Serialized novels were very popular in the Victorian era, as printing techniques improved and literacy increased. Charles Dickens is generally believed to have been the first with this novel The Pickwick Papers, but he was soon followed by others such as Alexandre Dumas, Henry James and Herman Melville.
Michael Chabon's Gentlemen of the Road was serialized in The New York Times magazine in 2007, and since then many popular authors such as Stephen King (The Plant) and Michael Faber (The Crimson Petal and the White) have released novels serially online.
In this tradition, Clara Kensie is publishing her young adult novel Run to You., Parts I, II and III are being released this month, and Parts IV,V and VI will be available in June.
Sixteen-year-old Tessa Carson and her family have been on the run since she was eight-years-old and a man named Dennis Connelly attempted to kidnap her. Her parents, her sister Jillian, and her brother Logan are all psychically gifted. Tessa is the only "normal" one, but she feels abnormal. The family changes their names and move regularly, whenever her father senses with his "mobile eye" that Connelly is nearby.
When they arrive in the fictional Chicago suburb of Twelve Lakes, Tessa (now known as Sarah Spencer) prepares to continue her attempt to be "invisible" as she has been in all her previous schools. She doesn't join clubs or make friends, just makes average grades and tries very hard not to be noticed.
But this hope is foiled almost as soon as they arrive. Tessa goes for a run and literally runs into a guy named Tristan, who it turns out, goes to her school. He's a year ahead of her, but instead of being interested in her sister Jillian as most boys are, he focuses on Tessa.
Soon, Tessa finds herself falling for Tristan, and discovers that it's really hard to keep secrets from someone she cares about. Maybe she could just tell him her real name...
Each of the first three parts is the length of a novella, so they take very little time to read, and are very reasonably priced. This is a good thing, because the story is extremely gripping; as soon as you finish Part I, you'll want to download the next, and the next.
Unfortunately, at this point you'll feel like you're waiting for the release of the next Hobbit movie. Luckily, though, you'll only have to wait till June 2014 for the remainder of Run to You.
Clara Kensie grew up near Chicago, reading every book she could find and using her diary to write stories about a girl with psychic powers who solved mysteries. She purposely did not hide her diary, hoping someone would read it and assume she was writing about herself. Since then, she's swapped her diary for a computer and admits her characters are fictional, but otherwise she hasn't changed one bit.