Bitchery reader Heather writes:
I think I know why there are so many paranormal romances in the past years:
because back in the 80s there were these YA paranormal “romances” where
the girl learns some cool little power and finds a boy and they (maybe)
I had a favorite one of those in the 1980s, and I can’t remember
author/title. Nostalgia is egging me to find it again, and google is not
finding it. Help!
Setting: Down Under somewhere (either Australia or NZ. Somewhere English
speaking and southern hemisphere).
Villian: Old creep guy who has a fixation with growing roses. I remember
that the summer was Jan/Feb (thus southern hemisphere). He uses mystical
evil power to make the roses better. Child sacrifice (or sucking life force,
something like that) may have been involved in making the roses better, but
Heroine: Awkward teenage girl (possible redundant statement) with a little
sibling (I *think* little brother, but I might be wrong.)
Plot: Little sibling disappears. Girl suspects creepy old guy. Somehow gets
involved with a boy who explains creepy old guy uses magic and of course the
girl can also do magic but just needs to learn how to use her Secret Powers.
Somehow manages to do that and rescues little brother.
HEA: Girl is sitting around with Boy and little sibling (plus clueless
parent, who just thinks small child was “lost” for a few days). She is now
more confidant since she has Secret Powers, and amuses the younger sibling
by drawing colorful pictures in the air with her Secret Powers.
Anyone remember something like that? Probably came around circa 1987.
I loved books like those – there were SO many in the 80s. Anyone remember this one?