Today’s guest post was sent to me by Madeline Claire Franklin. If you’re looking for something different and unique, it sounds like this one just might fit the bill.
The witch who made the patchwork girl died before she could give her creation a name. Stitched together from the remains of the villagers’ dead children—whose memories still live in her flesh—and held together by a ring made of moonbeams, the patchwork girl is a spell as yet unfinished. She can never be what her parents wanted her to be: a replacement for the children they’ve lost. So when the poppet grows up, and grows tired of being a disappointment, she decides to embark upon a journey through the Everwood Forest in search of her real name.
In the forest she meets the recently-made wereman Faolin, trapped in the form of a wolf except during the full moon, and running from the beasts who killed his father. Together they face the dangers of the forest, forming an unlikely bond as their paths wind together: Faolin running from his destiny—the patchwork girl in search of her own—both of them bound by moonlight.
But Faolin, afraid of the beast he has become, has known all along what he must do in order to lift the curse and return to his former life. In fact, it is the very reason he sought out the patchwork girl to begin with—and now the only reason he is willing to leave her side: to save her from himself.
The Poppet and the Lune is a novel somewhere along the lines of Grimm’s Fairy Tales-meets-The Labyrinth: a darkly magical feast for the reader who craves stories with a rich heart, and even richer guts. But it’s not all dark–packed with adventure, magic, and romance, this is a fairy tale meant to enchant and entertain, and maybe even help us face our own monsters and mysteries.
If you’ve ever struggled to love the skin your in, this book was written for you.
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Madeline Claire Franklin has been writing, making movies, telling lies, and otherwise creating stories for as long as she can remember. She holds a BA in Media Studies/Production with a minor in Anthropology from the University at Buffalo, where she further expanded her storytelling capacity.
In addition to her love of telling stories and researching dead people, Madeline is an avid traveler and lover of foreign cultures. She has contracted salmonella in Costa Rica, was bitten by a goat in the Sahara Desert, and her pants once caught on fire while she was walking down a street in Spain. None of this deters her.
She currently resides in Buffalo, NY, with her husband and their three cats: Luke, Leto, and Lando. The Poppet and the Lune is her first novel.