Wednesday, January 20, 2016

New Author Spotlight: M Constantine

                                 Welcome M Constantine Author of Smashing  


As we talked about yesterday, the indie book world is full of emerging self published authors. Especially if you surf the world of YA fiction. But one author, for me, is standing tall above the others.
Boston based author M Constantine released her first book the end of last year to rave reviews. Smashing is a well written YA dystopian novel that will delight fans of such popular series as The Hunger Games and Divergent. Yes it's that good. Plot, character development, and suspense are all right on target. As well as originality. Take a look:

At sixteen, Francine Valhalla's head is filled with student council meetings, SAT words, and the tantalizing possibility that she might escape her type-A life for a while with a summer trip to Europe. Over-scheduled and always on her game, Franny and her dad are planning Ivy League acceptance, and nothing gets in the way of that. Neither of them suspects when he drops her off at the 5th Street Rec Center on a sunny April afternoon that it might be the last time they see each other. But within moments disaster strikes. Franny is trapped in the Rec Center's basement with 7 other teens, among them an enigmatic street kid who calls himself Smash.

Smash is tall, charming, and the only one who keeps his cool when it seems like the whole world is falling apart. Franny finds it hard to believe that he's not scared, but Smash isn't fazed. Trapped for five days, the teens form a tight bond, looking to Smash to make the decisions that will save them. For Franny, Smash isn't like anyone she's ever met before. She almost can't help but fall for him.

Although rescued, the teens are unable to locate their families and are taken to a temporary emergency shelter, dubbed Camp Freedom. With all the chaos and confusion, Smash is the one thing that serves as a distraction for Franny. Except that something about Camp Freedom changes him. Instead of being the guy with the killer grin that gives her serious butterflies, he pulls back, giving tantalizing hints about a troubled past.

Constantine pulls drama from real world headlines, creates a believable world where teenage angst, social problems and love co-exist against the backdrop of a terrorist attack, and nothing feels forced.

I have to disagree with one reviewer who said grammar and editing errors existed. What little did, were exceptionally small for a self published book. There was nothing that stood out to me, I was impressed by the quality and format of the book overall, as well as the highly descriptive and believable prose.

Bottom line: I loved it. Five stars. The ending left me wanting. And I hope for more from this author.

Find M Constantine on Amazon

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