Izzy Verdery

Posted on March 15, 2014 by admin   |   57 comments

Claimed By an Angel by Izzy Verdery

This truly cosmic fantasy YA novel Claimed By an Angel treads in Milton’s footsteps, creating a world at the mercy of a bickering, once-married, couple – God and Satan – who have decided to use two human pawns to settle their dispute once and for all. And this time? God is a woman.

Stella and Rachel are best friends. When they’re each claimed by polar opposites: Heaven and Hell, neither knows what happened to the other.

As soon as Stella finds out where Rachel is, she is determined to try and find and rescue her. As she gets her wings, learns some magic, and becomes someone worthy of angel hood in Heaven, she has to go, because Rachel’s in trouble. Meanwhile, Rachel finds herself on dark street, talking to a strange boy who claims he knows the Devil. Trying to navigate the World of Shadows is hard, but it’s even harder as she uncovers more about who she is, why she’s there, and just where Stella might be.

With the help of their friends, the two girls begin a quest that none of them fully understand to bring a millennia-old relationship back to the start. In this thrilling tale of friendship, first romance, and new beginnings, follow Rachel and Stella as they embark on a quest to find each other. New teenage author Izzy Verdery showcases the best of dystopian YA fantasy fiction. The story of Stella and Rachel will show the other side of history- the greatest love story ever told.

The Book Doctors:

First of all, we are kind of awed by the fact that you are a teenage author.  That is so cool! We always say agents, publishers and readers are looking for stories that are familiar yet unique.  Paradise Lost casts such enormous shadows over Western culture, you automatically give yourself a built-in fan base.  And then you have the great twist that God is a woman.  It feels biblical, but very modern at the same time.  We also love that Satan and God were a bickering once-married couple.  You also allude to other great stories, like Orpheus and Eurydice, in which Orpheus descends into hell to retrieve the love of his life.  In terms of how to improve the pitch, we don’t quite get any vision of the “World of Shadows”.  What exactly is she facing? You use the word “quest” twice in the same paragraph.  Don’t tell us that your book is thrilling.  Just show us. Similarly, don’t tell us that you are the “best of dystopian fiction.”  Just show us how great you are.  You could also use a couple of comparable titles, books that you think are similar.

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March 16, 2014 at 8:16 am Harry

Izzy is the best

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March 16, 2014 at 3:36 pm Izzy (le author)

harry is amazing

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March 16, 2014 at 9:27 am Lisa

1 vote for Izzy!! Nice job.

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March 16, 2014 at 3:36 pm Izzy (le author)

thank you so so so much

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March 16, 2014 at 11:21 am Izzy (le author)

AHHHH! So exciting! Thank you so much for this opportunity

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March 16, 2014 at 1:42 pm Jenn Elmas

You go Izzy!!!!

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March 19, 2014 at 11:42 am Izzy (le author)

thank you so much ms elmas!

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March 16, 2014 at 2:16 pm Toni

Awesome book start!!<3

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March 17, 2014 at 6:10 am Penny

Wow… Exciting and a bit scary book! I love it!

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March 17, 2014 at 10:50 am Tamora Ilasat

Good work! and Good Luck!

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March 17, 2014 at 11:30 am Stacey

Fantastic! I vote for Izzy!

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March 17, 2014 at 1:26 pm Daniella

Bravo! Great work!

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March 17, 2014 at 1:49 pm Beth

Way to go Izzy! So proud of you!

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March 17, 2014 at 2:44 pm Maureen Dobuski

Great work Izzy, very impressive!

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March 18, 2014 at 5:34 am Joan Crigger

Izzy is great!

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March 18, 2014 at 3:54 pm Joan Wills

Izzy you are building on the history of your grandmother and mother — smart, creative, and in the words of my grandchildren awesome.

The plot is not just fascinating for the target age group — it is contextual, historical and fanciful.

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March 18, 2014 at 5:10 pm Gary Johnson

Can’t wait to read it Izzy! Will have to send you more glass animals. Any requests?
Gary

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March 19, 2014 at 12:45 pm Jossie

Wow Izzy. I always thought you would be successful but I never thought it would be so fast. Saludos desde México. Besos !!!!

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March 19, 2014 at 4:47 pm Eunice Mazloom

Awesome Izzy!!!

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March 20, 2014 at 6:20 am Fredward

AMAZING! TELL ME WHEN THIS GETS PUBLISHED SO I CAN STEAL ALL OF MY FRIENDS’ COPIES! …erm, I mean, it’s good.

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March 20, 2014 at 6:23 am Eduardo

This book is a ray of sunshine in my cats… wait, what? Point is, this book is gooooooooooddddd.

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March 20, 2014 at 7:35 am RAFAEL

Powerful stuff. Such insight for someone so young.

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March 20, 2014 at 10:12 am MB Swad

Way to go Izzy. Great job.

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March 20, 2014 at 2:56 pm Maddie Pickard

Amazing job Izzy!!!

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March 21, 2014 at 11:48 am Jane Brady

Very interesting!!! Great job and good luck.

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March 21, 2014 at 12:41 pm Ben

Good work izzy!

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March 21, 2014 at 12:41 pm Janie oconnor

Brilliant writing Izzy! Keep up the great work!

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March 21, 2014 at 2:55 pm jeanie chapin

Amazing!

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March 21, 2014 at 3:40 pm Ms. Smith

As Izzy’s language arts teacher, I can attest to her creativity, talent, and willingness to work hard to bring it home! We’ll all be so proud to say we “knew her when.” Go, Izzy, go!

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March 26, 2014 at 6:32 am Izzy (le author)

Ah! Ms. Smith! Thank you so much for voting!

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March 24, 2014 at 11:08 am Alexandra de Borchgrave

I vote for Izzy without reservation! ~ Alexandra

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March 25, 2014 at 12:53 am Telmo

Claimed by Izzy!

well done!

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March 25, 2014 at 6:17 am Rebekah Lee Garbutt

Izzy, you rock! You are amazing!

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March 25, 2014 at 11:15 am Page

Good job!

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March 25, 2014 at 2:36 pm Art

An intreguing updating of the oldest story known to man. I cannot wait to read this.

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March 25, 2014 at 6:10 pm julie heizer

Well done, Izzy!

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March 26, 2014 at 3:59 am Kimberly

Wow- what a remarkable story teller! Captivating! Loved it!

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March 26, 2014 at 6:02 am Laura

Intriguing story line. Can’t wait to read it.

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March 26, 2014 at 8:48 am Suzy Coca

wow Izzy… well done indeed… I look forward to reading your books :)

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March 27, 2014 at 6:01 am Tiffany Prather

Congratulations! What an achievement.

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March 27, 2014 at 9:52 am Hazel S.

Interesting idea – can’t wait to see how it turns out! I’m voting for this one :)

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March 27, 2014 at 11:07 am Carole

Wonderful, creative story Izzy. Congratulations!

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March 27, 2014 at 11:29 am Ms. Critchell

Izzy- I have been following your love of reading even before your burgeoning writing career. All the best with everything.

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March 27, 2014 at 4:48 pm Lori

So talented – nice work Izzy!

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March 27, 2014 at 6:01 pm L. Galotto

This book sounds great. Count me in for Izzy!

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March 27, 2014 at 6:55 pm Paul G. Eisen

Very imaginative, this young girl deserves to win this competition.

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March 28, 2014 at 5:55 am JT

Hopefully the first of many. Great work!

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March 28, 2014 at 6:16 am everett myers

I vote for Izzy. Well done and keep writing.

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March 28, 2014 at 12:55 pm Lisa Fleetwood

Great Job!

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March 29, 2014 at 3:47 pm Ina

This is a very clever storyline!

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March 30, 2014 at 6:27 am sheila wayman

KEEP UP THE FLOW YOU ARE ON THE RIGHT TRACK OF CAPTURING THE READERS ATTENTION

GOOD WORK YOUNG LADY

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March 30, 2014 at 8:30 pm Rich

Another vote for Izzy

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March 30, 2014 at 8:34 pm Sherry

Can’t wait to read it.

You got my vote

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March 31, 2014 at 6:06 am Janet Zimmerman

YAY Izzy! What a great pitch and wonderful book! Congratulations on this great work!

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March 31, 2014 at 2:19 pm Ruth Compton

You know Izzy, your story totally rocks and I am so proud of you. Good luck!

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March 31, 2014 at 2:42 pm Ruth Compton

Izzy – you totally rock and I am so proud of you!

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April 11, 2014 at 5:38 am Harry

Great Job Izzy

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