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Avi just moved to Santa Barbra with her family in hopes of seeking the better life they had long been denied. To her it means a new house, a new school and new faces. She begins to acclimate herself like any normal teenager: making new friends, getting a job and surviving average high school life.  Except the one boy whom she finds herself infatuated with has a dark secret he can’t quite understand himself. 

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From the Ashes written by Simone Snaith is about a girl named Lundy who is an average teenager except for the fact that she always dies on her sixteenth birthday, and is then reborn again without any recollection of what has already surpassed. This tragic cycle all started with a curse from a vampire, affecting not only herself, but also her love, Harlan, who, being turned into a vampire, is doomed to find Lundy only to see her die in his arms. With the fifth cycle of her reincarnation almost over, Lundy and Harlan reunite.

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Jay Marinitch is more than just a pretty face. He’s a witch and vampire hunter, born into a world behind the façade of mundane, human life; a world with witches, telepaths, vampires and yes, shapeshifters. Jay is the bloodhound for Single Earth, hunting vampires that step out of line in order to keep the peace among all species. He has always taken life head on, a trait which has often gotten him into danger. The night he went to a party for vampires was no different. It would also be the night that would change his life forever.

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Ben has been running his whole life, trying to escape the memories that he left in back in Wisconsin. Now a marine in Afghanistan, those memories have finally caught up with him. Instead of running he decides to write, recalling every fragmented thought, every gruesome detail that occurred the night Billy died. Immersing himself back into the dark world of a boy whose life changed from the moment he chose to help a grieving family and their son, Ben recounts every action, every word that drew his darkest demons to the surface and pushed him closer to the brink of insanity.

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Imagine a place where the community is above and beyond the definition of hospitable. Imagine a place where there is no government, or jobs or worries. The Neverlands is heaven on earth with its picturesque location and pristine air. It is a true utopian society where only the very rich and the very sick go in hopes that the magic of the Neverlands will heal their ailment.

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Katherine Jones as a runner was a prodigy, excelling in the skill in high school.  She had hoped to pursue it in college if not for the fatal turn of fate that severed her dreams from ever becoming reality. Now she is running from her past in Texas, finding solace in her hometown of Lithia. There she is welcomed by the warm hearts of the small community, finding a kindness she had long forgotten the world had. But there is a looming darkness over the town, its secrets concealed behind the curtain of forest that frames the tranquil town.



 
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