Happy Thursday and welcome to my stop on the blog tour for EDIE IN BETWEEN! I’m so excited because today I have an interview with Laura Sibson AND my aesthetic board to share with you! This book is truly amazing and I’m so excited to for you to find out more about it!
Edie in Between by Laura Sibson
Published on August 24, 2021 by Viking Books for Young Readers
Genres: Contemporary, Fantasy, Paranormal, Queer, YA
Add to Goodreads
Author Links: Website, Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads, Instagram
It’s been one year since Edie’s mother died. But her ghost has never left.
According to her GG, it’s tradition that the dead of the Mitchell family linger with the living. It’s just as much a part of a Mitchell’s life as brewing cordials or talking to plants. But Edie, whose pain over losing her mother is still fresh, has no interest in her family’s legacy as local “witches.”
When her mother’s teenage journal tumbles into her life, her family’s mystical inheritance becomes once and for all too hard to ignore. It takes Edie on a scavenger hunt to find objects that once belonged to her mother, each one imbued with a different memory. Every time she touches one of these talismans, it whisks her to another entry inside the journal—where she watches her teenage mom mourn, love, and hope just as Edie herself is now doing. Maybe, just maybe, Edie hopes, if she finds every one of these objects, she can finally make peace with her loss and put the past to rest for good. But this journey to stake her independence from her family may actually show Edie who she truly is…and the beautiful gifts that come with being just a little different.
What would you do if you spent the day with Edie? Where would you go to eat, hang out, relax, etc.?
We’d probably go for a run with Tess along the Cedar Branch river, then grab some coffee at the coffee shop and pay Rhia a visit at Cosmic Flow. Maybe Rhia would give us a tarot reading. We’d definitely end our day with a huge ice cream cone from Ye Olde Ice Cream Shoppe.
If Edie were to hang out with characters from other books, who would they be and why?
I think Edie might have fun with the witches from Isabel Sterling’s YA novel THESE WITCHES DON’T BURN. They are all elemental witches and I think they could share some tips and tricks with one another about battling the Big Bad. And though I haven’t read BAD WITCH BURNING by Jessica Lewis yet, it comes out the same day as EDIE IN BETWEEN, which makes them twins, right? Between Katrell’s ability to talk to the dead and Edie’s ability to call fire, I think they could take care of some serious stuff together.
If there was one fictional place you could travel to for a day, where would it be and why?
Though it would be very dangerous for a human, I’d visit Holly Black’s High Court of Faerie from her Folk of the Air series. The world is so well-rendered and the characters so intriguing, I’d love to spend a day there. Though if I ate or drank anything, a day could last a lifetime. Such are the risks we take, right?
If you could meet any fictional character, who would it be and what would you talk about?
There are so many characters I’ve loved from books, but I kept feeling like I’d rather speak to the authors to learn how they created such compelling characters! But if you really want an answer, I guess I’ll go with Addie from VE Schwab’s The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue because she’s lived for so long and I’d love to hear about all that she’s witnessed over time. Unfortunately, I’d forget her and possibly everything that she’d told me after out meeting. Such is the nature of her curse.
If you buried a time capsule with three items inside, what three items would you choose and why?
A cell phone (so that people from the future could see what we used before the chips were implanted directly into our brains), a photo of a forest (so that people could see what trees looked), and a physical book (so that people could hold a magical relic that can take you to different worlds).
What was your favorite bit of research you ended up not using?
I wish you could see my computer bookmarks for all my EDIE research: houseboats, stick & poke tattoos, tarot, witches, ceremonial magic, herbal remedies, Scottish myths and fairytales, Celtic myths and fairytales. But the research that moved me the most was during my visit to Salem, MA while drafting this book. I visited a memorial to the people – nearly all women — hanged as witches. The solemnity of that place was in such stark contrast to what we see of witches in pop culture. Though the Salem witch trials aren’t referenced in EDIE IN BETWEEN, the event that causes Edie to reject her magic was born of that moment in the memorial in Salem.
What is your favorite quote, scene, or moment from Edie in Between?
My favorite scenes are all spoilers because they take place toward the end of the book. For spoiler-free faves, let’s go with the party scene, the first time Edie lays eyes on Rhia. Following that would be Edie’s visit to the perpetual woods with its magical Hawthorn tree. I love creating that place and imagining how beautiful it would be in real life.
What do you think about Edie In Between? Have you added it to your tbr yet? Let me know in the comments and have a splendiferous day!