Finally, today – I am officially a YA author!
Oh, I’m an adult author, too – I mean (for the sake of clarity) I’m still writing books for adults, too. I have several more on the horizon, just in the next couple of years…but today? TODAY IS FOR YOU YOUNGER READERS OUT THERE. Or for you people who are, perhaps, somewhat LESS young – but enjoy YA fiction anyway. Or for those of you who even KNOW anyone from column A, or column B.
I’m just trying to cover ALL MY BASES, here.
LOOK, THE POINT IS that right NOW you can buy I Am Princess X at fine bookstores everywhere! Or at your preferred internet destination! Whatever floats your boat! That’s the key takeaway from this SOMEWHAT FLAILING and WILDLY OVERCAPPED blog post, so KINDLY PARDON any excessively noisy squee on my part. After fifteen years in the industry, this is a first for me, and I am VERY SQUEEFUL about it – if none too graceful about how I handle all that squee.
I Am Princess X at Amazon.com – and for Kindle
I Am Princess X at Barnes & Noble – and for Nook
I Am Princess X at an independent bookseller near you
So! If you’re like, “What’s it even ABOUT, anyway?”
Or, “Have any reviewers dug it?”…well, let me help and/or refresh your memory!
“Back in fifth grade, best friends May and Libby created Princess X, a katana-wielding heroine who wears Converse sneakers with her ball gown. Ever since Libby and her mother died in a freak accident, May’s life has been as gray as her Seattle home—until the 16-year-old spots a Princess X sticker in a store window, leading her to a Princess X webcomic that suggests that Libby might still be alive. With the help of Trick, a hacker-for-hire, May follows the trail that Princess X’s near-mythic narrative leaves for her, which incorporates Seattle landmarks like the Fremont Troll and characters like the dangerous Needle Man and the mysterious, helpful Jackdaw. Illustrations from the Princess X comic—skillfully rendered by Ciesemier and printed in purple—add greatly to this techno-thriller’s tension. Fresh and contemporary, this hybrid novel/comic packs a lot of plot in a relatively short book, but its strongest suit may be Priest’s keen understanding of the chasmic gap between the way teens and adults engage in the landscape of the Internet. Ages 12–up.” ~Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“…An excellent book with loads of cross-genre and cross-format appeal. Highly recommended”. ~School Library Review (starred review)
“Priest’s YA debut is an engrossing cyberthriller packed with a puzzling mystery, crackerjack detective work, and an eerie, atmospheric sense of place. The unembellished style is a perfect match for the noir-lite tone, and May and Trick, whose banter crackles with energy, rival any team of gumshoes out there. Teens who roll their eyes at adults out of touch with Internet culture will eat this up.” ~Booklist (ALSO A STARRED REVIEW!!!)
I’ll be frank: The buzz has been positively OVERWHELMING. I’m just so terribly grateful for the chance to put this out there – grateful to the fabulous folks at Scholastic, and to Kali Ciesemier for the amazing artwork, and to all the readers who’ve already gotten their hands on an ARC and gone chattering about it across the internet.
THANK YOU ALL. SERIOUSLY. ALL OF THE THANKS, TO ALL OF YOU.
(Man, I’ve slipped into italicizing my all-caps. Things must be getting serious.)
BUT I DON’T CARE! I am REALLY EXCITED ABOUT THIS, and I beg your indulgence. Likewise, I beg you to consider I Am Princess X for yourself, or for the young readers in your life, or for any random person who you think could maybe go for a book about a sword-wielding princess in red Chucks, a couple of white hat hackers (one of whom is actually really, really GOOD), a creepy-as-hell villain, and two girls who were so tight that not even death could keep them apart.
Thanks again, always, to everyone.
Thanks for reading :)