Saturday, May 5
Ontario Senior Center
(Just go to the Ovitt Library downtown and folks will point at the building for you!)
Bring your camera and take a photo with one of the five YA authors:
- Josephine Angelini
- Anna Carey
- Tahereh Mafi
- Alexandra Monir
- Jay Asher
You can bring your books to be signed, or buy books there and have them signed. (Prices are very reasonable. You can get a paperback Thirteen Reasons Why for $6.99 plus tax.)
I’m so excited about the Teen Book Fest tomorrow–I’ve been reading just one more of the authors’ books this week–Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini. I’m not sure if I will finish–I’m three-quarters of the way through it now. Those of you who’ve read other reviews here know that I’m not into paranormal fiction myself, but that I get why so many people are. As to Starcrossed, I get why paranormal fans are going to love it!
Helen doesn’t understand why she is faster and stronger than other kids. All of her life, she’s tried to hide her talents and despairs of being considered a freak. That is until a strange new family moves to Nantucket and peaceful island life is turned upside down. Helen discovers that the legacy of the Greek gods–who were always having affairs with humans–is alive and well in Massachusetts. Their demi-god children have passed their characteristics and powers down through thousands of years and many generation.
Anyone with just a little background in Greek mythology will immediately recognize that the three Furies are after Helen, but will have to wait to discover why. Add to that new neighbor Luke, demi-god and all around luscious guy, is crushing on Helen while his cousins try to help her control her powers so that she can combat evil demi-gods who want to kill her in order to achieve their goals. Meanwhile, Helen is getting glimpses into the nature of her long-ago disappeared mother.
Starcrossed combines some fun elements–the Greek myths are transformed and the demi-god characters are a lot like the vampires you find in YA fiction these days–but without all that nasty bloodsucking.
Helen is transforming from a meek, hunch-shouldered loner to a kicking powerhouse of electrical energy. This is a romp with a female superhero–and it’s the first in a series, so more fun for paranormal fans is on the way.
See you tomorrow at the Book Fest!