All her life, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love's death. She doesn't believe in true love and never thought this would be a problem, but as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she's not so sure anymore.
A promising new high school just opened its doors in a small community in Wheeling, West Virginia. But little did the students know, many people lost their homes on the very land in which the new school was built upon. One unique person in particular-was Mrs. Boswell, a middle-aged gypsy woman. She refused to sell the home she inherited from her parents no matter how hard the city pushed-no matter how extreme the prejudice and hatred she was subjected to from her own community became. And not surprisingly, she was the sole obstacle that prevented that well-fed project from going forward. Tragedy, depending on how one would perceive that, struck when Mrs. Boswell's home was mysteriously set on fire. And to make matters worse, the fire department arrived in a timely manner-but did nothing. They happily observed the Boswell house burn to the ground-killing her young daughter in the process, her only daughter-her only child. That, combined with the loss of her husband due to an "accidental" drowning not long before, is what ultimately brought the gypsy woman to the brink, thus taking her own life. But-before doing so, she cursed the land beneath her feet. This wicked curse was simple: those responsible, as well as their children, would be met with a force not of this world, and with it, unimaginable suffering, both mental-and physical. No one was ever arrested for this atrocious crime, and no real pressure to do so either. Everyone went on with their boring little lives, never talking about what happened on that fateful night again. It became the city's most darkest secret.
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Blue Sargent has found things. For the first time in her life, she has friends she can trust, a group to which she can belong. The Raven Boys have taken her in as one of their own. Their problems have become hers, and her problems have become theirs.
The trick with found things, though, is how easily they can be lost.
Friends can betray.
Mothers can disappear.
Visions can mislead.
Certainties can unravel.
Kelsey Masters is a mother, homeowner, corrections officer, and a psychotic sex-addicted killer. As a young teen, after discovering her mother’s dead body in their own home, Kelsey bounced from one unloving family to the next while in the foster care system. This crude way of living continued until she was a legal adult. The once broken shy little girl who was molested more times than she could remember was replaced with an eighteen-year-old young woman full of hate and rage—equipped with a mind that could not be healed.
Kelsey sought work as a corrections officer at a prison in Virginia. There she would abuse inmates mentally, physically—and sexually, both male and female, and at times they did not live to tell about it. But her psychotic nature wasn’t isolated just within the prison walls. She often preyed on people throughout the secluded city while they tried to live their ordinary boring lives.
Kelsey, who was sick of being the monster she was, fell in love with Michael, a new inmate serving two years for a string of petty crimes. He was the one who was supposed to change her evil ways for the better, but he had other plans—and Kelsey was not part of them. Hanna, a female prisoner serving a harsher sentence for burglary, was his dream girl. Outraged and emotionally destroyed, Kelsey would see to it that Michael would not get his prize, and Hanna along with anyone else who dares stand in her way would suffer in ways the human mind could not possibly perceive. Continue Reading
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Now that the ley lines around Cabeswater have been woken, nothing for Ronan, Gansey, Blue, and Adam will be the same. Ronan, for one, is falling more and more deeply into his dreams, and his dreams are intruding more and more into waking life. Meanwhile, some very sinister people are looking for some of the same pieces of the Cabeswater puzzle that Gansey is after…
Amber wakes up in a hospital. She can’t move. She can’t speak. She can’t open her eyes. She can hear everyone around her, but they have no idea. Amber doesn’t remember what happened, but she has a suspicion her husband had something to do with it. Alternating between her paralyzed present, the week before her accident, and a series of childhood diaries from twenty years ago, this brilliant psychological thriller asks: Is something really a lie if you believe it's the truth?
Falling for "Maddening Moira" O'Malley was the unexpected highlight of Luke O'Brien's Dublin holiday. So when she pays a surprise visit to Chesapeake Shores, Luke is thrilled…at first. A fling with this wild Irish rose is one thing, but forever? Maybe someday, but not when he's totally focused on establishing a business that will prove his mettle to his overachieving family.
Given Luke's reaction, Moira has some soul-searching of her own to do. Scarred by her father's abandonment, she wonders if Luke, with his playboy past, is truly the family man she longs for. Adding to her dilemma, she's offered an amazing chance at a dream career of her own.
Deep down, though, Moira knows home is the real prize, and that love can be every bit as enchanted as a summer garden.
Four years ago, Judith and her best friend disappeared from their small town of Roswell Station. Two years ago, only Judith returned, permanently mutilated, reviled and ignored by those who were once her friends and family.
Unable to speak, Judith lives like a ghost in her own home, silently pouring out her thoughts to the boy who’s owned her heart as long as she can remember—even if he doesn’t know it—her childhood friend, Lucas.
But when Roswell Station is attacked, long-buried secrets come to light, and Judith is forced to choose: continue to live in silence, or recover her voice, even if it means changing her world, and the lives around her, forever.
This startlingly original novel will shock and disturb you; it will fill you with Judith’s passion and longing; and its mysteries will keep you feverishly turning the pages until the very last.
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