Book #1 in the Songstress Trilogy
The Story...

Sixteen-year-old mermaid Abby Carson thought she had her secret under control. Who cares if after “the change” took place, she became so beautiful that all the girls at school hated her. And the boys, well, when they look at her, hate isn't exactly what's going through their minds.

But when Abby witnesses a teenage girl's murder by a preternatural creature off the coast of Cape Cod, her carefully controlled life slips into chaos. Hiding in the water until the killer's gone is a must. Getting spotted by Brian Baker, a boy from school, isn't. Neither is falling in love with him. That definitely wasn't part of the plan.

Combine all this with the mysterious mermaid box Abby receives as a postmortem birthday gift from her dad, and she's pulled even deeper into the world of shades and monsters. Once the full force of Abby's deadly siren powers are revealed, the only one she can hurt more than herself is the boy she loves.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Katniss Minus the Hotness

I just responded to a Goodreads discussion about all time favorite YA heroines, and it really got me thinking. I'm a huge Hunger Games fan, so I wrote something about Katniss Everdeen, one of my favorite heroines. Katniss is cool in every way. She's fierce, smart, and independent. But the one thing about her that I wish had been different is her looks. I don't think she needed to be beautiful. In fact, she might have been more interesting if she'd been plain.

I've noticed that looks are important in a lot of the YA books I've read. The heroines are almost always pretty, and I'm not sure why that is. Of course, I'm guilty of the same thing with the main character in my book. Since she's a mermaid, I felt like her bewitching beauty was an integral part of her character. In retrospect, maybe I shouldn't have written her that way.

It would really be refreshing to have a YA heroine, or, more specifically, a YA paranormal romance heroine, who is plain. (Think Jane Eyre. She's no beauty, but she still gets the guy in the end.) Of course, maybe there are books out there like this, and I just haven't read them. If you know of one, let me know.

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