We have loved doing our BAMF Reviews this year, so we thought we’d highlight the first six books we will be reading next year for our BAMF Reviews! There are some great books coming out next year and we need these titles in our hands. Some of the spotlights include an interview with the author, but all of them include why we are super excited to read this book!
In April 2017, we will be reading…Prisoner of Ice and Snow by Ruth Lauren
Published by Bloomsbury USA Childrens on April 4th 2017
Genres: Middle Grade, Fantasy
Amazon ♡ Chapters ♡ TBD
In a thrilling fantasy that’s equal parts Prison Break and Frozen, Valor attempts the impossible—breaking her sister out of prison.
When Valor is arrested, she couldn’t be happier. Demidova’s prison for criminal children is exactly where she wants to be. Valor’s sister Sasha is already serving a life sentence for stealing from the royal family and Valor is going to help her escape . . . from the inside.
Never mind that no one has escaped in three hundred years. Valor has a plan and resources most could only dream about. But she didn't count on having to outsmart both the guards and her fellow prisoners. If Valor’s plan is to succeed, she’ll need to make unlikely allies. And if the plan fails, she and Sasha could end up with fates worse than prison.
This fresh and exciting middle-grade debut effortlessly melds an unforgettable protagonist, a breathless plot, and stunning world-building—and is impossible to put down.
Why We Decided To Read This One
Jamie: I saw this one and was interested immediately: heist book, sisters saving one another, romance! It has everything that I want in a book plus it is Middle Grade and I definitely need to read more of that.
Dani: In all honesty, Jamie found the book (she finds most of my books for me haha), and I just agreed to it because I trust Jamie. Also, we’re planning to dabble in a bit more Middle Grade, and this looked like the perfect debut.
Why We’re Excited To Read It
Jamie: Dani is my salt sister so I feel like this is going to give us feels while we read it. I am excited to see how it plays out and what emotions I feel while reading it. I am hoping for some good sisterly moments and some good ass kicking moments, but mostly I just want to have fun reading it!
Dani: Aside from the whole Brave vibe it has going, I’m stoked to read this because it’s all about sister love! Plus, being a badass!!! I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but I like books about being a badass, and this one takes the cake with it being to save your sister.
Interview with Ruth!
BAMF: Describe PRISONER OF ICE AND SNOW in 10 words or less
Ruth Lauren: Prison Break meets Frozen in a Russian-inspired fantasy land.
BAMF: Why do you write for younger audiences?
Ruth Lauren: Books were my world when I was a child and I still love my old favourites in a different way to how I love books as an adult. I think that’s important.
BAMF: What do you hope readers take away from your book?
Ruth Lauren: I wrote PRISONER OF ICE AND SNOW because I thought it would be fun—and it was. I hope it’s as much fun to read. And if readers wanted to notice all the brave, determined girls in the story I don’t think that would hurt anyone either.
BAMF: Which character from your novel would you most like to be friends with? Which character would you fight with the most?
Ruth Lauren: The main character, Valor, for both. She’s headstrong and sometimes impulsive but she’s also loyal and resilient and resourceful. I admire her, but sometimes she speaks without thinking first, so we might fall out occasionally.
BAMF: Describe your “I’m an author moment”
Ruth Lauren: The days during the auction between publishing houses were probably the most surreal and incredible. But seeing a cover and getting advance reader copies of the book itself come pretty close.
BAMF: What’s the hardest part of writing a heist book? How do you maintain suspense throughout?
Ruth Lauren: I think it’s a matter of a constant drip of problems and solutions. Every time Valor finds out a new piece of information or gets her hands on the next item she needs to pull off the prison break, she runs into a different problem or uncovers a new question that needs to be answered. The hard part is giving the reader enough information to constantly be intrigued, but also satisfied that there’s progress.
BAMF: What did you draw on to create the world?
Ruth Lauren: I wanted a very cold, snowy, frozen world where the elements themselves could cause problems for the characters and bleed through into every part of the planning Valor has to do to try to break her sister out of prison. I drew on elements of the Russian landscape and traditional clothing but I also wanted to create a matriarchal world where only women can rule and where they often have positions of power.