The six years following the abrupt death of her father were the worst of Calista Bishoff’s life. Frightened by her own mortality, Callie’s mom threw herself into a search for the Fountain of Youth—and dragged Callie along with her.
Callie should have loved traveling, but instead she hated every minute. When one more failed search sends her mother into depression, they finally return home to California. Sixteen-year-old Callie is ready to hang with her friends and be normal for as long as she can.
But, an unplanned trip to Bermuda with her grandmother throws Callie’s plans awry, and there’s more in store for Callie and her mom than just a simple beach vacation. Callie’s life is turned inside out as she finds herself in a very different world than the one she knows—
Where things exist that she never dreamed were real.
Julia Crane and Nolia McCarty, co-writers of Eternal Youth, have given the fountain of youth legend a new home in YA fiction. Sure, the mysterious legend has been written about before in books and movies i.e. Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt (1975, Farrar, Straus & Giroux), but never has it been told through the eyes of a modern sixteen year old girl vying for a normal life.
Calista Bishoff travels the world with her mother, who is obsessed with finding the fountain of youth after the tragic death of her husband, and her cousin, Braden. Braden, who is more like a brother to Callie, encourages her to keep supporting her mother’s dream, even though Callie is at her wit’s end. When comparing Callie’s life of constantly following her mother across the globe to third-world countries and unpronounceable cities, to the average life of her best friend, Avery, readers can see why Callie desires to settle down in her Californian hometown.
Even though Callie is fed up with traveling, she agrees to vacation with her mother and grandmother in the Bahamas. The flight grants her a new best friend, Nailah, who becomes a profound part of Callie’s family and a rough trip through dimensions ending in Aionia. The new and beautiful world of Aionia is where Callie comes to terms with her mother’s obsession and she and her family are faced with one of the biggest decisions of their lives. Will they forget the past and build new lives for themselves under the guide of the secretive parliament of Aionia? Or, will they search for a way to escape its perfection?
The fountain of youth is a legend uncommonly written about in YA fiction, though the aspect of immortality is widely popular. Julia Crane and Nolia McCarty give immortality a positive air and hopeful prospect. Eternal Youth is more than a story of science fiction and romance. Along with Callie, readers explore the power of family and friendship and the willingness to believe in the impossible.
Eternal Youth Tour Stops:
23rd April: Reading Away the Days – Author Interview & Giveaway
24th April: YA -Aholic – Review
25th April: Reading a Little Bit of Everything – Character Profile: Callie
26th April: WovenMyst – Review by Candace
27th April: Book Passion for Life – Review & Giveaway
28th April: WovenMyst – Character Interview by Rebecca
28th April: Escaping…One Book at a Time – Book excerpt
29th April: I am a Reader Not a Writer – Guest post & giveaway