We here at The Paperback Princesses often receive emails from Indie authors requesting reviews and are blessed with free book copies. Often we are unable to get to so many titles before our mass market published books take over our TBR shelves. That doesn't mean there aren't plenty of great reads though! We want to give back to those Indie authors and are declaring EVERY SECOND SUNDAY our SHOUT OUT TO INDIES MEME. For those of fellow bloggers, please feel free to add our meme to your regular schedule. We only ask that you quote and link back to us as a courtesy. For all of you Indie authors, we invite you to contact us at the contact link to your top left. We will select 1 - 3 titles (each time we post) that sound interesting.
This week's selection is:
Genre: YA/Cross-over Urban Fantasy (due to violence and language it may not be suitable for the under 16 crowd)
Release Date: May 11, 2015
Page count: 494
Reeling from a terrible accident that claimed the lives of his parents, Felix arrives at Portland College hoping only to survive the experience. In time, however, his reality star roommate shows him there is more to higher education than just classes, shared bathrooms and bad dorm food, and Felix gradually dares to believe he can put his past behind him.
But a fateful storm looms on the horizon: In the nearby woods, two hikers become the latest victims in a series of gruesome murders; a disfigured giant embarks on a vicious cross-country rampage, killing teenagers who fail his ‘test’; and an ancient society of assassins tasked with eradicating the wielders of a mysterious source of power awakens after a long silence. Only one man—the school’s groundskeeper—knows that the seemingly unrelated events are connected, and that an eighteen-year-old boy stands in the center of the storm.
We asked Randall why he chose to write for a YA audience:
The Accidental (Young Adult) Novel
I didn’t set out to write a Young Adult novel. I didn’t even have an “audience” in mind. The main characters in my story are in their first year of college, a time when most people experience their first real taste of freedom. Household chores, curfews and nagging parents are all swept away and suddenly you’re free to make choices for yourself. If you want to stay up all night or skip class or drink too much with your roommate there’s no one stopping you. It’s a fascinating time in a person’s life, the abrupt transition to adulthood marked by unforgettable events: The meeting of lifelong friends, personal exploration and growth . . . and monumentally bad decisions.
But The Felix Chronicles isn’t a simple tale of teenagers trying to navigate their way through the challenges of college and relationships. Felix’s world is wrought with danger: a serial killer cuts a bloody path across the country; bodies turn up in the woods near campus; and a shadowy society of assassins long thought dormant begins to stir. Violence, intense action, and terror is a part of this world, and for that reason, The Felix Chronicles may not be suitable for those under sixteen.