June 2018 Book Haul

Hello everybody!

I quit my book-buying ban because it wasn’t working anyway. I went to Books-A-Million and I found out that they now buy books from their customers and sell them at discounted prices, so I kind of went on a discounted book spree. The first book I bought at Barnes & Noble, the middle 7 were bought at Books-A-Million for anywhere between $3-$6 each, and the last 4 were bought at a small Indie bookstore called “One More Page Books” in Arlington, Virginia.

“The Hate List” by Jennifer Brown: Five months ago, Valerie Leftman’s boyfriend, Nick, opened fire on their school cafeteria. Val was as shocked as everyone else – but, despite her own serious injury, she’s implicated in the crime because of the list. The list she and Nick made of people they hated. The list Nick used to pick his targets. Now, after a summer of seclusion, Val is forced to confront her guilt as she returns to school to complete her senior year. Haunted by the memory of the boyfriend she still loves and navigating rocky relationships with her family, her former friends, and the girl whose life she saved, Val must come to grips with the tragedy that took place, and her role in it, in order to make amends and move on with her life.

“Hollow City” by Ransom Riggs: September 3, 1940. Ten peculiar children flee an army of deadly monsters. And only one person can help them – but she’s trapped in the body of a bird. The extraordinary journey that began in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children continues as Jacob Portman and his newfound friends journey to London, the peculiar capital of the world. There, they hope to find a cure for their beloved headmistress, Miss Peregrine. But in this war-torn city, hideous surprises lurk around every corner. And before Jacob can deliver the peculiar children to safety, he must make an important decision about his love for Emma Bloom.

“It Had To Be You” by Cecily von Ziegesar: Our story begins with three inseparable, completely gorgeous fifteen-year-olds, Serena van der Woodsen, Blair Waldorf, and Nate Archibald. Blair has loved Nate and his glittering green eyes since she was in Bonpoint onesies. Too bad Nate wishes Blair’s beautiful best friend, Serena, was the one with the crush. And Serena has a secret she’s keeping from them both.

“You Just Can’t Get Enough” by Cecily von Ziegesar: It’s September – time to put away your white eyelet sundresses and platform espadrilles and say goodbye to the East End. But say hello to Manhattan’s newest residents, the scene-stealing, heart-stealing Carlyle triplets. Lock up your boyfriends and throw away the key, because B and A are hotter than NYC during a sultry Indian summer.

“Dragon’s Oath” by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast: In early nineteenth-century England, long before he’s a professor at the Tulsa House of Night, Bryan Lankford is a troublesome yet talented human teen who thinks he can get away with anything…until his father, a wealthy nobleman, has finally had enough, and banishes him to America. When Bryan is Marked by a vampyre on the docks and given the choice between the London House of Night and the dragon-prowed ship to America, he chooses the dragon-a new name and a brand new fate. Becoming a fledgling may be exciting, but it opens a door to a dangerous world. In 1830s St. Louis, the Gateway to the West, Dragon Lankford becomes a Sword Master, and soon realizes there are both frightening challenges and beautiful perks…such as Anastasia, the captivating young Professor of Spells and Rituals at the Tower Grove House of Night, who really should have nothing to do with a fledgling. But when a dark power threatens, Dragon is caught in its focus. Though his uncanny fighting skills make him a powerful fledgling, is he strong enough to ward off evil while protecting Anastasia as well? Will his choices save her – or destroy them both?

“Tempted” by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast: So…you’d think after banishing an immortal being and a fallen High Priestess, saving Stark’s life, biting Heath, getting a headache from Erik, and almost dying, Zoey Redbird would catch a break.  Sadly, a break is not in the House of Night school forecast for the High Priestess in training and her gang.  Juggling three guys is anything but a stress reliever, especially when one of them is a sexy Warrior who is so into protecting Zoey that he can sense her emotions.  Speaking of stress, the dark force lurking in the tunnels under the Tulsa Depot is spreading, and Zoey is beginning to believe Stevie Rae could be responsible for a lot more than a group of misfit red fledglings.  Aphrodite’s visions warn Zoey to stay away from Kalona and his dark allure, but they also show that it is Zoey who has the power to stop the evil immortal.  Soon it becomes obvious that Zoey has no choice: if she doesn’t go to Kalona he will exact a fiery vengeance on those closest to her.  Will Zoey have the courage to chance losing her life, her heart, and her soul?

“Awakened” by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast: Exonerated by the Vampyre High Council and returned to her position of High Priestess at Tulsa’s House of Night, Neferet has sworn vengeance on Zoey. Dominion over her immortal consort Kalona is only one of the weapons she plans to use against Z. But Zoey has found sanctuary on the Isle of Skye and is being groomed by Queen Sgiach to take over for her there. Being Queen would be cool, wouldn’t it? Why should she return to Tulsa? After losing her human consort, Heath, she will never be the same – and her relationship with her super-hot-warrior, Stark, may never be the same either… And what about Stevie Rae and Rephaim? The Raven Mocker refuses to be used against Stevie Rae, but what choice does he have when no one in the entire world, including Zoey, would be okay with their relationship? Does he betray his father or his heart?

“Hidden” by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast: At last, Zoey has what she wanted: the truth is out. Neferet’s evil has been exposed, and the High Council is no longer on her side – but she’s far from done wreaking havoc in the vampyre world. First, a mysterious fire ravages the stables. Then, Neferet makes a devastating move that will test them all. With the seeds of distrust sown and Darkness breeding chaos at the House of Night, everyone must band together – but that’s proving to be more difficult than ever before. The twins are barely speaking and the House of Night’s former enemy, Kalona, has now become their warrior, pushing their trust to the limit. To top it off, Zoey is pretty darn sure she might be losing her mind. She saw something when she looked at Aurox through the Seer Stone that she can hardly explain to herself, let alone her friends. Is it possible that Heath has come back in a different form? Is that why Zoey’s so intrigued by Aurox, when it’s so obvious that he’s dangerous? And who would believe her if she told them? Zoey knows that following her instinct about Aurox might be just what they need to defeat evil . . . but if she’s wrong, it could cause the destruction of those closest to her. With the tension at a breaking point and friendships on the line, can the nerd herd come together to stop the spread of Darkness before it’s too late?

“The Emerald Sea” by Richelle Mead: Tamsin Wright is unstoppable. She must become the Glittering Court’s diamond: the girl with the highest test scores, the most glamorous wardrobe, and the greatest opportunities to match with an elite suitor in the New World. Training alongside other girls in the Glittering Court, Tamsin immerses herself completely in in lessons about etiquette, history, and music – everything a high-society wife would need to know. If she can marry well, she’ll finally be able to support her struggling family, and to do that she’ll have to be the best. When her friendship with Mira and Adelaide, her roommates at the Glittering Court, threatens her status as the top-ranked prospect, she does the only thing she knows will keep her on track: she cuts them out of her life. But when her voyage across the sea goes off course, Tamsin must use her unrelenting grit and determination to survive the harsh winter for north of her intended destination in hopes of making it back to the Glittering Court in time to secure a proposal. Experiencing new cultures and beliefs for the first time, Tamsin realizes that her careful studies haven’t prepared her for everything, and with new alliances formed with roguish tradesman Jago Robinson and good-natured minister Gideon Stewart, Tamsin’s heart begins to be pulled in different directions. But she can’t let her brewing attraction get in the way of her ultimate goal: protecting the secret she holds closest to her heart, the one that would unravel everything she’s worked for if it’s uncovered.

“Stay Sweet” by Siobhan Vivian: For Amelia Van Hagen, scooping cones at Meade Creamery has always been more than just a summer job. It’s a sisterhood, one dating back to when the legendary ice cream stand first opened with an all-girl staff. Amelia has learned so much from the older girls over the years: like who the best teachers are, how to lie to her mother, and the perfect amount of sprinkles for a sundae. And as for the newest manager, she’s determined to pay it forward and give the girls in her charge their best summer yet. But then Grady Meade, the grandnephew of the stand’s founder, arrives unexpectedly to take over the business, showing little deference for the girls and their traditions. Grady’s presence threatens everything Amelia wants to protect – the ice cream stand, her friendships, and, most inconveniently, her heart.

“Bookish Boyfriends: A Date with Darcy” by Tiffany Schmidt: Boys are so much better in books. At least according to Merrilee Campbell, fifteen, who thinks real-life chivalry is dead and there’d be nothing more romantic than having a guy woo her like the heroes in classic stories. Then she, her best friend, Eliza, and her younger sister, Rory, transfer to Reginald R. Hero Prep – where all the boys look like they’ve stepped off the pages of a romance novel. Merri can hardly walk across the quad without running into someone who reminds her of Romeo. When the brooding and complicated Monroe Stratford scales Merri’s trellis in an effort to make her his, she thinks she might be Juliet incarnate. But as she works her way through her literature curriculum under the guidance of an enigmatic teacher, Merri’s tale begins to unfold in ways she couldn’t have imagined. Merri soon realizes that only she is in charge of her story. And it is a truth universally acknowledged that first impressions can be deceiving…

“Geekerella” by Ashley Poston: Geek girl Elle Wittimer lives and breaths Starfield, the classic sci-fi series she grew up watching with her late father. So when she sees a cosplay contest for a new Starfield movie, so has to enter. The prize? An invitation to the ExcelsiCon Cosplay Ball and a meet-and-greet with the actor slated to play Federation Prince Carmindor in the reboot. With savings from her gig at the Magic Pumpkin food truck (and her dad’s old costume), Elle is determined to win…unless her stepsisters get there first. Teen actor Darien Freeman used to live for cons – before he was famous. Now they’re nothing but autographs and awkward meet-and-greets. Playing Carmindor is all he’s ever wanted, but the Starfield fandom has written him off as just another incompetent heartthrob. As ExcelsiCon draws near, Darien feels more and more like a fake – until he meets a girl who shows him otherwise.

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Spring 2018 Book Haul

Hi everybody!

The first two books were given to me by loved ones, the third one was given to me by the author, and the other ones I bought (I’m doing so well on my book-buying ban, aren’t I?).

“The School for Good and Evil: A World Without Princes” by Soman Chainani: Sophie and Agatha are home, living out their Ever After. But life isn’t quite the fairy tale they expected. When Agatha secretly wishes she’d chosen a different happy ending, she reopens the gates to the School for Good and Evil. But the world she and Sophie once knew has changed. Witches and princesses, warlocks and princes are no longer enemies. New bonds are forming; old bonds are being shattered. But underneath this uneasy arrangement, a war is brewing and a dangerous enemy rises. As Agatha and Sophie battle to restore peace, an unexpected threat could destroy everything, and everyone, they love – and this time, it comes from within.

“Quilt of Souls” by Phyllis Lawson: When four-year-old Phyllis Lawson is sent to live with her grandmother in Alabama, she has no idea what to expect. What she finds is inspiration – the catalyst for everything good to come. She needed a miracle, and that miracle took the form of a tattered old quilt – a family heirloom stitched together from the clothes of her grandmother’s loved ones, telling the tragic stories of their lives and deaths. Born in 1883, Grandma Lula lived to be 103 years old and overcame the ugliness of racism through creating beautiful quilts. She quilted as a way to bring healing into the world, and working on this quilt created something even more powerful: an impenetrable bond between Grandmother and Granddaughter.

“At Wood’s Edge” by E.M. Fitch: Cassie Harris has turned her back on best friend Laney Blake. She had so other choice. Laney is one of them now, a creature of the trees. As Cassie’s senior year wears on, the woods grow quiet, snow blankets the ground, and the murderous beings who once taunted her have drifted away like the brittle leaves of Fall. Though the woods no longer stir with rushed whispers and wind-blown laughter, the fear remains. No one understands this fear better than Cassie. She wishes she could tell them not to worry. After all, the shape-shifting men of the trees and the women who travel with them, seeking out girls to abduct from carnivals, are gone. And the one that stayed behind? He isn’t interested in anyone but her. Now, Aidan’s interest in Cassie is a chilling reminder of the what lurks at woods edge. He stalks her home, her school, her bedroom. He won’t stop until he can find a way to lure Cassie into the forest to become one of him forever.

“Hannah Montana: Sweet Revenge” by M.C. King: Miley’s rivals, Amber and Ashley, have perfected the art of mean. When their annual Cool List comes out, Miley and her best bud Lilly are dead last. Ultimate humiliation! Then Amber lands a spot on the TV show Singing with the Stars. The guest celebrity is none other than Hannah Montana, aka Miley Stewart. Miley sees a sweet opportunity to get back at Amber. But will she discover that fighting fire with fire could send her down in flames?

“Sold” by Patricia McCormick: Lakshmi is a thirteen-year-old girl who lives with her family in a small village in Nepal. Though she is desperately poor, her life is full of simple pleasures, like playing hopscotch with her best friend from school and having her mother brush her hair by the light of an oil lamp. But when the harsh Himalayan monsoons wash away all the family’s crops, Lakshmi’s stepfather says she must take a job to support her family. He introduces her to a glamorous stranger who tells her she will find her a job as a maid in the city. Glad to help, Lakshmi journeys to India only to learn the unthinkable truth: she has been sold into prostitution. As old woman named Mumtaz rules the brothel with cruelty and cunning. She tells Lakshmi that she is trapped there until she can pay off her family’s debt – then cheats Lakshmi of her meager earnings so that she can never leave. Gradually, Lakshmi forms friendships that enable her to survive the terrifying new world. Then the day comes when she must make a decision – will she risk everything for a chance to reclaim her life?

“Now a Major Motion Picture” by Cori McCarthy: Iris Thorne wants to blaze her own path. That’s easier said than done when you’re the granddaughter of M. E. Thorne, famous author of the Elementia series, hailed as the feminist response to J. R. R. Tolkien. And with a major motion picture adaptation of her grandmother’s books in the works, Iris can say goodbye to her dream of making her own way in the music industry. So when Iris and her brother get invited to the film set in Ireland, she’s pretty sure the trip will be a nightmare. Except Iris can’t deny the rugged beauty of the Irish countryside. And brushing shoulders with the host, young cast isn’t awful, especially the infuriating charming lead, Eamon O’Brien. Iris even finds the impassioned female director inspiring. But when the filming falls into jeopardy, evetrything Iris thought she knew about Elementia – and herself – is in question. Will making a film for the big screen help Iris see the big picture?

“Exploring Harry Potter” by Elizabeth D. Schafer: This sourcebook for the Harry Potter series will answer your questions about the origins of magic and alchemy; parallels between the novels and mythology, religious symbols and allusions; the mystery of the characters’ names; the geography of Hogwarts and Hogsmeade; references to science, and many other ideas that will expand your enjoyment and help you understand more about Harry and his world.

January/February 2018 Book Haul

Hi everyone!

Here the the books I got in the last two months. The first two I got with a gift card that I got for Christmas and the last one, I bought on my own.

“Ravish” by Cathy Yardley: Sheltered from society, Aurora Jacquard has yet to feel the sweet release of physical love. Then, on the night she is about to give in to temptation, she inexplicably falls into a deep coma. Jacob White is one of the best neurologists in the world, and he intends to awaken Aurora from her virginal slumber. But when she begins to invade his dreams every right, beckoning him into a sensuous place of lust and danger, Jacob realizes there’s more to this woman then meets the eye. Trapped in a world of erotic dreams, Aurora and Jacob must surrender to their deepest darkest desires. But how far are they willing to go?

“Enslave” by Cathy Yardley: Nadia Bessonova’s career-criminal father has deadly enemies – and to save him, his devoted daughter is willing to make a bargain with the devil himself. She will surrender completely, body and spirit, to the dangerous Dominic Luder, and submit to his every whim. Haunted by inner demons and hiding away in his dark, secluded manor, Dominic is mesmerized by his sensuous prisoner who inflames his bestial lust. But Nadia is no mere plaything. At once fearful, willing, and wildly passionate, she brings his most breathtaking erotic fantasies to life – and thaws his cold, wounded heart. But Nadia never dreamed she’d become slave to her own desires in a savage game of seduction and revenge. And now that he has tasted ecstasy, will a jealous, magnificent beast be able to relinquish his prize?

“Swear” by Nina Malkin: It’s been six months since ghost-turned-golem Sinclair Youngblood Powers confessed his love, stole Dice’s heart, and disappeared from Swoon, perhaps from existence. Despite the hurt, Dice has been moving steadily toward ordinary. Dreams of Sin still plague and pleasure her sleep, and the mark Sin left remains on her skin, still sore. But Dice has been throwing herself into music, finding solace in song and sometimes even in the arms of her bandmate Tosh. Life seems almost…normal. The last thing Dice wants is to mess with anything remotely supernatural. But when her best friend’s boyfriend goes missing, Dice has no choice but to become very much involved. She knows that his disappearance was no accident, and it somehow has everything to do with Sin. Because Dice can feel it: Sin is back. And the promises and deceptions he left in his wake have returned to haunt him. What do you do when an oath of devotion threatens to destroy the one you love?

December 2017 Book Haul

Hey guys!

So, I did break and buy a couple books this month.

“Mirror, Mirror” by Cara Delevingne and Rowan Coleman: Red, Leo, Rose, and Naomi are misfits. Red has an alcoholic mother and a father who’s never around. Leo’s brother has been in prison for years and is about to come back home. Rose turns to boys and alcohol to numb the pain from her past. Naomi’s punk-rock-princess persona gives her freedom she cant find anywhere else. Everyone has a reason not to go home, but the four high schoolers have formed a family of their own through their band, Mirror, Mirror – the only place they can truly be themselves. When Naomi mysteriously vanishes and then is found unconscious, her friends are shaken, confused, and scared. Could have it been an accident – or did someone deliberately try to hurt Naomi? Did a stranger do this, or worse, someone she was close to? How well do they really know their bandmate – and one another? If Naomi wakes up from her coma, what will she have to say? To understand what happened to Naomi, Red, Leo, and Rose must ultimately face their own dark secrets and fears. When they look in the mirror, who do they see?

“The School for Good and Evil” by Soman Chainani: This year, best friends Sophie and Agatha are about to discover where all the lost children go: the fabled School for Good and Evil, where ordinary boys and girls are trained to be fairy-tale heroes and villains. As the most beautiful girl in Gavaldon, Sophie has dreamed of being kidnapped into an enchanted world her whole life. With her pink dresses, glass slippers, and devotion to good deeds, she knows she’ll earn top marks at the School for Good and graduate a Storybook princess. Meanwhile, Agatha, with her shapeless black frocks, wicked pet cat, and dislike of nearly everyone, seems a natural fit for the School of Evil. But when the two girls are swept into the Endless Woods, they find their fortunes reversed – and they’ll quickly find that the only way out of a fairy tale…is to live through it.

“Unite Me” by Tahereh Mafi: Juliette will not stand alone in a battle that will decide the fate of her world. In Destroy Me, Warner, the ruthless leader of Sector 45, refuses to let her go. In Fracture Me, Adam, Juliette’s first love, will do anything to get her back.

“The Giver” by Lois Lowry: Life in the community where Jonas lives is idyllic. Designated birthmothers produce newchildren, who are assigned to appropriate family units: one male, one female, to each. Citizens are assigned their partners and their jobs. No one thinks to ask questions. Everyone obeys. The community is a precisely choreographed world without conflict, inequality, divorce, unemployment, injustice…or choice. Everyone is the same. Except Jonas. At the Ceremony of Twelve, the community’s twelve-year-olds eagerly accept their predetermined Life Assignments. But Jonas is chosen for something special. He begins instruction in his life’s work with a mysterious old man known only as The Giver. Gradually Jonas learns that power lies in feelings. But when his own power is put to the test – when he must try to save someone he loves – he may not be ready. Is it too soon? Or too late?

November 2017 Book Haul

Hello everyone!

I bought a couple ebooks this month (with my Barnes and Noble gift card). The first 2 were bought, the next 4 were free ebooks, and the last 24 were borrowed books from the public library.

  • Dancing in my Nuddy-pants by Louise Rennison
  • Away Laughing on a Fast Camel by Louise Rennison
  • I Bring the Fire (Parts 1, 2, 3, and In The Balance) by C. Gockel
  • Bad Billionaire by Julie Kriss
  • 3:AM Kisses by Addison Moore
  • Fire in Frost by Alicia Rades
  • Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
  • The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli
  • 16 Things I Thought Were True by Janet Gurtler
  • Invisible by Pete Hautman
  • Once in a Full Moon by Ellen Schreiber
  • We Are Okay by Nina LaCour
  • Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
  • Crown of Ice by Vicki Weavil
  • Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon
  • Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between by Jennifer E. Smith
  • If We Kiss by Rachel Vail
  • Love and F1rst Sight by Josh Sundquist
  • The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo audiobook by Stieg Larsson
  • Faking perfect by Rebecca Phillips
  • Full Moon Kisses by Ellen Schreiber
  • Some Boys by Patty Blount
  • White Hot Kiss by Jennifer L. Armentrout
  • A Tale As Old As Time by Liz Braswell
  • Delirium by Lauren Oliver
  • More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera
  • Once Upon A Dream by Liz Braswell
  • The Warlock by Michael Scott
  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire audiobook by J.K. Rowling

October 2017 Book Haul

Hey guys!

So, I only got two books this month. The first one I bought with a gift card I got for my birthday and the second one, my boyfriend bought me.

“Losing Hope” by Colleen Hoover: Haunted by the little girl he couldn’t save from imminent danger, Holder’s life has been overshadowed by feelings of guilt and remorse. He has never stopped searching for her, believing that finding her would bring him peace he needs to move on. However, Holder could not have anticipated that he would be faced with even greater pain the moment they reconnected. Holder reveals the way in which the events of Sky’s youth affected him and his family, leading him to seek his own redemption in the act of saving her. But it is only in loving Sky that he can finally begin to heal himself.

“To Kill A Mocking Bird” by Harper Lee: A gripping, heart-wrenching, and wholly remarkable tale of coming-of-age in a South poisoned by virulent prejudice, it views a world of great beauty and savage inequities through the eyes of a young girl, as her father – a crusading local lawyer – risks everything to defend a black man unjustly accused of a terrible crime.

September 2017 Book Haul

Hey guys!

This month was the Baltimore Book Festival and I couldn’t keep my hands to myself.

Here are the books I bought this month:

“Never, Never” by Colleen Hoover and Tarryn Fischer: Charlize Wynwood and Silas Nash have been best friends since before they could walk. They’ve been in love since the age of fourteen. But as of this morning…they are complete strangers. Their first kiss, their first fight, the moment they fell in love…every memory has vanished. Charlize and Silas must work together to uncover the truth about what happened to them and why. But the more they learn about the couple they used to be…the more they question why they were ever together to begin with.

“Point of Retreat” by Colleen Hoover: Layken and Will’s relationship has endured through hardships, heartache, and a cruel twist of fate, further solidifying the fact that they belong together. But the two lovers could not have expected that the things that brought them together may ultimately be the things that tear them apart. Their connection is on the brink and being destroyed forever and it will take an extraordinary amount of willpower to keep their love afloat. Layken is left with questioning the very foundation on which her relationship with Will was built. Will is left questioning how he can prove his love for a girl who can’t seem to stop “carving pumpkins.” Upon finding the answers that may bring peace back into their relationship, the couple comes across an even greater challenge – one that could change not only their lives but the lives of everyone who depends on them.

“This Girl” by Colleen Hoover: Layken and Will’s love has managed to withstand a whirlwind of love, passion, and heartache. Layken and Will’s love has managed to withstand the toughest of circumstances, and the young lovers, now married, are beginning to feel safe and secure in their union. As much as Layken relishes their new life together, she finds herself wanting to know everything there is to know about her husband, even though Will makes it clear he prefers to keep the painful memories of the past where they belong. Still, he can’t resist his wife’s pleas, and so he begins to untangle his side of the story, revealing for the first time his most intimate feelings and thoughts, retelling both the good and the bad moments, and sharing a few shocking confessions of his own from the time when they first met.

“Truly, Madly, Famously” by Rebecca Serle: After being plucked from obscurity, Hollywood’s newest It Girl, Paige Townsen, has a blockbuster film to her name and Rainer Devon on her arm. But being half of the world’s most famous couple comes with a price. No matter where Paige goes, someone is always watching. Soon she finds herself dodging photographers; hiding her feelings for her other costar, Jordan Wilder, and weathering tabloid scandals that threaten to tear her and Rainer apart – and end her career as quickly as it began. 

“Finding Cinderella” by Colleen Hoover: A chance encounter in the dark leads eighteen-year-old Daniel and the girl who stumbles across him to profess their love for each other. But this love had conditions: they agree it will last only one hour, and it will be only make-believe. When their hour is up and the girl rushes off like Cinderella, Daniel tries to convince himself that what happened between them seemed perfect only because they were pretending it was. Moments like that happen only in fairy tales. One year and one bad relationship later, his disbelief in love-at-first-sight is stripped away the day he meets Six: a girl with s strange name and an even stranger personality. Unfortunately for Daniel, finding true love doesn’t guarantee a happily ever after…it only further threatens it. Will an unbearable secret from the past jeopardize Daniel and Six’s only chance at saving each other?

“Tales from the Shadowhunter’s Academy” by Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan, Maureen Johnson, and Robin Wasserman: Simon Lewis has been a human and a vampire,  and now he is becoming a Shadowhunter. But the events of City of heavely Fire left him stripped of his memories, and Simon isn’t sure who he is anymore.He knows he was friends with Clary, and that he convinced the total goddess Isabelle Lightwood to go out with him…but he doesn’t know how. And when Clary and Isabelle look at him, expecting him to be a man he doesn’t remember…Simon can’t take it. So when the Shadowhunter Academy reopens, Simon throws himself into this new world of demon-hunting, determined to find himself again. His new self. Whomever this new Simon might be. But the Academy is a Shadowhunter institution, which means it has some problems. Like the fact that non-Shadowhunter students have to live in the basement. And that differences – like being a former vampire – are greatly looked down upon. At least Simon is trained in weaponry – even if it’s only from hours of playing D&D.

“The Girl You Left Behind” by Jojo Moyes: France, 1916. Sophie Lefèvre must keep her family safe while her adored husband, Édouard, fights at the front. When their town falls to the Germans in the midst of World War I, she is forced to serve them every evening at her hotel. From the moment the new Kommandant sets eyes on Sophie’s portrait – painted by her artist husband – a dangerous obsession is born, one that will lead Sophie to make a dark and terrible decision. Almost a century later, Sophie’s portrait hangs in the home of Liv Halston, a wedding gift from her young husband before his sudden death. After a chance encounter reveals the portrait’s true worth, a battle begins over its troubled history. As the layers of the painting’s shadowy past are revealed, Liv’s world is turned upside down all over again, and her belief in what is right is put to the ultimate test.

“The Lost Letter from Your Lover” by Jojo Moyes: In 1960, Jennifer Stirling wakes in the hospital and remembers nothing – not the car accident that put her there, not her wealthy husband, not even her own name. Searching for clues, she finds an impassioned letter, signed simply, “B,” from a man whom she seemed willing to risk everything. In 2003, journalist Ellie Haworth stumbles upon an old letter containing a man’s ardent plea to his married lover. She becomes obsessed with finding out what happened to the couple. Perhaps if they lived happily ever after, her own complicated affair could have a happy ending, too.

“Interview With the Vampire” by Anne Rice: This is the story of Louis, as told in his own words, of his journey through mortal and immortal life. Louis recounts how he became a vampire at the hands of the radiant and sinister Lestat and how he became indoctrinated, unwillingly, into the vampire way of life. His story ebbs and flows through the streets of New Orleans, defining crucial moments such as his discovery of the exquisite lost young child Claudia, wanting not to hurt but to comfort her with the last breaths of humanity he has inside. Yet, he makes Claudia a vampire, trapping her womanly passion, will, and intelligence inside the body of a small child. Louis and Claudia form a seemingly unbreakable alliance and even “settle down” for a while in the opulent French Quarter. Louis remembers Claudia’s struggle to understand herself and the hatred they both have for Lestat that sends them halfway across the world to seek others of their kind. Louis and Claudia are desperate to find somewhere they belong, to find others who understand, and someone who knows what and why they are. Louis and Claudia travel Europe, eventually coming to Paris and the ragingly successful Theatre des Vampires – a theatre of vampires pretending to be mortals pretending to be vampires. Here they meet the magnetic and ethereal Armand, who brings them into a whole society of vampires. But Louis and Claudia find that finding others like themselves provides no easy answers and in fact presents dangers they scarcely imagined.

“The Serial Killer Files” by Harold Schechter: Hollywood’s make-believe maniacs can’t hold a candle to real life monsters who have terrorized, tortured, and terminated their way across civilization throughout the ages. Rigorously researched and packed with the most terrifying, up-to-date information, this innovative and highly compelling compendium covers every aspect of multiple murderers from psychology to cinema, fetishism to fan clubs, “trophies” to trading cards. Discover: WHO THEY ARE – Included are Ed Gein, the mama’s boy who inspired fiction’s most famous Psycho, Norman Bates; Angelo Buono and Kenneth Bianchi, sex-crazed killer cousins better known as the Hillside Stranglers; and the Beanes, a  cave dwelling clan with an insatiable appetite for human flesh. HOW THEY KILL – They butcher, bludgeon, and burn. Drown, dismember, and devour . . . and other methods of massacre too many and monstrous to mention here. WHY THEY DO IT –  For pleasure, for profit. For celebrity, for “companionship.” For the devil and for dinner. For the thrill of it, the hell of it, and because “such men are monsters, who live . . . beyond the frontiers of madness.” PLUS – in-depth case studies, definitions of every kind of deviance and derangement, and much, much more. For more than one hundred profiles of lethal loners and killer couples, Bluebeards and black widows, cannibals and copycats— this is an indispensable, spine-tingling, eye-popping investigation into the dark hearts and mad minds of that twisted breed of human whose crimes are the most frightening . . . and fascinating.