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Arcadia Falls

By Carol Goodman
  • ISBN Code: : 0345515196
  • Publisher : Ballantine Books
  • Pages : 368
  • Category : Fiction
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BONUS: This edition contains an Arcadia Falls discussion guide. Financial straits and a desire for a fresh start take recently widowed Meg Rosenthal and her aloof teenage daughter, Sally, to Arcadia Falls, a tucked-away hamlet in upstate New York where Meg has accepted a teaching position at a boarding school. The creaky, neglected cottage they’ll be calling home feels like an ill omen, but Meg is determined to make the best of it. Then a shocking crisis strikes: During Arcadia’s First Night bonfire, one of Meg’s folklore students plunges to her death in a campus gorge. Sheriff Callum Reade finds the presumed accident suspicious, but then, he is a man with a dark past himself. Meg is unnerved by Reade’s interest in the girl’s death, and as long-buried secrets emerge, she must face down her own demons and the danger threatening to envelop Sally. As the past clings tight to the present, the shadows, as if in a terrifying fairy tale, grow longer and deadlier.

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Artfully imagined, intricately detailed, eerily poignant: these are the outstanding features of Carol Goodman’s literary thrillers. She is part novelist, part craftsman—and The Drowning Tree is her newest masterpiece. Juno McKay intended to avoid the nearby campus of her alma mater during her fifteenth reunion weekend, but she just can’t turn down the chance to see her longtime friend, Christine Webb, speak at the Penrose College library. Though Juno cringes at the inevitable talk of the pregnancy that kept her from graduating, and of her husband, Neil Buchwald, who ended up in a mental hospital only two years after their wedding, Juno endures the gossip for her friend’s sake. Christine’s lecture sends shockwaves through the rapt crowd when she reveals little-known details about the lives of two sisters, Eugenie and Clare—members of the powerful and influential family whose name the college bears. Christine’s revelation throws shadows of betrayal, lust, and insanity onto the family’s distinguished facade. But after the lecture, Christine seems distant, uneasy, and sad. The next day, she disappears. Juno immediately suspects a connection to her friend’s shocking speech. Although painfully reminded of her own experience with Neil’s mental illness, Juno nevertheless peels away the layers of secrets and madness that surround the Penrose dynasty. She fears that Christine discovered something damning about them, perhaps even something worth killing for. And Juno is determined to find it—for herself, for her friend, and for her long-lost husband.

The Night Villa

By Carol Goodman
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  • Publisher : Ballantine Books
  • Book Code : 0345509382
  • Total of Pages : 432
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 304
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An evocative tale of intrigue, romance, and treachery, Carol Goodman’s spellbinding new novel, The Night Villa, follows the fascinating lives of two remarkable women centuries apart. The eruption of Italy’s Mount Vesuvius in A.D. 79 buried a city and its people, their treasures and secrets. Centuries later, echoes of this disaster resonate with profound consequences in the life of classics professor Sophie Chase. In the aftermath of a tragic shooting on the University of Texas campus, Sophie seeks sanctuary on the isle of Capri, immersing herself in her latest scholarly project alongside her colleagues, her star pupil, and their benefactor, the compelling yet enigmatic business mogul John Lyros. Beneath layers of volcanic ash lies the Villa della Notte–the Night Villa–home to first-century nobles, as well as to the captivating slave girl at the heart of an ancient controversy. And secreted in a subterranean labyrinth rests a cache of antique documents believed lost to the ages: a prize too tantalizing for Sophie to resist. But suspicion, fear, and danger roam the long-untrodden tunnels and chambers beneath the once sumptuous estate–especially after Sophie sees the face of her former lover in the darkness, leaving her to wonder if she is chasing shadows or succumbing to the siren song of the Night Villa. Whatever shocking events transpired in the face of Vesuvius’s fury have led to deeper, darker machinations that inexorably draw Sophie into their vortex, rich in stunning revelations and laden with unseen menace. Praise for The Night Villa “Visit The Night Villa: Carol Goodman’ s luminous prose and superb storytelling will keep you entertained into the late hours.”—Nancy Pickard “The pleasure of a Carol Goodman novel is in her enviable command of the classical canon–and the deft way she [writes] a book that’s light enough for a weekend on the beach but literary enough for a weekend in the Hamptons.”—Chicago Tribune

The Returned

By Jason Mott
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  • Publisher : Harlequin
  • Book Code : 1460330080
  • Total of Pages : 400
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 299
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"The Returned transforms a brilliant premise into an extraordinary and beautifully realized novel. My spine is still shivering from the memory of this haunting story. Wow." -Douglas Preston, #1 bestselling author of The Monster of Florence The sensational New York Times bestselling novel about an impossible miracle and a family given a second chance at life… Harold and Lucille Hargrave’s eight-year-old son, Jacob, died tragically in 1966. In their old age they’ve settled comfortably into life without him…. Until one day Jacob mysteriously appears on their doorstep—flesh and blood, still eight years old. All over the world people’s loved ones are returning from beyond. No one knows how or why, whether it’s a miracle or a sign of the end. But as chaos erupts around the globe, the newly reunited family finds itself at the center of a community on the brink of collapse, forced to navigate a mysterious new reality. With spare, elegant prose and searing emotional depth, award-winning poet Jason Mott explores timeless questions of faith and morality, love and responsibility. A spellbinding and stunning debut, The Returned is an unforgettable story that marks the arrival of an important new voice in contemporary fiction.

The Oxford Handbook of Tudor Literature

By Mike Pincombe,Cathy Shrank
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  • Publisher : OUP Oxford
  • Book Code : 0191607177
  • Total of Pages : 864
  • Category : Literary Criticism
  • Members : 609
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This is the first major collection of essays to look at the literature of the entire Tudor period, from the reign of Henry VII to death of Elizabeth I. It pays particularly attention to the years before 1580. Those decades saw, amongst other things, the establishment of print culture and growth of a reading public; the various phases of the English Reformation and process of political centralization that enabled and accompanied them; the increasing emulation of Continental and classical literatures under the influence of humanism; the self-conscious emergence of English as a literary language and determined creation of a native literary canon; the beginnings of English empire and the consolidation of a sense of nationhood. However, study of Tudor literature prior to 1580 is not only of worth as a context, or foundation, for an Elizabethan 'golden age'. As this much-needed volume will show, it is also of artistic, intellectual, and cultural merit in its own right. Written by experts from Europe, North America, and the United Kingdom, the forty-five chapters in The Oxford Handbook to Tudor Literature recover some of the distinctive voices of sixteenth-century writing, its energy, variety, and inventiveness. As well as essays on well-known writers, such as Philip Sidney or Thomas Wyatt, the volume contains the first extensive treatment in print of some of the Tudor era's most original voices.

Dying in the Wool

By Frances Brody
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  • Publisher : Minotaur Books
  • Book Code : 1429950951
  • Total of Pages : 368
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 760
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"Reminiscent of Dorothy L. Sayers and Agatha Christie with a thoroughly likeable protagonist and a plot that held me to the end." —Mignon F. Ballard, author of the Miss Dimple Kilpatrick Mystery Series "[Dying in the Wool] introduces a refreshingly complex heroine and adds a fine feeling for the postwar period." —Kirkus Reviews Take one quiet Yorkshire village Bridgestead is a peaceful spot: a babbling brook, rolling hills and a working mill at its heart. Pretty and remote, nothing exceptional happens... Add a measure of mystery Until the day that Master of the Mill Joshua Braithwaite goes missing in dramatic circumstances, never to be heard of again. A sprinkling of scandal Now Joshua's daughter is getting married and wants one last attempt at finding her father. Has he run off with his mistress, or was he murdered for his mounting coffers? And Kate Shackleton—amateur sleuth extraordinaire! Kate Shackleton has always loved solving puzzles. So who better to get to the bottom of Joshua's mysterious disappearance? But as Kate taps into the lives of the Bridgestead dwellers, she opens cracks that some would kill to keep closed...

Hawthorn

By Carol Goodman
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  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Book Code : 0698164903
  • Total of Pages : 432
  • Category : Young Adult Fiction
  • Members : 282
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A world on the brink of war. All Avaline Hall wants is to enjoy her senior year at Blythewood Academy, the boarding school where she’s been trained to defend humankind from forces of dark magic. But when Ava is shown a glimpse into the future in the enchanted Blythe Wood, she discovers that the evil Judicus van Drood is rallying nations into a war that seems destined to destroy both the human and faerie worlds. Only Ava and her allies have a chance at stopping van Drood, but how many must die in the process? And how can Ava and the boy she loves be together when everything around them is falling apart?

Dark Iron King II

By Lee Bond
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  • Publisher : Lee Bond
  • Book Code : N.a
  • Total of Pages :
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  • Members : 651
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They say in the Outside that Arcade City changes you. It twists and bends you to it’s will, forcing you to become something greater or worse than you ever imagined. At least, those are the rumors. The wardogs who ply their trade in the Outside don’t talk about it much, but it’s apparent from the way they fight and the way they die that something beneath that gigantic Dome happens, and that it is awful. Garth ‘Nickels’ N’Chalez remembers wondering ‘how bad it could possibly get?’. Quite clearly. After all, he’s The Engineer, he’s The Specter, he’s the First Kin’kithal. He laid down a thirty thousand year old con to destroy the Universe in a very specific manner and he’s done battle with things the human mind can barely contain. But that was before Kingsblood. That was before the smoldering Dark Iron curse tried to boil him alive in his own skin and before it tried to give Specter full control of his life. Cruel and vicious and offering up to him the kind of power he craves and fears, Garth has spent most of his time ‘neath The Dome struggling with the passionate urge to lay waste to everything in his path. Desperate to reach Ickford, intent on finding this Agnethea woman who apparently possessed the knowledge to rid him of his poison, Garth can’t wait to be free of both the sludge in his veins and the nattering, cantankerous smith who has been his only companion for too long. At his side, ‘Barnabas the Smith’, who is in truth, King Barnabas Blake the One and Only. Monarch for Arcade City and possessor of unthinkably powerful nanotech, the King has been Garth’s constant companion. Teaching him the methods by which King’s Will can be used to forge the most amazing weapons and tools, Barnabas Blake has also been trying to get Specter to rise up out of the dark places. But that’s all changed. Grown sick and tired of dealing with the mercurial Nickels and his improbable resilience to Kingsblood, King Barnabas Blake tosses Garth ‘Nickels’ N’Chalez to the first Obsidian Golem, Queen Agnethea the Vile, so he might return to his Dome and finally, once and for all, do for the blasted Outsider. And the Queen. And Foul Ickford. And any other damnfool idiot who lives within the cancerous walls. By any means necessary. All so he can begin properly destroying the Universe. Gearmen Dominic Breton and Chevril Pointillier are hot on Garth’s heels, and when they arrive at Ickford, they unwittingly find themselves in the middle of … a situation. One they’re not prepared for. One no one is prepared for. A situation that will change the structure of Arcade City until the very end of it’s days. One that will cause brothers to fight, enemies to stand side by side, hope to falter and blood to boil. It’s the beginning of the end, down there ‘neath The Great Geared Dome, isn’t it just? In the Outside, things are just as awful. Commander Aleksander Politoyov is missing. Tendreel Salingh hunts for answers with her unique powers, drawing the attention of the Harmony soldiers within Latelyspace. Sa Candall hungers for revenge against the Heavy Elites who killed his friend, Shane, and gives the Latelians a weapon that will change the face of combat in the Unreal Universe forever. Chairman Herrig DuPont struggles to keep the Latelian Commonwealth on even ground. Jordan Bishop begins his hunt for Garth, intent on wreaking havoc on the man who ruined his life. The Unreal Universe grows ever more uneasy. Will Garth survive King’s Gauntlet ‘neath The Dome? More to the point, what will he become if he does?

Marked

By Sylvia Day
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  • Publisher : Sylvia Day LLC
  • Book Code : 1626509999
  • Total of Pages : 116
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 104
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EVE OF WARFARE Lycans, vampires, and cherubs... oh my. All Evangeline Hollis wants is to stay out of trouble long enough to lose the Mark of Cain, which drafted her into hunting demons for God. A former agnostic, she's still recovering from being the latest point of contention between the two men in her life--Cain and Abel. Now she's working for a cherub who thinks putting her undercover as a housewife is the best way to ferret out a rogue vampire hiding in an idyllic Orange County, California residential community. Eve knows when she's being used as a pawn in the celestial political game. Now, she just has to figure out who's the greater threat: the vampire she's hunting, the cherub yanking her chain, or the two brothers vying to play the role of her spouse--'til death do them part. Which in her line of work, could happen any minute... EVE OF SIN CITY Sin City--Las Vegas--is home to humans and Infernals of all sorts: the good, the bad, and the ugly. If you ask Evangeline Hollis, "good" is in short supply, "ugly" might be amusing, but "bad" is most definitely her business. Eve is a Mark, a heavenly bounty hunter, and Las Vegas is her territory.

Revolution's Shore

By Kate Elliott
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  • Publisher : Open Road Media
  • Book Code : 1480435287
  • Total of Pages : 290
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 213
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In this “delightful SF adventure,” plucky interstellar adventurer Lily Ransome faces off against a despotic empire (Locus). Lilyaka Hae Ransome grew up on the colonized planet of Unruli. Strong-willed and with a warrior’s spirit, she broke free of her preordained life as part of a privileged mining family, choosing instead to venture into space in search of her missing martial arts instructor and mentor, Heredes. The journey took her into the maw of an explosive revolution where she became involved in an intergalactic rebellion and found love in an unexpected place—as well as true strength within herself. Now, as a tyrannical empire flexes its muscle in the universe, Lily and the charismatic, not-quite-human Hawk must band together with a motley crew of unforgettable characters, engaging in a conflict in which honor, love, and freedom are all at stake. Revolution’s Shore is the second book of the Highroad trilogy, which begins with A Passage of Stars and concludes with The Price of Ransom.

Ravencliffe

By Carol Goodman
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  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Book Code : 0698156366
  • Total of Pages : 432
  • Category : Young Adult Fiction
  • Members : 961
  • Pdf File: ravencliffe.pdf

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Avaline Hall is no ordinary girl. She’s a student at Blythewood Academy, an elite boarding school that trains young women to defend human society from the shadowy forces that live among us. After the devastating events of her first year at Blythewood, Ava is eager to reunite with her friends—and with Raven, the compelling but elusive winged boy who makes her pulse race. She soon discovers, though, that the sinister Judicus van Drood hasn’t finished wreaking havoc on Blythewood—and wants to use Ava and her classmates to attack a much bigger target. Ava’s the only one with any hope of stopping van Drood. But to scuttle his plans, she must reveal her deepest secret to everyone at Blythewood. What’s she willing to sacrifice to do what’s right—her school? Her love? Or her life?