The Uncrossing by Melissa Eastlake
Publication Date: October 2, 2017
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Luke can uncross almost any curse—they unravel themselves for him like no one else. So working for the Kovrovs, one of the families controlling all the magic in New York, is exciting and dangerous, especially when he encounters the first curse he can't break. And it involves Jeremy, the beloved, sheltered prince of the Kovrov family—the one boy he absolutely shouldn't be falling for.
Jeremy's been in love with cocky, talented Luke since they were kids. But from their first kiss, something's missing. Jeremy's family keeps generations of deadly secrets, forcing him to choose between love and loyalty. As Luke fights to break the curse, a magical, citywide war starts crackling, and it's tied to Jeremy.
This might be the one curse Luke can't uncross. If true love's kiss fails, what's left for him and Jeremy?
The world of … (World Building)
The Uncrossing is a contemporary fantasy, set in the real world, though I tried to invoke the “real world” of action and gangster movies. Some parts of the real world are amplified, and other consequences and obstacles recede. When building a story world out of the real world, you have the whole world’s worth of details and memories to choose from—the important thing, I think, is to let characters lead the worldbuilding. Every detail that makes it into the story is something one of the characters noticed, something they care about or chose. The world belongs to the characters, and they reveal themselves by showing us how they perceive it.
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