Thursday, January 26, 2012

Fridays with First Timers: Above by Leah Bobet

On Fridays with First Timers, I'll be giving you a look at debut authors who's books are upcoming or came out recently.

This Friday the book is Above by Leah Bobet.

Leah Bobet drinks tea, wears feathers in her hair, and plants gardens in back alleys. She lives in Toronto, Ontario. Above is her first novel, though she has written for other books.

She blogs here.

I have seen Above classified as a Young Adult Urban Fantasy/Sci-Fi.

Here's a summery of the book from the publisher's website:

Matthew has loved Ariel from the moment he found her in the tunnels, her blond haFriir shining and her bee's wings falling away. They live together in Safe, a refuge deep underground for those fleeing the harsh city Above -- as does Whisper, who speaks to ghosts, and Atticus, who has thick claws for hands, and Jack Flash, who can shoot lightning from his fingertips.

But one terrifying night, an old enemy invades Safe with an army of shadows, and only Matthew, Ariel, and a few friends escape Above. Forced to survive in the most dangerous place he can imagine, Matthew strives to unravel the mystery of the shadows' powers and Safe's own secret history. For he must find a way to remake Safe -- not just for himself and his friends, but for Ariel, who's again faced with a life she fled, and who needs him more than ever before.

A gorgeously imagined urban fantasy and a deeply moving love story, Above is the debut of an extraordinary new voice.

Be sure to cheek out Above when it hits the shelves this spring. The estimated pub date is April 1st according to


  1. Wow. This cover's gorgeous, and the descriptions of the different characters and their quirks is what convinced me I want to read this -- it reminds me a little of the mutants from X-Men, which I'm a super-huge fan of.

    Thanks for spotlighting this one! I'll be sure to check it out.

  2. Yeah, I really liked the cover too, which is why I spotlighted it. Thanks for commenting!

  3. The synopsis sounds great! But I would buy this book based on the cover anyway!


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