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Between by Megan WhitmerPublication Date: July 29, 2014 Publisher: Spencer Hill Press When a supernatural freak of nature forces her family to separate, seventeen-year-old Charlie Page must turn to her frustrating (yet gorgeous) neighbor, Seth, to help reunite them. Seth whisks Charlie to Ellauria—a magical world filled with the creatures of myths and legends—and tells her of the Fellowship, the group charged with protecting mystical beings from human discovery. (All except Bigfoot: that attention whore is a total lost cause.) But when Charlie learns that she’s under the Fellowship’s protection herself, well, “stressed” is an understatement.
Ellauria should be the safest place for Charlie while the Fellowship works to find her family, but things in the mystical realm aren’t what they seem.
Magic is failing, creatures are dying, and the Fellowship insists Charlie holds the key to saving everyone. With her family still missing and the danger in Ellauria growing, Charlie doesn’t know who she can trust. She’s dealing with a power she never asked for, falling for a guy she can’t have, and being forced to choose between her destiny and her heart. And if she chooses wrong, she could destroy magic forever.
Charlie may be in over her head.
I’m so excited for Between that I even gave it a pokemon gif. Excited to be in #TRACERS and I can’t wait to see what it’s all about!
Megan Whitmer: Five Mythical Creatures You’ve Probably Never Heard Of
In my YA fantasy, Between, seventeen-year-old Charlie Page finds out she’s been under the protection of a secret organization known as the Fellowship her entire life, which is perplexing because the whole reason the Fellowship exists is to protect mythical creatures from human discovery. While I was writing this book, I made up several creatures to serve as true Fellowship success stories—mythical beings they’d managed to keep completely hidden—but it was important to me to use actual creatures found in the mythologies of various cultures all over the world as well. Some, like the fairies and leprechauns, are obvious, but others are less well-known, like the hodag. I spent a lot of time researching urban legends, and I have a long list of creatures that I hope to include in the Between trilogy. I also found several that, while interesting, sort of, they won’t make it into any of my books. Since I hate to think I wasted precious research time on creatures that I’ll never write about, I thought I’d share a few with you here! You’re welcome.
5. Leshy: The Slavic leshy is a woodland creature who protects forest animals. If he catches you wandering through the woods, he’ll drag you back to his cave and tickle you to death. Death by tickle would have to be a bizarrely fun and annoying way to die, yes?
4. Astomi: The astomi are creatures found in Hindu mythology. They’re big and covered in hair and they have no mouths. They survive by smelling things that smell good. That’s it. If you want to kill one, you make them smell something that doesn’t smell good. How lame is that? If you’re chased by one, just shove its head in your armpit. Boom. You win.
3. Ant-lion: I haven’t been able to find the cultural origin of the ant-lion, but it’s exactly what it sounds like—an ant with the head of a lion. It was created when a male lion mated with a female ant and I have absolutely no more to say about that. (That is a lie. I have so many questions. So, so many.)
2. Glasgavlen: It’s an Irish fairy cow that emerges from ponds and goes house-to-house waiting for someone to milk it. I just really, really enjoy that mental image.
1. Bonnacon: The bonnacon is found in Asian mythology. It’s sort of a horned bull-horse mashup that defends itself by spraying acidic dung that burns the skin of whoever it touches. Acidic dung, guys. This creature will hit you with burning poop. I have decided this is HANDS DOWN the most terrifying of all mythical creatures ever. Think about getting attacked by this thing: Not only is your skin burning but you’re also covered in poop. And not just any poop—poop that has been sprayed, which we all know is a pretty graphic and disgusting mental image and Eli’s probably so happy he invited me to post something on his blog right now.
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