Worthy Of Reading
Guest Post by Laney McMann
|What are the characteristics that YOU think make a book worthy of reading?|
I don’t know that there is any ‘magic formula’ that makes a story turn to gold, but I look for stories that are transporting in some way. Young Adult novels are my favorite, both to read and to write for several reasons, but one of the main ones is because they move. Fast. There’s an immediacy that draws me in. They throw me out of my reality and into a fantasy. Paranormal, dystopian, historical fiction, fantasy, and mythology are my go-tos because they all manage to take me out of my world and place me into someone else’s.
If I can look through a character’s eyes in a way that’s different from my own, care about those characters and be led into a knew world by them, the story will hold my attention. I want to care about the protagonist, and have a reason to pull for them, cheer for them—get mad with them.
Ultimately, if I can’t stop thinking about a book for days after I’ve finished reading—I’m hooked. I’ll go back to it again and again. That’s the biggest test for me, and definitely constitutes a worthy read.
Normal people don’t believe their nightmares stalk them. They don’t fall in love with boys who don’t exist, either.
Seventeen-year-old Layla Labelle, though, is far from normal. Her delusions walk the earth. Her hallucinations hunt her, and her skin heats to a burn every time her anger flares.
Or is that all in her head?
Layla doesn’t know what to believe any more because if none of that’s true, Max MacLarnon must be an illusion, and her heart must still be broken.
No matter how much she wants to believe Max is real, doing so would mean everything else is, too. How, then, is that possible?
The answers lie in an age-old legend the supernatural aren’t prepared to reveal, and with a curse that could tear Layla and Max apart forever—if it doesn’t kill them both first.
In TIED, book one in the Fire Born trilogy, learning the truth will mean fighting an arsenal of demons, and being with Max will put Layla on a path toward her own destruction.
Just how far will Layla go to protect the one she loves?
The answer may never be far enough … away.