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You can thank A.C.’s first grade teacher for the interest in writing fiction. It was her casual comment on a mandatory daily journal, wherein she noted A.C.’s flair for storytelling, that planted the notion of writing full-length novels, poetry and short stories in an already overactive mind.
A.C. went to work quickly, burning through reams of paper with an ever-scribbling pen before turning to computers at age 14. The boreal world rejoiced, and A.C.’s range of writing grew from simplistic children’s tales rooted in wish to horror stories, thrillers, and psychological studies of damaged men and women thrown together by circumstance.
(Oh yes, and there was that novel-length X-Files fanfiction… but no one else ever read it so luckily, it doesn’t count.)
A.C. Dillon’s first published work is a natural evolution of over twenty years of reading and writing literature, and is characterized by the core elements existing fans have come to love: complex, relatable characters; witty dialogue; and an immersive narrative.
Between insomnia-fueled writing sessions, Dillon is an ardent animal lover who debates politics, obsessively collects music, and endlessly re-watches one of the most underrated films of all time: Empire Records.
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on Aug. 21, 2012 :
Pop culture, the supernatural and a strong female lead are three of the top five attributes that usually make a book become one that I love. There are exceptions to the rule of my preferences, but a quick glance over my top five books of all-time would garner a check, check, check to those three things being a part of each of the five. I also will be quick to tell you that the strong female lead I mentioned before needs not be perfect, because flaws and the survival of dysfunction, whether it stem from the internal of the external, usually just makes me love her more. I will admit the characters I can root for, cringe with, and relate to are the ones I tend to tuck into my heart and forever remember, no matter how self-indulgent that may sound.
Autumn Brody is one that has found a place in the circus tent of characters that play around in my psyche, forever part of my literary fictional psyche, and Change of Season will find its spot in my list of best books.
Autumn is in the midst of a major transition as she moves into a boarding school, bringing along with her the baggage of a terrible secret and the burden of responsibility that this secret has created. She is trying to move forward, while also attempting to keep herself hidden and isolated. In the midst of her “take no prisoners” mentality she both makes friends and possibly loses her mind. Is her new school actually haunted, or is this a final split from reality breakdown that she seems to expect to come and get her. Is sixteen –year-old Autumn in more danger now, in her school of both rehabilitation and the arts, then she was from the secret past she is so driven to escape from? Is it something supernatural that is haunting and possibly coming for her? Is it the horror of an abusive ex-boyfriend who may be keeping his promise of finding her no matter what or where? Or, is it all in her mind?
There is something so delicious in riding along in the quest to find what is real, and what is not.
Along with Autumn, who I had such an immediate kinship and connection with; Change of Season introduces an array of colorful and unforgettable characters, my other favorites Miraj, Emma, Andrew and Veronica. And all the pop culture, most notably in the musical (and musical theatre) variety, though potentially polarizing to some readers, was reason to celebrate and obsessively page-turn, to me. A.C. Dillon is a skilled storyteller, with a gift for dynamic characters and scene setting, both in vivid details and fitting referenced soundtrack, that give this first novel so much electricity. This is a worth the time invested kind of read that may very well turn you into an insomniac, much like Autumn, if for no other reason than you will not be able to stop reading.
I know I could not stop, and I am already missing Autumn quite a lot.
(reviewed long after purchase)
on Aug. 15, 2012 :
A.C. Dillon was kind enough to give me a copy of Change of Season. I loved it so much that I bought a copy for a friend.
The creepy cool tone that is present throughout the novel not only had me devouring the book, but made sure that I only read while the sun was out. If a suspense book is creepy enough that I don't want to read it at night, the author is definitely doing something right.
I alternately wanted to hug and shake some sense into Autumn, the story's heroine. Autumn is a very cool girl - she loves pop culture and Canadian music. She leaps off the page as someone that I would have loved to hung out with when I was a teenager, but probably wouldn't have been cool enough to keep up with her.
Autumn has more than her fair share of problems. She has a truly psychotic ex-boyfriend who is stalking her and the boarding school she fled to may not be the safe haven she was hoping for. Autumn has the great bad luck to be a doppelganger to several young women who have died or gone missing from Casteel Prep.
Fortunately for Autumn, she falls into a reluctant friendship with Veronica and later, Andy. Armed with two supportive friends and an insightful therapist, Autumn must solve the mystery of the missing girls and avoid her psychotic ex, so that she can live to see the end of the school year.
Veronica and Andy are fantastic supporting characters. Veronica is vivacious, energetic, and refuses to give up on becoming Autumn's friend. She is exactly the kind of friend every girl dreams of - sweet, fun, and always ready for an adventure. Andy is much more like Autumn, solitary and suffering. Circumstance throws them together and a beautiful friendship and eventually romance builds. Just like Autumn depends on Veronica and Andy, so does the success of the story. They add fun, drama, and help Autumn make important discoveries.
I loved the quick pace of the story. I never knew what was going to happen next. Best of all, the end completely surprised me!
I would highly recommend Change of Season.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)