Ah-MAY-zing Reads 2014: A Girl Called Fearless Story Soundtrack


It’s the start of another ah-MAY-zing week! This lovely Monday, we have with us Catherine Linka, debut author of A Girl Called Fearless, which was released earlier this month! She’ll be sharing her Story Soundtrack- I hope y’all give it a listen!

The Story

a girl called fearless


Heart of the matter
In an alternative, present day LA, Avie must decide whether to submit to an arranged marriage or run for freedom in Canada. 

Moment of truth
“The world had changed in horrible ways, so Yates and I weren’t allowed to talk or be alone together. Maybe I was lying to myself, but the connection we made through the glass made me feel that the future wasn’t impossibly bleak.” 



The Soundtrack

“Try” by Pink
Where there is a flame someone’s bound to get burned
Just because it burns doesn’t mean you’re gonna die
You’ve got to get up and try, try, try
Got to get up and try, try, try

This song captures the soul of the story. Avie can’t give up no matter how lost or scared or desperate she is. The only way to survive is to be fearless and try.

“I Will Follow You Into The Dark” by Death Cab for Cutie
If there’s no one beside you when your soul embarks,
I’ll follow you into the dark

This song reminds me of a scene with Avie and Yates driving on a dark road in the mountains.

“If I Die Young” by The Band Perry
If I die young, bury me in satin
Lay me down in a bed of roses
Sink me in the river at dawn
Send me away with the words of a love song

This country western song captures the place and Avie’s contemplation of whether she will survive near the end of the book.

“This Is Not The End” by The Bravery
Not even earth can hold us,
Not even life controls us,
Not even the ground can keep us down

To me this really conveys how when all seems lost at the very end, Avie keeps going.

“Back Against The Wall” by Cage the Elephant
I said you got me where you want me again and I can’t turn away
I’m hangin’ by a thread and I’m feelin’ like a fool
I’m stuck here in between the shadows of my yesterday
I want to get away
I need to get away

I included this, because this is the song I’m listening to as I write the sequel. Imagine the worst thing that can happen to Avie. Yes, that’s right.

I feel that Avie is such a strong character, from all these songs! I truly cannot wait to meet her and read A Girl Called Fearless! Thanks for allowing us to glimpse your book’s playlist, Catherine! Book nerds, if you enjoyed this post, you definitely should add A Girl Called Fearless to your to-read shelves!

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About The Author


Catherine Linka was almost thrown out of boarding school for being “too verbal.” Fortunately, she learned to channel her outspokenness and creative energy into writing. She is the author of the romantic spec fiction thriller, A GIRL CALLED FEARLESS. Catherine has traveled to such out of the way places as the Arctic circle, Iceland, and the Amazon, and her personal goals include seeing penguins and orcas in the wild. She doesn’t believe in fate, but she did fall in love with her husband on their first date when he laced up her boots after she broke her hand.

Favourite stories: Right now I’m totally in love with LOVE AND OTHER FOREIGN WORDS by Erin McCahan. Adorable, romantic, funny. I also love the hauntingly beautiful THERE WILL COME A TIME by Carrie Arcos about how we survive loss. And waiting by my bed right now is an advance copy of Scott Westerfeld’s new book AFTERWORLDS!!

Find Catherine on her Website / Twitter / Facebook / Tumblr / Goodreads!

Hazel @ Stay Bookish

Hazel Ureta is an advocate of stories. She is the blogger and Editor-In-Chief of Stay Bookish because she loves talking about books. She enjoys reading Young Adult novels the most and writes them too.
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  1. Jayvee De Castro on May 19, 2014 at 1:31 am

    I am a huge fan of The Band Perry and love their song If I Die Young a lot. It has spoken to me in so many different ways. I have felt these sorts of feelings before when I thought I had nothing left to give, when I was depressed, so If I Die Young really told me something about myself, that I shouldn’t give anyone the pleasure of just mourning me for being young.
    As for what I’m looking forward to this book, is the fact that Avie is doing something that her heart desires. I think that she can be a potential character for strength.

  2. Michelle Sedeño on May 19, 2014 at 4:37 am

    Well since I never heard the other songs, I liked If I Die Young. Also, I like Band Perry and I’ve been listening to this song before. I also like the part that says, “funny when you die how people start listening”. Because that’s true–people will only remember or notice you when you die.

  3. Sarah Tomp on May 19, 2014 at 8:14 am

    Love this soundtrack! And the reasons behind each song choice are so intriguing!

    Thanks Hazel and Catherine!

  4. Anette Fabre on May 19, 2014 at 8:43 pm

    Try by Pink is currently one of the songs on loop on my playlist. This song speaks volumes. It’s a reminder for Avie for her to try. to try something new. Something fearless.

  5. Paij Slater on May 19, 2014 at 10:35 pm

    I love the play list:). Sounds like a good one. I love the name :)

  6. Christine on May 20, 2014 at 7:21 am

    I love the Band Perry and If I Die Young but right now, Pink’s Try is something which hits close to home for me. With an awesome soundtrack, I believe I will enjoy this book! :)

  7. Ana Sana on May 20, 2014 at 7:50 pm

    My favorite song is “If I Die Young – Band Perry” and I love the cover of this book so much. <3
    The plot is interesting as well.

  8. bn100 on May 25, 2014 at 11:14 pm

    “Back Against The Wall” by Cage the Elephant

  9. Dianne on May 26, 2014 at 2:03 am

    Oh wow, these songs are really on the other side of the happy spectrum. It’s my first time to hear of this novel so I don’t really know much but with the plot, I think these songs fit the bill.

  10. Anjelie Mendoza on May 26, 2014 at 5:39 am

    As much as I love Pink’s Try, because it really has such lovely lyrics, I have to go with a band I’ve followed since my highschool years: Death Cab for Cutie’s I Will Follow You Into The Dark. The first few kyrics sounds morbid but the message remains, a man who will go to whatever lengths just to be with the one he loves. And who doesn’t want that (creepy stalkers exempted)?

  11. Bea T. on May 26, 2014 at 12:04 pm

    Love the soundtrack <3 My personal favorite is Death Cab for Cutie's I Will Follow You into the Dark :)

  12. oriana on May 26, 2014 at 12:14 pm

    try by Pink

  13. Cars on June 5, 2014 at 7:55 am

    I Will Follow You Into the Dark is one of my favorite DCFC songs next to You Are a Tourist. If I Die Young is a pretty good song too :) I like your blog :D

  14. Ann on June 9, 2014 at 7:50 pm

    Definitely “If I Die Young” by The Band Perry. It’s such a beautiful song.

  15. Wajiha @ Jiha's file on June 14, 2014 at 6:59 am

    My favorite song from the playlist is “If I Die Young”. It’s such a meaningful song!

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