Publication Date: November 28th, 2013
Maci Might's sixteenth birthday is supposed to be the day she's awarded Hero status. But thanks to a tiny anger problem and a questionable family tree, King City's elders think it's best if she doesn't join the Hero ranks. Determined to change their minds, Maci will break whatever rule it takes to prove she's Hero material. As her hair darkens and her anger grows, everyone turns against her except Evan; a childhood friend turned scientist who may be able to unlock the secrets hidden in her DNA.
When a villain attacks King City and her dad is held prisoner, Maci discovers a truth she refuses to believe. She may not be a Hero after all—but this time the Heroes of King City need her more than she needs them. And she won't let them down.
Powered is the first in a trilogy.
Thank you, Mrs. Young
Readers get bored easily. What do you think makes them read a new book with a teen hero?
I’m an author and I also get bored easily. The greatest way to keep a reader interested is to have something exciting happen on every page. I definitely live by that rule when I’m writing. I also love cliffhangers at the end of chapters. If you finish a chapter and aren’t compelled to keep reading the next page, then I’ve failed.
I saw you love sarcasm and this fits the book description. Will we find sarcasm in the book? And what else it will delight us?
Maci Might definitely inherited my love of sarcasm. You’ll find the most sarcasm between her and Evan, who is the love interest. I think the other fun thing about this book is the technology found in the super world. They have a lot of cool gadgets and architecture that we don’t have in real life.
From what I seen, Maci is an “immature arrogant smartass” - a reviewer said. But what kind of person she really is?
The reviewer pretty much sums her up. She’s definitely immature, super arrogant, and a smartass every chance she gets. Luckily for her, she gets her ass handed to her enough times to realize that she needs to grow up and earn the Hero status she wants, not just expect it because she’s trained for it. She also genuinely cares about humans and about stopping evil and helping the greater good.
I personally find that, sometimes, the line between YA and NA is too thick because the teens are not as soft as “people” think. What is your opinion about the imposed limitation for the YA genre (just as an example I saw that someone considered that some battle injury brought too much gore.)
I don’t think there should be any limitations on YA books. The fact is, some teen readers prefer gore or edgy fiction and some prefer lighter, fun books. This is what I love about books in general -- there’s something for everyone. As long as a book properly presents itself for what it is, I don’t think there should be a limit on what topics can go in YA books.
When are people too old to read Young Adult?
Never! My 96 year old grandmother is reading Powered right now :)
A big problem is the time readers must wait for the next volumes. Can you tell us how much we have to wait for the next volumes?
The Powered Trilogy is planned to release every 6 months. This is longer than many indie books, but much shorter than traditionally published series. Hopefully readers will be willing to stick around for the next one! I write as fast as I can.
About the author:
Cheyanne Young is a native Texan with a fear of cold weather and a coffee addiction that probably needs an intervention. She loves books, sarcasm, nail polish and paid holidays. She lives near the beach with her daughter, one spoiled rotten puppy and a cat who is most likely plotting to take over the world.
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