Note: Mr. Mercedes is not included in this ranking. This one was the last and least of the bunch. Anyone who remembers the deadly levitating Coke machine would agree. Meant to be carnival mirror reflections of each other, the two books feature many of the same characters, though with different motivations and circumstances in each. This one, the Bachman book, tells the story of a small-town street that is beset by two vans full of gun-wielding murderers. That description makes the book sound more coherent than it actually is — as the bad guys have been summoned by the mind of a TV-obsessed autistic boy possessed by an alien being.
Concerned with a high-school student who kills two teachers and takes over a classroom, the story is very much the work of an angry young man — overheated and full of big talk. Wisely or not, King allowed the book to go out of print, partly because of a fear of having future school shootings linked to it. Blame its place in the series the relatively slim book serves mainly as a transition volume between two thick volumes or its mind-boggling metafictional flourish. Either way, it it an odd fit with everything that preceded it.
Handcuffed to her cabin bed after her husband dies in the middle of a naughty sex game, Jessie must somehow find a way to escape. The one-room, one-woman setting allows King to overindulge in one of his most recognizable and sometimes frustrating tics: the character who speaks out loud to themselves for no good reason. This novella is a trifle, but King writes lovingly about his favorite game. Yet there is both an authorly tension and bond between King and Straub that results in more lovely passages than the typical lesser King book has any right to offer.
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Partially a satirical look at Reagan-era American materalism, the book plays broader than it should, but less funny than King who considers the book a black comedy would have liked. Future kid-centered books would be both scarier and deeper. Edgar loses his arm in a construction accident but gains the ability to make things happen when he paints them. As she wanders, afraid and alone, the only thing to keep her company is her radio, broadcasting a Red Sox game featuring her favorite player. The Shop is a secret government agency that, on account of an experiment it performs on one college campus, inadvertantly creates two students with special powers.
They marry and have a kid who is capable of wreaking fantastic havoc through her psychic control of fire. With several wonderfully tense set pieces, the book nonetheless has a few too many stationary scenes set in an underground government bunker. I find I can read two pages of a book during each commercial break. Lovecraft indirectly. Girls of July - Alex Flinn. Expand text… Seventeen-year-old Skye has her sights set on one thing: getting the heck out of Dodge. All she has to do is survive her senior year, not get too drunk at parties, and be there for her little sister, Emma.
Until he returns. Her family has no idea Skye has been guarding a dark secret about her past—about him—and she never thought she would have to face him again. She knows she has to get away from him at all costs. But how can she abandon Emma? Patron Saints of Nothing by Randy Ribay A powerful coming-of-age story about grief, guilt, and the risks a Filipino-American teenager takes to uncover the truth about his cousin's murder.
Jay Reguero plans to spend the last semester of his senior year playing video games before heading to the University of Michigan in the fall. But when he discovers that his Filipino cousin Jun was murdered as part of President Duterte's war on drugs, and no one in the family wants to talk about what happened, Jay travels to the Philippines to find out the real story. Hoping to uncover more about Jun and the events that led to his death, Jay is forced to reckon with the many sides of his cousin before he can face the whole horrible truth — and the part he played in it.
As gripping as it is lyrical, Patron Saints of Nothing is a page-turning portrayal of the struggle to reconcile faith, family, and immigrant identity. Patron Saints of Nothing - Randy Ribay. Seventeen-year-old Xochi is alone in San Francisco, running from her painful past: the mother who abandoned her, the man who betrayed her. Martin Gonzales pinned post 20 Jun at am. Amber Wilson Jun 19, at pm. Shadows on The Moon Trained in the magical art of shadow-weaving, sixteen-year-old Suzume is able to recreate herself in any form - a fabulous gift for a girl desperate to escape her past.
But who is she really? Is she a girl of noble birth living under the tyranny of her mother's new husband, Lord Terayama, or a lowly drudge scraping a living in the ashes of Terayama's kitchens, or Yue, the most beautiful courtesan in the Moonlit Lands? Expand text… Whatever her true identity, Suzume is destined to capture the heart of a prince - and determined to use his power to destroy Terayama. And nothing will stop her, not even love. There is a monster in the forest Everyone in Hana's remote village on the mountain knows that straying too far into the woods is a death sentence.
When Hana's father goes missing, she is the only one who dares try to save him. Taking up her hunting gear, she goes in search of the beast, determined to kill it - or be killed herself. But the forest contains more secrets, more magic and more darkness than Hana could ever have imagined. And the beast is not at all what she expects The Swan Kingdom Shadows have fallen across the beautiful and lush Kingdom.
The queen was attacked by an unnatural beast, and the healing skills of her daughter, Alexandra, cannot save her. Too soon the widowed king is spellbound by a frightening stranger - a woman whose eyes reflect no light. In a terrifying moment, all Alexandra knows disappears, including her beloved brothers, leaving her banished to a barren land unlike her own.
Alexandra has more gifts than even she realizes as she is confronted with magic, murder, and the strongest of evil forces.
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Martin Gonzales pinned post 12 Jun at am. Rhina Villa Jun 11, at pm. Rescued from a world of poverty, Cettie Pratt has avoided a bleak destiny—until now. Deceived and manipulated, she has been groomed for the ultimate betrayal: to destroy her best friend and stop peace from uniting two war-torn worlds. Her path leads her to a mysterious underworld where appearances can be deceiving.
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Sera Fitzempress knows the value she has to her enemies. As heir to the empire, she must keep her foes at bay and prevent them from unleashing a being of unspeakable evil upon the world while fighting a brutal war. But her enemies are more cunning than Sera expects, and the key to their plans is none other than her best friend. Neither woman knows what to believe. Neither one knows if she can trust the other. Both Cettie and Sera have made decisions that have irrevocably changed them.
But the decisions they have yet to make will determine the fate of their world…. Rise Rule 2 by Ellen Goodlett Sisters Akeylah, Ren, and Zofi are all a step closer to their dying father's throne, a step closer to the crown that will allow one of them to rule over Kolonya.
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But the sisters' pasts continue to haunt them. Each hides a secret marked with blood and betrayal, and now their blackmailer is holding nothing back. When King Andros discovers the sisters' traitorous pasts, the consequences will shake the entire kingdom to its core. As Kolonya's greatest threat stalks closer and closer, weaving a web of fear and deceit around Ren, Zofi, and Akeylah, even the people they love are under suspicion. If the sisters are going to survive, they'll have to learn to trust each other above all else and work together, not only to save themselves, but to protect everyone and everything they hold dear.
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Rhina Villa Jun 8, at pm. Hurricane Season by Nicole Melleby This debut novel—about taking risks and facing danger, about love and art, and about growing up and coming out—will make its way straight into your heart.
Fig, a sixth grader, wants more than anything to see the world as her father does. Not only has the class not brought Fig closer to understanding him, it has brought social services to their door. Diving into books about Van Gogh to understand the madness of artists, calling on her best friend for advice, and turning to a new neighbor for support, Fig continues to try everything she can think of to understand her father, to save him from himself, and to find space in her life to discover who she is even as the walls are falling down around her.
And more than anything else, it is a story of the healing power of love—and the limits of that power. Rhina Villa Jun 3, at am. Crossings by Alex Landragin I didn't write this book. I stole it A Parisian bookbinder stumbles across a manuscript containing three stories, each as unlikely as the other. Likewise, Axton de La Manse is an outcast himself—a Norman exile hell-bent on righting the injustice his family suffered at de Valcourt hands. But what begins as a political arrangement and a risky deception soon blossoms into lusty, between-the-sheets passion.
Both the children of powerful Texans—Tonatiuh, the descendant of Aztec royalty; Amy, the daughter of a wealthy rancher—their families were closely intertwined. As she adjusts to her new life, she has to decide if playing their games will truly set her free. Maud is a widowed princess vying for the British throne.
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