New release. Third book in the award-wining YA fantasy fiction series, The Geneva Project
Can you live a life of LIES? That’s exactly what Geneva finds herself doing to protect everyone she loves. While Geneva and her friends embark on a dangerous mission to fulfill her destiny, the dark forces that seek her powers are closing in, putting everyone she cares about at risk. Geneva must lie about who she is, what she knows and her true feelings. Are all these lies worth it or will she go too far and lose everything she’s been fighting for?
We marched forward out of the protective tree line of the forest and into the open field; a wall of bodies, hands clasped moving with purpose toward the Troian Center. Even though we had the protection of Remi’s invisibility power, I still felt tense and exposed. My heart pounded with uncertainty as a cool wind rushed past and we picked up speed. I could barely feel the strange sensation of lightness that being invisible provided. My skin tingled, but it felt more like nerves than magic. The last time I’d been invisible the sensation had felt much more intense, which had me worried that maybe it wasn’t working right. The possibility that Remi wasn’t strong enough to stretch his power over all of us made me shutter with uneasiness. This was more people than he’d ever tried to share his power with before .
We at Archaeolibrarian got the fabulous luck to be the first ones to interview Nova! Enjoy our Q&A session, these were a blast to ask!
In what situation is your self esteem most at risk?
“Anytime I’m with Geneva. I always want to put myself out there and tell her how I feel about her, but she could be with any guy in the world. Why would she want to be with me? Everyone says we’re meant to be together, but I just don’t think I’m good enough for her and I don’t want to hold her back from the greatness I see in her.”
What are you keeping a secret?
“Everything. I’m a dark and broody guy. Let’s see (scratches perfectly chiseled chin.) My family, what I really remember about the Flood. My nightmares. The newest scar I’ve gotten and the strange things it’s doing to me. My true feelings for Geneva. My fears about the prophecy. That enough for ya?”
What are you lying to yourself about? To others?
“Jeez, what is this an inquisition? (scratches waving blond locks) I just told you all my deep dark secrets. I think I’m probably lying to myself when I say that I just want the best for Geneva. I want her to be mine and I know I may not be the best for her, but the thought of her with someone else kills me. I don’t want to talk about this anymore. Next question, please.”
How do you decide of you can trust someone?
“Finally, an easy one! I can read minds, see thoughts, even implant them, so I know when people are lying to me or trying to keep something from me and that’s always a red flag.”
How do you know you love someone?
(bows head, green eyes frost over) “It feels like you’re drowning when you think about not loving them.”
What parts of loving come easy to you ? Hard?
“Did Jemma put you up to these questions? (scowls and crosses arms over lean, athletic chest.) She knows I love Geneva and she needs to stop trying to cause trouble. All I’ve ever done is try to help her, but she constantly wants more! Ugh! Sorry, I just get angry when I think she’s scheming. I don’t know. These love questions are really hard. I’ve only ever loved one girl and I can’t even tell her. So falling is easy, following through and trusting is hard.”
When you walk into a room what do you notice first? Second?
“If Geneva’s there. If there’s a threat and how I can twist it to my advantage.”
What is the most embarrassing thing that has ever happened to you?
“Almost getting killed by a tarcat and Geneva having to rescue me.”
How would you change the world? The things around you? The people around you?
“If I could do anything it would be turn back time and escape this island with my family before the god awful Flood ruined everything. But since that’s not an option, I just want to help Geneva fulfill her destiny so that she can defeat the dark forces and make life better for everyone. Then maybe there will we be time for us.”
What unusual hobbies or interests do you have?
“Oh, great question. Tons, really. Archery, horseback riding, making fire appear out of thin air, sneaking out after dark, using magic to spar with my friends, reading minds, charming my way out of trouble, polishing my sarcasm, I have an never ending arsenal of witty comebacks too. Good enough or should I keep going?” (shoots a dashing smile with a mischievous twinkle in his eye.)
Christina Benjamin is the Award-Winning Author of the Young Adult series The Geneva Project.
Her debut novel, Truth, has won multiple awards, including the 2014 FAPA Gold Medal for YA fiction.
Benjamin’s writing hooks fans of mega-hit YA fiction like Harry Potter and The Hunger Games, and offers them a new series to obsess over. She paints a vivid world, where magic and imagination run wild in her epic tale of adventure, courage and friendship.
Benjamin studied English at the University of Central Florida. She’s dedicated to giving back to the community and speaking at schools to inspire creativity in young writers.
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