Return to the Dark House
Product rating: 5.0 with 4 reviews
Ivy Jensen survived the Dark House once, but can she make it out a second time?
Two months have passed since Ivy narrowly escaped the Nightmare Elf’s grip, but the memories of Parker, Natalie, Shayla, Frankie, and Garth continue to haunt her. Their killer is still out there-somewhere. The police trail has gone cold, though, and it’s up to Ivy to piece together the clues to find him.
When a cryptic video arrives in her inbox, Ivy soon finds herself back in the spotlight, this time on a twisted scavenger hunt through the dark, ancient halls of a long-forgotten Gothic building.
Ivy’s not alone, either. Taylor Monroe has returned to the scene. But can Taylor be trusted? Or is she another pawn in the Nightmare Elf’s deadly game?
Laurie Faria Stolarz crafts a mesmerizing thriller that will leave readers looking over their shoulders.
Posted in Death & Dying Tagged with: Dark, Disney-Hyperion, House, Return
Serafina and the Black Cloak
Product rating: 4.8 with 232 reviews
A mystery-thriller about a strange and intriguing girl who lives secretly in the basement of the grand Biltmore Estate in 1899. Published by Disney Hyperion, the book is written for both young readers and adults. It became a New York Times Bestseller in the first week of its launch and was selected as an Okra Pick for representing “the best in Southern Literature.” (SIBA)
“Never go into the forest, for there are many dangers there, and they will ensnare your soul.”
Serafina has never had a reason to disobey her pa and venture beyond the grounds of Biltmore Estate. There’s plenty to explore in Mr. and Mrs. Vanderbilt’s vast and oppulent home, but she must take care to never be seen. None of the rich folk upstairs know that Serafina exists; she and her pa, the estate’s maintenance man, have lived in the basement for as long as Serafina can remember. She has learned to prowl through the darkened corridors at night, to sneak and hide, using the mansion’s hidden doors and secret passageways.
But when children at the estate start disappearing, only Serafina knows the clues to follow. A terrifying man in a black cloak stalks Biltmore’s corridors at night. Following her own harrowing escape, Serafina risks everything by joining forces with Braeden Vanderbilt, the young nephew of Biltmore’s owners. Braeden and Serafina must uncover the Man in the Black Cloak’s true identity before all of the children vanish one by one.
Serafina’s hunt leads her into the very forest that she has been taught to fear, where she discovers a forgotten legacy of magic. In order to save the children of Biltmore, Serafina must not only face her darkest enemy, but delve into the strange mystery of her own identity.
Posted in 1800s Tagged with: Black, Cloak, Disney-Hyperion, Serafina
Midnight Thief, Book 2: Daughter of Dusk
Product rating: 4.3 with 6 reviews
After learning the truth about her bloodlines, Kyra can’t help but feel like a monster.
Though she’s formed a tentative alliance with the Palace, Kyra must keep her identity a secret or risk being hunted like the rest of her Demon Rider kin. Tristam and the imprisoned assassin James are among the few who know about her heritage, but when Tristam reveals a heartbreaking secret of his own, Kyra’s not sure she can trust him. And with James’s fate in the hands of the palace, Kyra fears that he will give her away to save himself.
As tensions rise within Forge’s Council, and vicious Demon Rider attacks continue in surrounding villages, Kyra knows she must do something to save her city. But she walks a dangerous line between opposing armies: will she be able to use her link to the Demon Riders for good, or will her Makvani blood prove to be deadly?
In this spellbinding sequel to Midnight Thief
, Kyra and Tristam face their biggest battle yet as they grapple with changing allegiances, shocking deceit, and vengeful opponents.Praise for Midnight Thief
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“Blackburne’s fast-paced fantasy will please fans of Leigh Bardugo and Tamora Pierce.”
–School Library Journal
“[A] dark, morally complex adventure.”
“Put this in the hands of fans of Suzanne Collins and Veronica Roth.”
“Blackburne’s high fantasy is expansive, with entertaining characters and a well-constructed world.”
Posted in Action & Adventure Tagged with: Book, Daughter, Disney-Hyperion, Dusk, Midnight, Thief