Almost sixteen-year-old Crystal Miller is the religious one out of her friends. After all, God answers nearly all of her prayers. At least, that's what she thought until she learns her birth mother sought the help of witches to conceive her. Curiosity isn't a sin so she tracks down the witches and demands answers only to learn she's the incarnation of magic--the only person whose magical potential is limitless. All along, she's been answering her own prayers.
Crystal worries her magic will damn her to Hell, or worse yet, that she doesn't even have a soul, but when her boyfriend's mom is seriously hurt in a car accident, she both prays and tries to magically heal her. Unsure whether she or God saved her, Crystal's curiosity grows and she attempts to master her power. But flying and playing with fireballs attracts dangerous attention. When a witch hunter captures her boyfriend and shamans snatch her aunt, Crystal tires to use her powers to save them, but every time her emotions run amuck, her magic goes haywire. If she can't learn to control her powers, forget about saving those she loves--she just might start the apocalypse.
First 150 Words:
I never saw the attics stairs down before.
The attic door was always secured and padlocked, but now the stairs hang out into the hallway like a lolling tongue in a particularly dark and dusty mouth.
Something heavy bangs above my head, and I jump. What on earth is Mom doing up there?
Eager to learn what secrets the attic contains, I ascend the steps until blackness clouds my vision as a trash bag plowed into me. Thankfully, despite its large size, the bag is rather light.
"Crystal! What are you doing up here?" Mom asks.
I blink, surprised by Mom's sharp tone. After picking up the trash bag, I descend the steps. "I wanted to see—"
"Since you're here, can you take these bags down to the living room for me?" Mom's smile looks forced as she climbs down to stand beside me.
Mom hands me another bag, then lifts the steps, closes up the attic and padlocks it before I can even glimpse inside it.