Blog Tour, Guest Post & Giveaway: The Wise and the Wicked by Rebecca Podos

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Blog Tour, Guest Post & Giveaway: The Wise and the Wicked by Rebecca Podos

Blog Tour, Guest Post & Giveaway: The Wise and the Wicked by Rebecca Podos

The Wise and the Wicked by Rebecca Podos releases next Tuesday and I can’t wait for this book! I am so excited to be on the blog tour and today am I sharing with you all a guest post from Rebecca Podos! Be sure to check out the tour wide giveaway for a finished copy!

Blog Tour, Guest Post & Giveaway: The Wise and the Wicked by Rebecca Podos

The Wise and the Wicked

by Rebecca Podos
Published by: Balzer + Bray
on May 28, 2019
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, GLBTQIA+, Magical Realism
Pages: 368

Ruby Chernyavsky has been told the stories since she was a child: The women in her family, once possessed of great magical abilities to remake lives and stave off death itself, were forced to flee their Russian home for America in order to escape the fearful men who sought to destroy them. Such has it always been, Ruby’s been told, for powerful women. Today, these stories seem no more real to Ruby than folktales, except for the smallest bit of power left in their blood: when each of them comes of age, she will have a vision of who she will be when she dies—a destiny as inescapable as it is inevitable. Ruby is no exception, and neither is her mother, although she ran from her fate years ago, abandoning Ruby and her sisters. It’s a fool’s errand, because they all know the truth: there is no escaping one’s Time.

Until Ruby’s great-aunt Polina passes away, and, for the first time, a Chernyavsky’s death does not match her vision. Suddenly, things Ruby never thought she’d be allowed to hope for—life, love, time—seem possible. But as she and her cousin Cece begin to dig into the family’s history to find out whether they, too, can change their fates, they learn that nothing comes without a cost. Especially not hope.

You can read an excerpt of The Wise and the Wicked here!

Guest Post

If you had the power to envision your death, how would you live your life?

I love thinking about this, because it’s sort of the central question of THE WISE AND THE WICKED: how would you write the story of your life, if you already knew the ending?

Life is made up of so many moments, finite but practically infinite, and they can’t all be erased by the last one. I believe that a story, even a short one, still means something even after it’s ended. So, whether I was going to die at 90 on the back of a camel while climbing sand dunes in the Gobi Desert, or, as Ruby fears, my death would be much sooner and smaller, I hope that I would still honor every choice I got to make in the meantime. That I would try adventurous flavors of ice cream, and spend rainy days in my bedroom with my favorite books, and cold winter nights around a backyard bonfire with somebody who meant something to me. That I would do right as often as possible, and change the world in whatever little ways I could, and love people as completely as I was able. I think I spent a whole book writing toward that idea, but one of my favorite poets, Mary Oliver, gets it done in four lines:

Tell me, what else should I have done?
Doesn’t everything die at last, and too soon?
Tell me, what is it you plan to do
with your one wild and precious life?

About Rebecca Podos

Rebecca Podos' debut novel, THE MYSTERY OF HOLLOW PLACES, was a Junior Library Guild Selection and a B&N Best YA Book of 2016. Her second book, LIKE WATER, won the 2018 Lambda Literary Award for LGBTQ Children's and Young Adult. THE WISE AND THE WICKED, her third novel, is forthcoming in May 2019.

A graduate of the Writing, Literature and Publishing Program at Emerson College and the Creative Writing Program at College of Santa Fe, Rebecca's fiction has been published in journals like Glimmer Train, Paper Darts, and Smokelong Quarterly. By day, she works as a YA and MG agent at the Rees Literary Agency in Boston.


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