I am thrilled to be hosting a spot on the FENCE by Sarah Rees Brennan Blog Tour hosted by Rockstar Book Tours. Check out my post and make sure to enter the giveaway!

About the Book:

Title: FENCE: Striking Distance


Authors: Sarah Rees Brennan, Johanna the Mad (Illustrations), C.S. Pacat (Creator)

Pub. Date: September 29, 2020

Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Formats: Paperback, eBook, Audiobook

Pages: 368

Find it: GoodreadsAmazon, Kindle, AudibleB&NiBooks, KoboTBD, Bookshop.org


The boys of Kings Row bout with drama, rivalry, and romance in this original YA novel by The New York Times bestselling author Sarah Rees Brennan--inspired by the award-nominated comic series by C.S. Pacat and Johanna The Mad.

Sixteen-year-old Nicholas Cox is the illegitimate son of a retired fencing champion who dreams of getting the proper training he could never afford. After earning a place on the elite Kings Row fencing team, Nicholas must prove himself to his rival, Seiji Katayma, and navigate the clashes, friendships, and relationships between his teammates on the road to state championships--where Nicholas might finally have the chance to spar with his golden-boy half-brother.

Coach Williams decides to take advantage of the boys' morale after a recent victory and assigns them a course of team building exercises to further deepen their bonds. It takes a shoplifting scandal, a couple of moonlit forest strolls, several hilariously bad dates, and a whole lot of introspection for the team to realize they are stronger together than they could ever be apart.

The first installment of this enticing original YA novel series by Sarah Rees Brennan, rich with casual diversity and queer self-discovery, explores never-before-seen drama inspired by C.S. Pacat's critically acclaimed Fence comic series and boasts original cover and interior art by Johanna The Mad.

Text and Illustration copyright: © 2020 BOOM! StudiosFence(TM) and © 2020 C.S. Pacat



  1. What gave you the inspiration to write this book?

I was inspired by the Fence graphic novels by C.S. Pacat, a tale of rivalry and relationships at an elite boarding school, which these books tie into!

  1. Who is your favorite character in the book?

Seiji Katayama! I love them all equally, but he was my favourite to write, so that’s close enough. I love being in the head of someone who won’t show they’re vulnerable, and perhaps doesn’t entirely understand they’re vulnerable.

  1. Which came first, the title or the novel?

The novel. C.S. Pacat and I came up with the title in a marathon titling session where I rolled around wretchedly on the sofa and was like ‘let’s just call it Fence Fake Dating.’

  1. What scene in the book are you most proud of, and why?

Probably the one with all the random superhero names. (You’ll have to read it to understand!)

  1. Thinking way back to the beginning, what’s the most important thing you've learned as a writer from then to now?

Be careful what you put on the internet, she says carefully!

  1. What do you like most about the cover of the book?

It was drawn by the fabulous artist of the graphic novels, Johanna the Mad, and she also did amazing interior art. She delineates the relationships between characters and brings the characters to life perfectly.

  1. What new release book are you looking most forward to in 2020?

2020’s so close to over… an upcoming book that I am really looking forward to that isn’t out until 2022 is Vanessa Len’s ONLY A MONSTER, about a monster girl and the hero boy she must defeat…

  1. What was your favorite book in 2019?

In 2019? Leigh Bardugo’s King of Scars, mayhaps—everything Leigh writes is gold, and her monster king has me dazzled. In 2020 it was Naomi Novik’s A Deadly Education. I love smart takes on the magic school genre!

  1. What’s up next for you?

Fence, volume 2… and then who knows… horror… rom com… hor com… (Is that what you call horror comedy?)

  1. Is there anything that you would like to add?

Thanks for having me!

  1. Which was the most difficult or emotional scene to narrate?

The most emotional scene? The second-last chapter. Knives, knives everywhere. (Not literally. Emotional knives.)

  1. Which character gave you the most trouble when writing your latest book?

Aiden in Fence Book 2. He’s having some… issues…

  1. Which part of the writing process do you enjoy more: Drafting or Revising?

Drafting. Every minute of revision is a horror! My friends who enjoy revising are literary masochists.

  1. What would you say is your superpower?

Self-deprecation… hey, wait a second… I mean, I guess I’m not too bad at it.

  1. Is there an organization or cause that is close to your heart?

LGBT Ireland is an amazing organization in my home country, dedicated to the support of at-risk LGBT people. One of my dear friends runs the training programme for LGBT Champions, who are trained to provide support to the elderly and vulnerable in the LGBT community. https://lgbt.ie/

About Sarah:


Sarah Rees Brennan is the author of the Demon’s Lexicon trilogy, and the Lynburn Legacy series which begins with Unspoken, a romantic Gothic mystery about a girl named Kami Glass, who discovers her imaginary friend is a real boy. Sarah’s latest fantasy standalone In Other Lands, the story of the crankiest nerd who ever fell into a magical land, is now available! She’s also the author of the tie-in series of books with Netflix’s Chilling Adventures of Sabrina: all three books out now, and coming later this year is a tie-in with C.S. Pacat’s FENCE graphic novel series…

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For info about C.S. Pacat go HERE!

For info about Johanna the Mad go HERE!

Giveaway Details:

3 winners will receive a finished copy of FENCE, US Only.


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Tour Schedule:

Week One:


BookHounds Ya



What A Nerd Girl Says



The Clever Reader



Do You Dog-ear?



Rajiv's Reviews


Week Two:


YA Books Central



Confessions of a YA Reader



Eli to the nth