||Two creepy classics are revisited with the new works by young adult novelists, Christine Fonesca and Gretchen McNeil, at our Sunday afternoon event. Christine, author of the Requiem series, echoes strains of The Phantom of the Opera in her new historical teen gothic romance, Transcend. Gretchen’s first novel, Possess, was a YA novel about a teenage exorcist. Gretchen sticks to the scares and things that go bump in the night with her latest YA novel, Ten, inspired in part by Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None.
All seventeen-year-old composer Ien Montgomery desires is an escape from his family's rigid expectations for his life; someone to inspire his music. When he meets a beautiful violin-prodigy, Kiera McDougal, his life music takes on new life. With her, he imagines a future outside of his parents' control. That is, until a horrible accident tears them apart. Sent to die in a sanatorium, Ien's obsession for Kiera grows unbearable. Tortured by thoughts he can't escape and the truth of his monstrous disfigurement, he flees, desperate to exact revenge on the people that ruined his life - his parents. But, vengeance is empty. Betrayed by those closest to him, Ien discovers that the price for his happiness may be his sanity. Set amidst the landscape of New York's Gilded Age, and inspired by Phantom of the Opera, Transcend exposes the fine line between love and madness.
About the Author
Christine Fonseca has worked in the field of education for more than a decade. Relying on her expertise as a school psychologist, behavioral consultant, speaker, and parenting expert, she has been a resource for parents and children in understanding the social and emotional needs of gifted children.