Talia Vance - Silver
• Pub Date: September 8, 2012
• Publisher: Flux
• Format: Paperback, 384 pages
• Age Range: Young Adult
Brianna has always felt invisible. People stare right past her, including the one boy she can’t resist, Blake Williams. But everything changes at a house party when Brianna’s charm bracelet slips off and time stands still. In that one frozen, silver moment, Blake not only sees her, he recognizes something deep inside her that she’s been hiding even from herself.
Discovering she is descended from Danu, the legendary Bandia of Celtic myth, Brianna finds herself questioning the truth of who she is. And when she accidentally binds her soul to Blake, their mutual attraction becomes undeniable.
But Blake has his own secret, one that could prove deadly for them both.
Bound together by forbidden magic, Brianna and Blake find themselves at the heart of an ancient feud that threatens to destroy their lives and their love.
by Talia Silver
It is impossible to talk about my favorite scenes without talking about some things that happen later in the book.
1. Brianna and Austin meet playing quarters: This scene happens early in the book, and it is one that I love because it has personal meaning to me. This scene was inspired by the night I met my husband when I was sixteen, and I could definitely relate to Brianna’s feelings in that moment. Plus, I loved Austin’s cheesy English flirting. Despite the light tone, this scene is layered with an undercurrent that foreshadows a lot of what happens with Austin and Brianna in the future. It always makes me smile.
2. The training scene with Blake, Jeremy and Micah: This was one of the last scenes I wrote in Silver. It was a much needed lighter scene to break up the tension of the attack on Brianna and the discovery of the bandia. I laughed while I wrote it, but I also love how the scene ends, raising the ultimate question that Brianna must resolve: is she the real threat?
3. Blake and Brianna’s first date at the beach: I felt like this was the first time Blake and Brianna really connect with each other on a human level. The moment before Brianna takes off her bracelet, when they are both looking out at the ocean, and Brianna admits to the one boy she wants to see her that she has always felt invisible? It’s really a turning point for them. They finally stop arguing and begin to try to understand each other. I love that.
4. Austin’s banishment: This is one of those scenes that as I was writing, I felt like I was watching it unfold and I was just reporting, which is always a special moment for a writer. But more than that, I loved the way that Brianna embraced both her femininity and her strength in the scene. I also love how, in the end, Austin’s real motives are revealed, and the possibility exists that maybe he meant well after all.
5. Blake is killed: Believe it or not, this scene was not in early versions of the story. I think I was avoiding it because I couldn’t quite bring myself to do it. But then I did, and it was really the only thing that could happen.
6. Brianna and Blake’s first date at Hunters: True story: my best friend crashed my very first date with my high school boyfriend. I had fun writing this scene. I loved the natural humor as Brianna reacted to Haley, and then Austin showing up on the date.
7. Brianna torches Jonah’s truck: This scene is the first time that Brianna really owns her bandia side. I like that she fights back, but also that she discovers she may have more control than she realizes about what it means to be a bandia.
8. Brianna and Haley admit they are jealous of each other: The scene where Haley and Brianna admit that they are each a little envious of the other really is the beginning of their being honest and maybe having a more meaningful friendship. I had a similar conversation with my high school best friend many years later, and it was a shock to realize that we both thought the other one had it better. There is a fine line between admiring someone and wishing we were more like them. Brianna and Haley’s relationship crosses over into jealousy at times, but I think it starts from a well-intentioned place. That’s what makes it so hard.
9. Brianna and Blake are confronted by Austin in Avernus: This was possibly my favorite scene to write. Austin reveals himself to Brianna and Blake and his intentions are no longer hidden.
10. Austin saves Dart: Poor Dart. I hated what happened to him, but I love this scene because it’s the first time that Austin showed he may care about something besides himself. This scene has even more meaning to me, because I know what it cost Austin to do that. It’s a pivotal moment for him.
Talia Vance is a practicing litigation attorney living in Northern California with her real life love interest, two-point-five kids, and a needy Saint Bernard named Huckleberry. Talia has been writing since she could talk, making up stories for every doll, stuffed animal and action figure she could get her hands on. She grew up hoping to write the great American novel, but her life ran more along the lines of tortured romance and fast paced thrillers, so that's what she writes.