In the YA world, we like to connect. We like to connect with each other and with books and we like to connect our books to each other...And to TV shows, movies, and other media. So we thought we would ask E.M. Fitch, author of Of the Trees, to come and connect her new book to a few movies, TV shows, and books with similar themes!
The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black is a must include. Holly Black goes back to her fairy origins in this novel, and that’s why it’s a perfect fit for Of The Trees! I relied on fairy lore, laws, and legends to write my story. The Fae in Of The Trees are subtle beings. You won’t even find that word used throughout the novel; but that’s what they are. They are the creatures of the forest, the old beings who live unnaturally long lifetimes, forever, in fact! Well, not forever, they can be killed. Though you won’t find out how until the sequel.
Fairy and Folk Tales of Ireland by W.B. Yeats was my go-to for fairy lore and research. I found so much to love in these old stories and poems. I was particularly drawn to the poem The Stolen Child. Yeats’ fairy folk can be a bit more whimsical than the creatures who stalk Cassie in Of The Trees, however it’s that air of mischief, that devil-may-care attitude that lumps them together. Like Yeats’ mischievous fairies, the men who taunt and hiss from the trees are bent on one thing: they want what they want, and they’ll do whatever they please to get it.
And The Trees Crept In by Dawn Kurtagich. I include this book for several reasons. One, it’s amazing. Two, there’s an uneasiness in this book in which you’re not quite sure what is happening. But mostly, I included this book because of the fantastic creeping of the trees. The trees whisper, hiss, taunt, and move ever closer. There is a similar feeling in Of The Trees, the forest itself comes alive and is an entity in itself.
Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr. Because, fairies! And a protagonist who can see them when no one else can. Also, a handsome Fae who wants to steal the protagonist away to be his forever.
Roswell (TV show) or The Faculty (movie) or any other show in which strange new people come to town and act bizarrely. The protagonist can feel that something is off, but they can’t quite put their finger on it. They question whether it could be them overreacting, or possibly going mad. Cassie feels much the same in Of The Trees.
Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury. Carnivals! Also because evil edges into town, taking over, unseen to the eyes of many.
The Vampire Diaries (TV show). Damon. I adore him. Of The Trees has that bad boy versus good boy element you find in the Salvatore brothers. Cassie has to chose between Ryan and Aiden, both of whom she’s attracted to. Both want her, and one is willing to go to extremes to get her.
The Lost Boys (movie). I’m pulling out a classic horror film here! Michael and Sam, the brothers in this movie, move to a town and discover a haven for vampires. Now there’s no vampires in Of The Trees, but our main characters, Cassie and Laney, discover a group of creatures hunting them from the forest. Both feel drawn to the men of the trees, though one is wary and the other runs toward the unknown danger. Just as in The Lost Boys, one character is pulled into the center of the dangerous creatures, while the other fights to get her back. I won’t tell you how it ends, though. That you’ll have to see for yourself.
Sleepy Hollow (TV show). I say this show, or any like it, because it features magic and fairytale elements are that absolutely real in this world, and bring forces that wreak havoc on humanity.
OF THE TREES
by E.M. Fitch
Published: February 28th 2017
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Cassie and Laney fancy themselves amateur ghost hunters. When a carnival comes to town, Cassie embraces the chance to try something new.
Carnival workers watch the girls with a collective gaze that ignites in Laney a dark and dangerous fascination, leaving Cassie unnerved.
It's not just their age or the unsettling way they stare. There is something in the shifting of their skin and the way their features seem to change in the shadows.
Cassie can's shake this sickening feeling that there's more to the carnival than meets the eye.
When townspeople suddenly start dying and bloody warnings appear around town, Cassie is lured into a nightmare where trees whisper and strange, shape-shifting men haunt the backwoods she once hunted for ghosts with her best friend.
Then Laney goes missing, and only Cassie can get her back. But the creatures of the trees aren't simply going to hand Laney over to Cassie without getting something in return.
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