With Halloween just around the corner, we have a special treat for all of you (since we're not really tricksters around here...or are we?). Today we have a very special playlist for Trisha Leaver's YA Psychological Horror, CREED, releasing November 8th, 2014! Without further ado, I'll Trisha to tell you more!
CREED is the story of tree teens—Dee, Luke, and Mike—who accidentally find themselves stranded in town run by charismatic leader, Elijah Hawkins. It chronicles their three day long struggle to free themselves, not only physically but mentally, from Elijah’s control. The playlist below speaks to the desperation, fear, and hope that kept them alive, fighting for a way out as opposed to blindly accepting their fate.
The “official” Creed Blurb:
Three of us went in
Three of us came out
None of us a shadow of who we once were.
When their car breaks down in the middle of nowhere, Dee, her boyfriend Luke, and Luke’s brother, Mike, seek help in the nearby town of Purity Springs. But as they walk the vacant streets, the teens make some disturbing discoveries. The seemingly deserted homes each contain a sinister book with violent instructions on disciplining children. The graveyard is full of unmarked crosses. Worst of all, there’s no way to contact the outside world.
When Purity Springs’ inhabitants suddenly appear, Dee, Luke, and Mike find themselves at the mercy of Elijah Hawkins, the town’s charismatic leader who has his own plans for the three of them. Their only hope for survival is Elijah’s enigmatic son, Joseph. And his game may be just as deadly as his father’s . . .
Black Roses – Clare Bowen This is Joseph’s and Dee’s song. It speaks to broken promises and hollow words. It is dark and desperate and reflects to the anger Dee will carry around with her for the rest of her life.
Don’t Give Up – Peter Gabriel In way, this song represents Dee’s entire life. The internal demons that she can never seem to escape and her daily struggle to overcome her past and gain control of her future.
Make This Place Your Home – Phillip Phillips. “Settle down and it will all become clear.” This one line encapsulates Elijah Hawkins relationship with Dee. The idea that he knows what’s best and that he, singlehandedly, is capable of erasing her past.
Skyfall – Adele Luke and Dee’s relationship was one of the main focal points of this book. It’s what keeps Dee sane while simultaneously destroying any sense of peace and security she's managed to achieve. This song…this line: “Where you go I go? I know I’d never be me without the security of your loving arms” defines them in every possible way.
Fix you – Coldplay Ahh … this song. So perfect on so many levels. When I would get stuck in a scene or couldn't quite nail down the right emotions, I would play this song on repeat. The idea of lights guiding you home, of loving someone then having it got waste… it’s all just so perfect.
Song for Someone – U2 Dee’s song…Dee’s mantra. Her desire, her need to scream her story from the hills while knowing no one will hear her, no one will believe her.
Jar of Hearts – Christina Perri To me, this song represents Dee going forward, what happens the next day and the day after that. The way Dee now approaches life, the way she feels about Elijah Hawkins and his son, Joseph. She may be a shadow of who she once was, but in the end she won…beat them at their own game.
Trisha Leaver is the co-author of the YA, Psychological Horror, CREED, releasing November 8th, 2014 with Flux/ Llewellyn. Her solo YA Contemporary, THE SECRETS WE KEEP, release April 28, 2015 with FSG/ Macmillan. Find out more at: