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My Dark Vanessa

My Dark Vanessa

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INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER "Russell manages a brutal originality. . . . [an] exceedingly complex, inventive, resourceful examination of harm and power." --The New York Times Book Review, Editors' Choice"To call this book a 'conversation piece' or 'an important book' feels belittling . . . [it] is so much more than that. It's a lightning rod. A brilliantly crafted novel."--The Washington PostA most anticipated book by The New York Times - USA Today - Entertainment Weekly - Marie Claire - Elle - Harper's Bazaar - Bustle - Newsweek - New York Post - Esquire - Real Simple - The Sunday Times - The Guardian Exploring the psychological dynamics of the relationship between a precocious yet naïve teenage girl and her magnetic and manipulative teacher, a brilliant, all-consuming read that marks the explosive debut of an extraordinary new writer.2000. Bright, ambitious, and yearning for adulthood, fifteen-year-old Vanessa Wye becomes entangled in an affair with Jacob Strane, her magnetic and guileful forty-two-year-old English teacher. 2017. Amid the rising wave of allegations against powerful men, a reckoning is coming due. Strane has been accused of sexual abuse by a former student, who reaches out to Vanessa, and now Vanessa suddenly finds herself facing an impossible choice: remain silent, firm in the belief that her teenage self willingly engaged in this relationship, or redefine herself and the events of her past. But how can Vanessa reject her first love, the man who fundamentally transformed her and has been a persistent presence in her life? Is it possible that the man she loved as a teenager--and who professed to worship only her--may be far different from what she has always believed?Alternating between Vanessa's present and her past, My Dark Vanessa juxtaposes memory and trauma with the breathless excitement of a teenage girl discovering the power her own body can wield. Thought-provoking and impossible to put down, this is a masterful portrayal of troubled adolescence and its repercussions that raises vital questions about agency, consent, complicity, and victimhood. Written with the haunting intimacy of The Girls and the creeping intensity of Room, My Dark Vanessa is an era-defining novel that brilliantly captures and reflects the shifting cultural mores transforming our relationships and society itself.--Esquire, The Best Books Coming Out This Winter

Captured (The Captive Series Book 1)

Captured (The Captive Series Book 1)

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Taken from her beloved family and woods, Aria’s biggest fear isn’t death... it’s becoming a blood slave for a member of the vampire race.No matter her fate, she must keep her identity hidden from the monsters imprisoning her. She’s already branded a member of the rebellion, but the vampires can never learn the truth of her involvement.Hoping for death, Aria’s world turns upside down when Braith steps forward to claim her. The powerful vampire delays her execution, but it’s only a matter of time before he destroys her.Aria’s determination to hate Braith only increases when she learns he’s a member of the royal family responsible for reducing humans to nothing more than servants and slaves. However, his strange kindness and unexpected gentleness slowly make her realize he’s more than just a monster.Torn between her loyalties to the rebellion, and a growing love for her greatest enemy, Aria must decide between everything she’s ever known and a love she never dreamed of finding. The Captive Series is mature YA/New Adult. This book contains some language, violence, and sexual situations. Recommended for ages sixteen and up. Recommended reading order for the completed Captive Series. Captured (Book 1) Renegade (Book 2) Refugee (Book 3) Salvation (Book 4) Redemption (Book 5) Broken (The Captive Series Prequel) Vengeance (Book 6) Unbound (Book 7)Keywords: Teen romance strong heroine action adventure contemporary fantasy fiction urban fantasy young adult romance book folklore romance suspenseful teen romance new adult dystopian love story supernatural love story action adventure new adult dystopian strong male lead fantasy coming of age strong male lead supernatural suspense enemies to lovers young adult romance book strong heroine vampire fantasy character with special needs vampire romance dystopian love story fantasy coming of age mythical creatures folklore fiction hate to love romance.

The 7 1⁄2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle

The 7 1⁄2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle

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This book blew my mind! Utterly original and unique.--Sophie Hannah, New York Times bestselling authorA murder mystery novel inspired by Agatha Christie with a dash of Groundhog Day and a hint of Quantum Leap and Downton Abbey.Aiden Bishop knows the rules. Evelyn Hardcastle will die every day until he can identify her killer and break the cycle. But every time the day begins again, Aiden wakes up in the body of a different guest at Blackheath Manor. And some of his hosts are more helpful than others. With a locked-room mystery that Agatha Christie would envy, Stuart Turton unfurls a breakneck novel of intrigue and suspense.The 71/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle is a breathlessly addictive mystery that follows one man's race against time to find a killer, with an astonishing time-turning twist that means nothing and no one are quite what they seem.From the author of The Devil and the Dark Water, Stuart Turton delivers inventive twists in a thriller of such unexpected creativity it will leave readers guessing until the very last page.Praise for The 71/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle: Sunday Times BestsellerCosta First Novel Award 2018 WinnerOne of Stylist Magazine's 20 Must-Read Books of 2018One of Harper's Bazaar's 10 Must-Read Books of 2018One of Guardian's Best Books of 2018One of Buzzfeed's 17 Mystery Books You Won't Be Able to Put DownOne of BookRiot's 10 Mystery and Thriller Authors like Agatha ChristieI hereby declare Stuart Turton the Mad Hatter of Crime. The 71/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle is unique, energizing, and clever. So original, a brilliant read.--Ali Land, Sunday Times bestselling author Good Me Bad MeDarkly comic, mind-blowingly twisty, and with a cast of fantastically odd characters, this is a locked room mystery like no other.--Sarah Pinborough, New York Times bestselling author of Behind Her EyesAgatha Christie meets Groundhog Day... quite unlike anything I've ever read, and altogether triumphant.--A. J. Finn, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Woman in the WindowOther Thrillers from Sourcebooks Landmark: The Devil and the Dark Water by Stuart TurtonThe Last Flight by Julie ClarkBlack Widows by Cate QuinnThe Quiet Girl by S.F. Kosa

The Chosen

The Chosen

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The fifth book in L.J. Smith’s beloved bestselling Night World series is now available as a special collector’s edition!She stalks the lonely back alleys of Boston, the deserted industrial docks of the harbor, seeking revenge on the vampires who killed her mother. Rashel Jordon knows where they live. But they don’t yet know that the black-haired, green-eyed girl is as deadly as she is beautiful, killing the Night People one by one. Armed with a wooden stake, martial arts, and the will to resist a vampire’s mind control, she is safe as long as her true identity remains a secret. But when she rescues a girl from certain death, Rashel is suddenly swept into the Night World Slave Trade, the gateway to the vampires’ secret enclave. Here the gatekeeper is the dark, dangerous, and irresistible Quinn. Quinn decides who is chosen. He holds the keys to the realm Rashel is desperate to enter. But when she looks into his eyes, she’s stunned to see her soulmate—a vampire who she has vowed to destroy.

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