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When seventeen-year-old Felicita's dearest friend kills herself to escape an arranged marriage, Felicita vows that her fate will be different. After faking her own death, she runs from her sheltered life as one of the city's magical elite into the slums, where she brushes elbows with serf and vampire alike. But all is not right in Pelimburg, and soon Felicita must decide whether her loyalties lie with the family she abandoned...or with those who would destroy Pelimburg's caste system, and the whole city along with it. A weird, beautiful book for fans of Doctor Who's "The Vampires of Venice."
Rebecca— From When the Sea is Rising Red
After seventeen-year-old Felicita's dearest friend Ilven kills herself to escape an arranged marriage, Felicita chooses freedom over privilege. She fakes her own death and leaves her sheltered life as one of Pelimburg's magical elite behind. Living in the slums, scrubbing dishes for a living, she falls for charismatic Dash while also becoming fascinated with vampire Jannik. Then something shocking washes up on the beach: Ilven's death has called out of the sea a dangerous wild magic. In Cat Hellisen's When the Sea is Rising Red, Felicita must decide whether her loyalties lie with the family she abandoned . . . or with those who would twist this dark power to destroy Pelimburg's caste system—and the whole city along with it.
“* An intense look at the seeds of rebellion and the individual consequences they sometimes reap.” —BCCB, starred review
“Hellisen creates an interesting world where magic and superstition rule.” —VOYA
“Hellisen's captivating debut will haunt readers.” —School Library Journal
“Debut author Hellisen's style features evocative descriptions and unflinching detail, drawing readers into the unusual and intriguing elements that make up Felicita's socially complex world.” —Publishers Weekly
“World building intrigues, and the open-ended conclusion begs a sequel.” —Kirkus Reviews
“Hellisen's first novel combines the survival tactics of Suzanne Collins' Hunger Games books with a fascinating array of magical creatures and powers.” —Booklist