A Thousand Fires by Shannon Price

Hardcover: 304 pages
Publisher: Tor Teen (November 5, 2019)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1250301998
ISBN-13: 978-1250301994304 Pages , Ages 13-18


Praise for A THOUSAND FIRES

“A Thousand Fires pulls you in close and shows you the essence of what it means to keep fighting. Shannon Price is one to watch.” ―Gwenda Bond, New York Times bestselling author of Stranger Things: Suspicious Minds

“Brutal and beautiful, A THOUSAND FIRES broke my heart. A fast-paced tragedy of love, betrayal, and vengeance.” ―Heidi Heilig, author of FOR A MUSE OF FIRE

“Modern, unflinching and filled with haunting, lingering imagery, A Thousand Fires gives the story of the Iliad the bare-knuckled update it deserves.” ―Colleen Oakes, author of The Black Coats

“Fast-paced… Vivid descriptions and intricate details bring San Francisco to life … A promising debut.” ―Kirkus

“A heart-wrenching tale… action-packed and intense… A fantastic read.” ―School Library Journal

But when Valerie is recruited by the mysterious Stags, their charismatic and volatile leader Jax promises to help her get revenge. Torn between old love and new loyalty, Valerie fights to stay alive as she races across the streets of San Francisco to finish the mission that got her into the gangs.

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SHANNON PRICE is a proud Filipina-American and Bay Area native. She once led an a cappella group for three years despite not knowing how to read music, and she carries that same level of confidence in every area of her life. When not writing, she can be found watching baking shows, exploring old bookstores, and going to the beach as often as she can. 
Her debut novel A Thousand Fires is a YA reimagining of the Iliad set in modern day San Francisco. She is represented by Elana Roth Parker of Laura Dail Literary Agency and thanks her lucky stars that she is.

Ten Ways You Get Inspired to Write

  1. Watch a favorite movie—what draws me in? What do the characters do that make them unforgettable? I take mental notes and use them later when crafting scenes.
  2. Listen to musical scores and movie soundtracks. I’m a very visual writer, and music helps me think up images, which in turn helps me think up stories
  3. Go for a run or walk. Getting outside and not thinking about writing is a great way for me to come back to my desk refreshed.
  4. Read. Doesn’t matter the book!

5.Re-read my own work. There’s always something to learn from what you’ve done before—how to improve, what to keep, 

6.Drink coffee—I never write without it.

7.Make an aesthetic board. Again, visual person and a visual writer. 

8.Talk out a scene. Usually the listener will ask questions back—e.g. wait, what’s the character after? It helps me re-access the main points of a scene and make sure it’s effective in the way I want it to be. 

9.Go to a bookstore. Something about being surrounded by books helps ground me in the joy of storytelling. 

 10. Draw. Bringing my characters to life on paper helps me decide so many things—what would they wear in this scene? What is their facial expressions like? By playing around in sketches, I usually know what direction to go in.

My Thoughts

This was nothing like I had ever read before. It was beautiful and very captivating. I read this book in one day, I didn’t wanted to put my book down. I definitely feel the Iliad vibe on it. This was a new author for me but I want to read more of her books. I give this one 4 out of 5 bookstacks

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