Today’s Deadly Destination is from Aprilynne Pike‘s Tavia Michaels on Portsmouth, New Hampshire from EARTHBOUND (published on July 30, 2013 by Razorbill). Want to win a copy? Enter via the widget below.
Aprilynne Pike’s Tavia Michaels on Portsmouth, New Hampshire from EARTHBOUND
I never wanted to be in Portsmouth. Truth be told, I’d rather have been anywhere else in the entire world. Because being in Portsmouth means that everything has changed and that I can no longer live in Michigan, where I’d been my whole life.
I guess it’s okay. It’s by the ocean. And even though most people say that the Great Lakes are so big they’re like the ocean, when I’m standing on the shore, it’s the opposite for me: the ocean reminds me of Lake Michigan.
Except for the salt. I can’t escape that smell. It’s not bad, it’s just not home.
I do love the houses. They’re so old here. Portsmouth dates back to the mid 1600’s and there are several unthinkably old building here that they keep in good shape.
If you must visit Portsmouth be sure you go see:
1.) The shoreline. Even with the salt, it’s so beautiful. In particular, go to where the Piscataqua River flows into the Atlantic. The Maine/New Hampshire state boundary line runs right down the middle of the river. I’ve always loved the idea that I could literally swim to another state. Maybe someday I will.
2.) The Sagamore Creek Land. Full of trees and, of course, it’s eponymous river, you could literally lose yourself in Sagamore Creek forest and simply never come out again.
3.) The library. My home away from home. The library is actually a much more modern and airy structure than Ms. Pike gives it credit for. Newly renovated, it’s the perfect place to sit and read, or dream, or chat, or . . . do practically anything.
But seriously, avoid:
1.) Park Street. Don’t be fooled by all those pretty old buildings. Nothing good happens on Park Street. Nothing.
2.) The new business complex just north of the historical district. My shrink’s office is there. Even I avoid that. When I can. Which isn’t often.
3.) Reese’s special snooty food store. Not that there’s anything really wrong with the store itself. It’s the house on the corner that I can see from the parking lot. Except when I can’t see it at all. Just, trust me, don’t go there.
I guess it’s okay here. But don’t expect me to got to NHU when I graduate.
Critically acclaimed, #1 New York Times best-selling author Aprilynne Pike has been spinning tales since she was a child with a hyper-active imagination. At the age of twenty she received her BA in Creative Writing from Lewis-Clark State College in Lewiston, Idaho. When not writing, Aprilynne can usually be found out running; she also enjoys singing, acting, reading, and working with pregnant moms as a childbirth educator and doula. Aprilynne lives in Arizona with her husband and four kids; she is enjoying the sunshine.
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Tavia Michaels is the sole survivor of the plane crash that killed her parents. When she starts to see strange visions of a boy she’s never spoken with in real life, she begins to suspect that there’s much about her past that she isn’t being told. Tavia will soon to discover that she alone holds the key to stopping the Reduciata, an evil society that manipulates global events for its own shadowy purposes. But Tavia must make a choice: to come into her own powers and save the world from the evil Reduciata, or choose free will and a love of her own.
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