Early reviews have been lovely:
Publisher's Weekly says: "Fantasy fans will delight in Pip’s humorous adventures in a world whose mix of the magical and the modern feels like a gentler cousin to the ones featured in the authors’ respective YA books."
Kirkus says: "Stiefvater outdoes herself in the illustrations with portraits of hopelessly cuddly Griffins, Grims and other generally fearsome monsters sporting big, winsome eyes. Stay tuned for more hilarious ructions. It's a distinct change of pace for two authors better known for intensely romantic teen fantasies, but they carry it off with aplomb."
Barnes & Noble says: "A superlative series starter from the winning pair of Maggie Stiefvaster and Jackson Pearce. Editor's recommendation."
SEE PEOPLE LIKE MY DRAWINGS THIS PLEASES ME.
Jackson & I will be touring for a little over a week when it comes out, hitting up some of my favorite bookstores. A few of them have times to-be-determined, but the dates are final:
4/28: University Book Store, Seattle, WA 7 p.m.
4/30: Powell’s Books, Beaverton, OR 7 p.m.
5/1: Barnes & Noble, Portland, OR 6 p.m.
5/2: A Children’s Place, Portland OR 1 or 2 p.m. (Time TBD)
5/4: Barnes & Noble, Layton, UT 6 p.m.
5/5: Provo Library at Academy Square, Provo, UT
7 p.m. 5/7: Wild Rumpus Books, Minneapolis, MN (Time TBD)
5/8: Red Balloon Bookshop, St. Paul, MN 6:30 p.m.
5/12: Little Shop of Stories, Decatur, GA: (Time TBD)
Even though Jackson & I are better known for our YA projects, these events are going to be focused on delighting 9-12 year olds — there'll be drawing and animal talk and a dearth of swearing. I'm happy to sign my YA stuff in line, as long as you've also bought a book from the store to support the venue, but the content of our talk and the questions we take will be for the kids. Those of you hoping to see me for my YA stuff, I'll be headed out later in the year after THE RAVEN KING releases.
Those of you who can't make it to a tour event but would desperately like a signed copy for the urchin in your life, know that I've once again paired up with Fountain Bookstore. Every copy they sell will have this bookplate signed by Jackson and I:
And every copy ordered before the US release date of April 28th will also have a doodle from me inside it. The link for that is here.
(It'll be exciting to be back in Utah without a broken car)