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The co-authors of the bestselling House of Night series reunite with a haunting, romantic, suspense-filled, original novella in The Escaped series. Eons ago, Sirens were exiled from the Mortal Realm, held captive in a cove at the edge of Tartarus. They are beautiful beyond imagination, but deadly beyond compare. And they have set their sights on breaking free. They risk everything to sneak out of Tartarus and ascend to the forbidden Mortal Realm with one mission-mate with human men to dilute their cursed bloodline and form a new race of Sirens, free from their prison in the Underworld. But for a Siren to become pregnant, she must revert to her True Form, a horrifying sight that drives men to madness, and makes killing them a mercy. In modern San Francisco, the Sirens blend in; each woman has a singular goal, and each man she meets is her prey... Melody Seirina has always been different. She doesn't believe that she'll be able to bring herself to take a human life, even when the fate of her people rests on her willingness to do so. She's even more convinced when she meets Dean, a charming cop who sees a loving future with her. Their romance threatens two worlds, the one the Sirens fled from, and the one that will destroy them if they can't complete their mission as soon as possible. Melody will have to make a decision-risk the future of her people or follow her heart. Praise for Amber Smoke, Book One of The Escaped Series With a unique twist on Greek mythology and heart-stopping action, Amber Smokekeeps you riveted to the very last page. -Jennifer L. Armentrout, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author In Amber Smoke, Cast's wit, creativity and talent shine! I turned the pages at lightning speed, ready for more! What a tasty treat! -Gena Showalter, New York Times and USA TodayBestselling Author
The coauthors of the bestselling House of Night series reunite with a haunting, romantic, suspense-filled original novella in the Escaped series.Eons ago Sirens were exiled from the Mortal Realm and held captive in a cove at the edge of Tartarus. They are beautiful beyond imagination but deadly beyond compare. And they have set their sights on breaking free.They risk everything to sneak out of Tartarus and ascend to the forbidden Mortal Realm with one mission: to mate with human men to dilute their cursed bloodline and form a new race of Sirens, free from their prison in the Underworld. But for a Siren to become pregnant, she must revert to her true form, a horrifying sight that drives men to madness and makes killing them a mercy. In modern San Francisco, the Sirens blend in; each woman has a singular goal and each man she meets is her prey.Melody Seirina has always been different. She doesn't believe that she'll be able to bring herself to take a human life, even when the fate of her people rests on her willingness to do so. She's even more convinced when she meets Dean, a charming cop who sees a loving future with her. Their romance threatens two worlds, the one the Sirens fled from and the one that will destroy them if they can't complete their mission as soon as possible. Melody will have to make a decision: risk the future of her people or follow her heart.
The co-author of the New York Times bestselling House of Night series returns with the mesmerizing second book in The Escaped series. In Amber Smoke, Kristin Cast introduced her legions of readers to Alek and Eva. Alek, immortal son of the Furies, has been charged to save his home and recapture the souls of the damned, evil creatures who escaped Tartarus into the Mortal Realm. He can't, however, do it alone... Eva has discovered that she has been both blessed and cursed with powers beyond her comprehension. With a destiny to fulfill, she cannot escape the beings who will stop at nothing to destroy her. Now, in Scarlet Rain, the Nosoi-spirits of plague-have been unleashed on the Mortal Realm, releasing a pandemic as clever and adaptable as it is insidious. Alek and Eva must capture and banish the Nosoi back to their Underworld prison-but Eva has yet to harness the abilities needed to defeat such a powerful enemy, and Alek sustains catastrophic wounds in the attempt. They must rely on detective James Graham, and Eva's best friend Bridget, if they are to even slow down the plague. But can mere mortals come through in the face of such overwhelming peril?
The coauthor of the New York Times bestselling House of Night series returns with the mesmerizing second book in the Escaped series.In order to save his home and the mortal realm from assured destruction, Alek, son of the Furies, has been charged to recapture the souls of those who escaped Tartarus into the mortal realm. But he can't do it alone.Eva has discovered that she has powers beyond her comprehension and a destiny to fulfill-and that there are people who will stop at nothing to destroy her.Now, in Scarlet Rain, the Nosoi-the spirits of illness-have been unleashed on the mortal realm, releasing a plague as clever and adaptable as it is insidious. Alek and Eva must capture and banish the Nosoi back to their underworld prison-but Eva has yet to harness the powers needed to defeat such a powerful enemy, and Alek sustains catastrophic wounds in the attempt. They must rely on detective James Graham and Eva's best friend, Bridget, if they are to slow the plague. But can mere mortals come through in the face of such overwhelming peril?
The door to the massive New York Times bestselling House of Night series has closed. Now, Kristin Cast kicks down a new door to welcome her millions of fans to her latest sizzling series.There is a world that runs parallel to our own, a world in which the souls of the damned are caged, where they are looked over by the Furies, and where they spend eternity in torment, mirroring the devastation and mayhem they created when alive.Someone has opened the cage.The worst of terrors have crossed the barrier that separates our world from theirs, and the Furies send a great, albeit untested, warrior-their only son, Alek-to bring those souls back. He is young and handsome, headstrong and impulsive, and he won't be able to do it alone.Eva has grown up beautiful and beloved but surrounded by secrets. First, she will be hunted in an ancient feud that will threaten her life. Then, she will become the hunter.With the police closing in and two worlds on the verge of crumbling around them, Alek and Eva must find each other, discover the limits of their powers, and work together to save everything they hold dear, including one another. Blending elements of mythology with the dazzling storytelling that her fans have devoured in the House of Night series, Kristin Cast weaves a spellbinding and passionate tale that starts a thrilling new series with an explosive charge.
'The pieces of her spirit are with the dead in the Otherworld,' Aphrodite said, blinking hard against the stinging of her red-tinged eyes. 'Zoey is completely gone.' Zoey Redbird's soul has been shattered by the death of her high school sweetheart Heath, and she has followed him to the Otherworld. As the world threatens to fall under Neferet's control, the only hope is that Zoey might find the strength to bring her soul together again. Stark, Zoey's Warrior, is determined to save her, no matter what the cost to himself. And Heath is only just beginning to understand that, in the Otherworld, the only way to save Zoey is to lose her - completely...
More adventures from the House of Night school for Vampyres and there is no let up for Zoey in her training as a High Priestess. As pacey and exciting as the previous novels in the series prepare yourself for some dark and fiery goings on.
'I knew forcing a confrontation with Neferet here and now wasn't smart. But I couldn't stop myself. . . ' Zoey finds herself weakened, this time by the brutal death of her mother. While Neferet gathers the forces of Darkness, Zoey must battle grief to rally her own troops; not least Stevie Rae and her newly human consort Rephaim, who has finally turned his back on his cruel immortal father, Kalona. Working to create chaos at the House of Night, Neferet has joined with the White Bull of pure evil to create a vessel of Darkness, a beautiful boy named Aurox. Yet this strange Dark creature is somehow drawn to be near Zoey - and even to protect her...
'My soul's been shattered and my boyfriend's been killed. Don't I deserve a break? Just a little one?' Zoey is alive and stronger than ever, being cared for by her new Guardian, and finally finding some peace far from the ongoing battle against Neferet. But in her brief moment of happiness, it's easy to forget that the House of Night needs her, as do her friends. In Zoey's absence, Stevie Rae has found her feelings for the Raven Mocker Rephaim are stronger than she ever could have expected, even while he still admits loyalty to their sworn enemy. Then a terrible murder threatens to destroy their group and tear their world apart - and that death will not be the last...
'I've got you. You're not alone.' I tried to sound calm and soothing, but I was breaking apart inside. Please don't take him! Please save him! my mind screamed. I looked into his eyes and completely forgot the rest of the world. In that moment, all I knew was that I was holding Stark in my arms, and I was going to lose him very, very soon. As if it's not enough to lose her friends and all three boyfriends, Zoey Redbird, the most powerful fledgling the Vampyre world has ever seen, knows that great trouble is coming to the House of Night. Despite her nightmares, Zoey finds herself distracted by the new kid Stark, brought to the House by Neferet, who clearly has something she wants from him. There's something between Stark and Zoey that she never imagined - but disaster is awaiting them all, and she doesn't know if she can fight the approaching evil alone any more... - Not suitable for younger readers -
He took my palm in his and turned it over so that the sapphire-coloured tattoos that covered my palms were visible. Then, much as I had just done, he lightly traced his finger across my skin. I shivered, but I didn't pull away. After the terrible arrival of the dark angel Kalona at the House of Night, Zoey Redbird and her friends have fled to the tunnels under the town, where they hide out with the strange new red Vampyre fledglings. Everything changes when Zoey is badly injured - and finds herself back at the House of Night, face to face with Stark, who she hasn't forgotten since he died in her arms. But now Stark is working for Neferet. Can Zoey trust him? Who is really on her side as the battle begins? And what price will she have to pay for following her heart? - Not suitable for younger readers -
For all those Stephenie Meyer fans here’s a brilliant alternative read – even better some say – whilst you await the next instalment from the Meyer stable. The House of Night is a private boarding school, known by those in the know as the vampyre finishing school. When 16 year old Zoey is sent there she’s thrilled for she won’t have to do any more horrible maths tests and there’s only one subject to study: Vampyre 101. But of course there’s always a catch. If you fail in the subject, you die. This is the first in the series and it will be devoured by all those Twilight fans. The House of Night: Betrayed is the second book in the series and The House of Night: Chosen is the third.
This is the second in the series, House of Night: Marked was the first. Fans of Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight series will love this. It’s a brilliant alternative read. The House of Night is a private boarding school, known by those in the know as the vampyre finishing school. 16 year old Zoey has settled in very well at the school and is coming to terms with her incredible powers, until that is she must devote her attentions to some murders of human teenagers that are taking place and all the evidence points to her new school mates... The House of Night: Marked was the first and The House of Night: Chosen is the third. Review by Claudia (aged 16)This is a really fun book - funny, tense and tragic at times and would recommend it to all teenage girls. The characters where likeable and you felt you could really sympathise when things don’t go well. It was really easy to read and I was glued to it for a couple of days until I finished. Definitely worth a read!
The third in the House of Night sequence. A terrific alternative read to the Stephenie Meyer Twilight series. The House of Night is a private boarding school where trust is a powerful emotion but has been broken, where secrets must be kept. Sinister forces are at work in the school and the line between friend and enemy has become blurred for Zoey, but she must try to make sense of it all if she’s to keep her friends. Like the first two, this is an addictive read.
I'd known it before we saw the fire trucks and the smoke. I'd known all hell had broken loose at the House of Night the moment it had been proven beyond all doubt that Neferet was on the side of Darkness. Only now I had a terrible feeling that outing Neferet would serve more to free her than to force her to pay the consequences for her lies and betrayals. At last, Zoey has what she wanted: the truth is out. Neferet's evil has been exposed, and the High Council is no longer on her side - but she's far from done wreaking havoc in the vampyre world. With the seeds of distrust sown and Darkness breeding chaos at the House of Night, everyone must band together - but that's proving to be more difficult than ever before. The twins are barely speaking and the House of Night's former enemy, Kalona, has now become their warrior, pushing their trust to the limits. To top it all off, Zoey is pretty darn sure she might be losing her mind - she saw something when she looked at Neferet's minion, Aurox, through the Seer Stone that she can hardly explain to herself, let alone her friends. Zoey knows that following her instincts might be just what they need to defeat evil... but if she's wrong, it could cause the destruction of those closest to her. With the tension at a breaking point and friendships on the line, can the nerd herd come together to stop the spread of Darkness before it's too late?
Exonerated by the Vampyre High Council and returned to her position of High Priestess at Tulsa's House of Night, Neferet has sworn vengeance on Zoey. But Zoey has found sanctuary on the Isle of Skye and is being groomed by Queen Sgiach to take over for her there. Being Queen would be cool, wouldn't it?And what about Stevie Rae and Rephraim? The Raven Mocker refuses to be used against Stevie Rae, but what choice does he have when no one in the entire world, including Zoey, would be ok with their relationship? Does he betray his father or his heart?
Truly, madly, deadly... Kristin Cast and Alyson Noel head up this collection of 5 thrilling paranormal stories This irresistible collection features stories of love amidst vampires by five of today's hottest authors-Kristin Cast (Tempted), Richelle Mead (Vampire Academy), Alyson Noeel (Evermore), Kelley Armstrong (The Summoning), and Francesca Lia Block (Pretty Dead). From a fugitive vampire forced to trust a boy who might work for the group bent on destroying her, to the legendary romance of two immortals whose love compels them to risk everything, this exciting, heart-pounding collection brings new meaning to the words love you forever. Whether you're into romances that are dark and moody or light and fun, these stories will quench that insatiable thirst for enchanting tales of the beautiful undead.