Hearts of Ice
Evangeline has been lonely her whole life. Her mother rarely lets her play outside . . . especially not when it's snowing. It's almost as if she wants to hide her daughter from the world.
For as long as she can remember, Evangeline has felt someone missing, like a best friend who moved away, or an imaginary friend she's forgotten. She knows it sounds crazy, but the thought has always given her comfort—the idea that there's someone waiting for her, looking for her. Someone who cares about her.
On her birthday, Evangeline finds her window has blown open, and her room is full of snow. There's a message written in the frost. One word.
Evangeline learns that she has a sister — a twin, in fact. They were both born in another world—a land of snow and music and ancient magic. Now, someone is calling Evangeline back, and will stop at nothing to lure her into the magical realm where danger lurks.
"[T]he quick-paced story packs plenty of details and red herrings to keep middle-grade readers, particularly Frozen fans, guessing Evangeline’s outcome . . . This blend of princess power, traditional fantasy, and bountiful snow is a win-win(ter) mix."
-- Kirkus Reviews
"Rule has created a rich, entertaining world full of whimsical characters and places that will thrill young readers. Evangeline is a brave, inspiring heroine whose dawning grasp of her own magical abilities proves just as invigorating for readers as for her . . . [A] perfect adventure for the elementary set. Recommended for purchase where fantasy and magical adventure tales are in demand."
– School Library Journal
"[A] beautifully written tale brimming with magic, adventure and friendship. I wanted to jump right into the pages and go adventuring with Evangeline and her ragtag band of heroes. Hand to fans of Frozen or Princess Academy by Shannon Hale."
-- Erin E. Moulton, author of Flutter
The Hidden Twin
St Martin's Press
For eighteen years, Redwing has lived in hiding in a city of hissing pipes and curving temples perched on the side of Mol, the great volcano. Her father hoped she would grow up to be a real human girl and not a wicked creature out of mythology, so he secretly spared her life as an infant.
But when two priests track her down and attack, she calls forth fire to protect herself, and her secret is out. Redwing soon catches the attention of a cult with a thousand-year-old grudge, a group of underground rebels, and the son of the Empress. And when Redwing’s sister goes missing, she uncovers a greater plot to awaken Mol and bring his lava down upon them all.
Now, Redwing must draw a line between myth and history -- and prove she is more than a monster -- if she is to save both her sister and her home.
"Rule uses sharp, lyrical prose to describe a culture with its own gods and monsters, mixing ancient worlds and new technology... a funny, exciting adventure for readers ready to move on from doe-eyed heroines swooning over rugged heroes."
- Kirkus Reviews
Strange Sweet Song
St Martin's Press
Music flows in Sing Da Navelli's blood. When she enrolls at a prestigious conservatory, her first opera audition is for the role of her dreams. But this leading role is the last Sing's mother ever sang, before her controversial career, and her life, were cut tragically short.
As Sing struggles to escape her mother's shadow and prove her own worth, she is drawn to the conservatory's icy forest, a place steeped in history, magic, and danger. She soon realizes there is more to her new school than the artistry and politics of classical music.
With the help of a dark-eyed apprentice who has secrets of his own, Sing must unravel the story of the conservatory's dark forest and the strange creature who lives there -- and find her own voice.
Winner, 2016 NH Literary Award for Outstanding YA Book
"A stunning debut, fresh, original, and utterly mesmerizing."
- Jenna Black, author of the Faeriewalker series
"Like an enchanting melody, Strange Sweet Song slipped into my soul and colored my thoughts long after the final phrase."
- Jodi Meadows, author of Incarnate
"Strange Sweet Song possesses a fairy tale quality that is irresistible . . . Be careful of looking up from the page, because the dark forest is all around, and creatures with frightening appetites and old associations are circling nearer. Adi Rule dazzles in her first novel. Read it and report back if you’re still breathing!"
- Joseph Monninger, author of Finding Somewhere and Wish
"Strange Sweet Song is as musical as its name. Lush, compelling, and atmospheric, it soars like the voice of a soprano."
- Sarah Beth Durst, author of Conjured and Vessel
"Boarding school drama and paranormal romance collide in this promising debut…Compelling."
- Kirkus Reviews
"Music buffs will relate to Sing’s passion and insecurities, and readers who enjoy a good melodrama will be captivated."
- Bulletin for the Center of Children’s Books
"Rule’s promising writing hits the right note. There’s an opening for a second book, and it has the potential to be as sweet and strange as the first."