With so many public spaces closed, most of us are spending our summer weekends at home instead of soaking in the sun. Between the indoor lifestyle, a lack of socializing and upside-down sleep schedules, the quarantine lifestyle might very well have you thinking of another pale and isolated nocturnal being.
Luckily, there’s a great new read out to help get us through these shelter-in-place orders. Renée Ahdieh, author of bestselling YA book series “The Wrath & the Dawn” and “Flame in the Mist,” is back this summer with the sequel to last year’s vampire hit “The Beautiful.” Releasing today, July 7, “The Damned” follows Celine and Bastien through 1870s New Orleans, as they both contend with nefarious forces beyond what either of them could have imagined. As Celine struggles to recall the fateful night that left her with both physical and mental scars, Bastien is hard at work to prevent a supernatural war that threatens to destroy his world—and Celine’s with it.
If you’re hungry for an insider look at the series, Ahdieh’s virtual book tour is also coming to a screen near you. Kicking off today and running through the rest of the week, the tour is hosted by a variety of indie bookstores and includes four themed conversations with young adult authors Sabaa Tahir, Roshani Chokshi, Holly Black and Marie Lu. It’s the perfect opportunity to get to know Ahdieh and a whole slew of your new favorite authors, all from the comfort of your own living room. Who needs the outdoors, anyway?