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Blog Tour: The Careful Undressing of Love by Corey Ann Haydu, Plus First Chapter Reveal & Giveaway!

Blog Tour: The Careful Undressing of Love by Corey Ann Haydu, Plus First Chapter Reveal & Giveaway!

Today we're excited to be part of Corey Ann Haydu's blog tour for her new novel, The Careful Undressing of LoveRead on for more about Corey, her novel, plus a first chapter reveal, and giveaway!

 

Meet Corey Ann Haydu!

 

Corey Ann Haydu is the critically acclaimed author of several novels for young readers novels, including OCD Love Story, which earned her a Publishers Weekly Flying Start. Her books have been Junior Library Guild, Indie Next, and BCCB Blue Ribbon selections. Corey lives in Brooklyn with her dog, her fiancé, and a wide selection of cheese.
 
 
Meet The Careful Undressing of Love!
 
 
 
The girls of Devonairre Street have always been told they’re cursed. Any boy they love is certain to die too soon. But this is Brooklyn in 2008, and the curse is less a terror and more a lifestyle accessory—something funky and quaint that makes the girls from the shortest street in Brooklyn special. They wear their hair long and keys around their necks. People give them a second look and whisper “Devonairre” to their friends. But it’s not real. It won’t affect their futures. 

Then Jack—their Jack, the one boy everyone loved—dies suddenly and violently. And now the curse seems not only real, but like the only thing that matters. All their bright futures have suddenly gone dark.

The Careful Undressing of Love is a disturbing and sensual story of the power of youth and the boundless mysteries of love set against the backdrop of Haydu’s brilliantly reimagined New York City.
 

 

First Chapter Reveal:

Chapter 1.

Angelika grabs my face, stares into my eyes, and looks for signs of love.

Her hands are cool and stronger than I remember. It’s not the first time she has pressed them against my cheeks. She leans in so close I can smell leathery Aramis cologne on her neck. She wears it every day—says it reminds her of her late husband. It is a Devonairre Street smell. Like freshly watered mint and basil that I planted in the garden or just-smoked cigarettes on Charlotte’s stoop or my mother’s chemical hairspray.

I keep my eyes open and on Angelika, but I’m aching to slide my sunglasses over my face and disappear.

I don’t like the oversoft, worn texture of her hands or the way I can feel her wedding ring folded beneath her wrinkles.

She turns my face this way and that, like love might be hiding under my chin or behind my ear. She brings her fingers close to my eyes, pulling at them from below so they open a little wider. I shift my gaze skyward. Someone tied balloons to the rusting garden gate for the Shared Birthday, which comes every year at the beginning of April, and a few of them have freed themselves and are floating up, up, and away.

I think I wouldn’t mind being a red balloon against a blue Brooklyn sky, looking down over Devonairre Street.

Angelika moves a hand to my forehead. Beside me, Delilah sighs. She’s next. Angelika’s eyes close and her lips purse and she tilts her ear to the ground like she’s listening for an earthquake.

When her eyes open, she’s beaming. From a certain angle she looks almost young, but most of the time she looks even older than her seventy-five years. That’s what a lifetime on Devonairre Street does to a person, I guess.

I love it here in spite of Angelika and her minions and the crazy things they believe. Or maybe because of them.

She pats my cheek. It’s almost a whack. There’s power behind it. “Good girl,” she says before looking over at my mother. “Lorna’s not in love.” Her Polish accent lilts on the word love so it sounds like luhf. The accent itself is a mystery—she was born on the street to a Polish mother and an American father, but her voice carries her mother’s history instead of her father’s or her own.

When we ask her about it, Angelika only shrugs.
“I am my mother’s daughter,” she says. “We are all our mothers’ daughters, are we not?” With Angelika, the only answer we are allowed is yes.

And it’s true. Or it is for me. I look at my mother. She raises her eyebrows and lets her eyes laugh while the rest of her stays serious. I echo the look. I’m always a little bit scared and a little bit delighted during the Shared Birthday.

“There is not even the littlest bit of love on your daughter,” Angelika says to my mother, who is across the garden, past the bench and the waterless fountain, by the opposite gate. My mother nods like it matters; Angelika nods back and pats the top of my head, telling me to step away so that the next girl can step forward. 

 

And don’t miss out on

The Careful Undressing of Love Blog Tour: 

Week One:
1/30 – Brittany’s Book Rambles – Interview
1/31 – YA Book Central – Excerpt  
2/1 – Tales of the Ravenous Reader – Guest Post  
2/2 – Super Space Chick – Reasons to Read  
2/3 – Page Turners – Deleted Scene 
Week Two: 
2/6 – The Books Buzz – Review + Mood Board
2/7 – Alexa Loves Books – Guest Post
2/8 – Lost in Literature – Guest Post
2/9 – Pop! Goes the Reader – The Writing’s On the Wall
2/10 – Novel Novice – Review
 
 
 
The Careful Undressing of Love

By: Corey Ann Haydu

Release Date: January 31, 2017 

 

*GIVEAWAY DETAILS* 

Enter for a chance to win one (1) of three (3) signed copies of A Careful Undressing of Love by Corey Ann Haydu (ARV: $17.99 each).
NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Enter between 12:00 AM Eastern Time on January 30, 2017 and 12:00 AM on February 13, 2017.  Open to residents of the fifty United States and the District of Columbia who are 13and older. Winners will be selected at random on or about February 14, 2017. Odds of winning depend on number of eligible entries received. Void where prohibited or restricted by law. 

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Comments 9

G Donald Cribbs on Thursday, 02 February 2017 11:56

I have been reading Corey Ann's books since OCD Love Story, and loving them immensely! This one looks just as exquisite as all the rest. I would love to read and review this one. Thank you for this post. It makes me excited to read it and post my reviews everywhere. I love the cover and the slightly creepy voice. It grabbed me from the start. *fingers crossed*

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I have been reading Corey Ann's books since OCD Love Story, and loving them immensely! This one looks just as exquisite as all the rest. I would love to read and review this one. Thank you for this post. It makes me excited to read it and post my reviews everywhere. I love the cover and the slightly creepy voice. It grabbed me from the start. *fingers crossed*
Allison on Friday, 03 February 2017 01:15

This book looks amazing and I love the cover

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This book looks amazing and I love the cover
Danielle Hammelef on Sunday, 05 February 2017 18:26

I'm very excited to read this book! Thanks for the glimpse of the fun reading time in this post.

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I'm very excited to read this book! Thanks for the glimpse of the fun reading time in this post.
Katrina on Monday, 06 February 2017 11:30

This sounds really good. Sort of reminds me of the curse from the move Practical Magic. I'm excited to read this!

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This sounds really good. Sort of reminds me of the curse from the move Practical Magic. I'm excited to read this!
Kathleen Pasqualini on Tuesday, 07 February 2017 20:46

This cover is beautiful. So simple and fresh.

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This cover is beautiful. So simple and fresh.
Julie on Wednesday, 08 February 2017 03:53

I am excited for The Careful Undressing of Love! I like that there's a little sneak peek in the blog post.

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I am excited for The Careful Undressing of Love! I like that there's a little sneak peek in the blog post.
Danielle on Wednesday, 08 February 2017 16:24

I am so excited for this novel. The cover is colorful and pulls you in. The story is mysterious and intriguing and connects history with fiction in a way that shows what our present could have looked like.

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I am so excited for this novel. The cover is colorful and pulls you in. The story is mysterious and intriguing and connects history with fiction in a way that shows what our present could have looked like.
Cat on Wednesday, 08 February 2017 19:28

Because of the synopsis I am very interested in reading this book. If it went by cover alone I probably wouldn't pick up this book in a store and flip it over... The key is really hard to see, and being a part of the synopsis and a big symbol of the Devonairre's should be front and center IMO. Luckily I read the synopsis here though and am super excited about this book!!!!

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Because of the synopsis I am very interested in reading this book. If it went by cover alone I probably wouldn't pick up this book in a store and flip it over... The key is really hard to see, and being a part of the synopsis and a big symbol of the Devonairre's should be front and center IMO. Luckily I read the synopsis here though and am super excited about this book!!!!
Penny Olson on Saturday, 11 February 2017 00:00

I like the bright and colorful cover. The synopsis makes me want to read the book. I like the idea of the curse.

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I like the bright and colorful cover. The synopsis makes me want to read the book. I like the idea of the curse.

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