#MeetTheNewbs ~ Mackenzi Lee Author of This Monstrous Thing (Guest Post+Giveaway)

Meet The Newbies is a blog event co-hosted by Dana @DanaSquare and I, in which we introduce you to all of the new kids in school, the 2015 debut authors!

Meet Mackenzi Lee:

Mackenzi Lee is reader, writer, bookseller, unapologetic fangirl, fast talker, and perpetually-anxious badass. She holds an MFA from Simmons College in writing for children and young adults, and her short fiction has appeared in Inaccurate Realities, The Friend, and The Newport Review. Her young adult historical fantasy novel, THIS MONSTROUS THING, which won the PEN-New England Susan P. Bloom Children’s Book Discovery Award, as well as an Emerging Artist Grant from the St. Botolph Club Foundation, will be published fall of 2015 by Katherine Tegen/HarperCollins. 

She loves Diet Coke, sweater weather, and historical fiction. On a perfect day, she can be found enjoying all three. She currently calls Boston home.

Meet Her Debut Novel:

In 1818 Geneva, men built with clockwork parts live hidden away from society, cared for only by illegal mechanics called Shadow Boys. Two years ago, Shadow Boy Alasdair Finch’s life shattered to bits.

His brother, Oliver—dead.

His sweetheart, Mary—gone.

His chance to break free of Geneva—lost.

Heart-broken and desperate, Alasdair does the unthinkable: He brings Oliver back from the dead.

But putting back together a broken life is more difficult than mending bones and adding clockwork pieces. Oliver returns more monster than man, and Alasdair’s horror further damages the already troubled relationship.

Then comes the publication of Frankenstein and the city intensifies its search for Shadow Boys, aiming to discover the real life doctor and his monster. Alasdair finds refuge with his idol, the brilliant Dr. Geisler, who may offer him a way to escape the dangerous present and his guilt-ridden past, but at a horrible price only Oliver can pay…

I really enjoyed reading Frankenstein, and I can't wait to see where Mackenzi's book takes it! Today she shares a cool video in which she discusses her top five Frankenstein Adaptations.

Guest Video ~ Top 5 Frankenstein Adaptations:

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  1. This book sounds amazing!! I love Frankenstein and I am definitely intrigued to see how Mackenzi does this rendition! :) Thanks for the giveaway and the awesome inside! :)

  2. I'm so excited to read this book! I also love Frankenstein. It's one of those books I was forced to read in school that I actually enjoyed. And Mackenzie, we have the same favorite Frankenstein adaptations!
    Cassi @ My Thoughts Literally

  3. I need This Monstrous Thing and I think I really need all the other recommended books too! haha Such a fun video. Can't wait for the other fearless fifteeners as well :) Some really great releases!

  4. Apparently I've already had this book on my to-read shelf, but I don't recall about hearing about it before! Oh well. It sounds like a great twist on Frankenstein.

  5. Oh my goodness!! I adoreeee Mackenzi Lee!! I love her video!!

  6. Thank you bringing this book to my attention

  7. This is a great idea, love getting to know new authors and the chance to win. TFS.

  8. Its got a Mary Shelly/Tim Burton look to it! :D
    Mary Loki

  9. Thanks for the giveaway!!!! I'm so excited to read this book!

  10. Hahaha. What an awesome and funny interview! I actually watched I, Frankenstein on Netflix! It wasn't the best, but it wasn't the worst thing I've seen. Lol. I can't wait to read This Monstrous Thing! I still haven't read the original Frankenstein novel, but I just love all retellings!


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