BETWEEN THE STARS AND SKY is a vivid contemporary novel from Young Adult author David James. Lyrical and romantic, BETWEEN THE STARS AND SKY is a heart-stopping, contemporary read for fans of Maggie Stiefvater and David Levithan.
SYNOPSIS: "In the small, lakeside town of Huntington, the Firelight Festival marks the end of summer. A time to laugh, to live, to love. And for Jackson Grant, it is a chance to begin again.
But there is a darker side to the Firelight Festival, a deadly tradition known as the Firelight Fall. A secret game. A legendary lie. A test of bravery. Those who fall risk everything, and Jackson is on the edge. Until he meets a girl who pushes him over.
For Jackson, falling for Sarah Blake might be as dangerous as jumping in the Firelight Fall. As summer burns away, Jackson and Sarah ignite an unstoppable love game. For her, his heart is on fire. And soon, Sarah shows him life, saves him from loss, and opens his heart to an infinite and wild love found between the stars and sky."
1. When you have to put down the pen or the word document for a few minutes, what is your go-to social media?
I love Twitter probably more than I should. I never thought there would be a media outlet as positive and constructive as Twitter. Sure, I spend hours on the beat tweeting about my horrible coffee habits, but the majority of my time spent online is connecting with other authors and readers. It’s amazing.
2. I know from following you on multiple social media platforms that you are a fan and proponent of Diversity in YA. What book or books would you recommend to readers in search of such a book?
Yes! Whenever I see a diverse book I usually grab it. My favorites are Openly Straight by Bill Konigsberg, the Legend trilogy by Marie Lu, and Winger by Andrew Smith. These three writers especially are really wonderful at writing diverse characters without preaching, without making a big deal out of anything, and without boasting. I think that’s awesome and something you really don’t see when it comes to books centering around diversity.
3. Keeping with book recommendations, what is a book you read growing up that you would suggest everyone read, whether young or old?
Obviously, Harry Potter. But I remember reading A Wrinkle in Time and totally falling in love with the idea of different worlds and weird people. I think that book really sent me to read others like it.
4. Your prose is so poetic. Who is your favorite poet? Or favorite poem?
Thank you! I really like Rainer Maria Rilke. He’s my favorite poet ever, and the way he constructs his pieces really just blows my mind. I’m not sure I have a favorite poem of his, just because my favorites usually change with my moods.
5. What is a difference between "Between the Stars and Sky" and your "Legend of the Dreamer" series? What is a similarity?
Between the Stars and Sky is a contemporary fiction story, so it’s set in the real world. The Legend of the Dreamer series is strictly fantasy. Although, both books are set around the idea that stories make us who we are.
6. If you had to describe "Between the Stars and Sky" in three words, what would they be?
Dangerous. Romantic. Unknown.
7. What character from any of your works do you most identify with?
It changes, I think. Calum from Light of the Moon for a while. But as I was writing Between the Stars and Sky, I fell in love with those characters. Jackson and Kate, the two main character in BtSaS, are both equally emotional and strong, and it was a wild ride writing them. Now, I’d have to say I relate to Sean the most, even though he is the character you don’t see as often as the others. He’s strong in my mind.
8. Do you currently have a guilty pleasure tv show?
Orange is the New Black, totally. I’m addicted. And, of course, Gilmore Girls, which actually was an inspiration for Between the Stars and Sky.
9. What is a movie you recently enjoyed?
The Maze Runner. Have you seen it? IT IS SO GOOD.
10. Is there a book you're reading right now?
I’m currently reading Marie Lu’s The Young Elites and loving it. And I’m looking forward to starting Zoraida Cordova’s The Vicious Deep shortly after.
Thank you so much for taking the time to answer our questions, David. Those are a lot of great recommendations. My tbr list just increased. Everyone should check him out on twitter and other social media sites! And buy the book! Links are all below! And don't forget to enter the GIVEAWAY, too!
-Paul & Ashley
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