Happy Thursday and welcome to my stop on the Frozen Beauty blog tour!! I am so excited to be a part of this tour, and I’m even more excited for you to discover Lexa’s favorite quote from her book, what music she listens to while writing, and some fun research that didn’t make it into the book! Plus, follow the rest of the tour and enter to win a print copy of Frozen Beauty!
Frozen Beauty by Lexa Hillyer
Series: Feverwake #2
Published by HarperTeen on March 17, 2020
Genres: YA, Mystery, Contemporary
Everyone in Devil’s Lake knows the three golden Malloy sisters—but one of them is keeping a secret that will turn their little world inside out….
No one knows exactly what happened to Kit in the woods that night—all they have are a constellation of facts: icy blue lips and fingers cold to the touch, a lacy bra, an abandoned pick-up truck with keys still in the ignition. Still, Tessa, even in her fog of grief, is certain that her sister’s killer wasn’t Boyd, the boy next door whom they’ve all loved in their own way. There are too many details that don’t add up, too many secrets still tucked away.
But no matter how fiercely she searches for answers, at the core of that complicated night is a truth that’s heartbreakingly simple.
Told in lush, haunting prose, Frozen Beauty is a story of the intoxicating power of first love, the deep bonds of sisterhood, and a shocking death that will forever change the living.
Do you have a favorite scene, quote, or moment from Frozen Beauty?
Some people believe there’s a heaven. But if there is a heaven, Tessa never thought it’d be way up in the clouds or whatever—not if you knew anything at all about space, which is full of rock and fire, chemistry and constant motion…not a bunch of human souls floating around carrying their eternal peace like a scratch-off lotto ticket.
No. If there were a heaven, it’d exist in the mist that sat heavy right over Hammer Head Field in late fall, ghost-white and damp and stuck revisiting the world we know, coveting the shape of things we once could touch, tracing those long ugly stocks of heather and stitch grass.
What is your favorite piece of research you didn’t end up using?
I went down a whole rabbit hole on immortal jellyfish, thinking this was going to be the subject of a big paper Tessa was working on. Pretty sure none of that ended up in the final draft!
What would you do if you spent the day with the Malloy Sisters? Where would you go to eat, hang out, relax, etc.?
I think they’d all have different agendas for the day but I am thinking a backyard barbeque full of friends and family.
What can you tell us about your characters that we might not find out in the book?
There’s definitely some loose inspiration from my own sisters and our dynamics, though all the characters share a piece of me, so there’s no one character who’s actually based on a single person (otherwise my family would maybe kill me?)
Do you write to music? If so, what were you listening to while you wrote Frozen Beauty?
Ugh I’m the worst. I like depressing, tragic, melancholy songs, especially while writing. I probably played a lot of “Hope There’s Someone” by Antony and the Johnsons and “Love Me Like I’m Not Made of Stone” by Lykke Li during the drafting of this book.
Lexa Hillyer is the Founder and President of Publishing at Glasstown Entertainment, an all-womxn creative development and production company located in New York and Los Angeles. She is also the author of Frozen Beauty, Spindle Fire, Winter Glass, and Proof of Forever, all young adult novels published by HarperCollins, as well as the poetry collection Acquainted with the Cold from Bona Fide Books. Acquainted with the Cold was the 2012 gold prize winner of the Foreword Book of the Year Award for Poetry and received the Melissa Lanitis Gregory Poetry Prize. Her work has been featured in a variety of journals and collections including Best New Poets 2012, and she has received several honors for poetry. Lexa earned her BA in English from Vassar College and her MFA in Poetry from Stonecoast at the University of Southern Maine. She worked as an editor at both HarperCollins and Penguin, before founding Glasstown Entertainment along with New York Times Bestselling author Lauren Oliver. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and daughter and their very skinny orange tree.