Book Briefs: Leah Cypess

Book Briefs: an interview series where authors talk about...what else?  Books! Leah Cypess is a fellow Tenner.  Her debut young adult novel, Mistwood, was released last week by Greenwillow Books/HarperCollins.      

What book are you reading right now?  "Book", singular?  I'm never that focused (except under deadline).  Currently, I'm reading Ice by Sarah Beth Durst, Quatrain by Sharon Shinn, several books about caves (research for my current WIP), and The Ethiopian Jews of Israel by Len Lyons.

Your favorite children’s book:  See above about focus...I'm just going to choose one at random and then hit "send" before the urge to add other favorites overcomes me.  Okay, here goes:  Emily of New Moon by L.M. Montgomery.

 Your favorite non-fiction book:  Again, random shuffle among many favorites gives us: Kaddish by Leon Wieseltier.

 Your favorite classic (read: book they made you read in school) book: Pride & Prejudice.  (This one was easy!)

The last book that made you laugh: The Demon's Lexicon by Sarah Rees Brennan. 

The last book that made you cry: I have to admit to not being much of a crier, even with sad books.  But the last book that made me come close was The Queen of Attolia by Megan Whalen Turner.

The last book you recommended to a friend: Spin by Robert Charles Wilson.

A novel you’ve re-read (and re-read): Can I go with a series?  The Belgariad by David Eddings.  When I was in high school and had time to re-read books, I think I read it about fifteen times.  

One sentence that gives the gist of your book best: When an ancient shapeshifter is trapped in the body of a human girl, her quest to find out what went wrong leads her to the one question she hasn't faced in a thousand years: where does she come from and what does she really want?

Avoiding spoilers, a 1-2 sentence passage from your book that you really like:

Her hand closed around the rough wood, and the arrow broke in half in her grasp; it dropped as she whirled to catch the next one, and then the next.  A torrent of arrows, and she danced among them, letting them fall broken around her feet.

You can learn more about Leah and Mistwood at her website

Thanks, Leah!