I got a chance to hear Diana Peterfreund talk on the Paranormal in Romance and the YA panel at BBF 2013. She is so fascinating and well-traveled; I can just listen to her tell stories for hours. She’s one of those people whom you meet in person and walk away wondering why you’ve never read any of her novels. I blame it on me being a cover whore and her Rampet series never stood out to me; however her For Darkness Shows the Stars series has definitely snagged my attention. I plan to add all her novels to my TBR pile and catch up on her unicorn fiction and Jane Austin remakes.Across a Star-Swept Sea
(For Darkness Shows the Stars #2)
by Diana Peterfreund
Expected publication: October 15th 2013
by Balzer + Bray
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Centuries after wars nearly destroyed civilization, the two islands of New Pacifica stand alone, a terraformed paradise where even the Reduction—the devastating brain disorder that sparked the wars—is a distant memory. Yet on the isle of Galatea, an uprising against the ruling aristocrats has turned deadly. The revolutionaries’ weapon is a drug that damages their enemies’ brains, and the only hope is rescue by a mysterious spy known as the Wild Poppy.
On the neighboring island of Albion, no one suspects that the Wild Poppy is actually famously frivolous aristocrat Persis Blake. The teenager uses her shallow, socialite trappings to hide her true purpose: her gossipy flutternotes are encrypted plans, her pampered sea mink is genetically engineered for spying, and her well-publicized new romance with handsome Galatean medic Justen Helo… is her most dangerous mission ever.
Though Persis is falling for Justen, she can’t risk showing him her true self, especially once she learns he’s hiding far more than simply his disenchantment with his country’s revolution and his undeniable attraction to the silly socialite he’s pretending to love. His darkest secret could plunge both islands into a new dark age, and Persis realizes that when it comes to Justen Helo, she’s not only risking her heart, she’s risking the world she’s sworn to protect.
In this thrilling adventure inspired by The Scarlet Pimpernel, Diana Peterfreund creates an exquisitely rendered world where nothing is as it seems and two teens with very different pasts fight for a future only they dare to imagine.