Author Archives: Sarah MacTavish

About Sarah MacTavish

Writer, Bibliophile, Young Adult Librarian

Cleaning up!

Yikes, haven’t posted in a while! Making some changes and doing a little house-cleaning, but hopefully I’ll have this thing back up and running soon.  ;-)

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Research notes: William Lloyd Garrison

It’s been a little while since I’ve posted an update on my writing, and that’s mostly because I’ve gone back to the drawing board and have buried myself in research, which actually is proving to be much more interesting this time around. Thought I’d post some little historical snippets in my next couple of entries.

I just finished reading about William Lloyd Garrison, editor of the abolitionist paper The Liberator which ran from 1831 to 1865. This guy was fascinating, and his passion inspiring. My reading also gave me a good feel for the all-around anti-slavery atmosphere, especially in the North, before the Civil War. It’s easy to understand just how hostile the South was to the idea of emancipation for the slaves, but I was a bit surprised at the resistance to it in the North, as well. (Thank you, oversimplified history textbooks.)

Here are some interesting facts and quotes I gleaned while reading: Continue reading

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Books I’m anticipating this year

All right, now that I’ve had a chance to see what is coming out this year in the way of books, here are some titles that I’m anticipating!

Mortal (June) and Sovereign (October) by Ted Dekker and Tosca Lee. These are books 2 and 3 of the new Books of Mortals Series, Forbidden being the first that came out this past fall. For those already familiar with Dekker’s Circle Series, this new trilogy needs little introduction, but it takes place between some hundreds of years after the events surrounding the Raison Strain and before the time of the colored forests. The series’ story is set in a post-apocoplytic, almost medieval sort of society where people live without any emotion, save fear, until a mysterious vial of blood is discovered that will “awaken” any who drink of it.  Even if you are unfamiliar with Dekker or Lee, and especially if you love dystopian fiction, this is going to be an awesome series.

Trafficked by Kim Purcell (February), a YA novel about human trafficking. Only brought to my attention the past couple of years myself, the only YA novel I’ve been familiar with so far that tackles the issue has been Sold by Patricia McCormick. (If there are others, please let me know!) This looks like Kim Purcell’s first novel, and if you visit her site, she has information on how to help trafficked teens. Very anxious to read this.

Scarlet by A.C. Gaughen (February), YA Robin Hood story with a twist: Will Scarlet is actually a young woman in disguise! Say no more, really. I’m downloading this to my Kindle the day it’s released! Continue reading

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