Thursday, 16 September 2010

Book News: Read an extract of Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly & find out the inspiration behind the story.

Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly is one book I can't wait to read! I love that it combines past and present, and of course I love the historical aspect of the novel. I've long been interested in Marie-Antoinette and the fate of her family, and until now I didn't know that Donnelly had been inspired to write this book after reading a news article about the imprisonment of Marie-Antoinette's children, Marie-Thérése and Louis Charles following the death of their parents during the French Revolution. This news makes me even more eager to read the book.

BROOKLYN: Andi Alpers is on the edge. She’s angry at her father for leaving, angry at her mother for not being able to cope, and heartbroken by the loss of her younger brother, Truman. Rage and grief are destroying her. And she’s about to be expelled from Brooklyn Heights’ most prestigious private school when her father intervenes. Now Andi must accompany him to Paris for winter break.

PARIS: Alexandrine Paradis lived over two centuries ago. She dreamed of making her mark on the Paris stage, but a fateful encounter with a doomed prince of France cast her in a tragic role she didn’t want—and couldn’t escape.

Two girls, two centuries apart. One never knowing the other. But when Andi finds Alexandrine’s diary, she recognizes something in her words and is moved to the point of obsession. There’s comfort and distraction for Andi in the journal’s antique pages—until, on a midnight journey through the catacombs of Paris, Alexandrine’s words transcend paper and time, and the past becomes suddenly, terrifyingly present.

Revolution will be published in the US by Random House/Delacorte on October 12th and in the  UK by Bloomsbury on October 13th.

Click here to read extracts of A Gathering Light and Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly.
You might also like to check out Jennifer Donnelly's website.

In the following video, Jennifer Donnelly talks about the inspiration behind Revolution.  You can also find a text version of this: here.


  1. This sounds really awesome. I want to read it! Thanks for the post!

  2. I love this cover! Thanks for posting. Been reading good reviews on Revolution.

  3. Thanks for sharing this, Leanna! I REALLY want to read this book as well. It sounds amazing. I think the whole premise is brilliant. I hope it doesn't disappoint!

  4. Loved this book! I was lucky enough to get an ARC of it. I reviewed it today on The Fourth Musketeer. I like your cover better--that must be the British cover. Here's the link:

  5. This one sounds really interesting. I love the combination of past and present.

    Thanks for the heads up!

  6. @Margo - yup, it's the UK cover. I like both covers, though! I'm gonna read your review now. :)


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