THE GLASS PRINCE
YA - Contemporary Fantasy
Clara Knight gets a few surprises on her 17th birthday – Mom’s a big-fat liar, her grandmother isn’t really dead and Clara might be cursed.
When a familiar stranger causes trouble for her at school and home, Clara flees to upstate New York to meet Granny for the first time and to try to learn about the father she’s never known. Grandma’s invitation to spend the summer with her did promise the unveiling of some secret family tradition, after all. What she actually learns is that the curse is real, the stranger is Snow White’s immortal son, Grandma could be a “bad guy”, and her new best friend just might be a son of a witch.
When a family heirloom and moonlight whoosh her away to the prince’s hometown of Elysia, five-hundred years in the past, Clara finds a cryptic riddle – her first clue to breaking the curse, a deadly legacy that’s claimed the lives of countless relatives. If she doesn’t want to be next, she must learn to work with the obnoxious prince and find the courage she’s never really needed.
First 150 Words:
I shared the day with the death of my dad. A fact I tried not to dwell on as I kicked back in a kitchen chair and sipped hot cocoa from his old mug. I fingered the nick in the mug’s handle. Mom told me he’d died during breakfast on my first birthday. The mug of hot cocoa in his hand clattered to the tile floor and probably should have shattered, mom said. But, it cracked only in one place, so she kept it. I’m not sure mom liked that I used it. And she never drank hot cocoa. I, on the other hand, was a hot-choc addict.
I closed my eyes and tried to picture Dad as the warm liquid satiated my taste buds and slid down my throat. No dice. I could never get a clear picture of him in my head. Sighing, I took another sip.