Boston-based author Chris Mooney brings every parent’s worst fear to light with this gripping psychological thriller. When his six-year-old daughter Sarah is abducted, Mike Sullivan tries tirelessly to find her and get her back, putting strain on his soul, his psyche, and his marriage. Chilling, thoughtful, and most importantly, psychologically exciting--all the best elements of story telling.
Aristotle, a teenage Mexican-American boy meets the charming Dante at the city pool in the middle of summer and soon find their lives closely entwined--for better or for worse. This coming-of-age story is a tender tale about coming to terms with trauma, with tragedy, with miracles, and with falling in love. It's light-hearted but never kitchy and tender without being sappy.
Jessica Hopper is one of the most recognized and respected women in music journalism in the 21st century and this collection of essays, articles, and criticism showcases why. Hopper’s writings, some from the late 90’s and early aughts, all showcase her intense love for music and the popular (and counter) culture the scene creates.
15-year-old Anna runs away from Atlanta, where she feels unwanted, unappreciated, and unloved, to her sister’s house in the city of Los Angeles, which is full of people who are unwanted, unappreciated, and unloved. Spending her summer vacation on TV sets and movie shoots, she begins to explore the city’s points of history--including the Manson murders. This novel is an exploration of girlhood and disillusionment painted against the darker side of LA.
Simon, a practical librarian, receives a package on his doorstep one day--a book that belonged to a travelling circus in the 1700’s, including details about the drowning of a circus “mermaid” on July 24th. Simon begins to fear a curse in his family, noticing that drowning is eerily similar to the one that killed Simon’s mother, another circus “mermaid”, and a string of women on his maternal side, all on the same day, all with the same profession. Simon finds himself in a race against the fantastic to save his sister’s life. Swyler's writing is compelling and elevated without being lofty and the supernatural element is meshed beautifully to the mundane.
As a child, Mia Corvere vowed to avenge her family, wrongfully taken from her, and set her heart on becoming a Blade of the Red Church, an assassin devoted to the Darkness. Now grown, Mia is on a mission to end three of the most powerful men in her country and in the process, find out who--or what--she really is. Kristoff’s story has something for everyone--love, vengeance, murder, rivalry, comedy, swordfighting, ancient magic--and be sure, gentlefriends, Nevernight does not disappoint.