Swoon, much? If that wasn't enough, here's a special guest post from Aprilynne Pike about Benson.
You know what I love about the YA books that have come out the last few years? The return of the nerdy male hero. I. Am. A. Fan. Nerdy boys are awesome. Not just in fiction, in real life too. In my personal experience, the nerdy boys are nicer, more polite, more respectful, and come up with way cooler dates. When one of my siblings starts dating someone new, the first thing we ask is, “Are they nerdy?” and we expect the answer to be yes! So when I decided Benson was going to be a nerdy boy, I didn’t hold back!
Benson is a freshman at New Hampshire University, majoring in History, and meets Tavia because he’s a library intern. He wears sweater vests (super casual, but still!) and sports glasses and, I confess, hates math. He’s got that messy hair look and is comfortable with himself in ways that only a self-made nerd can be. I adore him!! He’s got an interesting set of skills, from microfiche to picking locks, and he’s a pretty good driver when he’s trying to evade someone who’s shooting at him. Like I said, just a nice well-rounded guy you’d be happy to take home to your mother.:D
But he’s not all perfection. He has secrets, he has bad habits, like we all do. But when you’re trying to help a supernatural being stay alive while being chased by assassins and secret societies, the secrets you keep can be your undoing.
Benson showed up in my head very-much full-formed, and even when his role in the plot underwent some drastic changes, he never really changed. He has a strange sense of humor and calls Tavia really silly pet names. He’s also in college, even though he’s only three months older than Tavia, and let’s just say that he took to adulthood and independence like a fish. There’s a depth to him that is a little different than any character I’ve ever written and it is an utter joy to write all of his scenes! Even the ending ones. You’ll understand that later.;)
So here’s a little description of Benson that eventually got pared down to about half this length in the actual book, but it’s one I still love!
“The first time I saw him I thought he was just a library nerd. But his comfortable grip when he shook my hand and the way his light green button-up shirt and gray sweater vest fell into a style that leaned more shabby-chic than nerdy told me this was a carefully crafted look—not a persona he stumbled into after a geeky childhood. A pastel hipster.”
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#1 New York Times bestselling author Aprilynne Pike has created a heart-stopping romance built on a love triangle like you’ve never seen before and filled with epic stakes and a centuries-long conspiracy. Give it to fans of Beautiful Creatures and Nightshade.
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 immediately searches for answers, desperate to determine why she feels so drawn to a boy she hardly knows. But when Tavia discovers that the aunt and uncle who took her in after her parents' death may have actually been responsible for the plane crash that killed them--and that she may have been the true intended victim--she flees for the safety of Camden, Maine, where the boy she sees in her visions instructs her to go.
Now, Tavia is on the run with no one to trust. No one, that is, except for her best friend and longtime crush, Benson.
Tavia feels torn between the boy who mysteriously comes to her at night and the boy who has been by her side every step of the way. But what Tavia doesn't know is that the world is literally falling apart and that to save it she will have to unite with the boy in her visions. Only problem? To do so would mean rejecting Benson's love. And that's the one thing Tavia Michaels swore she'd never do.
Aprilynne Pike has been spinning faerie stories since she was a child with a hyperactive 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 at the gym; she also enjoys singing, acting, reading, and working with pregnant moms as a childbirth educator and doula. Aprilynne currently lives with her husband and three kids in Utah, and dreams of warmer climates.
Aprilynne Pike's #1 New York Times best-selling debut, WINGS, is the first of four books about a seemingly ordinary girl with a not-so-ordinary destiny. In this tale of magic and intrigue, romance and danger, everything you thought you knew about faeries will be changed forever...
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