SACRED by Elana K. Arnold


Laura Geringer Bass


Satomi Satō


Kat Shepherd


Demetra Brodsky


Gregg Olsen


Jason Liles - RAMPAGE


Demetra Brodsky

DIVE SMACK Official Blog Tour

Teri Bailey Black


Shane Morales


Monday, October 31, 2011

November 2011 BNC - Iron King by Julie Kagawa

Please join us with the reading of Iron King by Julie Kagawa

Every month Alice Priday & I will be choosing a book-of-the-month, cleverly titled BOOK NERD CHOICE (BNC). Anyone can participate. We will have a month to read and discuss it. At the end of the month, we will have a poll in which character from the book that artist
James Vallesteros will draw. The drawing will be transformed into bookmarks and all actively participants will receive one.

***If you have already read Iron King or any of the Iron Fey Series, you are welcome to JOIN our discussion and still get the Bookmark***

Third book to our adventure.

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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Signed Silence Poster

Thank you for helping me reach 1,000 on my FB page >>>HERE<<<. As a Thank you I will have one Signed Silence Poster by Becca Fitzpatrick and 2 Nora Grey Art Bookmarks by James Vallesteros for giveaway! (Just Thank the Artist Page for me >>>HERE<<<
Keep suggesting. You guys ROCK!!!
Just leave a comment on this thread. I'll announce the Winner on 10/28/2011.

Signed Silence Poster and Nora Grey Bookmarks by JamesVallesteros Winner is Autum Frailey.
1 Nora Grey Bookmark Winner is Michele Moore Luker
1 Nora Grey Bookmark Winner is Britney Wyatt
1 Nora Grey Bookmark Winner is Stacey Clifford

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Happy Release Day 10/25/11

My name—my True Name—is Ashallayn'darkmyr Tallyn.

I am the last remaining son of Mab, Queen of the Unseelie Court. And I am dead to her.

My fall began, as many stories do, with a girl…

The House of Night series is an international phenomenon, reaching #1 on US, German and UK bestseller lists, and remaining a fixture on the New York TimesChildren s Series bestseller list for a whopping 116 weeks and counting. The Fledgling Handbook 101, the fascinating illustrated guide, debuted at #1 on theNew York Times Children s Paperback bestseller list, and the past four hardcovers, Awakened, Burned, Tempted and Hunted, each debuted at #1 on theUSA Today bestseller list. With over 10 million copies in print, rights sold in 35 countries to date, and relatable, addictive characters, this series is an unstoppable tour de force.

In Destined, the forces of Light and Dark collide as their epic struggle focuses on Tulsa's House of Night. Zoey is home where she belongs, safe with her Guardian Warrior, Stark, by her side and preparing to face off against Neferet. Kalona has released his hold on Rephaim, and, through Nyx's gift of a human form, he and Stevie Rae are finally able to be together if Rephaim can truly walk the path of the Goddess and stay free of his father's shadow.

But is Zoey really safe? Does she truly know those who are closest to her? And will love win when it is tested by the very soul of Darkness? Find out what s destined in the next thrilling chapter of the House of Night series.

When privileged 17-year-old Jasmine gets kicked out of her house, she takes what is left of her savings and flees to Santa Cruz to pursue her dream of becoming a musician. Jasmine finds the ideal room in an oceanfront house, but she needs to convince the three guys living there that she's the perfect roommate and lead guitarist for their band, C-Side. Too bad she has major stage fright and the cute bassist doesn't think a spoiled girl from over the hill can hack it. . . .

In this fresh new novel by critically acclaimed author Tara Kelly, Jasmine finds out what happens when her life gets Amplified.

Emmy Rane is married at nineteen, a mother by twenty. Trapped in a life with a husband she no longer loves, Baby is her only joy. Then one sunny day in September, Emmy takes a few fateful steps away from her baby and returns to find her missing. All that is left behind is a yellow sock.

Fourteen years later, Sophie, a homeschooled, reclusive teenage girl is forced to move frequently and abruptly from place to place, perpetually running from what her mother calls the "No Good." One afternoon, Sophie breaks the rules, ventures out, and meets Joey and his two aunts. It is this loving family that gives Sophie the courage to look into her past. What she discovers changes her world forever. . . .

The riveting stories of Emmy and Sophie—alternating narratives of loss, imprisonment, and freedom regained—escalate with breathless suspense toward an unforgettable climax.

For as long as Esmerine can remember, she has longed to join her older sister, Dosinia, as a siren--the highest calling a mermaid can have. When Dosinia runs away to the mainland, Esmerine is sent to retrieve her. Using magic to transform her tail into legs, she makes her way unsteadily to the capital city. There she comes upon a friend she hasn't seen since childhood--a dashing young man named Alandare, who belongs to a winged race of people. As Esmerine and Alandare band together to search for Dosinia, they rekindle a friendship . . . and ignite the emotions for a love so great, it cannot be bound by sea, land, or air.

Sixteen-year-old Jessamine Luxton is heartbroken. Her true love, Weed, the strange but intriguing young man who came into her life so suddenly, has disappeared. How could he have left her with no farewell, and no word since?

Jessamine may not know why Weed vanished, but she does suspect that her own father, Thomas, may have had something to do with it. Thomas, who was so obsessed with Weed’s secret knowledge of dangerous plants that he would do anything to learn it. This suspicion—and her experiences with poisons—has changed her. She is no longer innocent, and now she has her own intimate knowledge of the power of the plants.

So when Jessamine learns that Weed is alive, she will do whatever it takes to be reunited with him.

She is, after all, her father’s daughter. . . .

The Legend of Beka Cooper gives Tamora Pierce's fans exactly what they want—a smart and savvy heroine making a name for herself on the mean streets of Tortall's Lower City—while offering plenty of appeal for new readers as well.

An inspired collection of short stories by an all-star cast of best-selling storytellers based on the thought-provoking illustrations in Chris Van Allsburg’s The Mysteries of Harris Burdick. For more than twenty-five years, the illustrations in the extraordinary Mysteries of Harris Burdick by Chris Van Allsburg have intrigued and entertained readers of all ages. Thousands of children have been inspired to weave their own stories to go with these enigmatic pictures. Now we’ve asked some of our very best storytellers to spin the tales. Enter The Chronicles of Harris Burdick to gather this incredible compendium of stories: mysterious, funny, creepy, poignant, these are tales you won’t soon forget. This inspired collection of short stories features many remarkable, best-selling authors in the worlds of both adult and children's literature: Sherman Alexie, M.T. Anderson, Kate DiCamillo, Cory Doctorow, Jules Feiffer, Stephen King, Tabitha King, Lois Lowry, Gregory Maguire, Walter Dean Myers, Linda Sue Park, Louis Sachar, Jon Scieszka, Lemony Snicket, and Chris Van Allsburg himself. Van Allsburg's Harris Burdick illustrations have evoked such wonderment and imagination since Harris Burdick's original publication in 1984; many have speculated or have woven their own stories to go with his images. More than ever, the illustrations send off their eerie call for text and continue...

From the authors of the New York Times bestsellers The Strain and The Fallcomes the final volume in one of the most electrifying thriller series in years.

It’s been two years since the vampiric virus was unleashed in The Strain and the entire world now lies on the brink of annihilation.

Humankind’s only hope for salvation is Dr. Ephraim Goodweather—head of the Centers for Disease Control’s team—and his ragtag band of freedom fighters. But who will pay the ultimate sacrifice—so that others may be saved?

A Houston college student, McKenzie Lewis can track fae by reading the shadows they leave behind. For years she has been working for the fae King, tracking rebels who would claim the Realm. Her job isn't her only secret. She's in love with Kyol, the King's sword-master-but human and fae relationships are forbidden. When McKenzie is captured by Aren, the fierce rebel leader, she learns that not everything is as she thought. And McKenzie must decide who to trust and where she stands in the face of a cataclysmic civil war.

New York Times bestselling author Kim Harrison has won legions of fans with her sexy supernatural novels featuring bounty-hunting witch Rachel Morgan. And now comes a unique look inside her beloved Hollows series that no fan should miss. . . . The Hollows Insider

In the Hollows, the supernatural Inderlanders rule, and humanity must abide by their conventions, or else.

To survive among vampires, witches, Weres, gargoyles, trolls, fairies, and banshees—to say nothing of demons—humanity needs a guide. And now, written by Kim Harrison herself, here is an insider’s look at the supernatural world of the Hollows, from an overarching new story to character profiles, maps, spell guides, charm recipes, secret correspondence from the elusive Trent Kalamack, and much more.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Interview with Gretchen McNeil & Spooktacular Giveaway Hop

Interviewed by JeanBookNerd

Spooktacular Hop October 24th to 31st
and co-hosted by TheDiaryofaBookworm

When the world is wrapped in slumber
And the moon is sailing high
If you peep between the curtains
You'll see witches riding by.

The clock is striking midnight
The witch her spell has cast
All fairies, ghosts and goblins
Will be conjured from the past

If with one puff you blow out the light,
'tis a sign you'll marry this year;
If with two, or three your chance is slight,
And if more, give it up for the night.

I am bobbing for an apple,
A shiny red apple,
I am bobbing for an apple,
But no apple can I get.

Yowling, prowling, growling cat
Why do you switch your tail like that?
Why do your eyes flash gold and green?
Could be--must be--Halloween!

Slinky, inky, blinky cat,
Why do you arch your back like that?
What scary creatures have you seen?
Could be--must be- Halloween!

Oh Boy! Oh Boy!
It's Halloween Night . . .
My, oh my . . .
What an interesting sight!
It's glowing . . . it's gleaming . . .
I think I'm in fright!
It's howling . . . it's leaping . . .
Come share my delight!
by Cissy Ramirez

Trick or Treat! Trick or Treat!
Give me something good to eat.
Give me candy. Give me cake.
Give me something good to take.

We mask our faces
and wear strange hats,
and moan like witches
and screech like cats,
and jump like goblins
and thump like elves,
and almost manage
to scare ourselves!

There's a goblin as green
as a goblin can be.
Who is sitting outside
and is waiting for me.
When he knocked on my door
and said softly, "Come play!"
I answered,"No thank you,
now please,go away!"
But the goblin as green
as a goblin can be.
Is still sitting outside
and is waiting for me.

Just wait until daybreak on Halloween Day,
when you know all the ghouls and ghosts are away.
They hate the daylight, "it's no fun," they say.
So just please, please wait
to Trick or Treat on Halloween Day.

I hope you had enjoyed your journey through The Vintage Halloween Images. 
I had the utmost fun putting it together for all of you.

And now for my BookNerd Halloween Author Interview.

Gretchen McNeil is an opera singer, writer and clown. Her YA horror/paranormal POSSESS debut with Balzer + Bray for HarperCollins, August 23, 2011. Her second novel, TEN – YA horror/suspense about ten teens trapped on a remote island with a serial killer – is tentatively scheduled for a Fall 2012 release. Gretchen is a former coloratura soprano, the voice of Mary on G4's Code Monkeys and she currently sings with the LA-based circus troupe Cirque Berzerk ( Gretchen is also a founding member of the vlog group YARebels ( where she can be seen as "Monday."

Where were you born and where do you call home?

Born in the San Francisco Bay Area, currently residing in Los Angeles.

As a child, what did you want to do when you grow up?

A tap dancer. Then a singer.

What is the name of your most recent book and if you had to sum it up in 30 or less words, what would you say?

My debut novel is called POSSESS and I have the perfect two word pitch: teen exorcist.

What or who inspired you to write? And how long have you been writing?

I've been writing for about four years and I was inspired, oddly enough, by the combination of divorce and Anthony Bourdain's Kitchen Confidential. I have no idea how those two things resulted in YA fiction, but there it is!

How did you come up with the title for your book?

The original title was BANISH but for various reasons we needed to change it. My agent, editor and I brainstormed and POSSESS was the clear winner!

Who designed the cover of your book?

Sarah Hoy, at HarperCollins. I heart her.

If you gave some of your characters an opportunity to speak for themselves, what would they say?

Hector would thank me profusely for writing the choir rehearsal scene because, frankly, he loves to be in the spotlight. But then he'd be pissy because he didn't get enough screen time. Matt would ask me to stop describing his hair as "floppy" and Bridget would just stand there and roll her eyes at me.

What was your favorite chapter to write and why?

My favorite chapter was the aforementioned choir rehearsal scene for two reasons: (a) "Hip Hop Hallujah" and (b) the fact that the mood changes from light to terrifying in an instant.

What was one of the most surprising things you learned in writing Possess?

Process-wise, I think the greatest writing lesson I learned was how to craft a tense, scary scene without dragging the thing on forever.

Do you ever come up with anything so wild that you scare yourself, that leaves you wondering where that came from?

Heh. Yes. I'd tell you but I'm saving that creeptastic idea for a future novel…

What question are you never asked in interviews but wish you were?

I wish someone would ask me about my shoe collection. I could go on and on and on and on and…

Has a review or profile ever changed your perspective on your work?

No. Honestly, there's a point where you have to decide whose opinions to trust on your own work. I have great critique partners, an amazing agent and editor, and I trust that they love my books as much as I do.

How do you feel about the horror boom of the 80’s and early 90’s?

I'm a bigger fan of old school "horror" like The Omen and Rosemary's Baby, and the horror/suspense of Alfred Hitchcock. I think the first Friday the 13th movie was brilliant – and one of the scariest things I've ever seen – but the 80's fad for multiple sequels really made me roll my eyes. I mean, how many Jason, Freddy, Michael Myers and Jaws movies do we really need?

What about the horror genre interests you?

I love crafting a moment in a book where someone actually squeals out loud because they're scared or shocked.

Do you have any fun Halloween experiences you can tell us?

My favorite Halloween was years ago when some friends and I rented out a reconstructed Vaudevillian magic theater and screened one of my favorite movies of all time – Clue. And everyone came dressed as a character from the movie. I was Mrs. White. "Flames, flames from the side of my face. Heaving, breathless, heaving breaths…"

What was the first horror book/story you remember reading?

There's an old story compilation called Scary Stories to Tell In the Dark. I still have all three volumes from when I was a kid.

Are there any tips you would give a book club to better navigate their discussion of your book?

While I'm not particularly religious in any way, I think some discussion of the history of exorcism in the Catholic church – the Rituale Romanum and the St. Benedict Medal in particular – might be helpful.

Any recent appearances that you would like to share with us about/any upcoming ones?

I have just finished a slew of events in California including signings, library events with teens, as a couple of book festivals. Next, I'll be touring in Southern California and New York with Stages on Pages ( in October and November, where our in store appearance will include performances by the authors, including me.

What books have most influenced your life?

Anne of Green Gables, Pride and Prejudice, Little Women – as a kid I read a lot of books with strong female characters and I think they really showed me the kind of woman I wanted to be.

What, in your opinion, are the most important elements of good writing?

There's a great book called Self-Editing for Fiction Writers in which I learned the most important lesson about writing – Resist the urge to explain. That concept single-handedly changed my approach and made me a better writer.

Are you working on any books/projects that you would like to share with us?

My next book is a stand alone horror novel called TEN about ten teens trapped on an island with a serial killer, scheduled for Fall 2012 from Balzer + Bray. After that, super secret project…

What are you reading now?

Wildefire by Karsten Knight and Towards Zero by Agatha Christie

White wine or red?


Coffee or tea?


Favorite food?

Is champagne a food? Good. Champagne.


Fifteen-year-old Bridget Liu just wants to be left alone: by her mom, by the cute son of a local police sergeant, and by the eerie voices she can suddenly and inexplicably hear. Unfortunately for Bridget, it turns out the voices are demons – and Bridget has the rare ability to banish them back to whatever hell they came from.

Terrified to tell people about her new power, Bridget confides in a local priest who enlists her help in increasingly dangerous cases of demonic possession. But just as she is starting to come to terms with her new power, Bridget receives a startling message from one of the demons. Now Bridget must unlock the secret to the demons' plan before someone close to her winds up dead – or worse, the human vessel of a demon king.

When I came upon Gretchen McNeil’s Possess, I was immediately drawn by its cover. It led me to believe that it would be a dark and creepy adventure and it couldn’t be truer as I got myself in between the pages. All of my expectations from this genre as most paranormal YA is normally dominated by vampires, faeries, angels, ghosts, and witches were absent. It was entirely different than what I thought it was going to be. Possessions by demons are not new but very refreshing with the current fad of today’s paranormal YA. I am happy it turned out that way because I absolutely loved it. 

The main character, Bridget Liu, is very likeable and just seems normal.  McNeil created this character perfectly as she is very easy to relate to. The book progresses emotionally without being over-the-top. Although Bridget experiences inner turmoil as she discovers all of the secrets of her past, she was not portrayed as being too much of a depressed character. 

Although there are scenes of exorcising demons and other dark events, the story is more about Bridget’s great effort of figuring out who she is, and what her new powers meant. I absolutely loved the adventure that Bridget takes you on as she ultimately meets her faith and becomes who she was meant to be. Her journey to discovering all of the secrets of her past is just half of the excitement. 

All of the ingredients of this book were a perfect combination. The plot was mysterious and it progressed quickly. Elements of intense creepiness and suspense only helped to how awesome the story was. The book was so creepy that there were times I had stop reading to remind myself that it was just a story. As soon as I realized it wasn’t real, I immediately placed myself back into the story because every page was entirely captivating. 

Gretchen McNeil’s story-telling is absolutely amazing and I recommend Possess to anyone that likes creepiness in YA. It has everything that will satisfy all audiences. Possessions, murder, mysteries, and hidden family secrets are all there. And let’s not forget that it also has romance. If you enjoy reading creepy books and tired of your average paranormal book, Possess will not disappoint you.

You can purchase Possess at these following retailers.
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Have you read Possess? If not, please JOIN US for our Halloween BNC (BookNerd Choice). >>>CLICK HERE<<<
Every participant will receive a Bridget Liu Bookmark.

And now, the giveaways!!

1 Signed copy of Possess by Gretchen McNeil
1 Signed Possess Bookmark
4 Possess Tattoo
3 Signed Bridget Liu Art Bookmarks by James Vallesteros
3 Bridget Liu Super Sized Art Bookmarks by James Vallesteros
*Please Thank the Artist James Vallesteros for his Donations*
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Gretchen and I also chose 3 more Signed Bookmark by Gretchen McNeil & 3 Bridget Liu Art Bookmarks by James Vallesteroswinners for Possess by Gretchen McNeil Giveaway:
Possess Bookmarks
Martina Koleva

Bridget Liu Bookmarks:
Mary Ellen Thompson

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Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Spook-A-Licious Blog Hop

BLOG HOP TOUR (Oct 17-24)

1) HAVE FUN!!!


3) THIS TOUR STARTS: Monday, October 17, at Midnight (Arizona Time)
THIS TOUR ENDS: Monday, October 24, at Midnight (Arizona Time)
Winners will be drawn and posted October 25th! ***




***Authors & Book Pages have full discretion to choose an alternate winner in the event any winner fails to claim their prize(s) within 72 hours of their name being posted or after notification of win, whichever comes first. Anyone who participates in this blog hop tour is subject to these rules***

"Green cats eyes in midnight gloom fly with the witch on her ragged broom over dark hills where bonfires loom" by Myra Cohen Livingston

From ghoulies and ghosties, 
Long-leggety beasties,
And things that go bump in the night,
Good Lord, deliver us. -Anonymous

Jack-o-lantern, Jack-o-lantern, 
You are such a funny sight. 
As you sit there by the window, 
Looking out into the night. 
You were once a sturdy pumpkin, 
growing on a curly vine. 
Now you are a Jack-o-lantern, 
See your night lights shine.

A gentle breeze rustling the dry cornstalks. 
A sound is heard, a goblin walks.
A harvest moon suffers a black cat's cry. 
Oh' do the witches fly!
Bonfire catches a pumpkins gleem.
Rejoice, it's Halloween
-Richard Anderson

The night is dark
and the goblins are out,
and the witches and black cats
are prowling about.
And costumed creatures
the strangest I've seen,
are knocking on doors
'cause tonight's Halloween!

I'm a little scarecrow, Raggedy and worn I wear a hat, And a shirt that's torn When the crows come, I wave and shout, "Away from my garden-get on out!"

And now, for the giveaway. Hope you enjoyed the pictures and poems. Halloween is one my favorite season and glad to be a part of this hop.

A signed copy of Daughter of Smoke and Bone
by Laini Taylor
*This book will not sent until after the signing on October 31*
(This can also be personalized)


Around the world, black handprints are appearing on doorways, scorched there by winged strangers who have crept through a slit in the sky.

In a dark and dusty shop, a devil's supply of human teeth grown dangerously low.

And in the tangled lanes of Prague, a young art student is about to be caught up in a brutal otherwordly war.

Meet Karou. She fills her sketchbooks with monsters that may or may not be real; she's prone to disappearing on mysterious "errands"; she speaks many languages--not all of them human; and her bright blue hair actually grows out of her head that color. Who is she? That is the question that haunts her, and she's about to find out.

When one of the strangers--beautiful, haunted Akiva--fixes his fire-colored eyes on her in an alley in Marrakesh, the result is blood and starlight, secrets unveiled, and a star-crossed love whose roots drink deep of a violent past. But will Karou live to regret learning the truth about herself?

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A World of Words Scavenger Hunt

Hello Fellow Book Nerds!

Halloween is almost here and a dear friend of mine Ellen, asked me to be part of her Scavenger Hunt. This will be fun and Good Luck.

Now here are the rules and don't forget to have fun!

Each blog will have a hint to help you narrow down your choices of the books you're possibly thinking of that fits with that letter.

Here's the catch, you MUST save that puzzle piece to your laptop or computer or wherever because you'll need those pieces to email to Ella along with your answer, so She can see that you want those extra entries for doing the hunt! At the end of the blog post, there will be a link to the next blog and so forth. The blogs will be in order, so you don't have to hunt around.

Each right answer that you figure out, you will get one extra entry. If you get one of them wrong, then you still have 8 other answers to get right! You will get a free extra entry, so that makes a total of 10 extra entries for doing the hunt!
Along with doing the hunt, you have to fill out the form embedded in Ella's original post !

P.S. Be sure to thank the participating blogs by commenting below their blog post for being apart of this and for helping me out! No extra entries for this, sorry, but it's nice to say thank you once in a while

I am your 6th stop, so there for you should already have 5 puzzle pieces.

In case your nerdy senses is giving you some trouble, maybe I can be of help.

This novel is about a 17 year-old doesn’t believe in Faeries. Not unless they’re the kind that you find in a theatre, spouting Shakespeare—the kind that so desperately wishes she could be: onstage, under lights, with a pair of sparkly wings strapped to her shoulders.

Have Fun!

Click HERE to go back to Ellen's original post.

Next Stop is my fellow nerd Alba HERE
Say HI for me!

Hop Ends October 24, 2011

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Happy Release Day

Thomas knows that Wicked can't be trusted, but they say the time for lies is over, that they've collected all they can from the Trials and now must rely on the Gladers, with full memories restored, to help them with their ultimate mission. It's up to the Gladers to complete the blueprint for the cure to the Flare with a final voluntary test.
What Wicked doesn't know is that something's happened that no Trial or Variable could have foreseen. Thomas has remembered far more than they think. And he knows that he can't believe a word of what Wicked says.
The time for lies is over. But the truth is more dangerous than Thomas could ever imagine.
Will anyone survive the Death Cure?

“I don’t want him to love me because of a potion,” she said.

Izzie loves Mark, and why shouldn’t she? As the captain of the basketball team, he is kind and loving and he’s everything she’s ever wanted in a boyfriend. Her BFF loves . . . somebody, but she won’t say who. So when a hot new guy, Tristan, shows up at school, who better for Izzie to fix up her friend[LL1] with? And what better way to do it than with a love philtre? 

But even the best of magic has a way of going awry—and Izzie finds she’s accidentally fallen in love with Tristan herself. And that’s a problem. First of all, there’s Mark. Second, Tristan comes with baggage—like the supernatural creatures that keep attacking whenever he’s with Izzie, and the fact that he comes from the place where Izzie’s father was killed, years ago, by an enormous, evil serpent that’s still around—and it knows Izzie is out there.

Like Mettie Ivie Harrison’s The Princess and the Hound, praised by Orson Scott Card as “powerful, surprising, moving, and deep—a classic,” Tris and Izzie rings the changes on a timeless legend, this time in a contemporary high school setting.

Now that she’s settled in at Shadow Falls Camp, Kylie Galen’s determined to discover the extent of her supernatural abilities. But with a ghost insisting someone Kylie loves is about die, a rogue vampire on a murdering rampage, and her sixth sense telling her someone is watching her, Kylie’s quest for answers is quickly put on hold.

To make matters worse, just when she’s about to give her heart to Derek, a half-fairy, he starts pulling away. When Lucas, a werewolf with whom Kylie shares a secret past, returns, Kylie’s feels more conflicted than ever. Her weekend with her mom should have been the just the break Kylie needs, but it turns out to be her breaking point. Someone from the dark side of the supernatural world has plans for Kylie--and it'll take all her resources to get back to Shadow Falls alive...

Hailey Tarbell is no typical girl. As one of the Banished who arrived from Ireland generations ago, Hailey has the power to heal—and, as she recently learned, to create zombies if she heals someone too late. But now, Hailey is finally getting a chance at a normal life. After realizing the good and bad sides of her power, Hailey has survived the unimaginable to settle with her aunt, Prairie, and her little brother, Chub, in the suburbs of Milwaukee. Finally Hailey has a loving family, nice clothes, and real friends. But her safe little world is blown apart when she tries to contact her secret boyfriend, Kaz—and alerts the incredibly dangerous man who's looking for her to her true whereabouts.

Fourteen-year-old Stark McClellan (nicknamed Stick because he’s tall and thin) is bullied for being “deformed” – he was born with only one ear. His older brother Bosten is always there to defend Stick. But the boys can’t defend one another from their abusive parents.

When Stick realizes Bosten is gay, he knows that to survive his father's anger, Bosten must leave home. Stick has to find his brother, or he will never feel whole again. In his search, he will encounter good people, bad people, and people who are simply indifferent to kids from the wrong side of the tracks. But he never loses hope of finding love – and his brother.

Tess and Lizzie are sisters, sisters as close as can be, who share a secret world filled with selkies, flying horses, and a girl who can transform into a wolf in the middle of the night. But when Lizzie is ready to grow up, Tess clings to their fantasies. As Tess sinks deeper and deeper into her delusions, she decides that she can’t live in the real world any longer and leaves Lizzie and her family forever. Now, years later, Lizzie is in high school and struggling to understand what happened to her sister. With the help of a school psychologist and Tess’s battered journal, Lizzie searches for a way to finally let Tess go.

Under the bubbling hot springs and geysers of Yellowstone National Park is a supervolcano. Most people don't know it's there. The caldera is so large that it can only be seen from a plane or satellite. It just could be overdue for an eruption, which would change the landscape and climate of our planet.

Ashfall is the story of Alex, a teenage boy left alone for the weekend while his parents visit relatives. When the Yellowstone supervolcano erupts unexpectedly, Alex is determined to reach his parents. He must travel over a hundred miles in a landscape transformed by a foot of ash and the destruction of every modern convenience that he has ever known, and through a new world in which disaster has brought out both the best and worst in people desperate for food, water, and warmth. With a combination of nonstop action, a little romance, and very real science, this is a story that is difficult to stop reading and even more difficult to forget.

First I find out that my boyfriend is cheating on me. Then he’s pegged as the #1 suspect in a murder. And now he’s depending on me to clear his name. Seriously?

As much as I wouldn’t mind watching him squirm, I know that he’s innocent. So I’m brushing off my previously untapped detective skills and getting down to business. But I keep tripping over dead bodies and I’m still no closer to figuring out who did it. And what’s worse: all signs seem to point to me as the killer’s next victim.

I really need to pick a better boyfriend next time.

Since Sage was kidnapped, Clea has no way of knowing if he is alive or dead. And even though she has only just discovered they were soulmates, she feels like a part of her is lost forever. What’s worse, she can’t even turn to her best friend Ben—because every time she looks at him, all she sees is his betrayal. But waiting for something to happen is not an option, so Clea is ready for action. Suffering through dreams of seeing Sage with another woman, she makes an uneasy alliance with Sage’s enemies and sets out to be reunited with this life or the next.

Michelangelo's statue, David, is famous around the world. Millions flock to Italy every year to admire the physical perfection of the young man captured within the marble. But the identity of the model has never been known . . . until now.

In this epic tale, acclaimed author Mary Hoffman imagines the story of Gabriele, a naive but incredibly handsome young man who is hired as Michelangelo's model, only to find himself drawn into a world of spies, political treachery, and murder. Set against the vibrant backdrop of Florence in its most turbulent times, this rich, colorful, thrilling tale gives life to one of the world's greatest masterpieces.