Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Road Trip Wednesday: Elevator Pitch

Road Trip Wednesday is a ‘Blog Carnival,’ where YA Highway's contributors post a weekly writing- or reading-related question that begs to be answered. In the comments, you can hop from destination to destination and get everybody's unique take on the topic.

This week's topic? You're re-reading one of your favs when someone asks the dreaded question: "What's that book about?" Give us your best off-the-cuff blurb of any book, any genre, and have your readers try to guess the title in the comments!


"In this world, some people can heal by pulling pain from an injured or sick person and then putting it in a special kind of metal, right? The main character can heal, but can only put the pain in other people (and not the metal), which is unheard-of - and possibly desired by the tyrannical ruler - so she keeps it hidden from everyone but her sister until her sister (who is a proper healer) disappears and a greedy man learns about her ability and she has to kick some butt to save her sister and her city. It's awesome."


That's right; for some unknown reason, when I verbally describe books, sentence structure bolts out the window without even bothering to open it. Run-on sentences, fragments, and parenthetical asides abound. I often worry that I'm not doing the story justice, but people generally tend to understand my ramblings. And (when describing my favorites) I often add "It's awesome" to the end of my description just to make sure they get it.

So do you know what the book I described is? Here's a link to the Amazon page if you give up.


  1. I've totally heard of this book, but I couldn't remember the title so I clicked the link! Now I'm kicking myself. :)

  2. I have not heard of this-- sounds cool!

  3. It sounds familiar. I forget the title and know it's not one I've read yet...

  4. I was going to guess The Shifter also, though I'm not positive on this one...!

  5. I guessed it... but went and looked at the link to make sure. Story of my second guessing myself existance!

    The 'it's awesome' at the end sounds like me.

  6. I knew which book it was, but wasn't it called The Pain Merchants originally? Or maybe that was the UK title?

  7. Yep! And if you haven't read The Shifter, you totally should. The series is called The Healing Wars

    And yes, The Pain Merchants is the UK title. I think Janice said it was a little too "scary" for the US publisher.