Sixteen year old Mary Shelley Black, named after the famous Frankenstein author, arrives in 1918 San Diego. The city, like many others across the country & worldwide is ravaged by the effects of catastrophic influenza and WWI. Mary longs for the love of her childhood sweetheart Stephen & imprisoned father despite the protestations of her slightly older aunt Eva, who feels burdened with the exclusive goal of protecting her from the deadly flu. Stephen's brother Julius, a spiritualist photographer, attempts to manipulate Mary into his sadistic world. At the same time, Stephen's spirit begins calling out to her. Mary decides on supernatural means will release the tension.
The parallels between Ebola & Spanish Influenza along with seances & dead spirits of Halloween in Winters' In the shadow of the blackbirds couldn't have been more timely.
In a crossover between "Fault in our stars" and "Beaches", Melissa Kantor narrates a heart breaking tale of a friendship on the verge of being permanently severed. Olivia and Zoe are inseparable. Before their Junior year in high school, they deal with the bitter disappointment of being cut from the NY Academy of Dance. As they embark on a new chapter, their world is turned upside down with devastating news. Olivia is diagnosed with an aggressive form of leukemia. Olivia and Zoe, their families, and friends confront the harsh realities of cancer in what would normally be the time of their lives.
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In this fast paced suspense novel, a bruised and slightly maimed girl is trapped in the woods. She only knows one thing-two men are trying to kill her. On the run and the name "Katie" in passing, the girl must uncover her memory and convince the police or a caring McDonald's employee to help her before it's too late.
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Cass weaves concepts from the TV reality show "The Bachelor", the royal family, and political turmoil into a intriguing drama. The royal family requests young maidens throughout the kingdom to apply for the selection, a process where Prince Mazon will select a wife from 35 women. As a member of a lower social caste, America begrudgingly applies for her family's economic well being. However, she faces inner turmoil throughout the competition by being in love with Aspen, a young man below her social standing & eventual place guard.
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