• Crooked Kingdom

    I've been waiting anxiously for this book since last year, and I have to say it didn't disappoint!

    There's more of that sneaky, cunning deception upon deception as engineered by Kaz (or should I say the author?), and I enjoyed being twisted and turned, my mind having to scramble to realize that a different facet of the situation is now being presented. There's also more of that surprising humor as evidenced by the things Nina and Kaz said, and I find myself laughing out loud on more than one occasion. Here is also where we see each person even clearer, how their pasts shaped them to become what we read about on the page, for example, Kaz and Inej yearning for the other so deeply, yet so traumatized by having another person touch them intimately. I like how the author made them take baby steps toward healing, because such trauma would surely take time and love to heal.

    Also, the author made me cry on more than one occasion, but none so much than chapters 39 and 40, so maybe you'd want to have tissues ready. (I won't spoil it for you.) I don't know why things happened the way they did--it was so out of the blue and so...illogical (I would say), but hate is not logical, is it? And perhaps the author is illustrating how our actions would ricochet to affect us later on. Cause and effect. Karma? Maybe, maybe not.

    I love the cameo roles played by the Ravkan delegation, although I didn't know them, having never read The Grisha Trilogy, and though I know this is a duology, I hope there would be more stories about them--Kaz, Inej, Nina, everyone. I mean, there's a sort of closure by the end of 500 or so pages, but it feels like it's the beginning of something else, and I wouldn't mind being there for the journey.

    Compelling and page-turning, this is a must read for those who've read the previous book, Six of Crows, and fans of The Grisha Trilogy. It's a long story (see above 500 or so pages), but there's never a dull moment. While you can definitely start with this book, but the adventure began in Six of Crows, so please do yourself a favor and start there.
  • Allusive Aftershock

    I was intrigued by the synopsis, however the story wasn't as appealing as the synopsis. Court was absolutely adorable and you root for him to get the girl in the end, but Adela will drive you crazy in the beginning. Adela has her head on straight, except when it comes to Max who is really all about himself. Max has the capability to irritate you to no end. The romance between Court and Adela was very sweet, but the ending seemed a bit rushed. Overall, not a bad book, but not the best book you've ever read either.
  • Starr Fall

    Abandon whatever you are doing and read this book! Imagine being an exemplary student there ever was. You have your life planned out to the minute. You take a placement test for what you assume is a summer internship, only to find out it's a secret organization and they want you to be an assassin. If you can imagine this, you've just met Starr! Starr shows you how much your life can change if just let go a bit! She would make a kick ass assassin... if only she wanted to be one! To help her escape from this is Christian. I need more Christian in my life! Tall, dark, handsome and mysterious! While he seems like he's uptight in the beginning, when he comes to the rescue of Starr you really get to see him. He's sweet, sensitive, understanding, and above all an absolute gentleman.

    This book is targeted for a much younger audience than me (my age is not important... hahaha), but I truly enjoyed it. It's such a quick paced book. you could easily read five or six chapters without realizing how much time has passed! The ending left me wanting more! I NEED TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENS NEXT! Book 2 of this series needs to come to come out tomorrow!

REVIEW BY Ashia   

A Kiss in the Dark

by Gina Ciocca
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"Enjoyable, feel-good read"

I was fascinated and intrigued by the blurb of the story. Our heroine gets a kiss in the dark--and it was sweet and tender and urgent and desperate--but who is it from? Therein lies the mystery. Is it from Noah Granger, attractive football player, or Joel Hargrove, former crush and all the past history she had with him. Or Ben Collins, former friend on whom her former best friend Meredith Kopola had a thing for?

We spent the entire book untangling the mystery of the past as we vacillate between what's happened in Junior Year (past) and what's happening in Senior Year (present). I really can't say much as I don't want to spoil the story for you, but I have to say that our heroine is so clueless. Well, you tend to be that way when you're hung up on something, and while she may have made some wrong decisions in Junior Year, they were logical and totally in line with her emotional state then.

I have to say I knew who she'd end up with by 40% of the book, but I couldn't have guessed at rest of the mystery. I wish there were more scenes of her and this guy during Senior Year to give credence to their feelings--Hey, a year had passed since then. So many things could've happened. In fact, I wouldn't have objected to more scenes, but at the same time, I thought their last scene together was romantic, especially when you considered all the things he did for her and what he wrote on the back of the picture.

Another thing: I find it a bit weird that other people would know the truth, while Macy, who's at the center of things, would be left in the dark. Perhaps that's the theme of the story, in which case, the title is especially apt, because it's not only the kiss that she received in the dark, but she's in the dark the entire time.

Some issues were also raised and I thought the author handled them well, especially with regard to the different ways people--even those closest to us--would react when faced with such news.

A KISS IN THE DARK is an enjoyable, feel-good read fans of YA contemporary romance would enjoy.


REVIEW BY Ashia   

More Than We Can Tell

by Brigid Kemmerer
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"Compelling and heartbreaking"

MORE THAN WE CAN TELL is a bit different from its companion book, Letters to the Lost, but the themes the author explores here are every bit as heavy and serious. This is not a light read, and it's every bit as compelling and heartbreaking as the previous book.

Rev Fletcher has a tragic past, and I read about the things done to him in horror. I don't doubt that such things do happen, and it's heartbreaking, especially when it happens to kids who are vulnerable and innocent. You can understand his scars and the fears that still haunt him, how they drive his actions. But I'm glad he has such supportive and understanding adoptive parents, and they're the reasons he turned out to be a decent young man.

Emma Blue is one of the reasons I was attracted to his story. She's a gamer and developer of this RPG game. I love geeks and gaming and I couldn't resist. The author also took this opportunity to highlight the challenges facing women in this male-dominated industry (computers and tech and gaming). While I appreciate Emma's independence, I grew frustrated with her when she wouldn't even accept Rev's help and I don't know what her problem was when it's obvious the situation is beyond her control. Her reactions whenever Nightmare sent her a message is a bit over the top (slamming laptops shut, etc) though understandable, and I would've thought she'd appreciate and want Rev's help. She seems adamant about not accepting help though, either from her parents or Rev or any authority figure with the mess she'd found herself in, and I'm baffled as to why. So I find her character a bit contradictory.

Readers who've loved Letters to the Lost will be happy to know Declan had a bit of a cameo here and we're also given insights into what happened after the end of the previous book. Of course, he and Juliet got together, but there's something else about his personal life, some closure to his situation.

Though the story is told from the first person POV, the points of view alternates between Emma and Rev, for which I'm grateful because I feel this gives a story depth than if the story were just seen from one person's POV.

I can't end this review without mentioning Matthew and the friendship between the boys. I think it was heartwarming, the way it went down between them, especially with Rev.

Also, this book drives home the point that things aren't what they seem, especially over the Internet and the dangers inherent in using this medium to unsuspecting people--both adults and kids--without giving a lecture about it. Highly recommended.


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REVIEW BY Ashia   

The Heartbreak Cure

by Amanda Ashby
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"Worth a read!"

The Heartbreak Cure is sweet young adult contemporary romance of friends becoming lovers. I love Cat's faith in Alex; she never wavered even when he doubted himself. He had a tough life and he'd been doing all he can to turn his life around. I love that he had a great support system in his grandmother and Cat and Joe (his boss and landlord). He was also flexible enough to change his concepts when he needed to. Sometimes, all someone needs is a break, and I wish the world were open-minded and generous enough to give these breaks to people who need them. Sometimes, life isn't fair, and when that happens, how does one go forward? Fortunately, that didn't happen to Alex.

Cat is a great friend. She's also quite perceptive in the way she sees through Alex's façade to the person beneath. But perhaps that's because she knew Alex from when they were both younger. I love that she's loyal even in the face of adversity, and that she's willing to stand by her friend. I absolutely love the angst in this story, because Cat needed a fake boyfriend and she latched onto Alex to help her, but what she didn't know is that Alex has had a crush on her for a long time! And because he didn't feel himself worthy of her, so he kept his feelings to himself and swore not to get involved with her for real.

There's also a wonderful message here about believing in yourself, but it also helps of course for someone to believe in you. Also, opportunities abound; it may not be what you want, but it's best to open your eyes to see what you can actually attain. And sometimes, a stepping stone may be what you need for the meantime to get to where you envision yourself ultimately to be.

The Heartbreak Cure is a very enjoyable read; well worth the time spent reading it!


REVIEW BY Ashia   

An Enchantment of Ravens

by Margaret Rogerson
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"Absolute page turner!"

Wow! An Enchantment of Ravens is an amazing book with a most fascinating story to tell. Young readers and adults alike will be enchanted as the author sweeps them along into her world of the fair ones. She builds upon the original material available about the fairy, added a twist here and there and made the new resulting mythology her own. Take note though that her fairies are not those cute, cuddly, little winged creatures. I'll leave you to discover what they're like. I was both fascinated and repulsed by the description of the fae (though truly, I should've known, because why else would they use glamor? But I hadn't really thought about it) and I couldn't help but think that it doesn't bode well for our intrepid heroine.

Yet, at the same time, I was rooting for her and Rook, the autumn prince. He was different from the others (or, the heroine seems to think so) and I couldn't help but wish they'd get their HEA. However, the obstacles they're facing appears insurmountable, not least of which was the difference in their races--he a fae and she a mortal. Is an HEA in the offing or not? You'll have to read to find out.

The worldbuilding was incredible. Get this--our heroine lives in Whimsy, a place of eternal summer, a place where the fae can go to indulge their desire and craving for Craft. What is Craft? Craft is anything humans can do and the fair ones can't, like cooking, writing or painting. Isabel, the heroine, is a portrait painter, and her services are much sought after, being a master of her Craft at such a young age. Then there's the fae world and--well, I'll leave you to discover the rest.

One thing though that I can't understand (maybe I missed it or it wasn't explained properly) was how and why the Alder King became such.

That said, I couldn't turn the pages fast enough. Definitely a pageturner! Get this or you'll regret it. The story is complete in itself (I'm glad there's no cliffhanger!) and I'd love to hear more of their adventures in a sequel, if there is one.


REVIEW BY Shakera Blakney   

Four Times Broken

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"Four Times Broken"

When I requested this book, I had high hopes. The synopsis completely grabbed me. However, the execution was lacking, which is disappointing because this is one of my favorite genres. I found myself taking breaks from this story, wondering if I would add this to my DNF list (which is a pretty small list). I couldn't bring myself to care what happened to the characters, whether good or bad. I could not make myself become invested in the characters or the plot. The dialogue was a bit stilted so it didn't quite flow. "Four Times Broken" has potential to be better, but for me it fell flat.


REVIEW BY Ashia   

The Ugly Stepsister Strikes Back

by Sariah Wilson
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"Absolute page turner!"

This book is amazing! I love The Ugly Stepsister Strikes Back because it's funny and it has so much heart! I love the way Sariah Wilson turns the fairy tale on its head and made this story her own. We gain so much insight into Ella (why she loves to clean) and we even see her playing Fairy Godmother. Instead of the evil stepmother, we have an evil mother and a loving stepfather. But most of all, this is the story of the ugly stepsister, who's not really ugly (inside and out) and is maybe ugly only because she thought herself so.

I love Mattie's voice as the narrator; her personality really shines through. She's snarky but not too much, just enough to be witty and to win this reader's heart. I love how strong she is, how she held on to her integrity when asked to do something she knew to be wrong or against her principles. She had her moments of doubts, true, but in the end, she couldn't not be true to herself. Her insecurities stem from her mother's abandonment, and I love her growth throughout the story (Ella helped, of course), the realization that she shouldn't look at herself from other people's eyes, but through her own. There's romance, sure. After all, Jake Kingston was also the catalyst for Mattie running for senior class president and other changes, but in the end, this story is about Mattie's growth and her changing relationships with her mother, stepsister and Jake.

I absolutely love the bonus content, too, where we see several events from Jake's point of view! I love how this gave the story even more depth, but we don't need to read a scene-by-scene from Jake's POV, only the important parts, which is the best. And the first two lines? Huge squee!

This is by far the best fairy tale retelling I've ever read of Cinderella's story, and it's not even about Cinderella. And there's a sequel. I Can. Not. Wait. Bring it on!


REVIEW BY Shakera Blakney   

"Great start to a series!"

This was an interesting story of a young girl, who is an angel that has berm separated from her light. The current users intend to use her for nefarious purposes and Roxie has to get her light back! It's essential that she gets it back and she has friends who are going to help her do just that! I enjoyed this story so much!I have to know what happens next! I can't believe I didn't know about this series sooner!


REVIEW BY Ashia   

Love, Life and the List

by Kasie West
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"Very enjoyable!"

Kasie West is on my auto-read list, although after her last two releases, I'd almost given up on reading a book from her that I truly loved (The one I love best was P.S. I Like You). However, I'm happy that I gave this book a chance! I really enjoyed reading Love, Life and the List. It's more than a young adult romance; it's about Abby's growth as she navigates through life, things she realizes about herself, her relationships with the people around her and the pain of growing up.

When Abby was rejected to display her art at the museum and was told she needed heart and depth, she decided to have more life experiences, believing this would help her growth. For this, she started a list of traits she wished to acquire, traits espoused by the people around her. I was inspired! I thought it's an amazing idea, and I wanted to have my own Heart List. As for Abby, I really do think she grew as she went through her list; it forces her to become more aware of other people, like the Tree Guy, and to go out of her comfort zone to experience life.

I love Abby's relationship with her Dad, who's the best email writer in the world. I thought it's great she has a supportive dad, that even though he's always so far away, he makes time for her whenever he could. Her Grandpa is just wonderful too; he's basically the stable male influence in her life, and it's funny how they're so alike in their love for sarcasm. Abby's relationship with her Mom is a bit trickier, but then, I think our relationships with our moms are all like that. Added to which, Abby's mom suffered from some mental illness, and I like how the author treated it with respect, like the way Abby and her family didn't discount it (as so many do) but did their best to help. My psychology professor used to say there's no such thing as normal, only degrees of abnormality. So…

Another thing I like is Abby's friendship with Lacey. Part of growing up, as I mentioned earlier, is to experience new things, and this includes making new friends. You can't have too many friends! Though of course, it's always best to choose friends with care. Good for Abby that her friendship with Lacey gave her the emotional support just when she needed it most. This brought me back to my own high school days…which is a trip best made alone. :)

Lastly, I love Abby's friendship with Cooper. From their every scene, you can see that they're truly best friends, the kind that knew each other soul-deep. However, Abby is also in love with Cooper and had even told him about this last summer, only to have her brush it off to save face when she realized Cooper didn't return her feelings. So this summer is all about Abby trying to get over Cooper, while said boy is chasing another girl and even matchmaking Abby with another boy called Elliot. I have to admit that by 50% of the book, I was so frustrated with Cooper that I want Abby to end up with Elliot. (He's a nice guy. Mom and Grandpa approved.) I thought this part of the plot (Will she or won't she? With Cooper, I mean) just dragged on and on and on… If some scenes were cut, I think this book would've been a lot better.

Abby's voice as a narrator is engaging and makes for easy reading, and it was really interesting to learn about painting and her struggles as an artist.

Overall, Love, Life, and the List is a very enjoyable read, and I'm sure lots of young adults would find themselves relating with Abby. As for the adults, it's a great catalyst for a trip down memory lane.


REVIEW BY Shakera Blakney   

Allusive Aftershock

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"Slightly Intriguing"

I was intrigued by the synopsis, however the story wasn't as appealing as the synopsis. Court was absolutely adorable and you root for him to get the girl in the end, but Adela will drive you crazy in the beginning. Adela has her head on straight, except when it comes to Max who is really all about himself. Max has the capability to irritate you to no end. The romance between Court and Adela was very sweet, but the ending seemed a bit rushed. Overall, not a bad book, but not the best book you've ever read either.


REVIEW BY Ashia   

Lucky in Love

by Kasie West
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"Well-written prose, adorable characters, and believable conflict"

Any Kasie West story is a good story, with well-written prose, adorable characters, and believable conflict. Topics of racism and prejudice were raised as a side note (the hero Seth is Vietnamese), but nothing really happened in that context.

While the story deals with Maddie's winning the lottery and the resulting consequences of her actions realistically, this just isn't my cup of tea. That said, LUCKY IN LOVE is still a great read.


REVIEW BY Ashia   

Just One of the Boys

by Leah and Kate Rooper
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"Surpassed expectations and more!"

It's no secret (in my family, anyway) that I love the movie, She's the Man, which is sort of based on Twelfth Night, one of Shakespeare's Plays. When I read the blurb for JUST ONE OF THE BOYS, which is kinda like the plot of She's the Man, naturally I just have to read it, and I'm happy to inform that it surpassed my expectations and more.

I love retellings, but there's nothing I hate more than retellings that faithfully follow the original such that I can predict/know exactly what's going to happen next. I mean, flesh it out, deviate a little, stamp your own mark!

With JUST ONE OF THE BOYS, when I first started reading, especially when Alice masquerades as her brother, I have to admit I was imagining Viola (Amanda Bynes) saying those lines, doing those actions, etc especially that first scene in the locker room. But soon after, miracle of miracles, Viola "turned" into Al/Alice, the story was taking me places I'd never gone before, and making me excited to know what's going to happen to Al/Alice and Hayden. I love how the authors made this story their own; their characters were fleshed-out, three-dimensional individuals with their own goals and motivations. I love how Al and Hayden became very good friends, and the time apart as Hayden dealt with the fact that Al is really Alice was believable. I couldn't stop reading, couldn't stop until I reached the last page with a satisfied sigh.

If you love hockey and romantic comedies and best friends becoming more, you definitely shouldn't miss this!


REVIEW BY Silver   

The Impossible Vastness of Us

by Samantha Young
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"Hooked me in from the first page!"

The Impossible Vastness of Us is a beautiful, heartfelt and deeply emotional book. The author hooked me in from the first page and didn't let go until the last. (And maybe not even then.) I almost didn't pick up this book; so glad that I did! I can't put this book down!

Characters:

The characters here complex, with layers upon layers to them. Sooo many secrets! I absolutely adored India. She's strong, so humanly flawed and relatable. I know how it feels to be uprooted and dumped smack dab in a new school where you don't know anybody. Add in a stepsister who doesn't really like her, and let's not forget Finn (swoon), and India has her work cut out for her. I was rooting for her all the way.

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Another thing I like about this book (and really, most YA books) is that aside from romantic love, there are usually themes of family and friendship.

Overall:

Definitely, read it!


REVIEW BY Ashia   

Coming Up for Air

by Miranda Kenneally
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"Worth a read!"

Reading COMING UP FOR AIR gives me mixed feelings, which I'll detail for you later. Overall, it's a breath of fresh air (hah!) that discusses a subject most books shy away from or skirts around the edges: sex. We adults, especially the parents, might not agree at the existence of such a book, but I think teens need to read something like this. Sure, it discusses hookups and its prevalence in society (especially colleges and maybe the older teens in high school, especially athletes) and how it impacts the teens and young adults, but at the same time, through the characters' realizations, they realize that hookups are meaningless, and at the end of it, sex is meaningful because it's with someone you care about. (Okay, that's my take away from the book, don't beat me if you don't agree).

That said, I think this book is suited only for older teens and beyond.

Maggie, the heroine, is feeling left out, because she hasn't had a relationship and hasn't made out with a guy because all her time is packed with swimming and eating and homework (okay, I added the last one), while all her three friends have had hookups or relationships (or trying to have one). So, she wants to have some experience before college. She wants to make out with a guy! And she targeted best friend Levi for that. In time, she realizes that everyone develops at his/her own pace, and that life experiences come when you're ready for it. I think that's a great message for teens today, who feel the pressure from their friends, etc.

Okay, the mixed feelings. While I think this book is good for older teens to read, I am not so comfortable with reading about heavy teenage make out sessions. There's nothing crass here; the action is not detailed nor are explicit words used, but they still make me uneasy. So, maybe adults shouldn't read this?

Also, there's not much conflict/tension here. Or maybe I just can't relate to teenage situations anymore.

Overall, I think it's worth a read by older teens.


REVIEW BY cutetechie   

Holding Up the Universe

by Jennifer Niven
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"Very enjoyable read with a sweet love story!"

I have to admit, I was a bit irritated by the slow unfolding of the events. It's taking too long a time for Libby and Jack to meet. At least for me. And all the backstory interspersed between the present scenes...I felt that it slows down the story.

However, I admire Libby. She's plus-size, and while the media and her classmates ridicule her for her weight, I thought she's accepting of her body and she didn't let it stop her from doing anything or going after what she wanted. Sure, she also has fears about her weight and how her classmates would see her, and in that, she's very relatable. But at the end of it, I thought Libby has a great sense of self-worth. While Libby's weight and body size is a common problem girls faced in this thin-obsessed society, Jack's situation is more rare. It's the first I'd heard of someone not being able to recognize faces that excessively. I really feel for him and for all the misunderstandings that arise because of his problem.

Yet, these two people's paths intertwined and they became unlikely friends and more. I love their interactions, and I thought both these characters grew over the course of the book.

Definitely a very enjoyable read with a sweet love story!


REVIEW BY Chloe   

Caraval

by Stephanie Garber
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"Enchanting and Totally Satisfying"

Caraval swept me away to this exotic, wonderful setting that is the circus. There's not a lot of books with the circus as the setting, yet I remember going to circuses as a kid, and this made me very excited to pick this book up.

It more than lives up to expectations! It's magical, captivating; seriously, I love it so much I don't want to put the book down! I can't wait for the next book.

Oh wait, my review isn't done yet.

I absolutely adore Scarlett and Julian. Scarlett is relatable, especially with her doubts and insecurities, because when have we not experience those ourselves? Yet, what makes her admirable is her conscious will to be brave, to do what needs to be done. I also love her relationship with her sister Tella, especially as I don't have a sister. Reading this makes me wish I had badgered my parents for a sister when I was younger! (too late now) And Julian? Swoon, swoon. 'Nuff said.

The world of Caraval is amazing, luring me in and making me want to stay longer. Love the magical elements especially, and I hope we get to see more of the world in the next books. But my absolute love are the twists and turns in this book. I love authors who can surprise me with things I should've seen coming but didn't. Can't wait to experience more of that in the next books! (I hope.)


How to Keep a Boy from Kissing You
Sweet sixteen and never been kissed—and that’s the way Aurora Skye wants it to be. She’s too busy finding guys for her two best friends, counseling her sensitive New Age dad (the NAD), and dealing with the unexpected return of her long-absent mom.

But always in the background there’s Hayden Paris, the boy next door, the bane of Aurora’s existence. Smart, funny, and always around to see her at her worst, he ‘gets’ her like no-one else... and that’s what makes him so infuriating.

When Aurora and Hayden are coerced into the lead roles in the school production of Much Ado About Nothing, things can only get worse. How is Aurora going to save her first kiss for the secret admirer who wooed her with poetry and a spectacular bunch of flowers on Valentine’s Day if she doesn’t know who he is and she’s obligated to lock lips with Hayden in the play’s final dramatic clinch?

From talented debut YA author Tara Eglington, How to Keep a Boy from Kissing You is a page-turning, funny and delicious romp of a book.

The Starlight Chronicles Boxed Set
Lark Singer is seventeen years old and already on the way to a brilliant music career. But as she and her band, Starlight, gear up for a competition, life seems to be throwing her a few curve balls. The mysteries of her past seem to be unraveling, and she’s no longer certain she wants to know those answers or how knowing about her past will affect her difficult relationship with her mother. And when her best friend, Bean, changes things between them, all her plans for a musical future are placed in jeopardy. How can she balance her complicated personal life to keep her musical goals on track?

BOX SET CONTAINS ALL THREE BOOKS IN THE STARLIGHT SERIES:
Gideon Lee
Lark Singer
Starlight

The Volk Advent
An orphaned Siberian teen loses her job and home on Christmas Eve. Left on the streets to freeze, Faina flees to an abandoned castle for shelter. At the castle, she discovers the animal-torn body of a local recluse. No wonder Eurasian wolves are not recommended for the first-time pet owner. Can a girl with no past, preserve her future from accusations of murderer and a pack of escaped wolves?

Magnetic Shift
PIT PASS TO DISASTER

The ability to magnetize and manipulate metal with the flick of her wrist makes seventeen-year-old Lexi Adams a crack mechanic, but it’s a disaster in the making when her stepdad trades her skills to NASCAR team owner Dean Grant for an entire season’s worth of sponsorship ads.

Now Lexi has no other choice but to suck it up and hope she can keep her magnetic impulses under control—that is, until she runs into NASCAR’s hot new rookie, Colton Tayler.

When Carl Stacy, the ruthless team owner of the defending Cup Champion, discovers Lexi’s secret and plots to use it to ruin Dean’s race team for good, Lexi must either expose her ability to save Colton, risking Dean’s career and her own freedom in the process, or watch the only guy she’s ever fallen for race to his death.

Holding Up the Universe
Everyone thinks they know Libby Strout, the girl once dubbed “America’s Fattest Teen.” But no one’s taken the time to look past her weight to get to know who she really is. Following her mom’s death, she’s been picking up the pieces in the privacy of her home, dealing with her heartbroken father and her own grief. Now, Libby’s ready: for high school, for new friends, for love, and for EVERY POSSIBILITY LIFE HAS TO OFFER. In that moment, I know the part I want to play here at MVB High. I want to be the girl who can do anything.

Everyone thinks they know Jack Masselin, too. Yes, he’s got swagger, but he’s also mastered the impossible art of giving people what they want, of fitting in. What no one knows is that Jack has a newly acquired secret: he can’t recognize faces. Even his own brothers are strangers to him. He’s the guy who can re-engineer and rebuild anything in new and bad-ass ways, but he can’t understand what’s going on with the inner workings of his brain. So he tells himself to play it cool: Be charming. Be hilarious. Don’t get too close to anyone.

Until he meets Libby. When the two get tangled up in a cruel high school game—which lands them in group counseling and community service—Libby and Jack are both pissed, and then surprised. Because the more time they spend together, the less alone they feel. . . . Because sometimes when you meet someone, it changes the world, theirs and yours.

Jennifer Niven delivers another poignant, exhilarating love story about finding that person who sees you for who you are—and seeing them right back.

Fire And Ice
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Adventure wasn’t something Lorelei Alundra was interested in. Gifted with two other-worldly talents for singing and healing, she’s always shied away from her gifts and the spotlight, preferring quiet anonymity, over attention and fame. But when she meets the enigmatic Adrius, with his dark and dangerous mystique and eyes that could see into her soul, her uneventful life becomes irrevocably altered.

Adrius turns up in every one of her classes and knows more about her than any newcomer should. Including the condition of her mother who is suffering from a mysterious illness. Accepting his offer to help leads her into a terrifying and thrilling world, where Elves are even hotter than Legolas, and Faeries.... are nothing like Tinkerbell. The two magical beings are fire and ice opposites. One Lorelei can’t help falling for, and the other she's compelled to be with.

Now she’s trapped, expected to prevent a war between witches and faeries, or forfeit her mother’s life. Nothing is what it seems. Not her family. Not the Fey. Not even Adrius, whose feelings for her balance precariously between desire and danger. Despite her better judgment, she can’t say away from him.
As secrets unravel and unsettling truths are revealed, Lorelei must fight to save much more than her mother’s life. One mistake could put the fate of his world, and her soul in jeopardy.

But hey, no pressure… right.

Sunset Rising
Born a slave inside a secret government biodome, Sunny O’Donnell becomes the victim in a political plot that sparks a rebellion. Accused of treason and facing execution, she escapes with Jack Kenner, a man she considers an enemy, and discovers she not only has to work with him to survive, but also lead the revolution.

Readers Favorite 2015 Gold Book Award Winner

“…a heart stopping ride until the very end. Romance, intrigue, and action all come together beautifully here to create an experience that will leave anyone asking for more.” – Readers Favorite

“The ease and imagery of S.M. McEachern's writing style is so captivating you are truly sucked into the story. This book has it all....love story, good vs evil, drama, suspense......definitely a book you can't put down!” – Midwest Book Review

Four Times Broken
Tracey Warren has her last year of high school mapped out--stay focused, graduate in a few months, and get the hell out of Bennington, Virginia. Everything is working out in her favor. Life has finally started to level out, until a car accident sends her plans spiraling out of her control.

Her pedestrian reality crashes around her after an innocuous encounter with a diabolically handsome stranger. Nathan Newcomb has her head and her world altering minute by minute. Soon, she discovers the only cure for the uneasy feelings and abrasive pain is Nathan himself. A man whose very existence balances between violent chaos and rigidly controlled dangers.

Nathan knows the life of a woman mated to a Burdened Sephlem is destined for peril beyond a human’s reckoning, that he’ll be required to literally hand over his heart to her. But Tracey calls to his desire to experience love in spite of the hazards. And Nathan’s impossibly potent magnetism draws Tracey into a bonding that will put her in mortal danger again and again.

Once the pair becomes one, the threat escalates and nowhere is safe. There are enemies that lurk behind every corner. But the greatest danger may be in the bloodlines that course through Nathan’s veins.

Can their love survive or will their burdened souls surrender and fade away?

The Secret of a Heart Note
From critically acclaimed author Stacey Lee, an evocative novel about a teen aroma-expert who uses her extrasensitive sense of smell to help others fall in love—while protecting her own heart at all costs—perfect for fans of Lauren Myracle and E. Lockhart.

Sometimes love is right under your nose. As one of only two aromateurs left on the planet, sixteen-year-old Mimosa knows what her future holds: a lifetime of weeding, mixing love elixirs, and matchmaking—all while remaining incurably alone. For Mim, the rules are clear: falling in love would render her nose useless, taking away her one great talent. Still, Mimosa doesn’t want to spend her life elbow-deep in soil and begonias. She dreams of a normal high school experience with friends, sports practices, debate club, and even a boyfriend. But when she accidentally gives an elixir to the wrong woman and has to rely on the lovesick woman’s son, the school soccer star, to help fix the situation, Mim quickly begins to realize that falling in love isn’t always a choice you can make.

At once hopeful, funny, and romantic, Stacey Lee’s The Secret of a Heart Note is a richly evocative coming-of-age story that gives a fresh perspective on falling in love and finding one’s place in the world.

The Dark Hour
Becca Simpson is a not so average teenager, and she knows it. In fact, she embraces it. She was chosen to be a Keeper, one who keeps the gates sealed between the magic world and the "normal" world. The only time she isn't safe from the dark creatures of the Other Side is the Dark Hour. Every night, at the same time, the gates between the two worlds open and Becca is left vulnerable until the gate closes and the minions disappear. But that's why she has Erik Manchester. As her Guardian, Erik is in charge of making sure no one, or no thing, comes after her to take her away. Because waiting for her on the Other Side is a tyrannical emperor, looking to use her status to meld the two worlds into one.

With Erik, Becca feels safe, but suffocated. There are rules she has to follow in order to keep out of the hands of the emperor. Then Kyne walks into her life and challenges everything she knows. Not only does he know things about the Other Side, but he's from there. And found a way to stay in the normal world without frying.

Refuge for Masterminds: A Stranje House Novel
It’s 1814. Napoleon has escaped his imprisonment on Elba. Britain is at war on four fronts. And at Stranje House, a School for Unusual Girls, five young ladies are secretly being trained for a world of spies, diplomacy, and war….

Napoleon’s invasion of England is underway and someone at Stranje House is sneaking information to his spies. Lady Jane Moore is determined to find out who it is. If anyone can discover the traitor, it is Jane—for, according to headmistress Emma Stranje, Lady Jane is a mastermind.

Jane doesn’t consider herself a mastermind. It’s just that she tends to grasp the facts of a situation quickly, and by so doing, she’s able to devise and implement a sensible course of action. Is Jane enough of a mastermind to save the brash young American inventor Alexander Sinclair, her friends at Stranje House, and possibly England itself?

Fans of genre-blending, romance, and action will love this Regency-era alternate history novel filled with spunky heroines, handsome young lords, and dastardly villains—the third in the Stranje House series. Don’t miss the first two books: A School for Unusual Girls and Exile for Dreamers.

Gemina
Moving to a space station at the edge of the galaxy was always going to be the death of Hanna’s social life. Nobody said it might actually get her killed.

The sci-fi saga that began with the breakout bestseller Illuminae continues on board the Jump Station Heimdall, where two new characters will confront the next wave of the BeiTech assault.

Hanna is the station captain’s pampered daughter; Nik the reluctant member of a notorious crime family. But while the pair are struggling with the realities of life aboard the galaxy's most boring space station, little do they know that Kady Grant and the Hypatia are headed right toward Heimdall, carrying news of the Kerenza invasion.

When an elite BeiTech strike team invades the station, Hanna and Nik are thrown together to defend their home. But alien predators are picking off the station residents one by one, and a malfunction in the station's wormhole means the space-time continuum might be ripped in two before dinner. Soon Hanna and Nik aren’t just fighting for their own survival; the fate of everyone on the Hypatia—and possibly the known universe—is in their hands.

But relax. They've totally got this. They hope.

Once again told through a compelling dossier of emails, IMs, classified files, transcripts, and schematics, Gemina raises the stakes of the Illuminae Files, hurling readers into an enthralling new story that will leave them breathless.

Shortcomings
High School is hard enough without the cold stares from classmates that remind you every day how different you are.

Our shortcomings don't define who we are, unless we let them. Cindy Johnson needs to learn that. Born with one leg shorter than the other, she has no self-esteem because of the cruel comments and cold stares she receives from her classmates. When Cory Neil, the football quarterback asks her to Homecoming, she's quite sure he's asked her on a dare and refuses. It takes more than just her mother's assurances that Cindy's beautiful before she realizes she may have made a mistake in turning him down

Fragile Hearts
Fragile Hearts is the story of twenty-one year old Morgan Weston, who is confined to a wheelchair. A car accident at the age of fourteen left her not only physically challenged, but emotionally fragile. There are mysteries to be unraveled regarding the car accident that killed her only sister and her sister's boyfriend. Because Morgan's parents love her, they are forcing her to enroll in college and live on her own for the first time.

Enter now, Tyce Brandon. Tyce has his own secrets.

Over several months, Morgan and Tyce become friends. Tyce is drawn to Morgan, but is he confusing love for pity, or even worse, guilt?

Fragile Hearts is not only a love story between a most unlikely couple, but also a coming of age story for a sheltered young woman. Will the mysteries revealed drive these young lovers apart, or is forgiveness the key to sealing a love begun in the depths of despair?

Some profanity
Sweet love scenes
1st Edition 2/3/14; 2nd Edition 4/21/16

Earth's End
A woman awoken in air, a soldier forged by fire, a weapon risen from blood.
Vhalla Yarl has made it to the warfront in the North. Forged by blood and fire, she has steeled her heart for the final battle of the Solaris Empire's conquest. The choices before Vhalla are no longer servitude or freedom, they are servitude or death. The stakes have never been higher as the Emperor maintains his iron grip on her fate, holding everything Vhalla still has left to lose in the balance.

Our Dark Duet
The sequel—and conclusion—to Victoria Schwab’s instant #1 New York Times bestseller, This Savage Song.

Kate Harker is a girl who isn’t afraid of the dark. She’s a girl who hunts monsters. And she’s good at it. August Flynn is a monster who can never be human. No matter how much he once yearned for it. He has a part to play. And he will play it, no matter the cost.

Nearly six months after Kate and August were first thrown together, the war between the monsters and the humans is a terrifying reality. In Verity, August has become the leader he never wished to be, and in Prosperity, Kate has become the ruthless hunter she knew she could be. When a new monster emerges from the shadows—one who feeds on chaos and brings out its victim’s inner demons—it lures Kate home, where she finds more than she bargained for. She’ll face a monster she thought she killed, a boy she thought she knew, and a demon all her own.

A gorgeously written dark fantasy from New York Times-bestselling author Victoria Schwab, and one to hand to fans of Holly Black, Laini Taylor, and Maggie Stiefvater.

More Than We Can Tell
Rev works hard to keep the demons of the time before his adoption at bay ... until a letter from his father after his 18th birthday brings the trauma of his childhood hurtling back.

Emma escapes real life by perfecting the online game she built from scratch. Coding is way easier than facing her parents' nasty relationship or the growing distance with her best friend ... But when an online troll's harassment starts to escalate, she fears for her safety.

When Rev and Emma meet, they're buckling under the weight of their secrets. Though both of them find it hard to put their problems into words, they connect instantly and deeply. Rev and Emma's problems might be worlds apart, but they promise to help each other no matter what.

But promises are made to be tested and some things hurt more than we can tell.

Just a Few Inches
All Carrie Roberts wants is to be a little bit smaller.

To fit into the perfect dress for the Valentine’s Day Dance. To look beautiful for her boyfriend, the school’s star basketball player. To keep his jealous ex-girlfriend, a rival cheerleader, away from him. And to be noticed by her classmates.

Exercising and dieting don’t work, but an advertisement for weight loss pills promises a quicker solution to her problem. As time runs out, she takes more than the recommended dose until she’s just a few inches slimmer. Heads turn when she arrives at the dance, and the wonderful night with her boyfriend is beyond what she dreamed it would be.

Days later, Carrie discovers that her body is changing in ways that should be impossible. While her doctor searches for a cure, she desperately turns to her friends and family for support. Everyone is noticing her now whether she likes it or not, and even the media is intrigued by her incredible story. Getting everything she once wanted has created new problems—problems that are growing more terrifying every day.

Because Carrie Roberts is shrinking.

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"Just a Few Inches" is a Young Adult novel that deals with issues of body image, self-esteem, and teenage relationships. It is intended for readers age 13 and up.

Queen of Always
If her time at court has taught Catherine anything, it's that there is no room for weakness in Imperial Russia. With the Empress' health failing and rumors of a change in the line of succession, her place in the royal line is once more in jeopardy. Tormented by her sadistic husband and his venomous mistress, Catherine must once more walk the fine line between pleasure and politics―between scandal and survival.

When her young son becomes the target of those rebelling against Peter's reign, Catherine will have to rise up to protect herself, her child, and her nation from his unstable and potentially catastrophic rule. This means putting herself at odds with the most dangerous man she's ever known, trusting those who once proved to be her enemies, and turning a nation against its sovereign. In the ultimate battle for the crown, new alliances will be forged, loyalties will be tested, and blood will be shed.

Bound by Duty
Amelia grew up in a world of half-truths. She knows she's an Elder, but has no idea what that means. Her father reminds her daily that she must maintain control, but he refuses to explain why. Even worse, she's betrothed to the prince of the Immortals and doesn't even know his name.

Finally breaking free to live a few normal years at a community college, the last thing Amelia expects is to find her best friend in a cheeky southern girl, or fall for a self-assured human who sees her for who she is, not what she will become.

As she learns more about herself, Amelia realizes the line between love and duty is a thin one. As her power continues to increase exponentially and her questions are slowly answered, Amelia must make the ultimate choice. The question is, will her head win the battle, or her heart?

Josie's Coat
A woman with shoulder bones as sharp as an eagle’s talons—bones almost protruding from her skin—opens her mouth as wide as it’ll go, impossibly wide, consuming the pill that takes both of her arms to cradle. The nourishment makes her thin stomach pop out like she’s pregnant with a child so large it’ll burst through her stomach. She swallows slowly and licks her lips. Her eyes search around hungrily for more.

That dream again.

Josie is skilled at her job as an “unfortunate” who inhabits the bodies of her clients to perform their work while they sleep, but her coworkers’ cruel jealousy over her success leads to her enslavement and the loss of her dream-worker status. A YA sci-fi reimagining of the tale of Jacob’s favorite son Joseph, his dreams, and his famous coat.

A novelette by the author of The Never Veil Series and Fall Far from the Tree.

The Perilous Journey of the Not-So-Innocuous Girl
Lady Marguerite lives a life most 17th-century French girls can only dream of: money, designer dresses, suitors, and a secure future. Except she can’t quite commit to a life of dull luxury and she suspects she may be falling for her best friend Claude, a common smithy in the family's steam forge. When Claude leaves for New France in search of a better life, Marguerite decides to follow him and test her suspicions of love—only the trip proves to be more harrowing than she anticipated. Love, adventure, and restitution await her if she can survive the voyage.

Based on the true story of The Daughters of the King, Louis the XIV’s social program to settle the wilds of Canada with women of noble birth, Marguerite’s steampunk adventure follows in the footsteps of nearly one thousand brave women and girls who were rewarded handsomely for trekking across the pirate infested Atlantic to a strange land.

"The writing is solid and the world-building – that clever combination of historical detail and Ms. Statham’s imagination – is excellent."~ The Australia Times Books

These Vicious Masks
Evelyn has no interest in marriage and even the dashing Mr. Kent can't make her want to live up to society's expectations. She'd much rather assist her beloved sister Rose in becoming the world's first female doctor. But everything changes the night she meets Sebastian Braddock – not only is the reclusive lord both vexing and surprisingly attractive, he's also quite possibly mad, and his interest in Rose is galling. So when Evelyn wakes up to discover that Rose has disappeared, she immediately suspects Sebastian.

But then she discovers that Sebastian's strange tales of special powers are actually true, and that Rose's kidnappers have worse in mind for her than simply ruining her reputation. Surrounded by secrets, lies, and unprecedented danger, Evelyn has no choice but to trust Sebastian, yet she can't help but worry that Sebastian's secrets are the most dangerous of all…

Lucky in Love
Maddie's not impulsive. She's all about hard work and planning ahead. But one night, on a whim, she buys a lottery ticket. And then, to her astonishment --

She wins!

In a flash, Maddie's life is unrecognizable. No more stressing about college scholarships. Suddenly, she's talking about renting a yacht. And being in the spotlight at school is fun... until rumors start flying, and random people ask her for loans. Now, Maddie isn't sure who she can trust.

Except for Seth Nguyen, her funny, charming coworker at the local zoo. Seth doesn't seem aware of Maddie's big news. And, for some reason, she doesn't want to tell him. But what will happen if he learns her secret?

With tons of humor and heart, Kasie West delivers a million-dollar tale of winning, losing, and falling in love.

Aisuru
“You told me before that you’d never regret meeting me. Do you still feel that way now?”

Party? Cake? Friends? No, for Sakura Takeshi, her eighteenth birthday was spent meticulously preparing for her coming death. But all of her planning didn’t include meeting the star of her late guardian’s fairy tales in her garden one night.

Now she has a handsome yokai now sharing her house and her bed, a jealous young tengu living in her cherry tree, a cheerful classmate determined to push past her walls to be her first friend, and a heart in danger of being stolen.

Sakura’s stoic acceptance of her fate is slipping, but with the end of her life rapidly approaching, is there any point in learning to live again?

Aisuru is a young adult love story with a charming prince of hero, a sweetly conflicted heroine, a sprinkling of fantasy, and a little spice to warm the heart.

The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight
Who would have guessed that four minutes could change everything?

Today should be one of the worst days of seventeen-year-old Hadley Sullivan's life. Having missed her flight, she's stuck at JFK airport and late to her father's second wedding, which is taking place in London and involves a soon-to-be stepmother Hadley's never even met. Then she meets the perfect boy in the airport's cramped waiting area. His name is Oliver, he's British, and he's sitting in her row.

A long night on the plane passes in the blink of an eye, and Hadley and Oliver lose track of each other in the airport chaos upon arrival. Can fate intervene to bring them together once more?

Quirks of timing play out in this romantic and cinematic novel about family connections, second chances, and first loves. Set over a twenty-four-hour-period, Hadley and Oliver's story will make you believe that true love finds you when you're least expecting it.

An Enchantment of Ravens
A skilled painter must stand up to the ancient power of the faerie courts—even as she falls in love with a faerie prince—in this gorgeous debut novel.

Isobel is a prodigy portrait artist with a dangerous set of clients: the sinister fair folk, immortal creatures who cannot bake bread, weave cloth, or put a pen to paper without crumbling to dust. They crave human Craft with a terrible thirst, and Isobel’s paintings are highly prized. But when she receives her first royal patron—Rook, the autumn prince—she makes a terrible mistake. She paints mortal sorrow in his eyes—a weakness that could cost him his life.

Furious and devastated, Rook spirits her away to the autumnlands to stand trial for her crime. Waylaid by the Wild Hunt’s ghostly hounds, the tainted influence of the Alder King, and hideous monsters risen from barrow mounds, Isobel and Rook depend on one another for survival. Their alliance blossoms into trust, then love—and that love violates the fair folks’ ruthless laws. Now both of their lives are forfeit, unless Isobel can use her skill as an artist to fight the fairy courts. Because secretly, her Craft represents a threat the fair folk have never faced in all the millennia of their unchanging lives: for the first time, her portraits have the power to make them feel.

Letters to the Lost
Juliet Young always writes letters to her mother, a world-traveling photojournalist. Even after her mother's death, she leaves letters at her grave. It's the only way Juliet can cope.

Declan Murphy isn't the sort of guy you want to cross. In the midst of his court-ordered community service at the local cemetery, he's trying to escape the demons of his past.

When Declan reads a haunting letter left beside a grave, he can't resist writing back. Soon, he's opening up to a perfect stranger, and their connection is immediate. But neither Declan nor Juliet knows that they're not actually strangers. When life at school interferes with their secret life of letters, sparks will fly as Juliet and Declan discover truths that might tear them apart.

Alex, Approximately
In this delightfully charming teen spin on You’ve Got Mail, the one guy Bailey Rydell can’t stand is actually the boy of her dreams—she just doesn’t know it yet.

Classic movie buff Bailey “Mink” Rydell has spent half of her junior year falling for a sensitive film geek she only knows online as “Alex.” Two coasts separate them until she moves in with her dad, who lives in the same California surfing town as her online crush.

Faced with doubts (what if he’s a creep—or worse?), Bailey doesn’t tell Alex she’s moved to his hometown. Or that she’s landed a job at the local tourist trap, the oddball Cavern Palace Museum. Or that she’s being tormented daily by Porter Roth, a smart-alecky yet irritatingly hot museum security guard. But when Porter and Bailey are locked in the museum overnight, Bailey is forced to choose whether she should cling to a dreamy fantasy in Alex or take a risk on an imperfect reality with Porter. The choice is both simpler and more complicated than she realizes, because Porter Roth is hiding a secret of his own: Porter is Alex. Approximately.

The Passage, a Dance, & a Little White Dress
It's been a week since 17-year-old Zoe Jabril found out her best friend is a Guardian Angel, her boyfriend is a Nephilim, and a fellow classmate is a Fairy. What makes Zoe so special? She’s destined to unify Enlightens to battle evil—that is, if Demons don’t kill her first.

With "Project: Enlightens Unite" underway, Zoe learns the history of the area wolf pack and realizes she's in a race against time to get her newly discovered talents under control. Despite struggling to fight a mysterious attraction to her new neighbor, rescue her boyfriend from Demons, and travel into Fairyland to convince the Summer King to join the fight, Zoe must still attend high school classes so her nosy parents don’t suspect anything is out of the ordinary before Demons can mount another attack.

Zoe will need all the help she can get, from the most unlikely of sources, if she’s to save her boyfriend's life and prevent the Devil from escaping Hell on her eighteenth birthday.

Displaced
Chevelle Donahue thought going into work would be just like any other boring day at the mall. Sure, there was her annoying co-worker Wicken Sanders, and a promotional visit from teen heartthrob Timber Hudson, to watch and keep her entertained. But who was she kidding? Working retail was lame no matter what happened.

A terrorist attack changes everything - an attack from aliens of all things. The patrons are given two options: comply or else. Complying means giving in to a new set of rules and changing her entire life. "Or else" means she has no chance of going home again.

She must figure out the truth behind why the aliens are holding everyone hostage. In doing so, she risks her chance at freedom - but by the time she learns what's really happening, she might not want it.

Rite of Rejection
Straight-laced, sixteen-year-old Rebecca can’t wait for her Acceptance. A fancy ball, eligible bachelors, and her debut as an official member of society. Instead, the Machine rejects Rebecca. Labeled as a future criminal, she’s shipped off to a life sentence in a lawless penal colony.

A life behind barbed wire fences with the world’s most dangerous people terrifies Rebecca. She reluctantly joins a band of misfit teens in a risky escape plan, complete with an accidental fiancé she’s almost certain she can learn to love.

But freedom comes with a price. To escape a doomed future and prove her innocence Rebecca must embrace the criminal within.

Soulmated
Two souls. One Fate. The power of choice.

All eighteen-year-old Liam Whelan—an Irish royal empath—wants to do is stop the frustrating search for the elusive girl destined to be his soulmate. The rare union will cement his family's standing in empath politics and give the couple legendary powers, painting a bullseye on Liam's back—and hers.

All Indian-American Laxshmi Kapadia wants is to free herself from her traditional mother's ultimatum: graduate from high school early and go to medical school, or have her marriage arranged. Neither allow her to pursue her dreams of a career in dancing or of falling in love.

When Liam moves in next door to Laxshmi, he’s immediately drawn to the purity of her emotions, and she sees in this charming Irish boy a future with the freedom to follow her heart. But Liam's father will never consent if she's not The One. And Laxshmi's mom won't even let her talk to their handsome new neighbor. But hiding their relationship can’t keep them from becoming targets of a dark and ancient group determined to destroy the soulmated.

What will these two risk to choose their own fate?

The Revenge Artist
Evelyn Hernandez is a high school junior who reads Shakespeare for fun, sews her own dresses, and keeps a sketch journal of her daily life. When Varsity quarterback Garvey Valenzuela breaks her heart, she sends him to the emergency room with a busted hand.

Add black magic to her resume...

Evelyn embarks on a dark journey of revenge when she discovers she has the power to make bad things happen by drawing them. Her emotional pain, isolation, and self-hatred lead her down a self-destructive path with dire consequences.

Stacy's Song
Stacy's talent and love for music forces her to make hard choices. Life is risky, but she must learn to make important decisions on her own. Stacy Nelson, warm-hearted with a sense of humor, is a tall, skinny teenager, sometimes called "giraffe" by other kids. She's an average student with a lot of extracurricular interests. Her good friend Karen wants Stacy to practice with her and try out for cheerleading. Liz Norris asks Stacy to join a band that she and her brother Michael are starting, but Stacy has reservations. Her first meeting with Michael Norris is stormy, yet she is drawn in by his outstanding musical ability and joins the band. Stacy always wants to please everyone, but fails to think about who she is and what she really wants. After making the cheerleading squad, Greg Lawson, captain of the football team, becomes interested in Stacy. He is easy-going and charming, just the opposite of Michael. They start dating, and Stacy is suddenly popular in and out of school. As a cheerleader, she is accepted by the in-crowd. She tries to relax and enjoy this new lifestyle. When Stacy has difficulty meeting all of her commitments and her grades fall, her father is displeased and insists she quit the band. Stacy feels torn-wanting to please her father without letting down the other band members. Ultimately, while dealing with family and peer pressure, she must decide what is best for her.