Fiction

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

When Fayre kills a fae disguised as a wolf in the woods near her home, she is forced to leave the mortal realm behind forever and live out the rest of her life with the Fae as retribution. As she experiences the wonders of this dangerous, beautiful world and grows ever closer with Tamlin, her captor and one of the High Fae, she soon discovers that a dark, wicked force is threatening both realms--and she must find a way to stop it.

You by Caroline Kepnes

A psychological thriller, disturbingly told from the stalker’s POV, this one is different. For one thing, it’s written all in the second person, which takes a little getting used to. And while there’s maybe a fine line between devotion and obsession, MC Joe has crossed way over into downright creepy territory to fulfill his desire for the enigmatic and perhaps equally weird Beck. This first novel got a big boost when Stephen King tweeted it was one of his favorites of 2014. Fans of Gone Girl might especially appreciate this twisted tale of star-crossed love gone bad. 

The Distance Between Lost and Found by Kathryn Holmes

Hallelujah Calhoun has been publicly shamed. The boy she loved, Luke Willis, accused her of something horrible in front of all their friends, and now no one will talk to her. When their youth group goes on a retreat in the Smoky Mountains, Hallelujah purposefully goes out of her way to get some space, and two of her friends follow her into the woods. But since no one knows where they are, they promptly find themselves lost with only a couple of granola bars between them.

Thirteen Days to Midnight by Patrick Carman

“You are indestructible.” These are the last words that Jake’s foster father whispers to him in the midst of a violent car crash. Jake survives the crash, his foster father does not, and soon Jake realizes that these were more than just words - he is now invincible. Jake and his friends begin testing and transferring the power, trying to unravel the mysterious life of Mr. Fielding and the origins of his indestructibility.

Coffeehouse Angel by Suzanne Selfors

Katrina is a self-described ordinary teenage girl (yeah, she's a bit hard on herself), but when she leaves some leftover pastries and coffee for the handsome homeless guy she finds sleeping in the alley behind her grandmother's struggling coffee shop, her hitherto boring life becomes a series of unexpected wacky events and emotions. It turns out that “homeless” guy is actually a teenage guardian angel on a break, and he’s determined to repay Katrina’s kindness by granting her heart’s deepest wish. Now, if she could only figure out what that is.

Descent by Timothy Johnston

A distressing phone call from local law enforcement propels Grant and Angela Courtland bedside to fifteen-year old son, Sean, injured during an accident during a family vacation to the Rocky Mountains. At the hospital, the Courtland’s learn Sean’s injuries are the result of an early morning hit-and-run; though, even worse, is the news that eighteen-year old daughter, Caitlin, is missing. Sean, meanwhile, groggy from surgery, remembers almost nothing about the accident besides biking behind Caitlin jogging the trail.

A Fireproof Home for the Bride by Amy Scheibe

A genre defying novel, this story’s premise is the spiritual and emotional awakening of 18-year-old Emmy growing up in 1950s Minnesota. Emmy lives on a rural farm in a conservative Lutheran family outside Minneapolis. Her mother is a harsh taskmistress; her father is kind but distant. Emmy’s mother has forced her into an engagement to Ambrose, a stern man 10 years her senior whose family owns the farm next door.

A Darker Shade of Magic by V.A. Schwabe

For years, the doors between worlds have been closed to all except a few, including Kell, whose magic allows him to travel to and from the different Londons occupying these worlds. When Kell acquires a magical artifact from a dangerous world long sealed off from the others, he and a rogue thief named Lila set out on a desperate journey to protect their worlds from treachery and dark magic. 

SF/F SCHWAB, V. 

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