Sunday, August 9, 2009

Welcome! Plus Help Me Find This Book

If you've just clicked over from Presenting Lenore, welcome! Lenore has been kind enough to do a profile of me on her blog. If you've wandered in from somewhere else, welcome too and I hope you enjoy your stay. If you're a regular here, hello again and a very happy weekend to you!

On your left you'll see the Dystopia Challenge. I'm currently in the middle of my own personal challenge to read the best YA/Classic dystopian fiction around. Click on any of the titles to see my review, and the button to see the full list of works. I would be very pleased if someone would like to review a dystopia title here as a guest blog--just email me at rhi.hart at

Besides dystopian fiction I've also recently reviewed Stargazer by Claudia Gray and Wake by Lisa McCann.

I thought I'd take advantage of a bit of extra traffic through here to see if anyone can identify this book for me. This has been bugging me for yonks. About ten years ago I read it, and I can't remember what it was called or who the author was. The book was newish when I got it from the library, so we're looking at about a 1999 release date.

It was YA fantasy and the protagonist was female. (That sure narrows it down.) I don't think the author was/is famous/well known. I'm pretty sure it was first person or a close third. I'm a little vague with the details, but bear with me. This girl and her little brother (I think it was a brother. It could have been a sister/close friend) have to leave home because something happens to their parents or it's not safe at home anymore.

Then stuff happens.

Towards the end there's a scene that has stuck powerfully in my head. The girl and whoever's with her end up in this big gloomy castle owned by this guy who has to wear gloves all the time because if he touches somebody he can see their future, and he doesn't much like seeing how people are going to die. He and the girl have this whole "maybe I like you" thing going on, and one day he pulls off his gloves and touches her.

Girl: What did you see?
Guy: This. (He kisses her)
Girl: I told you, I'm not that sort of girl!
Guy: I know I know. But I saw us naked in bed...with wedding bands on. (Which is either very romantic or one of the most cunning ploys to get an unsuspecting girl into bed.)

And that's the only scene I remember. (I know, I'm such a sap. All I remember from so many books are the romantic bits and everything else fades into the background.)

A bit later they have to get on these big flying birds and save the day somehow.

Any of this mean anything to anyone? I know I'm not giving you much to work with! It would make my day if somebody said, Oh that's blah blah by blah, and I could pop over to BookMooch and snag myself a copy.


  1. I wish I could help you with your book quest! Sadly, it doesn't ring any bells for me. But I will be sure to check back and see if anyone else knows what it is - because I am very curious now!

    Good luck (sorry I wasn't helpful!)

  2. I can't really place the book either. :( Sorry! I'm one of those ones directed over here from Presenting Lenore, so big hello to you too. :)

    - Alex

  3. No worries girls, I knew this wasn't going to be an easy one to track down. We'll get there in the end...unless I'm the only one who read it, ha! Thanks for stopping by :)

  4. This is my first time visiting your blog(and I can assure you that it is not the last time ;))!

    I tried many different searches on Google but found nothing about this book. I hope someone knows the book! Have you tried asking the library where you lent it?

  5. Hi! I just discovered your blog through Lenore's interview, nice to meet you! Sadly I can't help you with the book, I have no memory of reading something similar.

  6. The book you are looking for isn't familiar to me, I'm afraid, but I can suggest two other places that might be able to help you track it down.

    There's the Name That Book group at the LibraryThing website, and the What Was That Book? community at LiveJournal. I've successfully had books identified for me at both places. Maybe they can be of help to you?

    (And I found your blog a bit ago following a First Page post on the Dear Author site, and I've been lurking ever since. Shhhh.)

  7. I don't know the book either, but that scene is made of awesome!!!

  8. I hope someone can help out with the mystery book! Very intriguing.

  9. Ladybug--thanks for googling for me! I do remember which library it was, I'll try their online catalogue.

    Cywrain--I will try these now, thank you! Ah yes, first page Saturday. That was a tough but helpful experience. I think my blog was about a day old back then!

    Lenore and Karen, I hope I find it too. (I feel like I'm doing the virtual equivalent of sticking posters to lamp posts: "Lost Book, answers to Fluffy...")

  10. Kay--Thanks for stopping by! Nice to meet you too :)