While YA books can exist just fine without some kind of supernatural element, throwing in something unusual with a mythic flair intrigues a reader who might have passed it by otherwise. (Obviously, I’m one of those people.)
Recently Maggie Stiefvater, author of “Lament” and “Shiver,” posted a little tongue-in-cheek YA mad lib for those supernatural YA book lovers out there to her twitter account:
“When _____ meets ____, an enigmatic ______, ________ turns out to be a ______ and everyone’s lives are in danger. #YA_Madlibs
I immediately made up my own; filling in the blanks but tweaking it a little to fit in my tweet:
“When Ben meets Atalanta, an enigmatic stranger who turns out to be a reformed zombie/pro sprinter, all lives are forfeit.”
C’mon! Who doesn’t want to read about a zombie racer named Atalanta after the character of Greek myth, a noted athlete undone by her love of golden apples?
PS. Stiefvater’s second book in the “Shiver” series, “Linger,” will be out for purchase July 20. Snap it up!