Thursday, March 05, 2015

Troglodytes Approve 6: Blackfin Sky by Kat Ellis (Interview + Giveaway)

The sixth book with my seal of approval...


Young Adult - Mystery/Thriller, Fantasy

Published September 2nd 2014 by Running Press Kids  
PURCHASE: AmazonBarnes and Noble
YALSA 2015 Popular Paperbacks Finalist for Mysteries: Murder, Mayhem, and Other Adventures

Just like any other morning, Skylar Rousseau is late for school, but when she is greeted by a blanket of silent stares upon entering Blackfin High, she discovers that the whole town thought she fell from the pier and drowned on her sixteenth birthday three months earlier. However, Sky remembers the last three months living her life as normal, and since she is a full, living breathing human being, she has no idea whose body is buried underneath her tombstone. Everyone seems reluctant to help except her steadfast friend and crush, Sean . . . and a secretive man who draws her to a mysterious circus in the woods.

Sky must wade through impossibilities and lies to discover the truth about what happened to her, which proves to be a bit difficult when someone is following her every move with the intent to harm her. And Sky's only hope of finding the answers she seeks may have already been turned to ashes.
(Cover and synopsis is taken from the US version of Blackfin Sky, published through Running Press Teens.)

I got to read Blackfin Sky by Kat Ellis last month and I thoroughly enjoyed every page of it! It was such a great mystery novel with a paranormal twist. It's one of my favorite reads for 2015, so far. Miss Ellis' writing style is eloquent and haunting at the same time. Blackfin Sky has a brilliant world building that I very much adored. I am looking forward to read Kat Ellis' upcoming novels!

1. Your debut novel is Blackfin Sky. To those who don't know much about it, could you tell us more about your novel?
Blackfin is a strange little town where things like haunted weathervanes, money-stealing wishing wells, and creepy burned-out circuses in the woods are pretty normal.

Skylar Rousseau spent her whole life in Blackfin – that is, up until the night of her sixteenth birthday, when she fell from the pier and drowned. When Sky shows up at school three months later like nothing happened, her search for answers will unravel more than just the mystery of her own death.
2. How did you come up with the idea of Blackfin Sky?
When I first got the idea for Blackfin Sky, all I knew was that Sky would return after being presumed dead for three months, and that she wouldn’t know what had happened to her. I spent quite a while trying to figure out possible explanations – had she been in an accident and somehow lost her memory? Or maybe she’d been abducted and drugged? – but none of the explanations I came up with seemed to fit. It wasn’t until a travelling circus came to my home town, and I was sitting in the stands watching the troupe perform, that a key piece of the mystery fell into place. To find out what that is, you’ve got to read the book. ;-)

3. Have you always wanted to be a writer? If not, then what did you wanted to be?
When I was a teenager, I went through phases of wanting to do lots of different things. I wanted to be an actress for a while, then a musician, and I even wanted to be a journalist at one point. But nothing seemed to stick for very long until after I’d been to college and worked in an office for a few years. I got an idea for a story, and decided to write it just for fun. The writing bug took hold, and I’ve never looked back!

4. What is the best part of being an author?
There are lots of things I love about being an author, but one of my favourites is never having to say goodbye to my characters. Even when a book is written and published and DONE, the characters still frolic around in my head from time to time, going off on adventures that might make it into a future book, or might not. But there’s always that possibility that a character I fall in love with might go on to have another story, whereas other people’s characters… well, I don’t get much say in when their adventures end.

5. If you could be a fictional character for a day, who would you be and why?
It would either be Lestat from Anne Rice’s Interview with the Vampire (and subsequent novels) or Damon from The Vampire Diaries. Both are such complex characters, with a huge capacity for love and passion and goodness, but who both struggle with their darker urges, and often revel in being wicked. Being preternaturally strong and youthful wouldn’t hurt, either.

6. What can readers look forward to in your upcoming works?
Breaker is my next novel, which will be published in Spring 2016 by Running Press Kids. Kyle is the son of a convicted serial killer called the Bonebreaker, who moves to a new school after his dad is executed and finds himself face to face with the daughter of his father’s last victim. She doesn’t recognise Kyle, but the more he tries to stay out of her life, the more terrible things happen – almost as though the Bonebreaker’s legacy has caught up with them…

7. Recommend your book [Blackfin Sky] to the readers.
If you like mysteries with a dose of weird and plenty of action, give Blackfin Sky a shot!

To Miss Kat Ellis; thank you so much for letting me interview you! It's an absolute honor.

About Kat Ellis:

Kat Ellis is a YA author from North Wales, where she lives with her husband and evil cat. She grew up immersed in ancient myths about dragons and giants, and spent most of her childhood getting into trouble while exploring the local cemetery. Blackfin Sky is her debut novel (out now), and Breaker will be released in Spring 2016. 


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 This giveaway is open INTERNATIONALLY and sponsored by the author herself.

Win a SIGNED copy of Blackfin Sky by Kat Ellis (US version)


  1. Ooooh. I love the sound AND cover of this one. The author's interview is fun too! Thanks for the great giveaway you guys!! <3

  2. You guys ahve got me so very exzcited to read this book!! *fingers crossed*

  3. This sounds good! I'd love to give this book a try. :) Nice interview, Kyla!

  4. This book wasn't on my radar, but after reading the interview and seeing the cover, I'm really intrigued. Thanks for the chance to win it! :)

  5. Karina HernandezMarch 6, 2015 at 6:35 PM

    Blackfin Sky sounds really interesting. Thank you for the giveaway.

  6. This book sounds so weird, and I mean that in the best way possible, I like weird :) Very excited to read it! Thank you!

  7. Angelica Dela VegaMarch 7, 2015 at 6:02 PM

    This is so awesome! :) I would love to read this book.

  8. Impressive cover!

  9. I just added this book on Goodreads! The interview has made me want to read it even more!

  10. This book sounds very interesting, so I am looking forward to reading it. By the way, nice interview! Thanks for the giveaway!

  11. The cover is so beautiful ;)

  12. I love the sound of this book! Added to my Goodreads. :D

  13. Sounds brilliant! I'd love to read this.

  14. Added this on my 'want to read' shelf :)

  15. added it to my tbr list! this book looks amazing :)

  16. I loved the interview - thank you for sharing.

  17. Sounds so good! I love novels with paranormal elements. Thank you for the giveaway! :)


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