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Cover Reveal for Lee Kelly’s Next Book – A Criminal Magic

Check out the gorgeous cover for Lee Kelly’s next book, A CRIMINAL MAGIC! It was revealed on Hypable, along with an interview with Lee. Isn’t it amazing? We cannot wait to read it!


CITY OF SAVAGES Hits the Shelves!

The day is finally here – after two years of writing, months of querying agents, the submission process, and another year-and-a-half from book deal to bookshelves . . . CITY OF SAVAGES is now out in the world.

It feels spectacular.


It feels surreal.


It also feels slightly terrifying!

The crazy thing is, if I’m honest, even after this long road to publication – the years of writing and subbing and waiting and revising – underneath all of it, there’s an element of denial, because I still can’t fully believe that a story I made up will be out in the world. I’m extremely grateful for this chance, and I’m determined to hold onto this awesome feeling of being lucky enough to share my words with readers who are interested in reading them, regardless of what happens after today.

So I’d like to take this chance to thank my agent, Adriann Ranta, for taking a chance on me and CITY OF SAVAGES, my editor, Navah Wolfe, for making the manuscript better than I ever dared to hope it could be, and my parents and my husband Jeff, for believing in and encouraging me through it all. Thanks to my sisters, Bridget and Jill, for being so fabulous that I had to write a story “about” them, to my early beta readers and critique partners, for encouraging me to pursue the manuscript, and to the Class of 2K15, for all of their support during this wild path to publication.

And perhaps most of all, thanks to the readers who pick up a copy of CITY OF SAVAGES – I hope you find the magic in it that I do, get lost in the dark world of its re-imagined Manhattan, and care enough about Sky and Phee to follow them through all the twists and turns of their dangerous city.

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Happy Book Birthday, CITY OF SAVAGES!

We’ve got two books hitting shelves today (double the celebration!), and the next one is the intense CITY OF SAVAGES by Lee Kelly!


About the Book

After the Red Allies turn New York City into a POW camp, two sisters must decipher the past in order to protect the future in this action-packed thriller with a dual narrative.

It’s been nearly two decades since the Red Allies first attacked New York, and Manhattan is now a prisoner-of-war camp, ruled by Rolladin and her brutal, impulsive warlords. For Skyler Miller, Manhattan is a cage that keeps her from the world beyond the city’s borders. But for Sky’s younger sister, Phee, the POW camp is a dangerous playground of possibility, and the only home she’d ever want.

When Sky and Phee discover their mom’s hidden journal from the war’s outbreak, they both realize there’s more to Manhattan—and their mother—than either of them had ever imagined. And after a group of strangers arrives at the annual POW census, the girls begin to uncover the island’s long-kept secrets. The strangers hail from England, a country supposedly destroyed by the Red Allies, and Rolladin’s lies about Manhattan’s captivity begin to unravel.

Hungry for the truth, the sisters set a series of events in motion that end in the death of one of Rolladin’s guards. Now they’re outlaws, forced to join the strange Englishmen on an escape mission through Manhattan. Their flight takes them into subways haunted by cannibals, into the arms of a sadistic cult in the city’s Meatpacking District and, through the pages of their mom’s old journal, into the island’s dark and shocking past.

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Critical Praise

“There are plenty of heart-pounding moments in Kelly’s debut, and an abundance of vividly imagined details bring post-apocalyptic New York City to searing life. But the biggest risk is not one that the characters take–it’s Kelly’s bold spotlighting of the bonds between women…  Phee and Sky’s alternation of first-person, present-tense narration is unusual and effective… This bold choice for Saga’s launch lineup puts both the imprint and the author on track for idiosyncratic success.”
—Publishers Weekly

“In Kelly’s debut dystopian fantasy, Red Dawn meets Escape from New York and The Hunger Games.  Kelly obviously knows her way around Manhattan, and her use of the subway (home to cannibals!) and other landmarks helps her create a setting that is all the more bleak and creepy for its being familiar. Expect to hear more from the talented Kelly.”

“Gripping stuff.”
Kirkus Reviews

“Kelly’s prose is gorgeous and brilliant as she seamlessly tells a satisfyingly dark tale through alternating the sisters’ points of view. The two voices of the strong female leads are perfect for showcasing the story of human nature, self-preservation, and the strength of the familial bond. The surprising plot layers will keep readers invested through every twist and turn until the last page. Very dark and violent in places, the story is extremely intense but keeps the shining bond of the two sisters in the forefront. This is one of the best and most original dystopian stories available…an absolute must-have.”
VOYA, starred review

“Intriguing, exciting and unusual.”
—S.M. STIRLING, author of the Change series

“There are plenty of heart-pounding moments in Kelly’s debut, and an abundance of vividly imagined details bring post-apocalyptic New York City to searing life.”
Publishers Weekly

Congratulations, Lee, on an extraordinary debut!