldn't wait until I had time to read it again." -- Books, Sweets, and other Treats (Read full review)

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"This is possibly one of the most fun paranormal-genre books of the year!" -- Birth of a New Witch (Read full review)

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"This book is smart, funny, clear eyed, and original. It takes the vampire tale, blends with unicorn mythology and creates a delightful, hilarious, occasionally creepy story." -- Bea's Book Nook (Read full review)

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"Absolutely loved it. Sarah Beth Durst has taken a vampire story to a whole new snarky level." -- BookHounds (Read full review)

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"Seriously, this is one of the funniest books I've read. You can't help but laugh while reading this. Sarah Beth Durst writes Pearl with wit and cleverness, and Pearl completely carries the book. The perfect heroine was created here, one who isn't completely driven by teen angst and hormones." -- Esther's Ever After (Read full review)

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"Drink, Slay, Love is filled with twists and turns that will have you falling for vampires (and even unicorns) all over again!" -- Teenage Reader (Read full review)

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"This may very well be one of the best vampire stories I've ever read. It's certainly one of my favorites! Sarah Beth Durst laces the story with great humor, but also brings in the ruthlessness and brutality of the vampire clan. The suspense had me on the edge of my seat." -- Surrounded by Words (Read full review)

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"Drink, Slay, Love is a vampire novel that is completely different than any other I've read before. These vampires are different - they are not the ones that try to be good and not endanger humanity. No, these are evil and they're proud of it." -- Fictional Distraction (Read full review)

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"Sarah Durst's writing is side-splitting funny and dripping with sarcasm." -- The Book Nympho (Read full review)

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"It's hilarious. It's charming. It's everything I want in a book. Pearl? She's just awesome." -- Nicole's YA Book Haven (Read full review)

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"The writing throughout the book is witty and very personable. There are quite a few characters and Durst does a good job making each unique. I loved the strong, funny, yet somewhat geeky Bethany. She makes all of us that did well in school seem cool." -- Reading with Mo (Read full reivew)

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"Sarah has written a quirky, fun, read with vampires, a sparkly unicorn, prom dresses, icecreams, surprising friendships, a menacing Minerva, some roof top conversations, some nudity (he didn't look) and some dumpster action." -- Novels on the Run (Read full review)

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"I think this was an all around fun book that kept me reading except for times I had to stop. It's definitely one of those books I'll remember. And the only thing I'm going to say about the unicorn is ... I did not see that coming." -- Love of Books (Read full review)

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"Sarah Beth Durst is a genius. She took the vampires, made them ridiculous but bad at the same time, and did so in a way that is literally impossible not to adore. Drink Slay Love is one of those books that makes you want to reread immediately after you close the last page, because the level of awesomeness is high at these levels." -- My Book Addiction: Rescensione (Read full review)

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"Drink, Slay, Love is a fun trip back to high school and all its drama with a new twist and a lot of flair. You'll devour this story in one sitting with it's humor, darkness and irresistible characters. Sara Beth Durst is an author to watch out for!" -- Romancing the Darkside (Read full review)

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"The book is full of humor and creativity. Everything about it was all around unique. Really who would have thought were-unicorns and Vampires would go so great together." -- Urban Fantasy Investigrations (Read full review)

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"A standout offering in the sea of vampire fiction, Drink Slay Love combines strong characters and fast action to form a memorable novel. Whether or not you're a teenager, pick this one up and see how truly otherworldly a vampire can be." -- Owlcat Mountain (Read full review)

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"One of the most fun, original stories I have read in a while, loved it!" -- Books Devoured (Read full review)

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"Drink Slay Love was a fun and entertaining read, that I think would definitely appeal to people who are fed up with the same old vampire books and want something different. Recommended!" -- Planet Print (Read full review)

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"Riddled with rad witticisms and even a few Shakespearean deep moments, Drink, Slay, Love continuously hit the mark with its seemingly effortless satire and savvy." -- The Unread Reader (Read full review)

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"Drink, Slay, Love knocked my socks off and makes me want to put on another pair so that it can do it again. It's fun, unique, and incorporates everything a PR book should have." -- Paranormal Indulgence (Read full review)

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"A coming-of-age story with a vampire twist, the cleverly titled Drink, Slay, Love is full of suspense, drama, and excitement. Durst's characters are engaging with plenty of quirky humor. With a few surprises along the way, the danger and intensity culminates to a big finish. Durst is an extremely talented author, weaving a beautiful story with fascinating lead characters." -- SciFiChick.com (Read full review)

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"This one is definitely purchase worthy for those YA paranormal fans and worth a try for readers who have been reluctant to try a more serious paranormal book since it is so much lighter and different than most. I would call Drink Slay Love whimsical paranormal." -- Five Alarm Book Reviews (Read full review)

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"Funny, well-written, and entirely entertaining, I totally loved Drink, Slay, Love!" -- Harmony's Radiant Reads (Read full review)

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"Sarah has written another engrossing world filled enchanting new mythology, an exciting plot and a strong heroine you will be cheering for." -- A Bookworms Haven (Read full review)

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"Very charming, very clever and very Sarah Beth Durst. And that's probably the highest compliment that can be paid to any fantasy novel." -- Pamela Kramer, Chicago Young Adult Fiction Examiner (Read full review)

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"Funny, fresh and freakin' AWESOME, this book will totally blow your mind. You will not stop reading it from start to finish. That's a promise." -- Confessions of a Readaholic (Read full review)

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"It is generously sprinkled with humour and blissfully free of melodramatic teenage angst. It's a lighthearted YA novel with snappy dialogue and delightful attitude... Amusing, clever and fresh it's the perfect read for girls that once loved ponies and now swoon over brooding vamps." -- book'd out (Read full review)

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"With plenty of action and a little romance, fans of the paranormal will enjoy this refreshing and creative twist of a vampire story." -- Portrait of a Book (Read full review)

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"Let's be honest: it is easy for a vampire story to take itself too seriously. Drink, Slay, Love does not. It is light, fun, and hilarious. I have never read a vampire story quite like it. With the introduction of the were-unicorn (with all the powers you would expect a unicorn to have), it is unique." -- The Reading Fever (Read full review)

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"There are colorful characters, hilarious one-liners, mystery, action, and a touch of romance. Really, everything I've come to love about YA paranormal romance, without being too cliche or over the top. Just a really good story that I couldn't stop reading." -- Lily's Bookshelf (Read full review)

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"This book was simply amazing... Not only was the writing witty and diverse, the plot was great. I was pulled in and I couldn't put it down." -- Orrla: Bookworm Extraordinaire (Read full review)

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"Sarah Beth Durst easily blends some of the most endearing and iconic pop culture references into a quirky new series. Drink Slay Love is the personal journey of Pearl Sange as she transitions from cold uncaring vamp to almost human warm and fuzzy with fangs. I love Durst's approach of using a Mean Girls anthropological veiw point, along with a John Hughes teen quirk and angst backdrop, with a little Buffy camp thrown in to temper the self discovery theme evident in the title's reference." -- Unwasted Words (Read full review)

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"Drink Slay Love is another favorite of mine from Sarah Beth Durst. She shines at creating worlds and characters and adventures full of epic twists and turns that keep readers on the edge of their seats and this book is no exception. With a perfect balance of dark and light, a vividly descriptive transformation and all of the charm that comes with a Sarah Beth Durst novel - Drink Slay Love is one that you definitely don't want to miss!" -- Sophistikatied Reviews (Read full review)

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"It's funny, it's feisty, and I devoured it in two sittings. I would've finished in one sitting but, well, I'm old and need sleep." -- Preternatura (Read full review)

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"Pearl was a dynamic and fun to read about character. The secondary characters, especially the love interest, are extremely fun to get to meet as well." -- Live to Read (Read full review)

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"With a great combination of characters and writing that is unabashedly sarcastic and ironic, not to mention great comedic timing, Drink, Slay, Love is a funny novel that you'll laugh your way through." -- Fuzzy.Coffee.Books (Read full review)

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"This is a dark comedy that works on so many levels - it terrifies you, makes you laugh, and feel by turns horrified, sad, and boisterously happy." -- Alice Marvels (Read full review)

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"You can tell Durst had fun with this story, and as a result, the reader has fun too. Highly recommended, especially as a funk-breaker for those reading funks we all go through." -- Book Rat (Read full review)

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"Drink, Slay, Love is a good example of what young adult urban fantasy can be. It's funny, it's light, it doesn't take itself too seriously, and most importantly, there is actually more to the story than just how handsome everyone is." -- Fantasy Literature (Read full review)

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"I loved this book. So much fun. Very different and very entertaining." -- Heaven is a Bookstore (Read full review)

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"Drink Slay Love is a highly entertaining read with amazing characters and an exciting new look at vampires. You won't find any sparkly vampires here, but there is a sparkly unicorn that just might float your boat." -- My Neurotic Book Affair (Read full review)

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"If you love vampires, YA, witty dialogue, and are intrigued by the idea of were-unicorns, then you have to stalk your nearest bookstore and pick up a copy of Drink, Slay, Love." -- Luxury Reading (Read full review)

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"What I liked: Everything. Pearl doesn't magically turn into sunshine and lollipops happygirl. She's still herself. And she's fiercely true to herself throughout the story. I loved the supporting characters, both human and vampire." -- Quirky Girls Read (Read full review)

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"Full of hilarious dialogue, great writing and a kickass protagonist, Drink, Slay, Love was a fun, entertaining read!" -- Reading the Best of the Best (Read full review)

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"The characters of Drink, Slay, Love all have the personality and spunk I love, even the villains... I had a perpetual smile going on the entire book." -- Owl Review a Book (Read full review)

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"Drink, Slay, Love is an extremely entertaining novel that's sure to gain a big following -- and deservedly so." -- Agrippina Legit (Read full review)

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"Drink, Slay, Love was a great addition to my shelves and suggest anyone who loves paranormal, but wants something with a twist to pick it up! Oh, and PS -- There are unicorns...and talk of pooping rainbows." -- The Reading Housewives of Indiana (Read full review)

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"While the humor and wit of the story is what really grabbed me, I found that what sustained me throughout was the universal nature of Pearl's growth." -- Starmetal Oak Book Blog (Read full review)

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"Durst's characteristic wit and humor is once again present in Drink, Slay, Love, full of laugh-out-loud moments that keep the pages turning... I loved the whimsical flare to this otherwise paranormal novel and the new unicorn lore unique to Durst." -- A Backwards Story (Read full review)

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"Durst has this amazing way of writing so that you can really feel the wonder and awe of the moment." -- The Lady Critic's Library (Read full review)

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"If you are looking for a fun YA vampire book, go get this one.... The character of Pearl is such a delight. Of course she is almost made of snark, so you know I was loving it from the beginning." -- Books and Things (Read full review)

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"All you vampire fans need to check out this one! Sarah Beth Durst has added an unexpected twist that is sure to satisfy her readers and earn her some new fans." -- Readingjunky's Reading Roost (Read full review)

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"The dialogue is witty and sarcastic, the premise is outrageous and fun, and the story is action-packed, incredibly captivating -- seductive even -- and surprisingly clever." -- Fiktshun (Read full review)

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"Sarah Beth Durst has come up with a refreshing new take on vampires." -- Reading Bites (Read full review)

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"Sure, it's a romance, and it's fun, but at it's core, it's telling a story of a girl trying to figure out who she is in the face of a drastic change. And that's someone everyone can relate to." -- Book Nut (Read full review)

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"Brilliant! A satirical take on vampire pop culture, Drink Slay Love is a entertaining novel filled with humour, excitement and action. Durst has written an phenomenal page-turner giving readers a brand new perspective of vampires. Witty, sarcastic and hilarious, Drink Slay Love is a refreshing paranormal like no other!" -- Badass Bookie (Read full review)

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"Okay- if you have got even one funny bone in your body, you are gonna love this book. It has the most fun with the concept of vampires that I have read in a long time. It doesn't matter if you love vampires or are sick to death of them, you will laugh until it hurts in a good way when you read this." -- The Vampire Librarian (Read full review)

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"If you haven't read Drink, Slay, Love by Sarah Beth Durst, you need to get out from under the rock you've been hiding under. This is a MUST read book." -- Short and Sweet Reviews (Read full review)

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"Drink Slay Love is a thoroughly engaging story of a vampire finding her soul, filled with plenty of laugh-out-loud moments, quirky characters, a unique protagonist and some dangerous schemes." -- Eleusinian Mysteries (Read full review)

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"I've got some serious love for this book. I expected a humorous take on the vampire genre and yes, there's plenty of that but I was surprised by how taken I was by Pearl." -- My Favourite Books (Read full review)

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""I can sum up this review in four words and some exclamation points: vampire slayer were-unicorn awesomeness!!! ... This book was so much fun, so quirky, unique and just loveable! Easily one of my new favorites." -- Pinkindle Reads and Reviews (Read full review)

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"Drink Slay Love is freaking AWESOME. It's a hilarious, tongue-in-cheek paranormal mash up of vampires and unicorns. That's right, I said vampires and unicorns." -- Michelle and Leslie's Book Picks (Read full review)

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"Drink, Slay, Love was fast paced but is filled with a tension that insists you read on. My overall impression of this novel is that it is a great book filled with amazing characters." -- The More the Merrier! (Read full review)

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"Twists - tick! Turns - tick! Clever - tick! Entertaining - tick! Funny - tick! Well-played, Ms Durst. Very well-played indeed." -- Alien Onion (Read full review)

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"I loved how humorous and lighthearted it was and how it never was meant to be taken seriously. And the unicorns? FREAKING COOL." -- Writing and Books (Read full review)

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"This book was in a league of its own. Completely different to anything I had read before. We have the main character who is a vampire who gets stabbed in the heart by a Unicorn and now can go out in the daylight. Need I say more. This book is AMAZING!" -- YA Book Reads (Read full review)

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"The book does not only surprise with its uncommon plot but is also fast paced and full of action, has a really easy to read style of writing and a great number of unexpected and surprising turns. Everybody who can't stand all those cheesy, sparkly vampires anymore: You'll love this book!" -- Anima Libri (Read full review)

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"[Durst] puts new spins on things, has a lot of fun with well known subjects, has plenty of imagination, and is just plain fun. I look forward to whatever she brings us next because with Durst it's always a surprise." -- A Fangirls View (Read full review)

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"Sarah Beth Durst somehow transformed vampires and unicorns into something amazing." -- Moonlight Reader (Read full review)

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"This was the sort of book that I couldn't put down. I was enthralled by the characters and the story. I recommend it to readers who like their vampire stories with a bit of humor and who like watching a main character grow and change." -- Ms. Martin Teaches Media (Read full review)

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"I recommend this to vampire lovers, or people who want to see the ridiculousness of supernatural beings. Two thumbs up all the way." -- Books (Read full review)

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"Drink Slay Love is a great young adult read, mostly because the lead female protagonist is smart, independent and fearless. Durst's writing is snappy and her dialogue witty, and while there is romance, this isn't a novel to buy for your niece/little sister/friend who draws love hearts over Edward Cullen's face. Or, on second thought, maybe you should. They could probably use a bit of sass." -- Lip (Read full review)

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"A lively antihero, Pearl is fierce, smart, and sarcastic in this sweet, unusual romance. Durst creates an original, tough-as-nails brood of vampires...who will leave you thirsty for more." -- Horn Book (Read full review)

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"If you enjoy unique fantasy touches and kick-a** heroines, this book is definitely worth your time." -- A Room With Books (Read full review)

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"A wonderful witty book that is sure to please. I laugh a lot reading this as it has a good plot and great lines." -- Paranormal Reads (Read full review)

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"Everything from the unique vampire society and culture, unicorn mythology, literary quotations, and multi-dimensional characters, combine to make a humorous vampire story that's not afraid to show its dark side." -- Zodiac Book Reviews (Read full review)

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"One of the best vampire books I have ever read." -- Genrefluent's Bistro Book Club (Read full review)

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"The style and story line that Sarah Beth Durst portrays is done with finesse, style, comedy and romance that it all really surprised me as to how it worked out. Sneaky and subtle clues are dropped throughout the story making it fun to guess as to what is going to happen next." -- Fictional Fantasy (Read full review)

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"Drink, Slay, Love is made of awesome with all the right sorts of bubbly... Sarah Beth Durst pulled all the stops with this story, and I definitely did not want to put this book down. EVER." -- The Epic Rat (Read full review)

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"Drink, Slay, Love 'stakes' the vampire genre. Completely tongue in cheek , it's an all-out good time with delicious camp and a compelling heroine." -- Bri Ahearn (Read full review)

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"If you want a book with plenty of laughs, packed with drama, and moments that'll make your heart melt- read Drink Slay Love. An utterly unique tale of self-discovery, with seriously evil bad guys but seriously sweet good guys, and a romance that sneaks up on you. It's fun, light, and refreshingly makes fun of YA cliches, rather than being one." -- Always Lost in Stories (Read full review)

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"Drink. Slay. Love is FOR SURE a book to read if you like vampires or the paranormal. It's a vampire book that completely breaks away from all other vampire books. It's creative, imaginative, hilarious, witty...and just about anything you could ask for in a book." -- Unabridged Andra (Read full review)

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"I recommend this book for anyone who likes a tough heroine who sticks up for what she believes in even though it may kill her." -- Fictional Distraction (Read full review)

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"I loved this from beginning to end – the snarky voice of the narration was excellent and spot on, and it was wonderful to read a YA paranormal that made complete internal sense!" -- Australian Speculative Fiction in Focus (Read full review)

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"Drink, Slay, Love is humorous, exciting, and full of surprises. It is so much more than your typical vampire story." -- YA Book Queen (Read full review)

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"Durst took me by surprise with her funny yet insightful novel that had me turning pages late into the night." -- Consumed by Books (Read full review)

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"Sarah Beth Durst has finally given me the opportunity to say that there is only one vampire book I like, instead of declaring I dislike them in general. Drink, Slay, Love was a fun tale of vampirism, action and a dash of romance, all laced with a snarky humor that had me giggling from start to finish. A great read." -- The Authoress (Read full review)

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"Funny, fresh and freakin' AWESOME, this book will totally blow your mind. You will not stop reading it from start to finish. That's a promise." -- Confessions of a Readaholic (Read full review)


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Enchanted Ivy Reviews

"Durst deftly layers in mythologies, drawing upon the vaunted status of the Ivy League schools, students' stories and superstitions, common tropes of fantasy literature and the propaganda of war. A refreshing entry in the urban-fantasy field and a solid adventure tale." -- Kirkus (Read full review)

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"Every page of Enchanted Ivy weaves a delightful, seductive spell. Lily is a true heroine--smart, intrepid, and utterly human. I'd give anything to travel to the world of Sarah Beth Durst's imagination!" -- Jeri Smith-Ready, award-winning author of Shade

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"Durst clearly enjoys spinning her supernatural ideas out of the architecture and lore of Princeton. Lily deals with the peculiarity of her situation in a believable manner, and her two potential love interests -- a loner boy with orange-and-black hair and the handsome grandson of the Vineyard Club president -- are charming." -- School Library Journal

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"The book really kicks into gear with a monumental battle between good and evil that uncovers secret after secret not just about the university but also about Lily's family and her unique place between the worlds of humans and monsters... Lily is a quick-thinking heroine who holds her own against not only monsters but also rival love interests." -- Booklist

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"The overlapping details are effective and creative. Lily herself, a charming mix of klutz and quick study, is an amiable protagonist; even more memorable are the secret knights on her side and the endless magical creatures on the other one." -- The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

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"The SATs are nothing compared to cranky dragons, and this test's a killer. Durst's passion for her alma mater shines through with every whimsical, exciting page, as she weaves a captivating, magical tale that demands a sequel." -- Michael Jones, Realms of Fantasy

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"Plenty of intriguing touches for readers of all ages." -- Carolyn Cushman, Locus Magazine

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"Durst plunges Lily into her vivid imagination on a rollercoaster of action with lots of unexpected twists and turns, where her brilliant use of language fills the pages with color and clarity. This book has it all: non-stop action, magical creatures, building suspense, warm-hearted romance, addictive adventure, scary monsters, deadly battles, and a bit of light humor --- a real winner, both in the fantasy world and in the book world." -- Chris Shanley-Dillman, TeenReads (Read full review)

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"Enchanted Ivy is a mesmerizing, fast paced, engaging read... With twist and turns and wonderful characters, it's definitely a book I'll be picking up again." -- Mundie Moms (Read full review)

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"I was captivated from the beginning, and could not let go till the end. This dramatic story is full of suspense, mystery, and more than a few surprising twists. Completely spellbinding -- I can't recommend this one enough. Fantasy fans of all ages will enjoy this charming tale." -- SciFiChick.com (Read full review)

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"With her deft prose and runaway imagination, [Durst] creates a tale filled with rich characters, wonderful story-telling, and puzzle pieces that fall together perfectly." -- Chicago Examiner (Read full review)

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"Durst casts a spell on the reader with her fantasy world filled with talking gargoyles, cute shape shifter boys, and heroic knights. Let's just say I'll never think of Princeton in the same way again!" -- Enchanting YA Reviews (Read full review)

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"Enchanted Ivy, although filled with fantastic creatures and a well-known university wrapped in magical secrets, will easily resonate with those getting ready for college. It's an extremely exciting and scary time for teenagers and reading a novel like this will allow the reader to lose themselves within a well-written story. Might just be the best stress-reliever out there! But I think Enchanted Ivy will easily earn a place on many bookshelves, not just teenagers and young adult readers." -- P.S. I Love Books (Read full review)

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"Durst has a way of creating lovable and strong heroines that you can't help but love... Readers who loved Ice will find themselves falling in love with the setting and characters in Enchanted Ivy. Probably enough to want to take a trip to Princeton just to see how magical it is." -- Fantastic Book Review (Read full review)

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"Sarah Beth Durst has painted a magical picture of a world that is linked to ours, but strives to remain hidden. The mystery will have you searching for clues and wanting to unlock the secrets that Lily has yet to unravel." -- A Bookworms Haven (Read full review)

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"Enchanted Ivy was, well ... enchanting. The story puts on a new twist to the hardships of applying to colleges while pulling you on an adventure through mythical creatures, alternate universes that will put your imagination to shame, cute knights and shape-shifting boys. Sarah Beth Durst is one of my new favorite fantasy authors and I can't wait for another adventure from her!" -- Sophistikatied Reviews (Read full review)

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"Enchanted Ivy is a magical ride full of twists and turns and MAGIC. I want to believe such a place like Princeton University exists. Oh, wait! It does! Some day I vow to travel there and get the gargoyles to speak to me." -- Squeaky Books (Read full review)

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"Enchanted Ivy is a fun, fast read with a unique plot that sucks readers in." -- A Book Dork (Read full review)

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"I read Enchanted Ivy in a little bit more than a day. I was totally enthralled. This is a very original story." -- Adventures in Reading (Read full review)

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"It's wish fulfillment at its finest, thrown in with a splash of fantasy, romance, and adventure. It's definitely a good book to curl up with on a rainy day!" -- A Backwards Story (Read full review)

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"Enchanted Ivy is a creative, romantic, and intriguing paranormal book unlike many in its genre, leaving it to be a book I absolutely adored!" -- Lauren's Crammed Bookshelf (Read full review)

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"Enchanted Ivy promises magic, adventure, mystery, romance, and humor, and delivers on all accounts. I could easily see Sarah Beth Durst becoming a favorite author, and I look forward to more of her work in the future." -- Fantasy Literature (Read full review)

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"I cannot stress how much I adored Sarah Beth Durst's latest novel. Enchanted Ivy was totally unlike any fantasy I've ever read before. Ms. Durst made the plot interesting, fast-paced, addictive, and totally unique. Once again, Ms. Durst's creativity amazed me." -- Bookworm Readers (Read full review)

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"I found Enchanted Ivy an engaging read, with a plot that held my interest, and a setting that struck just the right balance between realistic and fantastic. I'll probably never look at gargoyles or ivy-covered stone walls in quite the same way. Recommended!" -- Jen Robinson's Book Page (Read full review)

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"I really felt swept away just as Lily was. Durst creates a fantastical cast of characters, my favorite definitely being the enchanted gargoyles." -- Starmetal Oak Book Blog (Read full review)

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"Rich in magic, Enchanted Ivy bedazzled me with its charm and wit. It will lose you in a world filled with mysterious boys, weretigers, and family secrets till you reach the final page." -- Bri Meets Books (Read full review)

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"An adventuresome and charming story that catches the reader up in the sense of anticipation that anything could happen when you leave for college. ANYTHING -- up to and including magical battles and handsome were-tiger boys. There's a little bit of everything in this story: adventure, romance, family drama, magic... and the more ordinary magic of discovering who you are and how many possibilities lie ahead." -- Finding Wonderland (Read full review)

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"It was like a breath of fresh air and made me smile. Sarah Beth Durst does a fantastic job bringing alive the setting and characters." -- P.J. Hoover, Roots in Myth (Read full review)

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"As it's name implies, Enchanted Ivy is truly an enchanting read. Infused with adventure, suspense, and a plethora of imaginative fantastical creatures, I found this one very hard to pull myself away from." -- The Book Pixie (Read full review)

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"Enchanted Ivy was a story woven with humor, secrets, and enchantment. I couldn't stop reading as Lily got deeper and deeper into the secrets and worlds of the Princetons." -- The Paperback Princess (Read full review)

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"I have so much love for this book it's amazing, I think this novel would be one my all-purpose 'I would bring it to a desert island as my only means of entertainment' book, it's that good." -- Ex Libris (Read full review)

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"I love books that although they are full of danger and mystery - still have you feeling happy. This is that type of book." -- All About {n} (Read full review)

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"Enchanted Ivy is a satisfying fantasy book and one I'll be recommending to the teenage girls in my life. It's fun to read about college, even more fun to read about the Ivy Leagues and when you toss magic and fantasy into the mix – well, it just can't get better than that." -- The Lost Entwife (Read full review)

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"The book is well written, the plot is awesome… and I love the love story behind it all!" -- Reading the Best of the Best (Read full review)

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"Enchanted Ivy will have you lost between worlds and reading for magic, secrets, love and vengeance. Durst is a pro at storytelling." -- Fragments of Life (Read full review)

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"Durst knows what she is doing when it comes to the realm of magic and the real world. With a mystery to keep you guessing and plenty of action and suspense, Enchanted Ivy is a fresh story in the teen fiction genre." -- Bara Lotus Garden (Read full review)

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"This exciting, magical adventure, with a little romance, is sure to appeal to teens whether or not they are applying for college -- yet." -- Kiss the Book (Read full review)

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"Like Sarah Beth Durst's previous novel Ice, Enchanted Ivy is written beautifully. The world is vivid, the characters full of life, and the premise is incredibly original. Durst definitely knows how to transport the reader into another world by creating a story that is unlike any other. Enchanted Ivy is definitely one of the best young adult novels of 2010. Highly recommend." -- The Neverending Shelf (Read full review)

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"Enchanted Ivy was a unique and original novel with a plot that never slowed down. I loved the excitement and intensity of the book, and the romance sprinkled throughout. This will greatly appeal to teens of all ages!" -- Mrs. Magoo Reads (Read full review)

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"Lily faces dangers and betrayals while finding love in this intriguing story of hidden magic in seemingly ordinary places." -- Children's Literature

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"This is masterful storytelling, where from the first, seemingly ordinary moment you know that something is slightly askew in Lily's life, but how askew you cannot guess and finding out is the true fun of the book. I adored the characters (even the nasty ones)... This book is amazingly fun, and a must read for the college-bound, to remind them to lighten up, if nothing else!" -- Jessica Day George, author of Princess of Glass and Dragon Slippers on Bookshop Talk (Read full review)

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"The worlds Sarah Beth Durst creates are always a joy to read! ... Those looking for a stand-alone fantasy with a bit of romance and a lot of action will find an engaging tale in Enchanted Ivy." -- TeensReadToo (Read full review)

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"Sarah Beth Durst is already one of my favorite new fantasy authors, and Enchanted Ivy is simply magical... As someone who has to worry about that college admissions process next year, Lily's journey hit home, while also reawakening my imagination and including some sigh-worthy love interests along the way." -- 21 Pages (Read full review)

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"I read Enchanted Ivy in a little bit more than a day. I was totally enthralled. This is a very original story." -- Adventures in Reading (Read full review)

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"Enchanted Ivy is a fresh story. I needed that relief in a book. It had some formula but it didn't stick to the rules. You couldn't rip it from my grip." -- Cleverly Inked (Read full review)

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"This wonderful discovery story is full of magic, adventure, and little romance. I think I may have become a fan of Durst with this one." -- Gamila's Review (Read full review)

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"With witty writing, a fast plot, and a cast of admirable characters, this book was so much fun to read." -- Book Crumbs (Read full review)

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"I enjoyed every moment of reading this book." -- Sonder Books (Read full review)

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"Three words to describe is book is: Enchanting, cute, fun. If I could use more words I would say: A cute read that will make you smile during a bad day. (Or a good one.)" -- Owl Review (Read full review)

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"This story had adventure, danger and romance. I recommend it to fantasy-loving young adults." -- Ms. Martin Teaches Media

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"Enchanted Ivy has a little bit of everything -- adventure, mystery, romance. It's a fun, light-hearted read that nonetheless includes some meaningful themes." -- Howard County Library (Read full review)

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"I'm pleased to say that Enchanted Ivy hits a lot of the same notes [as Into the Wild], while crafting a more complicated world, replete with old rivalries, new challenges, and plenty of history. Enchanted Ivy quite simply, is a wonderful reading experience." -- San Francisco Book Reviews (Read full review)

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"Enchanted Ivy is a great blend of magic, fantasy, mystery and YA level romance. The plot is catching from the beginning. The story is fast paced yet detailed. Lily is loyal, determined, stubborn and an all around great character to follow." -- Urban Fantasy Investigations (Read full review)

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"Lily is smart and capable, and the thrills and chills come with reliable regularity, but what really makes Enchanted Ivy rise above the herd is the fantastic way that Durst utilizes the Princeton setting. Ivy includes monster battles, sure, but it's also a love letter to the college campus. Stone gargoyles talk; the shelves in the library move; the leaves, trees, and ivy come to life; and the gates are much more than they appear." -- Bookslut (Read full review)

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"This exciting, magical adventure, with a little romance, is sure to appeal to teens whether or not they are applying for college -- yet." -- Bewitched Librarian (Read full review)

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"I loved Enchanted Ivy. Truly loved it. It's a perfect fantasy with an original premise, a great plot and top notch world building." -- Miss Print (Read full review)

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"It was definitely Durst's originality that made me love Ivy so much, both in the big things - like the secret behind Lily's new powers - and in tiny details like the magical science-esque books Lily finds in the library. This is another book that'll make you laugh - I LOVED the talking gargoyles - and Lily herself is a great character." -- Avalon: Fantasy's Homeland (Read full review)

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"I found this book to be very fast paced and very fun. I really enjoyed it. The imagery that Durst describes is so vivid I felt like I was walking through both Princeton's with Lily." -- Moirae (the fates) book reviews (Read full review)


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Ice Reviews and Awards

2009 Andre Norton Award Finalist
2010 Boston Authors Club Young Readers Award Finalist

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"Durst flawlessly weaves together romance, adventure, and a modern sensibility to create a highly inventive and suspenseful story of a girl on the cusp of adulthood. Readers will take Cassie and Bear to their hearts." -- School Library Journal (Read full review)

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"Durst skillfully integrates a contemporary girl into an updated version of the tale East of the Sun and West of the Moon, balancing the magical with the modern... [Cassie's] quest for self-worth, independence, maturity and love, is twisty, absorbing and satisfying." -- Publishers Weekly (Read full review)

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"Told in a descriptive style that perfectly captures the changing settings, Durst's novel is a page-turner that readers who enjoy adventure mixed with fairy-tale romance will find hard to put down." -- Booklist (Read full review)

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"This slipstream novel unites tropes of fantasy, science fiction and adventure by including nods to Asbjornsen/Moe and Perrault tales and scientific research and plunging a courageous but reckless teen heroine into the Arctic wilderness... Comes to a resolution that will satisfy romantic teens." -- Kirkus

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"This beautifully drawn tale captured me in a realm of wonders!" -- Tamora Pierce, New York Times bestselling author of Bloodhound (Beka Cooper)

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"I loved this deeply romantic story." -- Juliet Marillier, author of Wildwood Dancing

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"Ice is a beautiful and shivery tale of sacrifice and love. Highly recommended, and just in time for the winter season." -- Becca Fitzpatrick, New York Times bestselling author of Hush, Hush

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"I read it at once. And it is awesome. The bear is no mere enchanted prince, a la Beast, but something much more interesting. Her take on trolls, too, is very different from the traditional tale, and has a great pay-off. Sarah Beth Durst has folded an amazing amount of research on the frozen Northern world into this tale. The level of detail into the environment is absolutely to my taste." -- Laini Taylor, author of Lips Touch Three Times and Silksinger (Read full review)

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"In creativity and charm, there are few books that equal Ice. The storyline and quality of writing give it a timeless appeal. Readers will adore the charismatic, modern characters and the way the old fairy tale fits in with the new." -- Melanie Smith, TeenReads (Read full review)

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"Full of action and romance, Ice is sure to delight fans of all ages who enjoy curling up with a good fairy tale." -- Sarah Bean, TeensReadToo (Read full review)

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*ALAN's Picks February 2010* "Sarah Beth Durst's book is a well-written account of eighteen-year-old Cassie Dasent's journey into the discovery of who she really is and where her family really comes from. Durst's book is a fast read that is enjoyable for any reader, especially seventh graders and up." -- ALAN: Assembly on Literature for Adolescents (Read full review)

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"Durst is an amazing writer and her control of the story allows you to step into the story and believe for all 308 pages." -- Gayle Surrette, SFRevu (Read full review)

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"Highly recommended, this novel is a magnificent swirl of romance, ice crystals and warm fur. Perfect to curl up with in front of a roaring fire." -- Kids Lit (Read full review)

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"Make sure to break out your winter coat because you are in for one epic Arctic adventure! Sarah Beth Durst has woven a magical narrative that will sweep you away across frozen lands, complete with ice castles, blistering winds, enchanting creatures and one courageous young woman! Ice was a beautiful, engrossing tale of impossible love and sacrifice that drew me in right from the very first page." -- The Book Butterfly (Read full review)

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"Sarah Beth Durst weaves a tale of magic grounded in reality, strange but radiant love, intense emotion, drama, and one heck of an epic adventure. Her writing is so natural that the fairy tale underneath her plot is nearly indistinguishable from her seamless additions. The fascinating characters -- particularly Cassie and Bear -- resided in a perfectly gorgeous Arctic setting that complimented the characters and story so impossibly well. Ice has really set itself apart, not just from retellings, but from all love stories as well. I loved it." -- Reading Rocks (Read full review)

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"What was it that gripped me about this book? EVERYTHING! This book will keep you on your toes!" -- Squeaky Books (Read full review)

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"Ice blends together reality and fantasy in a way that left me breathless... The richness in detail both real and fantastic, the strong heroine who runs to save her love, the supporting cast who brought both humor and terror to the story, the amazing ending that ties everything together in an unexpected way -- I highly recommend Ice to any fairy-tale fanatics." -- The Epic Rat (Read full review)

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"Durst wove a beautiful and magical story with great characters and a perfect setting which readers will be sure to love. So get ready for an astonishing journey that reaches to the ends of the earth that will have you begging for more." -- Fantastic Book Review (Read full review)

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"Stirring in its beauty, captivating with its romance and action, Ice is a tale that will have you believe in magic and love. I was swept up as Cassie crossed the ends of the Earth, and so will readers." -- Bri Meets Books (Read full review)

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"I ABSOLUTELY LOVED THIS BOOK. It had everything I wanted from a book of its kind: a feisty female protagonist, epic adventures, luscious writing, and the kind of romance that stops hearts and makes you remember why romance exists in the world." -- Steph Su Reads (Read full review)

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"I was amazed by this story. It was one of the most beautiful tales I've read in a long time--a wonderful fairy tale. The writing was not only beautiful but the plot was intriguing that I had to keep reading and didn't want to put the book down." -- Who, What, When, Where, Why (Read full review)

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"Cassie's a smart, likable, capable heroine in the true style of Tamora Pierce's heroines... The re-telling of 'East of the Sun and West of the Moon' is wonderfully re-imagined and seamless." -- Read What You Know (Read full review)

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"Cassie is a kick-ass girl, and she gets to show her grit when this thoughtful story turns into an epic survival adventure in the frozen north." -- Bib-Laura-Graphy (Read full review)

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"It's a fantastic and compelling read. Cassie is a strong, capable, and witty heroine and one that readers can look up to and root for." -- Book Chic (Read full review)

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"Ice is a novel whose prologue, all of two pages long, seized me in its firm grip and pulled me all the way through to its swift, fulfilling end...It has my wholehearted recommendation!" -- A Fort Made of Books (Read full review)

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"Cassie's journey to the troll castle was filled with interesting characters and dangerous events... Durst does a nice job making this story fresh and new. Her take on the trolls was particularly inventive and just darned cool." -- Oops... Wrong Cookie (Read full review)

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"This is a beautiful story. It shows what one would do for the ones that they love. I read this and then reread it because I just didn't want it to end. I found the characters believable in a magical and beautiful setting of the great white north. Put this book on your must read list it really is that good." -- Lyra Rose (Read full review)

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"Durst's has this freshness and compelling quality that just sucks a reader in.... In Cassie, she creates a really kick ass heroine that any girl can relate to." -- Ticket to Anywhere (Read full review)

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"Ice was an magical, adventurous, and lovely fairy tale. From Cassie's trek through the icy Arctic, to running through a magical forest where all the trees want to stop her from escaping, or a magical palace made of ice, Ice sure takes the reader on a whirlwind adventure." -- Pop Culture Junkie (Read full review)

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"Ice tells the story of a strong, smart, young woman, as she struggles to figure out the world around her, and Cassie is a heroine well-worth the trek across the Arctic ice." -- BookGeeks (Read full review)

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"I highly recommend this book, it's lovely, and such an great page turner." -- Once Upon a Bookcase (Read full review)

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"Her words capture the danger, the excitement, and the exhilaration of adventure and true love, making for a spectacular, unusual read you will never want to finish. I simply adored this book, and cannot wait for Durst's next one." -- The Compulsive Reader (Read full review)

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"The book is also fiercely romantic, strangely real and not without moral purpose, read in the context of a frightening modern world facing the extinction of polar bears." -- My Fluttering Heart (Read full review)

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"Durst is a talented storyteller, weaving a vibrant and beautiful tale of fantasy, love, and family." -- SciFiChick.com (Read full review)

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"Sarah Beth Durst took a unique spin on the classic tale and truely made it feel like something new, but familiar all at the same time." -- The Tainted Poet (Read full review)

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"Cassie's dedication to polar bears is a brilliant fire beneath the story and Ms. Durst's depiction of the rigors and hazards of research was a fascinating component of the story." -- Supernatural Fairy Tales (Read full review)

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"I would absolutley suggest Ice to anyone. It's highly original and sets itself apart from every other YA title out there, and it leaves you with that nice feeling in the pit of your stomach all fairy tales should." -- Opinionated? Me? (Read full review)

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"Sarah Beth Durst's lyrical tale is enchanting, an icy miracle from start to finish." -- Mrs. Magoo Reads (Read full review)

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"Fans of fairy tale retellings and supernatural romances won't want to miss Ice. It's an engaging blend of modern science and magical fairy tale, with a memorable setting. Ice is the perfect book to sweep the reader away on a cold winter's night." -- Jen Robinson's Book Page (Read full review)

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"Ice was a magical and spellbinding novel from the very first page to the last." -- Lauren's Crammed Bookshelf (Read full review)

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"The shift from gritty Arctic realism to the dazzling magic of the Polar Bear king's palace is just perfectly handled... I loved how fierce and strong she [Cassie] was, and this book was just a joy to read. Really, really fun and recommended!" -- Stephanie Burgis, author of A Most Improper Magick (Read full review)

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"Have a cup of steaming hot chocolate and curl up in your couch with Ice. You will be captivated by it within minutes." -- Read This Book (Read full review)

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"Sarah Beth Durst's adaptation of the Scandinavian fairytale East of the Sun and West of the Moon has the power to enchant faster than you can say Aurora Borealis. What starts out as a dangerous journey to save Cassie's mother, quickly turns into something more surprising in an achingly beautiful story of hope, love and loss." -- Total Sci-Fi (Read full review)

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"Ice is a unique, enchanting and beautifully written tale of science, magic and love colliding to form an utterly magical story that will stay with me for a very long time." -- So Many Books, So Little Time (Read full review)

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"Ice by Sarah Beth Durst did everything right... I grew to love every single character especially Cassie!" -- Litter Box... Scoop Daily (Read full review)

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"I'd recommend Ice to anyone who enjoys fairytale retellings in general, but also to anyone who's looking to try the genre for the first time. It's one of the best." -- I was a teenage book geek (Read full review)

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"I love retellings of fairy tales, and this one's a honey. It would have to be frozen honey, though -- there's more snow in this book than you'll find anywhere but in a biography of Admiral Peary." -- Kate Coombs, author of The Runaway Princess (Read full review)

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"It is a great book with magic, mystery, excitement, action, romance and a talking polar bear. What more could you ask for?" -- Young & Un:Bound (Read full review)

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"This one of a beast and his beauty about knocked my socks off....no I take that back I was so cold reading through all the snow and ice I needed my toasty socks on... this was a fabulous absolutely wonderful fantasy story." -- TinasBookReviews (Read full review)

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"Ice is a magical, compelling story that is perfect for reading in the middle of a snow-filled winter. It draws you in to Cassie's world, and takes you on a journey through an Arctic different to how you or I have ever imagined it." -- Wondrous Reads (Read full review)

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"Ice by Sarah Beth Durst was pure bliss. Paranormal romance at its best." -- Rhiannon Hart on The Book Smugglers (Read full review)

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"5 of 5 stars. Wow. This book has been the most creative book I've ever read. More outside of the box, beyond compare. I've never read a fairytale so convincingly unique and attractive in all aspects. The writing was gorgeous, the characters so colorful, and intriguing the plot completely out of the books." -- Design Comma (Read full review)

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"Sarah's fairy tale is beautifully written and visually inspiring, throughout the book we are taken on a whirlwind adventure across the arctic north, through the Boreal Forest and farther to the ends of the earth. Cassie's determination to find The Polar Bear King after he is captured is heart wrenching and exciting all at once, a never ending fight to reach her destination her journey is much like that of Homer's Odysseus." -- A Simple Love of Reading (Read full review)

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"Cassie is a fierce heroine who practically jumps off the page. She's smart, brave, and resourceful. She isn't always likable, but she's always dynamic. She strikes bargains, takes death-defying risks, tells lies, tricks people, and never gives up. In YA fantasy, there have been a lot of passive heroines lately. This is NOT one of them." -- Fantasy Literature (Read full review)

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"I have three words for you: Must Read Now." -- Denise Madness Reviews (Read full review)

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"Ice is a fun sweet fairy tale that had me smiling." -- Teens Read and Write (Read full review)

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"Read this great retelling of an old, classic Scandinavian fairy tale East of the Sun and West of the Moon for a fun, light read this winter. The cold outside will definitely place you in the right mood for this tale. Adventure, fairy tale, fantasy, and romance are all rolled in to this read. Enjoy!" -- Busy Bookworm Blogger (Read full review)

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"A story that is opposite of a prince saving his princess as a girl goes out to save her true love. Such a good read and it really should get onto one of the top 'Gotta read this' list." -- Emma's Book Corner (Read full review)

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"Lovely, magical, romantic... Cassie and Bear are one of the most chemistry filled couples that I have ever had the pleasure to read about. They are realistic, sweet, fire and ice, and I loved every minute of their time together. Durst is an amazing storyteller who fills the novel with so many realistic details that I actually forgot I was reading half the time." -- The Neverending Shelf (Read full review)

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"Ice is a novel that will tug at your heartstrings and leave you breathless." -- The Sweet Bonjour (Read full review)

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"I thought this was a fantastic adaptation of the Norwegian fairytale 'East of the Sun and West of the Moon'. She successfully brought the story into a modern setting while creating a world full of beauty and magic." -- A Book Dork (Read full review)

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"Ice is a beautifully written thrill ride with in a well-crafted world of fantasy and wonder." -- Sophistikatied Reviews (Read full review)

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"Ice was a magical tale that captures your imagination and holds it from the beginning to the end." -- Dreaming of Books (Read full review)

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"This romance adventure fantasy is an interesting and intriguing mix that delivers a fast-paced read." -- The Goddess of YA Literature (Read full review)

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"I really adored reading Ice and look forward to reading more books by Durst. So far, this has probably been one of my favorite books, teen or otherwise, in the past couple of seasons." -- A Backwards Story (Read full review)

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"The writing was wonderful, the characters loveable and believable." -- Reading the Best of the Best (Read full review)

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"What a captivating, magical tale! I loved it! Ice was a truly unique story that was vastly different from anything I've read in a very long time. It was a perfect 'bed time' story, full of adventure, romance, and wonderfully unusual characters." -- Lost In Literature (Read full review)

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"Ice is an excellent story, period. It definitely doesn't rely on previous knowledge of East o' the Sun, West o' the Moon to be enjoyed. It's a flat out fantasy adventure story, that turns a few tropes on their heads, with a dash of romance for good measure. Highly recommended." -- Bookish Blather (Read full review)

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"Ice is a beautiful tale combining science, fantasy, and romance into something I can only call brilliant... Durst's amazing creativity and skill at structuring this story make Ice one of the most unique and original fairy tales out there." -- The Book Muncher (Read full review)

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"Beautifully woven, this fairy tale retold has been done splendidly... Durst's gorgeous descriptions in this story weave a beautiful, magical fantasy world that is so neatly juxtaposed with the stark reality of Cassie's scientific modern life. Excellently done!" -- Provo City Library (Read full review

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"My verdict - FASCINATING." -- Book Journal (Read full review)

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"The story grabs you and pulls you in. It was so different from anything I've ever read. And the concept of munaqsri will be imprinted in your mind, leave you pondering about them long after you finish the book." -- MandyCanRead (Read full review)

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"Beautiful writing and a beautiful story. A wonderfully romantic tale of True Love you would go past the ends of the earth for." -- Sonder Books (Read full review)

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"So whether you are a fan of fantasy or not, I really think you should give Ice a try. It's a fast paced adventure that will keeping you turning the pages into the night." -- A Few Good Books (Read full review)

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"I LOVED this book! It is a magical, beautiful tale of love, sacrifice, honor and hope." -- My Book Summary (Read full review)

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"Ice is a wonderful tale of sacrifice and devotion. From the very beginning, I was drawn into the beautiful world of the Arctic and enchanted by magical castles and talking bears. For those of you that enjoy a romantic, fantastical read, this is your book." -- Reading Addict (Read full review)

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"Out of all the books I've read this year, I think this has been my favourite. Kick-ass female character? Check. Incredible setting I just wanted to sink right into? Check. Engrossing, believable, beautiful romance? Double-check." -- Nerd Girl Reads & Writes (Read full review)

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"I highly recommend to any girl out there looking for a good out-of-the-box romance novel. It was funny, exciting, and original, three things that are always good when thinking about YA lit." -- The Rants, Writing, & Reviews of the Forever Young (Read full review)

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"Durst's adaptation of East of the Sun and West of the Moon is a great modern take on the tale. She's done a great job of blending magic and the modern world in it, and the characters are very compelling, drawing the reader right in to the story." -- The Library Privateer (Read full review)

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"This imaginative and clever story -- part romance, fairy tale, and environmental warning -- ends with a satisfying reunion." -- Connie Goldsmith, California Kids

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"This novelization of the old folk tale 'East of the Sun, West of the Moon' is riveting, exciting, and broadly heroic." -- Semicolon (Read full review)

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"A beautifully written story about friendship and love and the lengths you would go to rescue those you love. It is a fast moving story and one you can read in just one sitting, flows beautifully and easy to read." -- Exclusively Books (Read full review)

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"The romance was nicely paced and through it, the reader really got to know the personalities of both Cassie and Bear. I thought it was romantic, sometimes funny, sometimes sad, and altogether very well done." -- Las Risas (Read full review)

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"I have to say that I this story had me hooked, flipping pages as fast as I could to get to the end, and the ending was one of the most satisfactory I've read in a long time. It was just so good plot writing wise; I thought the author did well tying all of the story threads together." -- Gamila's Review (Read full review)

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"I thoroughly enjoyed this novel and it was definitely one of my favorites I read this year." -- Sweets and Scribbles (Read full review)

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"Ice by Sarah Beth Durst is a heartwarming tale of love, loss, and adventure, with a pinch of good humor mixed in. A real page-turner, it'll have you on the edge of your seat." -- Teen Ink (Read full review)

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"For fans of fairytales, or just good love stories, you can't go wrong with Ice." -- The Paperback Princess (Read full review)

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"Who would have thought a book entitled Ice would be so warm, heartfelt and passionate? The relationship between Cassie and Bear is loving, sexy, and real. I love how this book combines elements from so many different genres and styles; it has the flavor of a folktale with the structure of a fairytale and the strong-yet-vulnerable female protagonist of contemporary YA. A breath-taking book." -- Iggi & Gabi (Read full review)

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"Overall, a pretty epic book, one of my favourite YA's/retellings." -- Books from Mars (Read full review)

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"I loved the cover. I loved the plot. I loved the characters. This just transported me into another world." -- toriasreviews (Read full review)

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"This book was amazing. I really enjoyed the magical world the author created and also the amazing adventure Cassie went on. I give this book 10/10 stars." -- Wolf Girl Book Lover (Read full review)


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Into the Wild Reviews and Awards

2007 Andre Norton Award Finalist
2007 Cybils Fantasy/SF Award Finalist
    2009-10 Missouri Truman Readers Award Nominee
2009-10 Florida Sunshine State Young Readers Award Nominee

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"Into the Wild is VERY cool, with a unique look at the great fairytale characters. I couldn't put it down until I knew how this brave, extraordinary girl could face such powerful magic!" -- Tamora Pierce, New York Times bestselling author of Terrier (Beka Cooper) and The Will of the Empress

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"Sarah Beth Durst's Into the Wild is fabulous in the oldest, truest, and best sense of the word, harking back to fables, wonder, and magic unleashed. It's bold, sassy, and utterly engaging. I can't wait to see what she does next!" -- Bruce Coville, author of The Unicorn Chronicles and Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher

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"Into the Wild's fairy-tale characters are fascinating, and Julie is everything one could want in a heroine -- she's intelligent, practical, determined and brave; at once more ordinary and more extraordinary than she herself thinks she is. I'll be keeping an eye out for more work from Sarah Beth Durst." -- Patricia C. Wrede, author of The Enchanted Forest Chronicles

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"Sarah Beth Durst kept me reading because she's so inventive with her take on fairy tales' relevance to our world... The fun of Into the Wild is in recognizing the iconic figures from fairy tales and seeing them in this new light that Durst has provided for us. You'll breeze through this book and you'll have a fine time while doing so." -- Charles de Lint, author of Wolf Moon and Blue Girl, in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction
(Read full review - It's the second review of three in the Books To Look For column.)

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"Into the Wild is an entertaining, introspective, clever remixing of traditional fairy tales with a Labyrinth edge and a self-aware sensibility, and it signals a strong debut from Sarah Beth Durst." -- Michael Jones, Realms of Fantasy Magazine (Read full review)

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"Deeper than most rewritten fairy tales, this existential story is chunked with big ideas about the fairy-tale genre, yet the story is lightened with touches that will connect with its audience." -- Kirkus (Read full review)

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"Durst takes readers on a grand adventure involving candy houses and ogres, providing plenty of opportunities to watch for favorite fairy-tale characters and chances to spy traditional story traps before Julie becomes caught up in them... Julie's imaginative quest and the presence of some mainstream names (Cinderella, Snow White) will [keep young readers'] attention and, perhaps, send them back to the shelves in search of additional stories, or those they may have forgotten they knew and loved once upon a time." -- Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (Read full review)

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"There have been many fairy tale related books lately, but don't overlook this one. The personalities of the characters are fresh and fun and the story is original... Into the Wild is fast moving and fun as the characters pull together to defeat the Wild while trying not to get trapped in any of its stories." -- Alyson Del Vecchio, Baker & Taylor's CATS Meow Newsletter (Read full review)

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"The story is peppered with sly allusions, and Julie is an appealingly reluctant heroine, one whose goodness and bravery come with plenty of wry, contemporary sarcasm." -- Booklist (Read full review)

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"Into the Wild is a creative romp through the fairy tale genre, highlighting the strength of the female characters whose stories we all know so well." -- Kliatt (Read full review)

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"Durst pulls you in on page one and takes you on a wild adventure that's in parts hilariously funny, seriously thoughtful, depressing, and still filled with love, hope, and family. She plays on our knowledge of the standard fairy tales and turns them upside down and inside out." -- Gayle Surrette, SFRevu (Read full review)

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"Into the Wild is an amazing, wild, romp of an adventure... What really sets it apart is that Durst truly gets - and truly conveys to the reader - the darkness in the old fairy tales, not only the obvious darkness of having to dance in red-hot iron shoes, but the darkness of happily ever after." -- Sheila Ruth, Wands and Worlds (Read full review)

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"Durst reads between the lines of our favorite fairy tales to unearth the truth that lies within. It is a refreshing escape from our stereotypes. It is entertaining, funny, suspenseful and moving." -- Mikaila Baca-Dorion, Worcester Magazine (Read full review)

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"I found myself chapter by chapter enmeshed in a tale of free will, the very definition of happiness, self-sacrifice, and out-and-out good storytelling... Durst has a style entirely of her own that bears watching. Consider this an intense debut." -- Betsy Bird, School Library Journal blogger (A Fuse #8 Production), librarian (NYPL Donnell Children's Room), and 2007 Newbery Judge (Read full review)

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"This is Durst's debut novel, a fantasy adventure both smart and, at times, irreverently funny. Best of all, Durst knows her fairy tales, even the minor ones, and she manages to embrace the darker elements of these tales while at the same time not scaring the pants off the junior high readers at which the novel is aimed." -- Julie Danielson, Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast (Read full review)

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"Into the Wild is a fantastic story with a spunky main character and a fast-paced plot. The author weaves all of the well-known fairy tales into her book with an ease and clarity that makes the reading of the book a delight. Highly recommended for anyone who loves fairy tales, or is just in need of a good story." -- Miss Erin's Blog (Read full review)

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"Into the Wild is a great pick for younger fantasy readers as well as for older fans of fairy tales and fairy tale re-tellings (especially fans of Fables and of Labyrinth). It's about family and friends, temptation, betrayal and redemption, love and sacrifice and trust. It's a coming of age story and, of course, a fairy tale. Fairy tale lovers will recognize both well-known and lesser-known stories, but it isn't at all necessary to be familiar with them all to enjoy the book. It's funny, sad, and, at moments, scary." -- Leila Roy, Bookshelves of Doom (Read full review)

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"Into the Wild is a terrific read. The fact that it lends itself to so many other stories children know is a plus. Kids who have wanted something new, yet something playful, will enjoy this one a lot." -- Mel Odom, Blogcritics Magazine (Read full review)

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"Into the Wild is a thoroughly imaginative debut novel. Rather than simply retelling stories we all know, Durst brings the stories to life, with real people, real settings, and real problems. Julie is a great protagonist, whose greatest strength, surprisingly, is that she is a normal girl... An excellent and absorbing read for reluctant readers, fantasy fans, or anyone really. This is sure to be a fit with most readers, and I eagerly await the next book, due out in June 2008." -- Alyssa Feller, Young Adult Books Central (Read full review)

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"This book is a great twisty ride through fairy tales... The writing here is straight-forward and welcoming. I really enjoyed the juxtaposition of a modern teen into the frightening and often horrifying world of fairy tales... Julie is a wonderful heroine, filled with spunk, humor and angst. Her reluctance to be a hero is wonderfully portrayed as are all of the little fairy tale touches." -- Tasha Saecker, Kids Lit (Read full review)

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"Sarah Beth Durst has written a quirky, heartwarming novel full of surprises, humor, and fairy tale characters aplenty... I really enjoyed every character, every imaginative depiction of their backstories in the Wild and out of it, and Julie is a feisty and determined protagonist. I love re-imagined fairy tales when they're done right, and this is a great one to add to my collection." -- Sarah Stevenson, Readers' Rants (Read full review)

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"Into the Wild is one of the most original fantasy books I've read in ages. These fairy tales aren't what you think they are. Rather than changing a fairy tale like is often done in books, Sarah Beth Durst takes every fairy tale you've ever heard and makes it real, and dangerous. And she does so brilliantly! I can't even find the words I'm really looking for to describe how amazing this book is. Run, don't walk to your nearest bookstore or library and get a copy today!" -- Teen Book Review (Read full review)

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"Who hasn't wished that they could live in a fairy tale? Marry the handsome Prince or Princess and live happily ever after? Sounds great to me. Except when "happily ever after" means repeating the same story, over and over, with no end, and no choices... Into the Wild is hilarious in parts, sad in parts, and surprisingly honest. A great book. I enjoyed it immensely!" -- Carrie Spellman, TeensReadToo (Read full review)

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"This was a fabulous book. I think I knew it would be; so many people have absolutely loved it. But it's hard to convey in a review how wonderfully clever it is, how enjoyable it is to read. Durst takes every single fairy tale character and uses them in new and unexpected ways, making the old stories come alive again. I loved the struggle for free will and how the Wild uses character's choices... I can't wait to read the sequel." -- Book Nut (Read full review)

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"One of YA's new classics... This novel is witty (at times, downright hilarious), full of references to all our favorite childhood stories, and also kind of heartbreaking." -- YA New York (Read full review)

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"Into the Wild is an entertaining read and an intriguing puzzle to crack." -- Alexis Burling, KidsReads (Read full review)

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"What I like best about the book is the way Julie is a real 12-year-old girl, albeit living in unusual circumstances. She isn't some sort of idealized fairy tale princess... But she's loyal to her family and to her best friend, and she's capable of making huge personal sacrifice for people she loves." -- Jen Robinson, Jen Robinson's Book Page (Read full review)

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"The author blends a variety of genres, and fairy tales in a intricate and engaging read... The novel, though entrenched in fantasy, offers up some very real messages and themes, and is so enjoyable, you'll hope the "ever after" never comes." -- Bri Meets Books (Read full review)

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"I loved everyone in this book. Sarah did a great job of expanding on the typical fairytale characters, but still keeping them true to their standards... I'd recommend this book to anyone, adult or child, that likes fairytales. Reading it was a very enjoyable experience." -- Cassandra Richoux, Bookwyrm Chrysalis (Read full review)

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"Why, o why, did I wait so long to read this book? It was fantastic, no phenomenal, just all around great. I got sucked into Julie's story by the end of the first sentence and couldn't tear myself away from the story. I loved how the author took a bunch of fairy tales and pulled them into the story and made them so exciting. I was so envious of Julie through the whole book that she got to go on this amazing adventure with fairy tale creatures and I didn't. The whole story just felt so real and I just couldn't get enough of it. For anyone who loves fairy tales this is a must read, or if you're just looking for an amazing book to read, run to your library or bookstore and pick up a copy of Into the Wild. You will not be disappointed in the least. Truly there aren't many words to describe this book, but I managed to find a few! Also the sequel, Out of the Wild, hits stores June 19, and you know I will be first in line to go get a copy!!" -- And Another Book Read (Read full review)

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"Into the Wild by Sarah Beth Durst combines realistic fiction with fantasy to come up with an extraordinary tale of fitting in and courage." -- Debbie Shoulders, The Clarksville Leaf-Chronicle

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"I LOVE IT! It's one of the most rollicking good times I've had with a book in ages! And yet, the author also puts some really dark things under the microscope there--our assumptions about fairytale life, about family relationships, about finding our true paths... All with humor, magic, and jaw-dropping writing. Grab it in June! You're in for a wonderful, thought-provoking read!" -- Tiffany Trent, author of Hallowmere

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"Sarah Beth Durst's debut, Into the Wild, is a sweet, fun book that turns everything you thought you knew about fairy tales on its ear. Join Rapunzel's daughter Julie on a quest to save the world from the Wild--the dark and dangerous woods-with-a-life-of-its-own that feeds off of fairy tales... and has escaped into Julie's hometown, turning mundane objects, buildings, and people into fairy tale versions of themselves. Brilliantly conceived and perfectly executed. Durst knows her landscape well. Brava!!" -- Elizabeth C. Bunce, author of A Curse Dark as Gold (Read full review)

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"I loved Into the Wild. It's so inventive, suspenseful, and action-packed. Julie is a wonderful character. I was so drawn in to the story, I got really emotional when she had to... [spoiler removed]. Also, the ending is so perfect! I'm so looking forward to the sequel." -- Leslie Margolis, author of Fix and Price of Admission

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"Sarah Beth Durst brings a compelling new angle to the fairy tale genre, and does it in a manner that will draw in readers of all ages. Younger readers will find Into the Wild and Out of the Wild an excellent introduction to the complexities of fairy tales, and older readers will enjoy this fresh new take on some very old ideas." -- Navah Wolfe, Cabinet des Fees (Read full review)

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"Into the Wild is a fun romp through classic fairy tales by a talented and brilliant author, Sarah Beth Durst... Full of adventure, excitement, and humor, Into the Wild is a book you'll want to read again and again!" -- Bookworm Readers (Read full review)

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"Fairy tale fans will love Into the Wild's unusual look at fairy tales from an outsider's perspective. This light-hearted fantasy-adventure will be familiar and new at the same time to most middle school readers." -- Tandem Insights (Read full review)

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"So, in case I hadn't mentioned it yet, Into the Wild just plain rocks. Like the best books for young readers, it works on many levels. It's fun and the characters are believable and engaging. It's also very original. As much as I love retold fairy tales, this isn't one of them. This is fairy tale land completely re-imagined - but with a great number of familiar characters. On top of all that you get all the nice layers that make for the kinds of "oh. oh! OH!" moments that come only when you re-read at age sixteen the book you loved at age eleven. It's one of those books that's both enjoyable and easy to read, but still makes you want to pick it apart into tiny pieces and then put in back together again." -- The True Confessions of an Hourly Bookseller (Read full review)

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"I just finished reading Into the Wild. What a creative, fun, and well-written book! Just looking at the other author raves all over the cover got me excited about it and the premise is just awesome. This is the most innovative twist on fairy tales I've seen in a long time." -- Your Friendly Librarian (Read full review)

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"I really enjoyed this book... It's modern, it's hip, and it's nostalgic. Who hasn't wanted to be the princess in a fairy tale? Who hasn't wanted their own Prince Charming? Sarah Beth Durst shows us the other side of the fairy tale coin. I look forward to any more works from her!" -- The Reading Zone (Read full review)

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"I almost cried while reading Into the Wild, not because of the plot, but because it was so good! It was such a wonder to find this book!" -- Squeaky Books (Read full review)

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"Ever have a strange occurence where you've judged a book by its cover, and it turned out to be a wonderful book? That was what Into the Wild was like for me. I love the cover! I love how creative it is--and I especially like the walking cat. You don't see too many walking cats on book covers now, do you? And the book proved to be as interesting and thought provoking as its cover." -- Over My Head (Read full review)

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"Once upon a time, fairy tale characters were the prisoners of a being called The Wild... Fans of the Grimm brothers and Hans Christian Andersen will enjoy this book, which references tales popular and obscure. It is the most recent of many young adult novels based on fairy tales, and is one of the best and least predictable." -- Daphne Lee Mei Lin, The Places You Will Go (Read full review)

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"The story of how Julie rescues her mother, and learns a little something extra about herself and her family, is beautifully told. The adventures are fast-paced and enthralling. The support characters are supportive (Julie's best friend, who valiantly blows her trumpet for hours to help Julie, and her "brother," Puss-in-Boots, are among the most memorable of these) and multi-dimensional. I highly recommend this book. My thoughts upon finishing it were, "Wow! I can't wait to read about Julie's next batch of adventures." I hope there will be a next batch of Julie adventures, because I like the characters, and I like Sarah's writing style." -- Faith Stencel, ChaucerianGirl (Read full review)

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"The cleverness of both Durst's story telling and her character Julie's actions, is in their breadth of knowledge about fairy tales. They know them all, and use each one to maximum impact." -- April Erwin, Projecting A (Read full review)

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"Into the Wild was definitely one of the best and most unique books I have read recently, and one that I most recommend, especially for fans of fairytales or just fast and fun stories." -- Book Muncher (Read full review)

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"This novel is humorous, original, and a thrilling adventure -- definitely something everyone should read." -- Book Chic (Read full review)

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"I love Julie as the heroine of this story - she has a great mix of self-doubt, courage, and resourcefulness. I enjoy the dynamics between mothers and daughters in the story... Finally, I think there is a great message in this book, especially for younger readers: a great story awaits you, if you're brave enough to write it." -- Paper Diet Books (Read full review)

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"Ms. Durst's use of the stories is inventive and very smooth, and I'm definitely looking forward to reading not just the sequel but more of her work in the future." -- Someone's Read It Already (Read full review)

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"This tale is of family, love and friendship will have you on the edge of your seat the entire ride. It's imaginative and exquisitely done, especially when you look at how many different fairy tales are incorporated into this one tale." -- Bethany Lutheran College Library (Read full review)

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"I loved the way this story took every fairy tale convention and turned it on its head... This was a quick, fun, energetic story, and the characters were so compelling, I can't wait to read the sequel." -- Lux Aeterna (Read full review)

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"This book was gripping. Nearly every chapter had a cliffhanger ending. The plot is convincing, the intermixing with twists on traditional fairy-tales intriguing, and the characters well-drawn." -- Books With Wings (Read full review)

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"Into the Wild was a very creative novel! I loved how different classic fairytale characters were given new personalities and included into this great plot! Into the Wild was a very fun and action-packed adventure that made for a very enjoyable read that I would recommend to all fantasy lovers!" -- The Book Vault (Read full review)

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"Durst's book is written in an easy to read, compelling style. It immediately catches your attention and makes you curious about Julie and her journey." -- Estella's Revenge (Read full review)

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"A charming and really well written story. I love that the characters were ambiguous." -- My Mother Is a Fish (Read full review)

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"Into the Wild is a great choice for anyone that enjoys a good fairy tale." -- Karin's Book Nook (Read full review)

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"This is more than just an ironic spoof of fairy tales. It is a full-blooded, warm-hearted, dramatically intense adventure across an entire genre of well-known stories, stories we may know a bit differently once we see them from the inside out." -- A Fort Made of Books (Read full review)

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"This book was fun and entertaining. The story was unique and remarkable; the views were insightful as readers could, for the first time, think about how fairytale characters might feel trapped in their own stories." -- Book Crumbs (Read full review)

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"Into the Wild by Sarah Beth Durst is a wonderfully creative story that blends characters from today with characters from fairy-tales." -- Book Bloggin (Read full review)

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"Funny, suspenseful and original." -- Libramom's Blog (Read full review)

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"Really, really well done. I loved this. I'm a sucker for fairy-tale characters in new settings, but this one is above the cut." -- Biblio File (Read full review)

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"Magical storytelling with a delightful modern twist, a heroine who is easy to love and a terrific cast of characters." -- Bookfoolery and Babble (Read full review)

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"A book equal parts fun and angst, pumpkin-colored cars and hard life-lessons wrapped in sugar." -- So Very Dark (Read full review)

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"Read it because you love fairy tales, or because you hate fairy tales, but read it. It rocks." -- Mythopoetical (Read full review)

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"This book, in short, rocks!" -- Mrs. Magoo Reads (Read full review)



Other Opinions...

"Into the Wild is full of lies! Lies, lies, lies! The portrayal of Goldilocks is particularly offensive. Just because I think it's important to look one's best does not mean I am self-absorbed and shallow." -- Goldilocks

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"Please do not read Into the Wild. The truth about fairy tales must remain secret. Everything you and I hold dear depends upon it." -- Rapunzel

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"Single male cat (orange with a penchant for fine clothing) seeks female feline companion. Must enjoy long conversations and chasing mice." -- Puss-in-Boots

 

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ISBN: 978-1-59514-185-9


Out of the Wild Reviews

"An enchanting romp full of adventure, humor and cleverness!" -- Holly Black, New York Times bestselling author of The Spiderwick Chronicles and Tithe

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"An amazing, wild ride with very high stakes, and the fate of humans and fairytale people alike on the shoulders of one determined girl. This is even better than the first book!" -- Tamora Pierce, New York Times bestselling author of Terrier (Beka Cooper) and The Will of the Empress

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"Head-spinning fun! Any book that mixes fire breathing dragons and Elvis Presley is a rare treat." -- Michael Buckley, New York Times bestselling author of The Sisters Grimm series

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"This is one of those rare occasions when the sequel is as good as the first book, if not better. Though, in my estimation, they make two halves of one story, and what a wonderfully entertaining story it is." -- Charles de Lint, author of The Blue Girl and Widdershins, in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction (Read full review)

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"This puzzle-like yarn seamlessly spans time and space, reality and fantasy. Fairy-tale-savvy readers will enjoy the inside jokes and be impressed by the overall intelligence of the writing." -- Kirkus (Read full review)

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"Clever and highly inventive, this sequel to Into the Wild is full of heart and depth as it re-imagines the old, familiar stories and breathes new life into the characters and tropes." -- Michael Jones, Realms of Fantasy Magazine

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"Expands on the theme [of Into the Wild] while providing plenty of humor and some roller-coaster (or magic carpet) thrills." -- Carolyn Cushman, Locus Magazine

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"Much more than just a wild adventure with a juvenile protagonist. There's a lot of serious issues amidst the wild ride of adventuring hero off to save the princess, the Wild trying to take over the world, and the fairy tale creatures trying to maintain the lives they've made for themselves Out of the Wild. Julie is an amazingly strong character and I'm glad to have met her in these pages." -- Gayle Surrette, SFRevu (Read full review)

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"It is, pardon the pun, a wild ride, with lots of action and tons of fun fairy tale references... Durst's imagination has no restraints." -- Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast (with TadMack of Finding Wonderland) (Read full review)

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"I loved Into the Wild a whole lot, but you know what? Out of the Wild was even better... I suspect this duo will turn a whole lot of kids on to old fairy tales, urban fantasy and the power of story in general." -- Leila Roy, Bookshelves of Doom (Read full review)

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"This is a fresh and fun sequel that's every bit as good as the original, maybe better. The plot is exciting, engrossing, and well-paced, with a dash of humor for good measure." -- Sheila Ruth, Wands and Worlds (Read full review)

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"Out of the Wild is one of those incredibly rare sequels that is even better than the first book...What an accomplishment -- to create a complete tale and then create another book that makes the first even more complete and powerful. Durst's books are very friendly, filled with humor, and will be enjoyed by many types of readers." -- Tasha Saecker, Kids Lit (Read full review)

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*Gold Star Award* "I loved this book [Out of the Wild] even more than the last title, Into the Wild! This one is non-stop from page one. I felt almost breathless reading it! And nearly as exhausted at the end as I imagine Julie was. As unreal, and hilarious, as pretty much all of the situations are, you still feel like you're right there experiencing all of it." -- Carrie Spellman, TeensReadToo (Read full review)

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"The plot is lively and suspenseful, with a surprise twist that leads to a heartwarming, thought-provoking conclusion, giving us a great read that is magical on many levels." -- Terry Miller Shannon, KidsReads (Read full review)

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"Durst fractures fairy-tales in an inventive way and has penned two books that carry readers around an intriguing array of twists and turns." -- Susan Fichtelberg, Encountering Enchantment (Read full review)

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"A fun and fast-paced sequel to last summer's Into the Wild, Sarah Beth Durst's Out of the Wild careens wildly through the countryside, turning the old stories onto their heads, and writing a new story -- about family, trust, hope, and the real business of 'happily ever after.'" -- Readers' Rants (Read full review)

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"While Into the Wild is a wonderful, brilliant idea in its own right, Out of the Wild takes everything to a more complex, deeper, more fascinating (and scarier) level... The real enjoyment here is that it can be enjoyed on more than one level: there's some great adventure going on here (chasing a fire-breathing dragon on a flying bathmat, or being eaten by a wolf to name a couple) in addition to all the thought- and discussion-provoking issues. It's a perfect mix." -- Book Nut (Read full review)

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"With a colorful set of characters, an intriguing and well-written plot, and enchantment, fun, romance, and adventure, Out of the Wild by Sarah Beth Durst, (the author of Into the Wild) has created yet another fantastic fantasy masterpiece." -- Bookworm Readers (Read full review)

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"I'm happy to report that Out of the Wild is another tremendously fun, fairytale-filled book... As always, all of the fairytale allusions, from the well-known stories to the lesser-known ones, were wonderful. I would recommend these books to any lover of fairytales and adventure." -- Miss Erin (Read full review)

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"Out of the Wild is a rollicking good read. Durst masterfully combines classical fairy tale images with modern moments." -- Navah Wolfe, Cabinet des Fees (Read full review)

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"There are a few books in my life that stick out in my mind as being 'wonderful' in the most basic sense of the word--filling me with wonder... On that short list I'd put Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland, The Talisman by Stephen King and Peter Straub, A Swiftly Tilting Planet by Madeleine L'Engle, and now... Out of the Wild. It reminded me why I love fantasy -- its ability to transport me to a new world and shed light on our own. Plus, it's hilarious." -- Jeri Smith-Ready, author of Wicked Game (Read full review)

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"Out of the Wild by Sarah Beth Durst is wildly outstanding. This twist of fairy tale people living in the modern world is clever, exciting and fun. If it's possible, Out of the Wild was even better than the first book, Into the Wild. Readers of all ages will find these books as delicious as their favorite dessert. They're modern classics and deserving of big awards." -- Linda Joy Singleston, author of Dead Girl Walking (Read full review)

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"Reading this book is like being on the magic carpet with Julie -- a roller coaster ride of twists and turns and near-misses and surprises. With lots of laughs all the way." -- Mary Lee at A Year of Reading (Read full review)

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"I must say that I loved the first book but I think I loved this one even better. It is quite a fun novel with lots of fairy tale characters that we know ... The perfect combination of fun, action, and great characters!" -- Franki at A Year of Reading (Read full review)

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"Out of the Wild by Sarah Beth Durst is even better than Into the Wild... Each chapter either had me laughing or clutching the pages in anxiety for Julie (and a certain other nameless person!)." -- Look Books (Read full review)

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"Fairy tales spring to life in unexpected ways in this charming tale geared toward the preteen audience. Julie provides a suitably strong female role as she confronts family secrets, copes with the trials of growing up and begins to realize what she is capable of." -- Monsters and Critics (Read full review)

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"I absolutely loved Out of the Wild, which won't disappoint the fans of the series." -- Mrs. Magoo Reads (Read full review)

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"It's a fantastic read, and I heartily encourage you all to rush out and gobble it down." -- Sabrina Banes, YA New York (Read full review)

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"Out of the Wild is simply amazing, and a perfect followup to Into the Wild... Durst has created a wonderful, original, and slightly darker twist on the classic fairy tale and it's great fun to follow Julie along in her quest to defeat the Wild." -- Book Chic (Read full review)

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"Sarah Beth Durst has woven another fun and fantastical tale in Out of the Wild that was just as good, if not better, than its prequel Into the Wild." -- Rachael Stein, Reader Views (Read full review)

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"This is just as exciting and filled with adventure as the first one! People are turned into pumpkins, frogs, are returned to their fairy-tale fates, rescued from their fates all the while trying to outsmart dragons and villains and learning how to navigate a flying carpet. Oh yeah, there's magic carpets, beanstalks, castles in clouds, flying brooms and so much more!" -- Bethany Lutheran College Library (Read full review)

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"This was a wonderful book. I devoured it... The plot was beautiful and sweet, and the other characters-some new, some old-were fantastic." -- Books With Wings (Read full review)

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"Out of the Wild is actually better than Into the Wild... Out of the Wild is such an original novel." -- Book Gazing (Read full review)

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"A must-read for anyone who loves fairy tales! These are going to become part of my read-every-year shelf." -- Bluestocking (Read full review)

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"I liked this one even better than the first. Such a great couple of books! Fairy tale fans need to check them out!" -- Biblio File (Read full review)

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"Even better. That's what I have to say. Sarah Beth Durst took the Wild to a higher step in Out of the Wild." -- Book Crumbs (Read full review)

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"Adventure, fantasy and romance all rolled together... Both books by Sarah Beth Durst are a fantastic and complex adventure woven into a world of fantasy and the modern headed by a spunky heroine who just won't give up." -- Tales from the Treehouse (Read full review)

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"What treasures. I absolutely enjoyed every minute of both of these books." -- Simply Put (Read full review)


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