Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Altered Helix by Stephanie Hansen #blogtour #giveaway #yafantasy


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Altered Helix
(Altered Helix #1)
By Stephanie Hansen
Young Adult Fantasy Novella
Paperback, Audiobook & ebook, 96 Pages
May 19, 2020 by Hypothesis Books

Source:  Received to Review
Rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

I didn’t want to take the traditional path. First, I wasn’t ready for college. Second, I was going to live with my best friend, Tiff, and work at the Haunted House. Third, did I mention the hot guy Josh that works there too?

The most exciting thing about Austria’s new job, at a local haunted house, was the fact that the toughest looking people screamed the loudest. But when she meets the boy without a home, Josh, Austria's life takes intriguing and eventful turns. Up until now, Josh has managed to hang with his Street crowd, but they’re in danger, and so is Austria, the girl Josh recently fell for. The group finds themselves joining forces with previously considered enemies who also now find themselves in danger.

Deeply compassionate and full of twists, Altered Helix captures the struggle of polarized people that must work together for the greater good.

My thoughts:  Altered Helix focuses on a young woman who is trying to figure out how she would like to spend the rest of her life.  The story takes place in almost what I would consider an alternate reality. Society is made up of people who have homes and jobs, and it seems to be normal for teenagers to be living on the streets. 

Austria tries living away from her mom working at a haunted house.  The group of young adults is eclectic.  There are the well-to-do frat boys, the middle class, the homeless, and the owner who seems to be trying to make the world a better place.

The feel of the book was a little dark.  It is told from Austria's point of view.  She is trying to make sense of the world that changes in an instant for her.  She finds that there is another side to her life that she was unaware of.  At times I felt like her discoveries were a little bit choppy and I had a hard time transitioning from idea to idea.  Over time, however, I grew accustomed to the writing style and it all came together for me.  I have to admit that my interest is peaked and that I want to continue with the rest of the trilogy.

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About the Author

Stephanie Hansen is a PenCraft Award Winning Author. Her short story, Break Time, and poetry has been featured in Mind's Eye literary magazine. The Kansas Writers Association published her short story, Existing Forces, appointing her as a noted author. She has held a deep passion for writing since early childhood, but a brush with death caused her to allow it to grow. She's part of an SCBWI critique group in Lawrence, KS and two local book clubs. She attends many writers' conferences including the Writing Day Workshops, New York Pitch, Penned Con, New Letters, All Write Now, Show Me Writers Master Class, BEA, and Nebraska Writers Guild conference as well as Book Fairs and Comic-Cons. She is a member of the deaf and hard of hearing community.

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