Being a teenager is tough, especially when you have to pretend to be something you’re not, and you’re in love with someone you shouldn’t. 115 years ago, a small planet called Arcadia was invaded by a vicious alien race and nearly destroyed. Cut off from their resources, the Arcadians turned to Earth for help. A group of Arcadian explorers discovered a Prophecy that claimed their salvation lay in the hands of two children from Earth. To ensure their safety, the Arcadian Council sent their most gifted youngsters to Earth to act as protectors. Samantha is one of them.
To succeed in her mission she must learn to control her Arcadian powers and keep her true identity from her best friend, and the girl she swore to protect, Alexia. But Samantha will soon realize that nothing is as it seems. Someone is trying to prevent the Prophecy from taking place and the prophecy boy hasn’t been found yet. There is also a new drug circulating at school that is turning students into freakishly strong menaces.
To make matters worse, distractions keep getting in her way. Such as her love/hate relationship with her “cousin” Matthew. Or her confused feelings toward popular and mysterious Julian. She wants nothing more than to be free to live her life. But the survival of Arcadia depends on her and her friends. Free will is not an option.
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He rolled his eyes. “The only thing I’m keeping from you is how utterly obnoxious I think you are. Oops! I guess the cat is out of the bag now,” he replied sarcastically.
We had all returned to La Maison Falafel after school, including Lucas. We needed to discuss the big fight, since it must have been another incident fueled by the suddenly ubiquitous drug. Whoever was responsible for its distribution had become bolder, and I didn’t doubt it was related to Alexia and Ethan’s reconciliation.
Melanie still didn’t trust Lucas completely, even though he had come to her rescue at the nightclub. Knowing her, she probably resented him for that, as well. It didn’t help his case that he hadn’t been able to catch the guy who had been selling Ayahuasca at the club.
Sean stepped between them before things escalated. “Calling each other names won’t help our case.” Melanie remained where she was, but Lucas took a few steps back. He obviously had more sense than my dear sister.
“What will happen to Taylor and Anthony now? Will they still be possessed once the drug leaves their systems?” Mia asked.
“It depends on how frequently they’ve been taking the drug. By the way, they’re calling it ‘the Big A’ now,” Lucas replied.
“Oh, now you mention it. If I had known, I wouldn’t have bothered learning how to pronounce its original name. It took me forever to get it right,” Sean joked, in an attempt to lower the level of tension in the room.
“Can’t you or Durgin use your compulsion mojo to find out from those guys who sold them the drug?” Melanie asked with contempt.
“There’s only one person is this room who can perform that kind of invasion, and it’s not me.” Lucas glanced in my direction.
I stiffened immediately. “No way! Don’t even think about it. Doing it to Gary was bad enough, and he almost couldn’t handle it. I would probably turn an Earthling’s brain into mush if I tried.”
Lucas acquiesced. “There is that. I guess we’ll have to rely on more traditional means.” He turned toward Melanie with an ironic smile. “How about you, Mel? I just hear you complain and complain, but so far I haven’t seen you use your amazing powers to help at all. If you could use your abilities to spy on me, for sure you can follow our boys Taylor and Anthony once they leave the hospital.”
Melanie’s face turned red with anger, and her hands clenched into fists by her side. “How did you…” She paused, trying to compose herself. “Don’t call me Mel!”
About the Author
M. H. Soars is what we like to call a United Nations child. She was born in the United States but grew up in several different countries which gave her a broader perspective of life. She has always been passionate about books and stories and at a certain point had a comic book series going.
With a background in fashion design she always thought she was going to follow that path. But the characters in her head kept begging to be set free. So she decided to write their stories. A couple of years and a baby later, the first installment of her Arcadian Wars series is finally done.
M. H. Soars currently resides in New Mexico with her husband and baby daughter. She loves to read novels in the YA, PNR, Fantasy, Historical Fiction, and Chick Lit genres. When not devouring said novels, you may find her shopping online (she’s an expert), blogging about fashion, or trying to teach her daughter to walk (even though she’s too young for that).
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