Can true love be built on lies? A teen on the run seeks relief and redemption in this gripping, romantic read. Leah Kurtz has finally found a place to call home, a town where she and baby Addy can live in peace, far from the drug-infested place she grew up. Chris is one of the best parts of her new life, the only person who’s ever made her feel safe. And now that she’s found him, there’s no way she can tell the truth:
Her real name is Faith, not Leah. She’s seventeen, not nineteen. And the baby isn’t hers—Faith kidnapped her.
Faith’s history catches up with her when a cop starts asking questions and Chris’s aunt spots her picture in the newspaper. She knows it’s time to run again, but if Faith leaves, she’ll lose Chris. If Chris is in love with a lie, though, did Faith ever really have him in the first place?
Eve has a new home, a new face, and a new name—but no memories of her past. She’s been told that she’s in a witness protection program. That she escaped a dangerous magic-wielding serial killer who still hunts her. The only thing she knows for sure is that there is something horrifying in her memories the people hiding her want to access—and there is nothing they won’t say—or do—to her to get her to remember.
At night she dreams of a tattered carnival tent and buttons being sewn into her skin. But during the day, she shelves books at the local library, trying to not let anyone know that she can do things—things like change the color of her eyes or walk through walls. When she does use her strange powers, she blacks out and is drawn into terrifying visions, returning to find that days or weeks have passed—and she’s lost all short-term memories. Eve must find out who and what she really is before the killer finds her—but the truth may be more dangerous than anyone could have ever imagined.
When 13-year-old Gretchen Harris’s mother is murdered at Gretchen’s 8th Grade graduation party, everyone in the town of Delphi, California, suspects a power struggle within the Oculus Society: Delphi’s version of the Junior League. Gretchen’s best friend, Jessica Shaw, might even hold the key to finding the culprit withThe Plotinus Ability: the Oculus Society’s jealously guarded secret power to trade souls, which hinges on a kiss. Gretchen’s hope at finding the murderer ends in tragedy when Ariel Miller—the class outcast—stalks Gretchen and Jessica and surreptitiously films them exchanging a kiss to test if the Plotinus Ability is real, not knowing their motives. The ensuing YouTube video (“Popular Girls = Secret Lovers”) goes viral, Gretchen’s and Jessica’s lives are further shattered, and they vanish from Delphi.
Flash forward two years later: Ariel is suddenly the most popular junior in town, but wracked with guilt over what she did to Gretchen and Jessica. When both girls reappear after their mysterious absence, Ariel finds herself pawn, suspect, and key player in their scheme to bring the murderer to justice.
Queen of dark and romantic paranormal adventures, Holly Black takes a hand at the vampire story and delivers a romping, gory, thrilling ride into our bloody future. Both comfortingly familiar and refreshingly new, The Coldest Girl in Coldtown will give you goosebumps–the good and the bad kind.
Tana has grown up in a world where vampires are now a fact of life. When a rogue vampire spread infection all across the US, forcing vampires from their secret lives of blood and debauchery into the spotlight, the world goes vampire crazy. With vampires and those infected by the disease trapped inside “coldtowns” around the world, people spend their days watching video feeds from inside the walls, wishing to take part. Except for those like Tana who’ve seen the bloody maw of reality and understand what it means to give up your life for immortality. Tana doesn’t want to die or live forever or drink human blood–she wants to survive high school and spend her days in the sunshine with her friends and little sister. But she’s forever marked by her family’s traumatic history, and when she wakes up the only human survivor of a party ransacked by vamps, Tana is forced onto a path that will take her into the heart of Coldtown with her infected ex-boyfriend and an insane vampire who she might be in love with.
In Holly Black’s vampires we see the familiar and the original. They’re reminiscent of Dracula, Interview with the Vampire, and True Blood all in one. But at the same time Holly has invented her own version of the vampire “disease” and how humans came to find out about their dark siblings. In this world you get infected when you get bit by a vampire, but you won’t actually die and turn yourself until you bite another human. If you can last 88 days without drinking any human blood the infection will burn out and your safe. But with the hunger burning your throat and all the people around you like walking happy meals, its impossible to last it out.
Our main character Tana was a refreshing change from the typical vampire-book heroine. Wearing knee-high Doc Martin boots and a tough, sassy attitude to match, Tana isn’t lying down on any train tracks. She fights tooth and nail for every moment, every victory, refusing to give in because it would be easier. In a world that seems hopeless, Tana fights for the future she wants for herself, even if it’s against all the odds.
Holly infuses the book with backstory, history, and insights by alternating every other chapter with action and omniscient narration. First you’re in the dirt and the gore with Tana and then next you’re floating above the scene, learning about Tana’s past and how her world came to be. This alternation both builds tension–Holly uses some killer chapter-ending cliff hangers–and gives us the bigger picture. The off chapters also allow us glimpses into other characters, such as Tana’s little sister Pearl and the insane vampire Gavriel. Even as you yearn for the next bit of action, you’ll also find yourself wanting to know more about how each of the characters came to be in this exact place and time, unlocking the secrets of the past as you chase the future.
The Coldest Girl in Coldtown was a sexy thrill ride and a pleasure to read.
After a plague of vampires was unleashed in the world, Katie was kicked out of the safe haven of her Amish community for her refusal to adhere to the new rules of survival. She enters an outside world of unspeakable violence with only her two friends and a horse by her side And yet through this darkness come the shining ones: luminescent men and women with the power to deflect vampires and survive the night. But can they be trusted, and are they even people at all? In this sequel to The Hallowed Ones, it’s up to one Amish girl to save her family, her community, and the boy she loves . . . but what will she be asked to sacrifice in return?
The new book continues the story of Matt, the boy who was cloned from evil drug lord El Patrón in The House of the Scorpion. Now 14 years old, Matt rules his own country, the Land of Opium, the only thriving place in a world ravaged by ecological disaster. Though he knows that the cure for ending the suffering is hidden in Opium, Matt faces obstacles and enemies at every turn when he tries to use his power to help.