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Livia has never felt like she fits in. As normal as it sounds, Livia is anything but ordinary. She can feel every emotion of every single person around her, and it’s maddening. In pursuit of some psychic quiet, she moves with her family from New York City to Whidbey Island in the lush and sleepy Pacific Northwest. But when a horseback riding accident in her new home gives her a broken leg that heals in a day, she finds that another unexplainable ability has manifested, and her life isn’t about to get any easier.
Adam has no problem fitting in and making friends. In fact, he’s the top of the school, the boy everyone knows and loves. However, people only see what he allows them to. No one knows what Adam is truly capable of. After witnessing Livia’s accident, Adam sees something intriguing in her quick recovery, something that gives him hope that he’s not alone.
Adam is the only one whose emotions Livia can’t read. Afraid of not knowing what goes on behind his dark eyes, Livia decides to keep him at a distance. Yet the more she tries to ignore him, the more alluring he becomes, and while their personal quests for identity will inevitably bring them closer together, it is the confirmation of what they really are that threatens to tear them apart.
Resilient, told in alternating point of views, is a gripping story of survival and romance, in which two teenagers face the consequences of being anything but normal.
Livia is a normal teenager- except she has the ability to feel other's emotions. She is very active, but is a little bit of an outsider. When her family moves to a lakeside house, she meets the golden boy- Adam. He is sort of an ass at first, but I really warmed up to him. This book was told in my favorite POV. It alternated between the two main characters so I could really get inside their heads and see how they felt about each other. I really enjoyed watching their feelings towards each other progress throughout the book- especially since they were not exactly friendly in the beginning. Nope- not at all.
There are mystery and paranormal aspects which I loved. Livia has to find out why she is the way she is and she finds someone to relate to in Adam. After all, he has secrets of his own. The romance was nice and the search for her answers kept me on my toes.. but that cliffhanger ending? WHY?! WHY!??!?!?!?!?!?!?!? *sobs* A highly enjoyable read with mystery, romance, and paranormal awesomeness. I mean.. seriously.. a girl with the power to read emotions? How could that not turn out AWESOME. (:
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Patricia Vanasse was born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Now she lives on Whidbey Island in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, two adorable children, and two crazy dogs. She has been trough Culinary Arts, Psychology, Law School, and now has finally found her passion in creative writing. She also loves traveling, cooking, and is an avid reader. Her strength- believes that everything is possible. Her weakness- an obsessive relationship with caffeine.
First of all, I would like to say Hello! <3 And thank you for taking the time to answer my questions. (:
Ryan, Thank you for having me on your blog! I really enjoyed answering your questions!
1- What was your favorite part about writing Resilient?
I liked doing all the research about the island and getting to know the teens on my visits to South Whidbey High School. It made the setting come alive in my mind.
2- Resilient is a great title and I bet it has a great significance to the story. (I have not gotten a chance to read it yet) If you were writing a book about your life and past experiences, what would you title it?
That’s a hard question! I’m not very good with titles, and it takes me months before I’m happy with a title. Maybe I would go with “The Chameleon.” I move every three years and have no problem adapting to new places, cultures, and languages.
3-Do you have a favorite character from Resilient? If so, can you tell me who it is?
Ha! I don’t have a favorite one. I love them all the same.
4-In your bio, you stated that you went through a lot of career options [Culinary Arts, Psychology, and Law School] before finally settling on Writing as your passion. When did you know that you definitely wanted to become a writer?
My whole life I created stories in my mind. I’m the type of person that stares at a blank wall as if it was the most interesting place to look at. Well, my eyes might stare there, but my mind is far away in a different world. It took me years to realize that I could put all the stories I created in my mind on paper. In Brazil, the schools don’t encourage arts in general, and I didn’t have contact with creative writing till I got older.
5-The Cover for Resilient is absolutely Gorgeous! O.O Did you have any say in the cover making process? And Do you feel like it accurately conveys the content of the book?
The artwork was made by Ashraf Shalaby, an Egypt based artist. I’m happy to say I did have participation with the cover and I love it. Does it covey the story? Um, It’s up to interpretation. I can see the story in it definitely, but just like any piece of art, you have to see beyond what is in front of you.
6- I noticed that in the book, Livia moves from New York to Whidbey Island, the same place you moved to from Brazil. How do you like living there? Is it really an island? (I am operating under the assumption that it is amazing there, since you chose it as the setting of your book.) (:
Whidbey Island a real island. It’s one of the prettiest places I’ve ever been. It’s in-between Seattle and Vancouver B.C, and it’s as green as it can be, with the ocean and beautiful snowed mountaintops in the background. Have you ever watched Practical Magic with Nicole Kidman and Sandra Bullock? Whidbey was the setting of that movie; it was recorded in Coupeville. Beautiful place!
7-Livia has the super cool- and stifling- ability to read other people’s emotions. If you could have one of the following 2 abilities, which one would you choose and why? The ability to read emotions or the ability to read minds.
Empathy is the ability to feel the emotions, thoughts, hopes, desires, and dreams of others, which is where Livia’s ability starts at. But if you can feel what other people feel, I’d think you’d have a pretty good idea what they are thinking about. Livia’s ability develops stronger with time and eventually she’ll be able to connect emotions to thoughts. If I could have both I’d like that, but if I had to choose one, I’d like to be able to read minds.
8- I would like to end the interview with something fun. Can you tell me something fun/random/wonky/crazy about yourself or your writing habits?
Um, when I was nine years old, my sister dared me to shave my eyebrows, and I did. How crazy is that? I looked awful for months. Haha!
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