Publisher: September 28, 2014
Publication Date: REUTS Publications, LLC
Synopsis: Sixteen-year-old Isra Kalb has grown up starving in the slums of Islamabad. But hunger is only the beginning. When her father is mysteriously murdered and madness corrupts her mother's mind, she's left alone to fend for herself and her sister. Homeless and destitute, the only thing she has to remember her loving family by is a commonplace necklace--an amulet barely worth keeping.
Or so she thinks.
Swept into a web of lies, deceit and turmoil, Isra struggles to find a place for herself and Zaffirah, wondering if the strange creatures and visions she's seeing are indications of the madness that took her mother. But when Snatchers capture Zaffirah, Isra learns her amulet isn't so useless after all.
Transported to Zarcane--the beastly garden where Adam and Eve were born--Isra comes face to face with her destiny. She's a Keeper, charged with protecting the borders of Zarcane and keeping the demon hordes lurking in the shadows from taking realms that are not their own. And she's not the only one; there's a second Keeper, a boy whose identity hasn't been revealed.
Now, in order to save her sister and fulfill her family's legacy as Keeper of the Amulet, she has to find the second Keeper and close the borders. Surrounded by betrayal, trapped between warring factions of angels, and desperate to save the only family she has left, Isra must decide:
Who can she trust when nothing is what it seems?
Author Bio: Anoosha Lalani has always had an insatiable desire to escape reality. It was a childhood trait that never seemed to fade out. If Anoosha were to make one wish, it would be to have wings to journey off the face of this planet and into the worlds of her stories.
When she’s not writing, you may find Anoosha attending high school in Singapore. Having moved around so much, she has had the wonderful opportunity to be exposed to a vibrant range of cultures, which often seem to find their way into her stories. Anoosha was born in Pakistan, the setting of her most recent novel, The Keepers.
Connect with Anoosha on her website and twitter.
Guest Post: The Keepers: Playlist
So I’m always wishing I was one of those writers who could sit on a park bench, headphones in, pen in hand, writing in a moleskin notebook. Unfortunately I’m the kind of writer that curls up in bed in my pajamas and types on my laptop, alone in the dark. Parks are too loud, notebooks don’t have backspace and music distracts me from doing actual writing. That’s why me doing a blog post about music might come off as a little strange to my writer friends who know my habits.
Nonetheless, I am here to tell you that even though I don’t write with music, music has inspired the world and characters of The Keepers. It has allowed me to create images in my head that I later describe through words in my book. So without further ado, here is the playlist for The Keepers!
Wallflower by Peacock Affect
Peacock Affect is an indie musician based in the UK. Through this song, he placed me in Isra’s head and every time I hear it, I feel all her emotions. She’s been thrust into a situation she has no control over, being a keeper, and she can simply watch, as her family is ripped apart. In a sense, she is a wallflower.
Home by Karsh Kale
Karsh Kale is an Indian American musician and he mixes the East Asian sound with more contemporary pop. This song brought me to streets of Islamabad and Isra’s home.
Butterfly Culture by Benjamin Francis Leftwich
Benjamin Francis Leftwich is another indie singer. This song specifically hits on Zaffirah’s innocence and her optimism. Just like Isra, she has been put through a lot but despite this, she has a head full of hope.
Desert Rose by Sting
The lyrics of this part Arabic song talks about gardens, deserts and roses. This is the song that played in the background when I daydreamed of Zarcane and the beautiful Abaddon. Sting also references Eden throughout his song and the temptation of the serpent.
Human by Christina Perri
Throughout the book when Isra is with her sister, she puts on a smile to support her. The song reflects on everything Isra has survived through. She doesn’t let it destroy her. The one scene that comes to my mind when I hear this song is in the cave where Isra finally loses it. Her sister has just been taken, her parents are dead and she’s just realized she has this magical amulet that could have saved her.
We Both Know by Colbie Caillat - ft. Gavin DeGraw
You might have heard this song in Safe Haven. This is also the song I believe best fits Ammun and Isra. The two of them only realize what they have when they’re not together. Time apart makes their connection stronger.
Listen to complete the playlist on 8tracks!