Title: Blood Bound
Author: Keshia Swaim
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
Date of Publication: September 10, 2013
Starting college a year early is hard. Starting fae college and learning to protect the world from the Unseelie is harder.
Brielle Reed has always been an over-achiever, but this time she may have bitten off more than she can chew. Between her crash course in fae politics, struggles to control her new mind-reading ability, training sessions with the demanding Dr. Schwartz, and discoveries about the father who is still a mystery to her, Brielle finds herself longing for a chance at a normal life.
But she may not get that chance. Or chance at a life at all, for that matter.
Character Interview with Brielle Reed
Can you tell us something about yourself?
I don't "get" football. Growing up in Texas, this is something I'm embarrassed to admit. It's not that I don't like it, exactly. I just don't understand why watching grown men smash into each other over a little ball is fun.
What are your hobbies or how do you spend your free time?
Free time isn't something that I have a lot of right now, but my hobbies are reading and writing short stories. Oh, and doing pretty much anything with Alex. :)
Can you describe fae college to us? What subjects exactly are there?
Unless you knew what to look for, it would seem like any other college. We have all the basic courses, plus fae history, political science, and there's a rumor that this spring they're adding a "self defense" class that focuses on using fae gifts for protection.
What's your favorite subject so far?
It's a tie between Intro to Fae and Creative Writing. Intro to Fae is helping me figure some stuff out about myself, and Creative Writing is just fun, even if Dr. Schwartz is the teacher.
What's the best thing about being able to read minds?
To be honest, I don't like doing it often. It's definitely an advantage against the Unseelie, but other than that, it feels wrong. I mean, would you like someone eavesdropping on your private thoughts?
What's the worst thing?
Feeling someone else's pain and knowing I can't always help make everything right.
What's the grossest thought you've read from someone's mind?
Oh, let's not even go there. I found out about my ability in high school. Let's just say that high school guys are gross on more levels than I'd ever imagined.
How dangerous exactly are the Unseelie to the world?
Extremely. They want all Seelie and halfies dead, and the only use they have for humans is as mindless pets.
If you could have three wishes, what would you wish for?
Why is it always three? I guess I'd wish for one more day with Dad, a never-ending library (real books, no e-books), and fat-free chocolate that actually tastes good. :)
Any message to our dear readers?
I spent most of my life trying to be "normal." Don't do that. Life is way more exciting when you are you. :)
About Keshia Swaim
I've come to the conclusion that reality is no fun. I still check in evey now and then to pay the bills and change diapers, but I spend most of my free time reading, talking about what I've read, searching for something new to read, or writing about my own fantasy world.
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