Booklist: Shortly after moving from Seattle to his father’s hometown of Merritt, Florida, Virgil Knox, 15, is attacked by a monster. Barely clinging to his sanity and bleeding copiously from his injuries, he makes his way to a parking lot and collapses. In spite of his wounds, however, people either don’t believe him, laugh at him, or say he asked for it by walking alone in a deserted area at night, and when he starts school, the pranks and teasing are nonstop. Virgil relives the attack at the slightest trigger, but all anyone tells him is to get over it. Virgil has more to worry about, however; he wonders whether he will become a monster as well. Hutchinson is known for offbeat, edgy books, and this is no exception. Convincing, well-rounded characters come to life in Hutchinson’s lyrical, punchy writing, and his skills for maintaining suspense and intrigue mean the story never drags. There are echoes of a werewolf story here, but Virgil’s experiences after the monster attack mirror the treatment of victims of sexual assault, which adds a dynamic level to the story. As Virgil starts to make connections in his new home, from irrepressible classmate Tripp to his seemingly dour grandmother, he realizes that he has more choices than he thought. Hutchinson never misses a beat in this gripping, dynamic novel.
Kirkus: Creepy hotel managers, jump scares, and an overall eerie atmosphere are entertaining, and the plot moves swiftly…. A brief, engaging, and at times grisly mystery that will keep readers guessing.
Audio rights to Becker Gray’s HELLFIRE CLUB SERIES, to Kim Budnick at Tantor Media, in a five-book deal, at auction, to Katie Shea Boutillier.
Audio rights to New York Times bestselling author Monica Murphy’s THE RELUCTANT BRIDE, THE RUTHLESS GROOM and THE ARRANGED MARRIAGE, to Kim Budnick at Tantor Media, in a three-book deal, at auction, to Katie Shea Boutillier.
Audio rights to USA Today bestselling author K Webster’s CINDERELLA TRILOGY, TRIPLE THREAT and DEATH WISH, to Kate Runde at Podium Audio, at auction, in a five-book deal, by Katie Shea Boutillier.
Audio rights to USA Today bestselling author Amelia Wilde’s BEAUTY AND THE BEAST TRILOGY, DARK REIGN, SWEET MERCY and LAST RESORT to Kate Runde at Podium Audio, at auction, in a six-book deal, by Katie Shea Boutillier.
Audio rights to USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author Giana Darling’s DANGEROUS TEMPTATION and BEAUTIFUL NIGHTMARE, to Kate Runde at Podium Audio, at auction, in a two-book deal, by Katie Shea Boutillier.
Audio rights to New York Times bestselling author Skye Warren’s ONE FOR THE MONEY, TWO FOR THE SHOW and THREE PIECE SUIT, to Kate Runde at Podium Audio, at auction, in a three-book deal, by Katie Shea Boutillier.
Audio rights to New York Times bestselling author Pam Godwin’s LESSONS IN SIN, to Kate Runde at Podium Audio, at auction, by Katie Shea Boutillier.
NPR: Shaun David Hutchinson’s Before We Disappear begins with a lighter premise: Jack is a pickpocket and magician’s assistant. He works for The Enchantress, a stage magician who has stunned audience across Europe with her illusions — while robbing them blind with her scam artist schemes. When they have to flee Paris after unwisely stealing another magician’s trick, she announces that their next stop is America, where she has been engaged to headline at Seattle’s Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition. When they arrive in Seattle, it feels like a place Jack might actually want to stay a while. But then a mysterious new magician turns up and begins stealing their audience with an impossible trick — one that even Jack can’t seem to figure out.
And even more mysterious is this new magician’s assistant, a boy called Wilhelm. The more Jack finds out about him, the clearer it becomes that maybe the reason he can’t figure out the trick is because it isn’t really a trick at all, and Wilhelm is somehow performing actual magic. And even worse, perhaps he isn’t a magician’s assistant by choice, but is being held captive by a con artist far, far more malicious than Jack can even imagine. But when everyone is running a con, who can you really trust?
Audio rights to Alex Bledsoe’s DANDELION, to Addi Black at Blackstone, at auction, by Katie Shea Boutillier on behalf of Paul E. Stevens.
Audio rights to Lindsay Portnoy’s GAME ON? BRAIN ON!: The Surprising Relationship between Play and Gray, to Kim Budnick at Tantor Media by Katie Shea Boutillier.
Jack Nevin’s clever trickery and moral flexibility make him the perfect assistant to the Enchantress, one of the most well-known stage magicians in turn-of-the-nineteenth-century Europe. Without Jack’s steady supply of stolen tricks, the Enchantress’s fame would have burned out long ago.
But when Jack’s thievery catches up to them, they’re forced to flee to America to find their fortune. Luckily, the Enchantress is able to arrange a set of sold-out shows at Seattle’s Alaska–Yukon–Pacific World’s Fair Exposition. She’s convinced they’re going to rich and famous until a new magician arrives on the scene. Performing tricks that defy the imagination, Laszlo’s show overshadows the Enchantress, leaving Jack no choice but to hunt for the secrets to his otherworldly illusions. But what Jack uncovers isn’t at all what he expected.
Behind Laszlo’s tricks is Wilhelm—a boy that can seemingly perform real magic. Jack and Wilhelm have an instant connection, and as the rivalry between the Enchantress and Laszlo grows, so too does Jack and Wilhelm’s affection. But can Jack choose between the woman who gave him a life and the boy who is offering him everything?
It’s a stirring tale about the magic of love from award-winning author Shaun David Hutchinson.
Booklist: Hutchinson’s engaging historical fantasy suffers from the occasional implausibility and loose end, but its strength lies in the captivating relationship between Jack and Wil. Now there’s real magic.
Audio rights to Robert McCammon’s KING OF SHADOWS, Matthew Corrbett series Book 8, to Louise Quayle at Audible by Katie Shea Boutillier Cameron McClure.
Audio rights to Carolita Blythe’s REVENGE OF A NOT-SO-PRETTY GIRL to Kim Budnick at Tantor Media, by Katie Shea Boutillier.
Audio rights to Benjamin Wachs’s TURN YOUR LIFE INTO ART: LESSONS IN PSYCHOMAGIC FROM SAN FRANCISCO’S UNDERGROUND, explores the techniques developed by San Francisco’s underground art scene to create experiences so profound that they seem like a kind of art magic, to Kim Budnick at Tantor Media by Katie Shea Boutillier for Jennie Goloboy.
Audio rights to Ada Harper’s A CONSPIRACY OF WHISPERS and A TREASON OF TRUTHS, to Kim Budnick at Tantor Media, by Katie Shea Boutillier, for Caitlin McDonald.
Audio rights to Shaun David Hutchinson’s THE FIVE STAGES OF ANDREW BRAWLEY, to Kim Budnick at Tantor Media, at auction, by Katie Shea Boutillier.
Audio rights to Patrice Sarath’s THE UNEXPECTED MISS BENNET to Kim Budnick at Tantor Media, at auction, by Katie Shea Boutillier on behalf of Jennie Goloboy.
Danish rights to Nebula and Hugo Award winner Martha Wells’ ALL SYSTEMS RED and ARTIFICIAL CONDITION, the first two installments in the New York Times bestselling Murderbot Diaries series, to Delphiki, by Elin Rydner at Lennart Sane Agency in association with Michael Curry for Jennifer Jackson.
German rights to New York Times bestselling author Jim Butcher’s STORM FRONT, FOOL MOON, GRAVE PERIL, SUMMER KNIGHT, DEATH MASKS, and BLOOD RITES, the first six books in the Dresden Files series, to Blanvalet, by Sarah Knofius at the Thomas Schlueck Agency in association with Jennifer Jackson.
Italian rights to Shaun David Hutchinson’s WE ARE THE ANTS, to Marco Rana at Mondadori, by Stefania Fietta at Donzelli Fietta, on behalf of Katie Shea Boutillier.
Japanese rights to S.B. Divya ‘s MACHINEHOOD, to Hayakawa, by Kohei Hattori at The English Agency on behalf of Katie Shea Boutillier for Cameron McClure.
Korean rights to C.L. Polk’s THE MIDNIGHT BARGAIN, to MUNPI, by Jackie Yang at Eric Yang Agency, on behalf of Katie Shea Boutillier for Caitlin McDonald.
Serbian rights to Nebula and Hugo Award winner Martha Wells’ ALL SYSTEMS RED, ARTIFICIAL CONDITION, ROGUE PROTOCOL, and EXIT STRATEGY, the first four installments in the New York Times bestselling Murderbot Diaries series, plus two short stories, to Čarobna knjiga, by Milena Kaplarević at Prava i prevodi in association with Michael Curry for Jennifer Jackson.
Swedish rights to Annika Martin’s MOST ELIGIBLE BILLIONAIRE, THE BILLIONAIRE’S WAKE-UP-CALL GIRL and BREAKING THE BILLIONAIRE’S RULES, to Tukan, in a three-book deal, by Elin Rydner at Lennart Sane Agency, on behalf of Katie Shea Boutillier for Cameron McClure.
Turkish rights to Nalo Hopkinson’s BROWN GIRL IN THE RING and MIDNIGHT ROBBER, to Ithaki, by Merve Ongen at ONK Agency, on behalf of Katie Shea Boutillier for Donald Maass.
Kirkus: When magic and illusion collide, anything is possible.
Sixteen-year-old Jack, magician’s assistant and pickpocket, is ready to steal the show—and anything else he can get his hands on—when the Enchantress, aka Evangeline Dubois, magician, con artist, and his guardian, sets her eyes on the 1909 Seattle World’s Fair. At the same time, 16-year-old Wilhelm, a boy with the ability to magically transport himself and others, is forced to perform there by Teddy, his abusive captor. Teddy has plans to use Wil’s gifts to pull off the ultimate heist, and his desire for notoriety results in a plan in which the two masquerade as a magician and his assistant, causing Jack’s and Wil’s worlds to collide. With the help of street-smart dancer Ruth and clever Jessamy, the boys examine the abuses they suffer and work to build a stable life together. Like all good magic acts, the novel will keep readers on the edges of their seats as they follow the twists and double-crosses that fill the lives of con artists and magicians. The book flawlessly combines magic and suspense in a well-crafted heist story that’s sweetly sprinkled with queer romances. A final unanswered question hints at a sequel and will have readers shouting for an encore. Ruth is Black; all other main characters are White. Jack, Wil, Ruth, and Jessamy are openly queer.