Discover a magical world where lost things are found.
Whenever cousins Jake and Marisol get together, adventure follows. They have their late Nana to thank for that. Her epic trips and treasure hunts were the stuff of family legend.
This summer, with the whole family reuniting for one last vacation at Nana’s home, the cousins are in for a legendary trip of their own.
Following a map Nana left behind, Jake and Marisol sneak out to a nearby lighthouse—then accidentally slip into another world! The World Between Blinks is a magical place where all kinds of lost things (and people!) end up. Everywhere they turn, the cousins find real mysteries from history—plus a few they thought were only myths.
But the man who holds the key to Jake and Marisol’s return journey doesn’t want to be found . . . and if the cousins don’t catch him fast, they could end up lost in this world for good.
Isn’t this book just so cute?! And then add in these amazing authors and I knew before even picking it up I was in for a treat. But let me tell you, the story doesn’t disappoint either. I always find that I either really appreciate middle grade books or I’ve just gotten far too old to get into it. And this was one of those that anyone of any age can pick up and fall in love with. It’s just so cleverly written and a wonderful story.
There’s just so much to unpack with this story because there’s so many elements that were woven into the story. There are the unique fantasy elements found within but there are also some darker deeper elements mixed in with the story. We get to dive into grief and how children deal with losing someone close to them, something many of us have to deal with at such a young age.
Overall this is such a wonderful story that anyone can relate to. The world is unique and the concepts are fresh. Plus adding in dealing with loss just makes this such a more meaningful and touching book.
About the Authors
Amie Kaufman is a New York Times and internationally bestselling author of young adult fiction. Her multi-award winning work is slated for publication in over 30 countries, and is in development for film and TV. Raised in Australia and occasionally Ireland, Amie has degrees in history, literature, law and conflict resolution. She lives in Melbourne with her husband, their rescue dog, and an extremely large personal library.
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Ryan Graudin was born in Charleston, South Carolina, with a severe case of wanderlust. When she’s not traveling, she’s busy writing and spending time with her husband and wolf dog. She is the author of Invictus, the Wolf By Wolf duology, The Walled City, and the All That Glows Series.
Featuring stories from R.L. Stine and Madeleine Roux, this middle grade horror anthology, curated by New York Times bestselling author and master of macabre Jonathan Maberry, is a chilling tribute to Alvin Schwartz’s Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark.
Flesh-hungry ogres? Brains full of spiders? Haunted houses you can’t escape? This collection of 35 terrifying stories from the Horror Writers Association has it all, including ghastly illustrations from Iris Compiet that will absolutely chill readers to the bone.
So turn off your lamps, click on your flashlights, and prepare—if you dare—to be utterly spooked!
The complete list of writers: Linda D. Addison, Courtney Alameda, Jonathan Auxier, Gary A. Braunbeck, Z Brewer, Aric Cushing, John Dixon, Tananarive Due, Jamie Ford, Kami Garcia, Christopher Golden, Tonya Hurley, Catherine Jordan, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Alethea Kontis, N.R. Lambert, Laurent Linn, Amy Lukavics, Barry Lyga, D.J. MacHale, Josh Malerman, James A. Moore, Michael Northrop, Micol Ostow, Joanna Parypinksi, Brendan Reichs, Madeleine Roux, R.L. Stine, Margaret Stohl, Gaby Triana, Luis Alberto Urrea, Rosario Urrea, Kim Ventrella, Sheri White, T.J. Wooldridge, Brenna Yovanoff
Who’s ready to get scared?! I just love short story anthologies. And I love them even more when they’re scary short stories! I remember reading Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark with my cousins as a kid, so this book was just such a fun way to bring back allllll of that nostalgia! Plus, who doesn’t love a good scary story?! And I love how the scare factor isn’t held back because this is a “kids” book, sometimes the creepiest things come from those geared towards younger audiences.
This selection of stories is geared as a tribute to the ever enduring OG, and that’s just what they felt like when reading! There was a hint of nostalgia, a dash of reverence, and a whole bunch of creativity. I mean this collection was just the perfect mash of new mixed with that ode to the old.
I just adored this book and all it’s scary glory. While I don’t necessarily scare easily, I do love the feeling of unease that something spooky always brings (I know I’m a smidge twisted). And if you hold any love for scary stories in your heart this book is a MUST. Plus it’s the perfect season to pass these stories around a camp fire!
About the Author
JONATHAN MABERRY is a New York Times best-selling and five-time Bram Stoker Award-winning author, anthology editor, comic book writer, magazine feature writer, playwright, content creator and writing teacher/lecturer. He was named one of the Today’s Top Ten Horror Writers. His books have been sold to more than two-dozen countries.
He writes in several genres. His young adult fiction includes ROT & RUIN (2011; was named in Booklist’s Ten Best Horror Novels for Young Adults, an American Library Association Top Pick, a Bram Stoker and Pennsylvania Keystone to Reading winner; winner of several state Teen Book Awards including the Cricket, Nutmeg and MASL; winner of the Cybils Award, the Eva Perry Mock Printz medal, Dead Letter Best Novel Award, and four Melinda Awards); DUST & DECAY (winner of the 2011 Bram Stoker Award; FLESH & BONE (winner of the Bram Stoker Award; 2012; and FIRE & ASH (August 2013). BROKEN LANDS, the first of a new spin-off series, debuts in 2018.
His thrillers include The Joe Ledger Thrillers from St. Martin’s Griffin (PATIENT ZERO, 2009, winner of the Black Quill and a Bram Stoker Award finalist for Best Novel; EXTINCTION MACHINE, (2013; now in development for TV by SONY); PREDATOR ONE, and others. His first middle grade novel, THE NIGHTSIDERS BOOK 1: THE ORPHAN ARMY, was named one the 100 Best Books for Children 2015, with a sequel, VAULT OF SHADOWS debuting this year from Simon & Schuster. His standalone teen science fiction novel, MARS ONE, is in development for film by Zucker Productions and Lone Tree Entertainment. His upcoming standalone suspense novel, GLIMPSE, has gotten advance praise from Clive Barker, Scott Smith, James Rollins, Heather Graham and Charlaine Harris.
His horror novels include The Pine Deep Trilogy from Pinnacle Books (GHOST ROAD BLUES, 2006, winner of the Bram Stoker Award for Best First Novel and named one of the 25 Best Horror Novels of the New Millennium; DEAD MAN’S SONG, 2007; and BAD MOON RISING, 2008), as well as DEAD OF NIGHT, 2011 (named one of the 25 Best Horror Novels of the New Millennium) and its sequel, FALL OF NIGHT, 2014. He also wrote the movie novelization, THE WOLFMAN, 2010, winner of the Scribe Award for Best Adaptation; and DEADLANDS: GHOSTWALKERS, an original novel inspired by the million-copy-selling role-playing game. He has also written the foreword to a new annotated edition of DRACULA from Writers Digest Books.
Jonathan and colleague #1 NY Times bestseller Kami Garcia (Beautiful Creatures) each wrote an X-FILES ORIGINS novel for teens; with Kami focusing on Fox Mulder in AGENT OF CHAOS; and Jonathan telling the backstory of young Dana Scully in DEVIL’S ADVOCATE.
Jonathan is the creator, editor and co-author of V-WARS, a shared-world vampire anthology from IDW, and its sequels, V-WARS: BLOOD AND FIRE, V-WARS: NIGHT TERRORS, and V-WARS. And he writes a best-selling monthly V-WARS comic. A board game version of V-Wars was released in 2017; and the series is in development for TV by IDW Media.
He is also the editor of the dark fantasy anthology series, OUT OF TUNE (JournalStone), a series of THE X-FILES anthologies which launched in 2015; SCARY OUT THERE, an anthology of horror for teens; and the anthologies ALIENS: BUG HUNT, NIGHTS OF THE LIVING DEAD (with George Romero), JOE LEDGER UNSTOPPABLE (with Bryan Thomas Schmidt) and two volumes of mysteries: ALTERNATE SHERLOCKS and THE GAME’S AFOOT (with Michael Ventrella).
Jonathan was an expert on the History Channel documentary series, ZOMBIES: A Living History and TRUE MONSTERS. And he was participated in the commentary tracks for NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD: REANIMATED.
The Socialite by J’nell Ciesielski Publication Date: April 14, 2020 Thomas Nelson/Harper Collins Paperback, eBook, AudioBook; 368 Pages Genre: Fiction/Romance/Historical/20th Century
Glamour, treachery, and espionage collide when an English socialite rushes to save her sister from the Nazis.
As the daughter of Sir Alfred Whitford, Kat has a certain set of responsibilities. But chasing her wayward sister, Ellie, to Nazi-occupied Paris was never supposed to be one of them. Now accustomed to the luxurious lifestyle that her Nazi boyfriend provides, Ellie has no intention of going back to the shackled life their parents dictate for them—but Kat will stop at nothing to bring her sister home.
Arrested for simply trying to defend himself against a drunken bully, Barrett Anderson is given the option of going to jail or serving out his sentence by training Resistance fighters in Paris. A bar owner serves as the perfect disguise to entertain Nazis at night while training fighters right below their jackboots during the day. Being assigned to watch over two English debutantes is the last thing he needs, but a payout from their father is too tempting to resist. Can Barrett and Kat trust each other long enough to survive, or will their hearts prove more traitorous than the dangers waiting around the corner?
How do you make me salivate over a book? Combine Nazis, glitz/glam, and Scottish men is how. Like, hooked to the pages and not able to look away type of book. Like my friend was talking to me and I didn’t even notice type of enamored. So yeah, good book! Like you should most definitely read this while you are social distancing.
I think it was the first Lass that made me fall in love with this story. I can’t help that I adore a Scottish accent, especially if there’s bickering involved. I would say my obsession with these accents started with Outlander, but honestly it was way back when I first heard it ever. It was just that insta love where I just really like the sound of it. But enough of me being a total weirdo. Did I mention that our two MCs first met by bickering with one another? I just love that set up, I think it’s so cute! Plus there might have been some pottery bashing to make the scene even more amusing. So yeah, this book REALLY started off on the right foot.
And then it just continued to get better! I think that a book that deals with this type of content fares better with some light comedic scenes dusted throughout. But seriously, this book could have been so much longer and I would never get bored with it! It was just that good! And I will definitely be needing to check out more books from Ciesielski.
About the Author
With a passion for heart-stopping adventure and sweeping love stories, J’nell Ciesielski weaves fresh takes into romances of times gone by. When not creating dashing heroes and daring heroines, she can be found dreaming of Scotland, indulging in chocolate of any kind, or watching old black and white movies. Winner of the Romance Through the Ages Award and the Maggie Award, she is a Florida native who now lives in Virginia with her husband, daughter, and lazy beagle.
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BBC stringer Sandy lives as a paying guest with the Sawants, a regular, quiet family. Or so she thought. Until she woke up to a woman with a knife … and a dark secret. It is only after she runs a sting operation on a home for the differently abled that Sandy makes a connection between an institute acting as a front for something sinister and the strange family she lives with. Chasing the truth up a trail of brutal murders, Sandy must evade the clutches of a thriving sex racket and expose the predators before her time runs out.
“Reminds you of a David Fincher movie.” – HT Media.
“A perfect companion for a mystery-solver’s mind.” – The Free Press Journal.
“Brilliant, stylish and compelling. A new voice whose sharp, descriptive prose is reminiscent of Megan Abbott.” – Charles Salzberg, author of the Swann detective series, New York.
“A thriller that accentuates the cadence of a finely crafted literary oeuvre.” – ITV America.
“A dark, well-crafted tale that takes readers on a disturbing ride through society’s underbelly.’ – Adam Hamdy, author, screenwriter and film producer, London, UK.
“Nish Amarnath’s new book gives you the chills, showing how crime can unfold in both lethal and cosy setups.” – The Hindu.
For fans of Stieg Larsson’s ‘The Girl Who Played with Fire’ and Sophie Hannah’s ‘A Room Swept White’, this debut psychological thriller and crime suspense novel, set in London, is a strident expose on an under-reported form of social injustice where the line of distinction between the betrayer and the betrayed increasingly fades into oblivion.
Well, this book started dark and just kept building and building. Throughout the whole story there is a feeling of unease and something sinister lurking beneath the pages. I honestly don’t even know if I could compare this book to any other book I’ve read, there were just so many well thought out stylization choices that made such a perfectly creepy, dark, but tantalizing story. I am honestly shocked that this is a debut novel because it most definitely doesn’t read as one.
Victims for Sale is listed as a psychologically-driven thriller, as typically when I read books like this I either find them creepy, thought provoking/mind twisters, or mind blowing. Rarely, however, do I find them to fit into multiple buckets, let alone all three like I did with Victims for Sale.
I think my favorite part of this book is how it is paced. We get snippets of information here and there instead of a full train of thought type of thing, and I think that this set up really worked in the authors favor for this book. It added to that creepy feel of the story and continued to build on the mystery of the book. The more you read the more the story comes together into a heart pounding conclusion.
Knowing the theme of human trafficking in this story makes all of the secondary characters suspicious throughout the story. Amarnath’s choice to sort of blend all of these characters together was another well thought out move as it made it so you would second guess everyone at some point. The dark themes were also handled really well and made for such a relevant story. All in all I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys thrillers and/or mysteries.
About the Author
Nish Amarnath, previously known as Nischinta Amarnath, is a New York-based journalist and writer. She is the author of three books: ‘The Voyage to Excellence: The Ascent of 21 Women Leaders of India Inc.’, ‘Citi and its Scuffle with the Watchdogs’ and ‘Victims For Sale’. Her debut novel, ‘Victims For Sale’ was released worldwide as a psychologically-driven crime thriller by HarperCollins in 2018 and is now a paperbacks bestseller in India. Victims For Sale, nominated for the Mumbai Film Festival Awards, has taken Nish on a journey ranging from the everyday challenges of London’s Scotland Yard and a murder trial at London’s Old Bailey to the practice of breaking vermicelli with a local at a Jalandhar Haveli in the Punjab to the United Nations in New York. Victims For Sale, which gained momentum among television channels across the U.S. and India, against the backdrop of the #MeToo movement, won Nish the honor of addressing commercial, crime, literary and fantasy fiction authors and novelists as a speaker at Algonkian NYC’s New York Pitch Conference (in March 2019), tagged by Writer’s Mag and other outposts as one of the top ten literary conferences in North America. Her upcoming novel, ‘Twin Flame’ is a Trans-Atlantic love saga whose theme song, Incarnation, premiered at New York’s Ripley Grier Studios in March 2019. Nish infuses her fiction work with elements of magic, mysticism and magic realism in ordinary and starkly real settings, although she would not wish to pigeonhole her oeuvres into the box of ‘magic realism’. Nish is a member of International Thriller Writers, where she is a Contributing Editor at The Big Thrill Magazine. She also contributes to New York’s Writer’s Edge, guiding authors and novelists towards a realistic path to publication, and has given various workshops in that regard at U.S. State Department affiliates, British Council outposts, and other public and private forums. Nish has written for Dow Jones’ outposts, including The Wall Street Journal. She was previously Managing Editor at Euromoney Institutional Investor and a reporter at S&P Global where she was recognized as an Outstanding Reporter in 2017 as part of the AMMYs, or Alerian MLP Awards, across North America. Her articles have appeared in TheStreet.com, MSN Money, Yahoo Finance, India Today, The Hindu and Times of India’s city supplements, among others. Upon earning a Distinction in Economics at university, she was the youngest post-graduate media student at the London School of Economics and Political Science, UK, where she was a Margot Naylor Scholar. Later, she received the James W. Robins Reporting Fellowship – a development that urged her to quit a well-paying job as a management consultant at KPMG and attend a business journalism program at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism instead. A former Londoner, she lives and writes in New York City.
My moose,” she said in a low voice. “I finally got it. The universe paid me in moose.”
New York Times bestselling author Maureen Johnson delivers the witty and pulse-pounding conclusion to the Truly Devious series as Stevie Bell solves the mystery that has haunted Ellingham Academy for over 75 years.
Ellingham Academy must be cursed. Three people are now dead. One, a victim of either a prank gone wrong or a murder. Another, dead by misadventure. And now, an accident in Burlington has claimed another life. All three in the wrong place at the wrong time. All at the exact moment of Stevie’s greatest triumph . . .
She knows who Truly Devious is. She’s solved it. The greatest case of the century.
Perhaps it was always designed as a place that had to be abandoned because of death and danger.
At least, she thinks she has. With this latest tragedy, it’s hard to concentrate on the past. Not only has someone died in town, but David disappeared of his own free will and is up to something. Stevie is sure that somehow—somehow—all these things connect. The three deaths in the present. The deaths in the past. The missing Alice Ellingham and the missing David Eastman. Somewhere in this place of riddles and puzzles there must be answers.
Then another accident occurs as a massive storm heads toward Vermont. This is too much for the parents and administrators. Ellingham Academy is evacuated. Obviously, it’s time for Stevie to do something stupid. It’s time to stay on the mountain and face the storm—and a murderer. In the tantalizing finale to the Truly Devious trilogy, New York Times bestselling author Maureen Johnson expertly tangles her dual narrative threads and ignites an explosive end for all who’ve walked through Ellingham Academy
What do you do when the big foam finger of justice points itself at you?
Well, what a series! I have always been a fan of a good old detective/mystery solving story! I could say my love for crime solving began with Basil Rathbone as Sherlock Holmes. Or even with Bones. But, if I’m being honest, it really started when I was a kid with Scooby Doo. So, of course the Truly Devious series was right up my alley! Seriously, if you like Agatha Christie, Sherlock Holmes, or any type of mystery novel then you should check this series out!
At least, someone was watching her. She could feel it.
I do have to admit that this series did start out a little slow for me. I don’t know why. I immediately loved the quirky style of writing and felt a sense of kinship with Stevie and her intrigue with murder and crippling anxiety. But, something just made me struggle in the beginning. HOWEVER, I persevered and I am so thankful I did and I encourage anyone who might feel the same way to do the same!
She shook her head and tried to seem alert and together, though she strongly suspected she had been drooling and snoring.
So, one thing I want to say about our main who-done-it of the past: I KNEW IT! I am so proud of myself (and maybe should feel a little disturbed over my ability to sniff out murderers?), because I can honestly say I figured out the big case at the beginning of the first book. But also, I loved the intertwining of the past and present mysteries. The stories wove together so well and I loved all of the snippet chapters from the past.
About the Author
Maureen Johnson is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of several YA novels, including 13 Little Blue Envelopes, Suite Scarlett, The Name of the Star, and Truly Devious. She has also done collaborative works, such as Let It Snow (with John Green and Lauren Myracle), and The Bane Chronicles (with Cassandra Clare and Sarah Rees Brennan). Her work has appeared in publications such as The New York Times, Buzzfeed, and The Guardian, and she has also served as a scriptwriter for EA Games. She has an MFA in Writing from Columbia University and lives in New York City.
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A forest, besieged. A queen, unyielding. Fans of Leigh Bardugo and Holly Black will devour this deliciously dark Eastern European–inspired YA fantasy debut.
When the Golden Dragon descended on the forest of Kamiena, a horde of monsters followed in its wake.
Ren, the forest’s young queen, is slowly losing her battle against them. Until she rescues Lukasz—the last survivor of a heroic regiment of dragon slayers—and they strike a deal. She will help him find his brother, who vanished into her forest… if Lukasz promises to slay the Dragon.
So, as soon as I started reading this book I knew it would be one of my favorites! It’s a retelling of a polish fairy tale “The Glass Mountain.” Which, I have never read but now need to familiarize myself with. So, there’s a lot to love in this story: the fairy tale aspects, wolves, and dragons. I mean, it’s like all of my favorite things wrapped up into one!
I’m quite picky with retellings and I don’t always pick up fairy tale inspired books right away. The reason? There’s so many and I’m sick of the same story over and over. HOWEVER, I LOVE a retelling that still keeps a sense of the fairy tale. This story does just that and (in a very contradictory statement) the traditional stylization is such a breath of fresh air! It’s exactly what I miss in many of these retellings that come out now. Which, is funny, because a lot of people tend to feel the opposite of me. Oops.
So, dragons man. These dragons have antlers and are basically the coolest dragons I’ve ever read about. There are also so many other mythical creatures in this story. Everything was always taken back to the mythology on which this story was based, so be prepared to read some very Polish names for these creatures.
This story is set up like a classic fairy tale. The prose is beautiful and the story is paced like you would read in a fairy tale. This also means that the story wraps up quickly at the end.
But anyways: READ IT!
About the Author
Aleksandra Ross‘s earliest memories include sitting on the couch and listening to her grandmother read the Polish folktales of her childhood. She grew up in Vancouver, BC, and went to medical school at the University of Alberta. Don’t Call the Wolf is her first novel.