The Book of Love - EXTRACT

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Pub Date 08 Feb 2024 | Archive Date 26 Jan 2024
Head of Zeus, AdAstra Book

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*A preview extract of THE BOOK OF LOVE. Final cover to be revealed!*

FROM PULITZER-PRIZE FINALIST KELLY LINK

Laura, Daniel and Mo disappeared without trace a year ago. They have long been presumed dead.
Which they were.
But now they are not.
And it is up to the resurrected teenagers to discover what happened to them.
Revived by Mr Anabin – the man they knew as their high school music teacher – they are offered a chance to return to the mortal realm if they can solve solve the mystery of their deaths, learn how to use the magic they now possess, and identify the mysterious fourth soul that crossed back over with them.
But their return has upset a delicate balance that has held – just – for millennia.

*A preview extract of THE BOOK OF LOVE. Final cover to be revealed!*

FROM PULITZER-PRIZE FINALIST KELLY LINK

Laura, Daniel and Mo disappeared without trace a year ago. They have long been presumed...


Advance Praise

“The Book of Love is an incredible achievement — a novel whose people and places feel so true to life that the magic that shimmers through the pages like grown-up fairy dust seems not just real but unquestionable. A book that harrows your soul as it makes you laugh: this modern day The Master and Margarita will remain with you long after you have turned the last lush and visionary page.” - Cassandra Clare

"By turns playful and harrowing, surreal and sagacious, replete with gods and other monsters, The Book of Love is an astonishing, gorgeous novel written with Link’s unique wit, warmth and ability to get under your skin." - Holly Black

"An eldritch Our Town that somehow manages to be both epic and intimate. Link's language is nimble and startling and goes down so easy. You won't realize you're drunk on this story until it's too late and you're careening from the spectacularly weird to the wildly funny to an aching grief almost too familiar to bear. A dizzying dream ride you will never forget." - Leigh Bardugo

“The Book of Love is an incredible achievement — a novel whose people and places feel so true to life that the magic that shimmers through the pages like grown-up fairy dust seems not just real but...


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The Book of Love is a lyrical, beautiful story full of delicate, dreamlike prose. I loved the start of the world-building, the subtle metaphors and the growing atmosphere of something magical and mysterious. I’d definitely read the full manuscript.

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I really enjoyed the writing style of this extract and felt like it captured Susannah’s emotions really vividly.

I would be intrigued to read the rest of this book as the overall premise sounds really interesting and the fast paced, slightly chaotic writing style has me hooked.

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I’m intrigued by the chapter I read. It gave me a flavour of the emotion a sibling feels at the loss of another. I’d like to find out more about the missing trio and then solving their own deaths.

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I enjoyed reading the first chapter in The Book of Love and I can't wait to read more of this book! The blurb seems very interesting and this opening chapter is filled with intense amounts of anxiety, grief and longing for normality.

Very excited to see how this story unfolds!

Thank you to Head of Zeus and NetGalley for the extract!

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An interesting idea, seemed well written and caught my attention. Would be happy to continue reading this unusual book!

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This short extract has already drawn me in and I can't wait to read the full story. Susannah has already captured my interest and has positive and negative traits in such a few pages that she feels real.

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I know Kelly Link for her excellent short stories, so it seems fitting that my first taste of her novel The Book of Love was an extract. She's true to form, and though this is a very short extract, she's packed a great deal of story into that space; I had an excellent sense of the characters, felt the emotions pouring from the page, and am now completely intrigued to see what comes next.

A very promising start - I can't wait to see more.

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What an intriguing snapshot! I cannot wait to get my hands on the full ARC of this, because it looks very promising, and so on brand for Kelly Link, who has completely won my loyalty and blown my minds with her short stories. Count me in first row of those eager to read the full novel!

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I need the whole book now please and thank you.

Honestly for less than 20 pages this certainly packed a punch and I cannot wait to see what the whole book brings.

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I wasn't sure where this extract was going to take me as I read the first couple of sentences but I quickly became emerged and gripped by the fractured and tortured mind of the character. The narrative pulled me right in and I was devastated to come to the end of the extract. I wanted to keep reading to find out what had happened to Laura and where this story was going to take me. It is a book I will definitely be keeping an eye out for because I want to know what happens. The tension, the confusion, the apparent loss is very palpable on the page and on reading the extract alone, I anticipate this is going to be a huge hit with readers.

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This is torture! I was so absorbed, completely lost in Susannah's world and then it ended! I honestly can't wait for the full book, it's going to be amazing.

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This extract is powerful and has left me wanting to know more. Susannah’s emotions are painted vividly, tearing across the pages, pulling me in.
The loss of her sister has damaged her brutally, leaving her a husk of what she was, seeing herself as abandoned, useless and a failure to her mother. Her sister abandoned her through death along with Daniel.

Kelly Link delivers a powerful and intriguing start the The Book of Love that has left me with so many questions - Who are Laura and Daniel? What happened? Does Laura know more than we see here? And that guitar - the harmony? I need to know more.

Thank you to Head of Zeus and Netgalley for sharing this extract with me in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.

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This extract's writing style was excellent, and I believed it effectively depicted Susannah's emotions.

I'd like to devour the rest of this book because the overall subject sounds intriguing and the fast-paced, somewhat erratic writing style has me intrigued.

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There's something hypnotic and intriguing in this extract. Something that made me wish I could read the rest of the story soon as I want to know about Laura, what happened and what will happen to Sarah.
Can't wait

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