It’s amazing to me, the success that Kristen Strassel has had since the initial publication of her debut novel Because the Night. Because the Night was published in November 2013 and it has caught on like wildfire. In such a short period of time, she has received almost 100 collective 4 and 5 ratings on her book. People have nothing but amazing things to say about it, such as this small snipper from the review of Jillian Marques on Goodreads, “Hmmm… Sex, drugs and rock n’ roll. Need more? Ok, throw in some vampires. How about some mystery? Murder? Cliffhangers? Lust? Adrenaline? Obsession? Well, there you go. It’s all there.”
Imagine my excitement when I found out Kristen was releasing a prequel to Because the Night called Seasons in the Sun. It published in December 2013 and readers have been loving it. I loved it. Kristen Jett has an amazing blurb in her review on Goodreads that sums up this awesome YA novella:
Before the sex, blood, and rock ‘n roll, there was a summer spent on Martha’s Vineyard.
Before the boy became a vampire.
Before he became the hottest sex symbol with more groupie fans
Before Callie decided to save him from himself.
One summer changes everything. Seasons in the Sun.
Summer has finally arrived, along with a boy who will forever change the life of fourteen-year-old Callie. After growing up hearing stories about Tristan Trevosier and his famous family, Callie finally meets him when he spends the summer on Martha’s Vineyard. Seventeen-year-old Tristan is a hurricane of destruction and rebellion, and he quickly blows a hole right into Callie’s sheltered life. Callie sees a side of Tristan that he doesn’t show anyone else. She’s determined to make everyone see what she sees in him.
Callie defies her parents by leaving the island with Tristan. But when his ugly habits rear their head, Callie realizes maybe she’s the one who’s wrong about him. He’s beyond her help. But it’s too late for her to walk away. This summer, she learns that love can be stronger than reason.
Exclusive Excerpt from Seasons in the Sun
Keisha and Taryn had hit it off, and were chatting and laughing nonstop about things I couldn’t follow. I guess it was just my day to feel out of place. Tristan hadn’t brought anything with him to pass the time, no book, no iPod, and I could tell he was getting restless by the way he was fidgeting and looking around at everything. I could see him out of the corner of my eye and it was distracting me from my reading.
Okay, I was watching him out of the corner of my eye and he was distracting my reading. Looking at him was way better than anything in my book. Before the other day, I thought people that looked like him only existed in books.
“So what do you do around here?” He asked again.
“What do you mean? I told you already.”
“For fun.” He smiled. I felt my cheeks redden, and not from the sun.
I looked around at all the people on the beach, who’d come from all over the world to enjoy this spot for their vacation. They were relaxing in chairs, playing volleyball, swimming, digging in the sand. I didn’t know how the answer wasn’t obvious to him. “Um…this.”
“Do you surf?”
“I hear the surfing’s supposed to be pretty rad here.”
“I think people usually go up to Squibnocket. I don’t think the waves are big enough for surfing here. That’s what I’ve heard, anyway.”
“Hmmm.” Tristan seemed disappointed. “So working and laying in the sun, that’s it, huh?”
I didn’t think anything I said was going to impress Mr. California. “Sometimes, I go see my dad’s band play, but other than that, yeah. I guess I’m pretty boring.”
“No, you’re not boring,” I could feel the heat rising in my cheeks again. “What kind of band does he play in?”
“A blues band.”
“Right on.” Finally, Tristan seemed to approve. “So you go to bars to see him? I guess things do happen fast around here.”
“Well, restaurants. I go with my parents, so it’s not like I’m doing anything too wild and crazy.”
“Yet.” He smiled at me.
I found out that Seasons in the Sun is on sale this month for only 99 cents! What a steal! Make sure you pick it up while it’s on sale or at least add it to your To-Read list. You wont be disappointed.
Have you read Seasons in the Sun? Are you planning on picking it up? Let me know in the comments below!