Emilys Ford’s “2:32 a.m.” a ‘refreshing’ read for teens, focused on wish-granting genies instead of blood-thirsty vampires
Emily Ford thought she might have something special when her kids requested bedtime stories long after it was cool. Their favorite, about a teenage genie, has become the focus of their mother’s three novel book series for young adults. Ford launched the first installment of The Djinn Master’s Legacy trilogy – 2:32 a.m. – this October.
After being plagued by strange dreams involving a mysterious man, 17-year-old protagonist Cat Townsend discovers not only do mythological figures such as genies exist, but a particularly powerful one wants to transfer his powers to her. 2:32 a.m. explores the life of Cat prior to learning about the genie legacy she’s been asked to accept, and the struggle she endures in deciding whether to take on that new life and the overwhelming responsibility that come with it.
Reviewers love the fact that Ford sees YA fiction doesn’t equal vampires and werewolves.
“What was most refreshing about 2:32 a.m. was the absence of the usual paranormal phenomena. 2:32 a.m. intrigues readers with the mystery and power of genies. For those who love mystery, magic and love, this is a must read,” says Tamar Mekredijian of Pacific Book Review.
A teen novel also void of foul language and sex, more readers can enjoy the fast-paced story.
“Like most late teenagers, Cat is learning how to adapt to a multitude of very real, and seemingly insurmountable difficulties. Some of her choices are better than others, and like all of us, she must accept the consequences regardless, and learn from her mistakes,” Ford said.
Heavily influenced by authors like J.R.R. Tolkien and JK Rowling, maybe Ford’s greatest wish would be for The Hunger Games star Jennifer Lawrence to take on the role of young Cat Townsend if 2:32 a.m. were made into a movie. Her readers wish for more books, soon.
“Complete with romance, danger and something a little different … Emily Ford writes an addicting novel. I can hardly wait to read the next one,” raves Lisa Fox of Top Book Reviewers. And Kirkus Reviews says Cat “might just become a creature of legend.”
Born in Houston, Texas, Ford interned each summer with the local KHOU-TV station while gaining her bachelor’s degree in radio and television at The University of Arizona. She worked on the copy desk at The Dallas Morning News, and started a marketing company KapsMark, Inc. Now writing full time, Ford is happy to be back in her roots of storytelling, which started at summer camp as she entertained fellow bunkmates each year.