Melissa Eastlake’s debut novel, The Uncrossing, is coming in 2017 from Entangled Teen. She is a 2017 Lambda Literary Fellow and lives in Athens, Georgia with her partner and their dogs.
Luke can uncross almost any curse—they unravel themselves for him like no one else. So working for the Kovrovs, one of the families controlling all the magic in New York, is exciting and dangerous, especially when he encounters the first curse he can't break. And it involves Jeremy, the beloved, sheltered prince of the Kovrov family—the one boy he absolutely shouldn't be falling for.
Jeremy's been in love with cocky, talented Luke since they were kids. But from their first kiss, something's missing. Jeremy's family keeps generations of deadly secrets, forcing him to choose between love and loyalty. As Luke fights to break the curse, a magical, citywide war starts crackling, and it's tied to Jeremy.
This might be the one curse Luke can't uncross. If true love's kiss fails, what's left for him and Jeremy?
My debut novel, The Uncrossing, is a YA fantasy about the love story between two boys who’ve grown up in the magician mafia. I love reading and writing fantasy, but especially fantasy about LGBTQIA+ characters. I love how putting characters in extreme or metaphorical fantasy settings can explore the extremes of our own magical human hearts.
1.) ASH by Malinda Lo
The original—the icon—the classic. This Cinderella retelling, which uses classic fairy lore to build a world where Cinderella can fall in love with a mysterious huntress, was a groundbreaking moment in the YA world and in my own life as a reader and writer.
2.) OF FIRE AND STARS by Audrey Coulthurst
This is a lovely story about two princesses who fall in love with one another in a classic, sweeping epic fantasy setting. It’s a must-read if you like horses—the writing about equestrianism is just beautiful—and, as a bonus, the dresses are some of the best-written clothes in YA.
3.) DESERT CANTICLE by Tessa Gratton
This novella, from the collection THE ANATOMY OF CURIOSITY, is literally a lesson in worldbuilding. It’s also a compelling, tender love story that explores gender roles from a few different angles.
4.) TIMEKEEPER by Tara Sim
This story combines fantasy worldbuilding and a steampunk aesthetic with the absolute cutest love interest you will ever read.
5.) I WAS A TEENAGE FAIRY by Francesca Lia Block
I think to current readers, this book might feel like a 90s time capsule, but I grew up on Francesca Lia Block’s books and I still love every word. They helped me feel seen, connecting me to readers and writers across time and space.
By: Melissa Eastlake
Release Date: October 2, 2017
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