Ninety-Five Percent Human
Teenager, Joe Kendrick, thinks he’s got problems. The farm he’s looked after since his father’s suicide is falling and his brother wants to sell it, his girlfriend has dumped him and his normally down-to-earth Nan starts muttering about seeing UFO’s. And all Joe wants is a ‘normal’ life.Then he saves suicidal stranger, Sarah, from drowning.
What Joe doesn’t know is that Sarah is a human/alien hybrid, sent to test the viability of life on Earth, and, as she’s survived hostile aliens are already planning their attack.
Ninety-five percent Human is the first in a two-book sci-fi adventure.
Genre: Young-Adult / Sci-Fi
August 31st 2013 by Beresford Publishing House
Suzanna Williams is a perpetually eighteen year old YA author who lives in the wild, wet, Welsh borderlands surrounded by ruined medieval castles and Celtic mythology where she looks for UFO’s amongst the stars and imagines all the people she meets have dark secrets.
When she is not inventing radical problems for her unsuspecting heroes and plotting their escape, Suzanna is a serial collector of random badly paying jobs and has never found a use for her BSc in Psychology whatsoever.
As a child, Suzanna filled notebook after notebook with stories and her first taste of writing success was a poem published in the local newspaper aged just nine years old. She has written and directed several plays and pantomimes before publishing her debut novel, ShockWaves, in 2012.
Suzanna loves sci-fi action adventures, playing the piano, believes Romeo and Juliet should have talked more and considers sarcasm to be the highest form of wit.
She has a daughter who is a drummer, another daughter who is a driving instructor, a son who is a dancer and a 'nearly' grandson she's dying to meet.
· WEBSITE - http://www.suzannawilliams.com/
· TWITTER - https://twitter.com/suzannawriter
· YOUTUBE - http://bit.ly/SuzannaYouTube
So, let's get to that guest post, shall we? What you need to know about me is that love triangles make me crazy, so I was curious about the author's choice to use one.
Team Jacob v Team Edward? Peeta v Gale? Prince Maxon or Aspen? Xander against Ky. YA books seem to be full of love triangles ... and I’ve always disliked them. Was ‘choosing between two guys’ the best conflict the writer could come up with? And hey, if a girl can’t decide which guy she loves, has she really met ‘Mr Right’? Give me Romeo and Juliet any day.
Then my English teacher friend pointed out Romeo and Juliet was a love triangle. Paris loved Juliet too. Paris was the safe, steady husband choice whilst Romeo was Juliet’s forbidden, passionate, crazy option. There was never any doubt what Juliet would do but Paris made the story tangled and messy, like real life. So, if Romeo and Juliet is technically a love triangle and Shakespeare could do it, have I been thinking about them all wrong?
I’m sure Stephanie Meyer made a fortune selling Team Edward and Team Jacob merchandise but was there ever a time when Bella thought of Jacob as anything other than a friend? Ever? Twilight was a love triangle with forbidden love for paranormal reasons, but by adding Jacob into the plot, Meyer tapped into something else we all love; gossip. Oh, the discussions we had over the merits of Vampire Guy versus Werewolf Guy. No wonder the story took the market by storm.
The Selection, by Kiera Cass series revolves around America Singer and twelve other girls trying to win the heart of Prince Maxon in a weird, reality-TV-style, hook-up spectacle. It goes like this: Maxon is awesome future King choice, Aspen, America’s ex-boyfriend is total under-dog with serious inadequacy issues. America loves Aspen, Aspen ends it. All the girls love Maxon but Maxon loves America who is on the rebound and doesn’t know what to think and then Aspen decides he’s made a mistake and wants her back. OK, Cass added some angry rebels in the second book and we’ve yet to find out how it ends but can you get a plot more Gossip Girl, love triangle/crazy fifteen-sided polygon shape than that?
And then we come to Peeta and Gale. Unlike Twilight, desperate readers of The Hunger Games had to wait until the final pages of the trilogy before they discovered who would win the heart of Katniss. Let’s face it, our heroine has others things to think about; like keeping her family fed, leading a revolution and trying not to die. This is a book where the love triangle doesn’t take centre stage but adds to the complexity of the story instead of being the story. This is a crucial distinction. The difference between I love the book or I want to fling it through the window.
Love triangles give us the opportunity to assess our reasons for choosing a partner and that’s important, especially to a YA audience but, if that’s the entire plotline, perhaps authors need to rethink the story.
Finding your soul-mate generally involves many love triangles and they can make your life messy and complicated but it shouldn’t be the only thing going on in your life. Maybe that’s what the best written love triangles teach us. Maybe I don’t hate them after all.
So, some interesting thoughts on love triangles, and big thanks to Suzanna for letting us know her ideas. Now, I'm going to give you the information about the rest of the tour, and then don't forget, we have a giveaway at the bottom!
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