News for one of our fave authors… Ilsa J. Bick! Release dates, upcoming titles, and more!

Ilsa Bick

Photo from, where Vonna posted about Bick’s visit to a local bookstore in 2011.

Seriously. We should just give Ilsa her own segment on AtLP since we adore her so much.

So to show our adoration, we’d like to share some exciting news about her new and upcoming books!

First off, I’m uber excited for the release of Monsters, the third and final book in the Ashes trilogy. And we finally have a release date! SEPTEMBER 10, 2013 IS THE DAY, PEOPLE! Mark your calendars! No cover art yet, but rest assured – as soon as we see it, we’ll make sure you do, too!

The Sin Eater's ConfessionNextly, Bick is known in the YA community for her very provocative writing. Along with the Ashes books, Draw the Dark and Drowning Instinct are powerful and thought-provoking novels. She has a way of delving deep into the minds of her characters and pulling out each and every intricate aspect of their true nature so we get a full understanding into the character’s personality. (And, if you’re reading the Ashes books, very often those minds end up splattered all over walls. But that’s neither here nor there.) Being a child psychologist, Bick has keen insight into the ins and outs of young minds, and uses that knowledge to create very real and well rounded  characters.

Expanding on her other stand-alone novels, on January 1 The Sin Eater’s Confession was released by Carolrhoda Lab (which is a publishing imprint known for putting out edgy and “boundary-pushing” novels). I can’t believe I didn’t know about this book until today!

Here’s the summary from Goodreads:

People in Merit, Wisconsin, always said Jimmy was . . . you know. But people said all sorts of stupid stuff. Nobody really knew anything. Nobody really knew Jimmy.

I guess you could say I knew Jimmy as well as anyone (which was not very well). I knew what scared him. And I knew he had dreams—even if I didn’t understand them. Even if he nearly ruined my life to pursue them.

Jimmy’s dead now, and I definitely know that better than anyone. I know about blood and bone and how bodies decompose. I know about shadows and stones and hatchets. I know what a last cry for help sounds like. I know what blood looks like on my own hands.

What I don’t know is if I can trust my own eyes. I don’t know who threw the stone. Who swung the hatchet? Who are the shadows? What do the living owe the dead?

I know nothing about this novel, except that it sounds good and I’m going to try to get my hands on a copy as soon as I can.

Lastly, next on tap for Bick after the Ashes trilogy is a two-book venture called Dark Passages. Book 1 will be titled White Space and it slated for release in 2014, followed by The Dickens Mirror (book 2 in the series, date undetermined). Both books will be published by Egmont.

The series is being pitched as “The Matrix meets Inkheart, about a seventeen-year-old girl who jumps between the lines of books and into the white space where realities are created and destroyed – but who may herself be nothing more than a character written into being from an alternative universe” (from Bick’s website). Bick said as of right now it is a two-book series, but could potentially stretch to a trilogy.

The only thing left to say is ROCK ON, ILSA!


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