Book Mountains: Climb us only if you dare, for high we go up in the air, if you're a book of fainter heart, go back now, back to the start -
Peculiars: Chloe, we made it! We really made it to the top of the Book Mountains!
Book Mountains: For if you reach our top, our peaks, remember what it is you seek, for as it has been told in lore, you may find more than you bargained for -
Chloe: I know! I can't believe it! All that training, all that hard work in the cold and snow - it all paid off! We're the first books to ever successfully climb the Book Mountains!
Book Mountains: Heed our warnings, troubled two, for we know what will come for you, leave us now and make haste, before your lives go to waste.
Peculiars: ...Did you hear something?
Chloe: Yeah, something...musical.
Peculiars: I wonder what it was?
Chloe: I'm sure it was nothing...who would be singing all the way up here?
Peculiars: I'm starting to feel a little creeped out...
Chloe: Don't worry. We're the only ones here. No-one is going to attack us or anything.
Peculiars: But why is there such an ominous vibe in the air? I feel like we've overlooked something important...
Chloe: Well, maybe. What do we really know about the Book Mountains? Besides the fact no-one has ever made it to the top before...
Peculiars: What happened to those who failed?
Chloe: I don't know.
Peculiars: This is weird, Chloe. Why has no-one ever managed to climb them before us? It wasn't exactly difficult...
Chloe: I don't know, Peculiars. I don't know.
Peculiars: Oh my God, Chloe, look down there!
Chloe: (gasps) No way! It's the legendary Diviners!
Peculiars: The legendary Diviners?
Chloe: There's a myth about the Book Mountains. It's said that those who climb to the top will meet the legendary Diviners, who will tell their fortune.
Peculiars: We're about to find out our futures?
Diviners: Greetings, young ones.
Chloe: Legendary Diviners, it is an honour to meet you! Please enlighten us with your wisdom!
Diviners: My wisdom? I see. You seek knowledge of the future. Well I shall tell you. Your fate is to be forgotten.
Peculiars: Wait, what?
Diviners: Do you really believe you are the first to reach these peaks?
Chloe: So there have been others? Well why have we never heard of them!
Diviners: They have been forgotten, just as you will be forgotten. You shall join the rest of the books on the Book Mountains, and I shall forever rule of you all, mwahahahaha!
Peculiars: You're crazy! You can't do this! Our families will know we're missing!
Diviners: I have the power to make them forget you ever existed. I shall be the only book the world remembers! I alone will reign!
Chloe: No wait, what about -
Diviners: Enough of your foolishness! It is time to make sure you will never be remembered! (does magic-y things)
(Bam! They are forgotten)
Diviners: Oh, hello Starlight!
Starlight: 'Sup, Diviners. You doing magic again?
Diviners: Just a bit. Got rid of some pests, you know. Thought they could be rich and famous for climbing the Book Mountains, silly books. How are you?
Starlight: Oh, well. Just busy being a sampler, you know.
Diviners: Of course, of course. I'm sorry if my magic disturbed you. You live in the cave in between the mountains, don't you?
Starlight: Indeed. I was having a nap when I felt the rumbling. What happened to those books you magicked then?
Diviners: The usual. I made the world forget them. They should be joining the rest of the books on the Book Mountains soon.
Starlight: I see. Well, fancy a spot of lunch?
Diviners: Lunch? Oh yes! Let us be on our way.
Starlight: What would you like to eat?
Diviners: Hmm...maybe sushi?
Starlight: We had sushi the last time you used magic.
Diviners: Fine, fine. Pizza?
Starlight: The carbs! Think of the carbs!
Diviners: FINE. What do you want?
Chloe: (faint, far away whisper) I knew we should never have climbed those mountains...
Peculiars: (also a faint, far away whisper) It was your idea!
Chloe: Hmm. I want Nando's.
Books (in order of appearance):
Tempest by Julie Cross
The Peculiars by Maureen Doyle McQuerry
Crave by Melissa Darnell
Misfit by Jon Skovron
The Strange Case of Origami Yoda by Tom Angleberger
Wolf Princess by Cathryn Constable
Darkness Falls by Cate Tiernan (I was quoted in this book! Yay! My first book quote)
Hana-Kimi vol. 1 by Hisaya Nakajo
Monkey High vol. 1 by Shouko Akira
Girl Got Game vol. 1 by Shizuru Seino
Pop! by Catherine Bruton
Dads, Geeks and Blue Haired Freaks by Ellie Phillips
Partials by Dan Wells
Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson
Level 2 by Lenore Appelhans
Welcome, Caller, This is Chloe by Shelley Coriell
Skylark postcard by Meagan Spooner
Days of Blood and Starlight sampler by Laini Taylor
Heist Society by Ally Carter
A Witch in Love by Ruth Warburton
Jessie Hearts NYC by Keris Stainton
Stolen Night by Rebecca Maizel
Infinite Days by Rebecca Maizel
Breathe by Sarah Crossan
Angel Dust by Sarah Mussi
Deadly Hemlock by Kathleen Peacock
Foretold by Jana Oliver
Spark by Amy Kathleen Ryan
Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake
Rage Within by Jeyn Roberts
Artemis Fowl and The Last Guardian by Eoin Colfer
The Diviners by Libba Bray
Thanks to our backstage ebooks, who helped with the story.
Many thanks to Amazon, Amulet, Atom, Bloomsbury, Bookbabblers, Caroline @ Portrait of a Woman, Chicken House, Harlequin Teen, HarperCollins UK, Hodder & Stoughton, Hot Key Books, Kimberly Sabatini, Leanna @ Daisy Chain Book Reviews, Macmillan, Meagan Spooner, NetGalley, Sezzy, Strange Chemistry and Steph @ Steph Like Books.
(It's been weeks since I've done this feature, hence all the books. I may have missed out a few, but oh well.)