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Children of the Wind by Charles Anthony Almanza

When twenty-something year-old Lucas, a gifted empath and globe trotter who ‘travels with the changing wind’ returns to his hometown of Playa de Oro, he expects a certain normalcy to follow him. He needs it to anchor him while dealing with his mother, who suffers from a brain tumor that causes seizures, or his youngest sister, Dee, battling depression. And . . .

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City of Secrets by Becky Munyon

To tourists, Caribou Canyon is an idyllic Colorado mountain town—one made even more enjoyable by the ghost stories told at local inns. But outsiders don’t know about the frequent disappearances and grisly murders. The residents know, and they might care—if these weren’t the things that made them some of the richest and most powerful people in the world. As the . . .

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Ravelling Wrath by Eli Dupree

A pair of teenagers get caught up in a conflict between the gods.

Rinn Akatura has never really cared about the gods, any more than she cares about “obeying school rules” or “being nice to jerks”. But when she—and her girlfriend, Yali—are chosen to represent the gods in the Ravelling, they get caught up in a decades-old conflict they could never have imagined. In the magical Otherworld, the Blood God enters Rinn’s mind . . .

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The Runaway by Eliza Knightly

Sixteen-year-old Eliza has just been picked up by police, placed in the foster care system and deposited in Hope House, a group home for troubled teens. Her comrades are drug addicts, truants, and juvenile delinquents but blue-haired Dean shows her that she isn’t so different from the rest of the teens she lives with. When Dean asks her to run . . .

A serialized novel, updating monthly.
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Breathless by V. J. Chambers

Who is Jason?

Jason races into Azazel’s life—sweaty, tortured, and hunted by covert forces. Even though her football-player boyfriend doesn’t like it, Azazel is drawn to Jason. He’s so complicated. He gets in fistfights, but always wins them—efficiently and thoroughly. He reads Plato and argues with their AP teacher. But he’s also quiet and serious, haunted by a past he won’t talk . . .

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Trembling by V. J. Chambers

book two of the Jason and Azazel Trilogy

In the sequel to Breathless, Lilith’s back, and she’s got her eye on Jason. Jason doesn’t think Azazel’s new best friend Jude is really gay. Someone put a bell, engraved with a picture of the sun rising over water, in Azazel’s purse. Azazel’s worried, but Jason thinks she’s paranoid. Jason and Azazel might be at the . . .

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Tortured by V. J. Chambers

book three of the Jason and Azazel trilogy

Since she arrived in Italy, Azazel hasn’t been able to stop having nightmares. Sometimes her boyfriend Jason is covered in blood, grinning at her like a demon. Sometimes there is a gun in her hand, and she’s shooting the people she loves the most. The only way to stop the dreams is to drown them in liquor. Azazel can . . .

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Dark Circles by Annie Abbondante

All I ever really wanted were dark circles under my eyes.

All I ever really wanted were dark circles under my eyes. The thin, navy half-moons seemed so elusive and beautiful. I wanted the kind you get from being malnourished or not getting enough sleep. Models who spent nights with rock stars had them. Dancers who devoted themselves too much to their art had them. Pale girls with black hair and . . .

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BREATHLESS

Rollercoaster Ride

By Fiona Gregory, editor

Jul 19, 2010: BREATHLESS is deservedly popular with its teen audience for the heady blend of a fast moving plot with the unexpected around every turn, the passion of star crossed lovers on the run, and the suspense of a (supernatural?) mystery. These are all entertaining elements, but as an older reader, what I found most fun about this tale was the voice of the teen narrator, who starts the tale believing herself a normal high school student in a regular small town – when in fact it soon becomes obvious to the [more . . .]

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BREATHLESS

Standardized YA Romance

By Robert Rodgers, author of The Last Skull

Apr 21, 2010: Readers beware; here there be spoilers.

Breathless follows the misadventures of a teenage couple as they blunder their way through a religious-flavored conspiracy dedicated to the task of either getting them to bump uglies or kill each other. I didn’t stick around long enough to find out which.

I’m not a fan of Twilight, so keep that in mind—harnessing the combined power of teenage sexuality, angst, and hints of the supernatural has [more . . .]

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