But first, I’ve chosen this prompt to write about in celebration: "In her blurb for Unraveling, Andrea Cremer describes it as Veronica Mars meets X-Files. Who are your favorite fictional sleuths?”
This one is soooooo easy (although that’s not the reason I chose it, I swear). But my favorite fictional sleuth of all time is Veronica Mars. I just love her. Love, love, love. She’s tough, smart, clever, and best of all — a girl. Don’t get me wrong. I love a whole bunch of male sleuths (Sherlock, Magnum, Angel, Vic Mackey, Castle) but a female sleuth and a teenager to boot is always going to win out in my book.
Now, there’s no way for me to capture the awesomeness that is Veronica Mars in a post like this. You need to just go out and watch it and you’ll understand. But in case you’re looking for a quick glance into some of the fun, I leave you with this link (beware of spoilers, on and make sure you read about Unraveling AND enter the contest before getting lost in the wonderment of VM).
Two days before the start of her junior year, seventeen-year-old Janelle Tenner is hit by a pickup truck and killed—as in blinding light, scenes of her life flashing before her, and then nothing. Except the next thing she knows, she's opening her eyes to find Ben Michaels, a loner from her high school whom Janelle has never talked to, leaning over her. And even though it isn't possible, she knows—with every fiber of her being—that Ben has somehow brought her back to life.
But her revival, and Ben's possible role in it, is only the first of the puzzles that Janelle must solve. While snooping in her FBI agent father's files for clues about her accident, she uncovers a clock that seems to be counting down to something—but to what? And when someone close to Janelle is killed, she can no longer deny what's right in front of her: Everything that's happened—the accident, the murder, the countdown clock, Ben's sudden appearance in her life—points to the end of life as she knows it. And as the clock ticks down, she realizes that if she wants to put a stop to the end of the world, she's going to need to uncover Ben's secrets—and keep from falling in love with him in the process.
From debut author Elizabeth Norris comes this shattering novel of one girl's fight to save herself, her world, and the boy she never saw coming. You can read the first 90 pages of UNRAVELING here.
About the author:
Elizabeth Norris briefly taught high school English and history before trading the southern California beaches and sunshine for Manhattan's recent snowpocalyptic winter. She harbors dangerous addictions to guacamole, red velvet cupcakes, sushi, and Argo Tea, fortunately not all together. Her first novel, UNRAVELING (Balzer+Bray, April 2012), is the story of one girl’s fight to save her family, her world, and the one boy she never saw coming.
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