YA Indie Carnival: Books Worth A Vote
So hopefully, we all got out and voted, magical presto-chango voting machines notwithstanding. Now it’s time for a different kind of vote. There are all kinds of contests going on right now on Goodreads. These contests can often help indie authors get recognition, so if you like a book, especially in an obscure or not as mainstream category, stick in your two cents!
Here’s a book by an indie author that has gained some momentum, and it’s a terrific book.
Synopsis: The Noah sisters rule Titan High with their beauty, brains, and magical powers. Each year they play a secret game: Crushed. The girls pick their targets carefully and blow enchanted dust into the boy’s faces, charming them, but this year Kristen makes a grave mistake. She chooses the wrong boy and almost dies that same day. Coincidence? Maybe. But something isn’t quite right about Zach Bevian. He doesn’t behave like a boy who’s been Crushed. He goes from hot to cold, from looking at her with contempt to asking her out on a date. She doesn’t know what to think. Does he hate her or is he truly falling for her? Is he trying to kill her, or is he trying to save her? End Synopsis
The characters start off being the kind of girls I hated in high school and wanted to punch in the face. But they rapidly developed into characters that were more complex than what they appeared, which is the mark of a good story, multidimensional. And the author shows multiple points of view. An exciting read. My high school was never this exciting. We had shop, vocational agriculture, which I am sure included some ‘medicinal’ crops when the teachers weren’t paying attention, and if people got really bored, there was the occasional poor tipped cow.
And of course, because we’re talking about voting, I need to stick in my entire piggy bank about the presidential election. Three things I want to get off my chest. 1. Mostly, I’m glad it’s over. If I had to hear one more nasty story about either candidate or about anyone from either party doing something back-bitey to the other side, I was going to throw up. 2. I hope the electoral college gets thrown out some day. One person, one vote. I know too much about statistical games to be comfortable with a whole block or state getting lumped all in together. 3. Next election, I want Neil de Grassi Tyson and Bill Nye on the ticket!
Now for the voting preferences of my fellow carnies:
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