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Movie Night: Midnight Special

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A father and son go on the run, pursued by the government and a cult drawn to the child's special powers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                    

 

                 

I thought this movie had a brilliant cast but I don't feel this movie did their talent justice.

Midnight Special felt like three different movies smashed into one film that never really explained its purpose, the how, the why, its backstory that led to where viewers came in at the beginning or really any of it at all.

The last three or so minutes of Midnight Special had potential, the various character plots had potential, but I don't feel like the writers or the movies creators really captured the full potential this film could have had.

Midnight Special really could have been an amazing mind blowing film that could have set an all new pacing and stage in the film industry but... I don't know if it was lack of inspiration, time or budget the whole thing fell flat that became something else entirely and didn't have a purpose for why it was happening in the first place other than to have the final reveal scene. When I finished the movie it just felt like Midnight Special was created just to simply create the dual layer reveal without any other purpose.

Its kind of a bummer because it could have been so much more.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kids Corner: Story Time- Reggedy Ann and Andy Book

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The 1972 Golden Book (Shapes Book) Best Friends are the best edition. Raggedy Ann and Andy will do anything for their friend!

 

 

 

 

 

Jan Sukas

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Abandoned Books (#3) - Revealed!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tunis

 

 

Tunis

 

Privately owned bookstore that was abandoned due to lack of interest in reading from its community residents.

 

 

 

France

 

Abandoned library in France that left behind its outdated indexing and sorting system.

 

 

 

 

Detroit

 

One of the many city libraries that were abandoned fully stocked in the crash of the surrounding factory and manufacturing industries.

 

 

 

 

Undisclosed location

 

Referred to as The Book Dump - is an area rumored to be several miles wide and 80 ft deep. Its filled with numerous books that are no longer of use to its owners meant for recycling plants, and donation centers that never arrived.

 

 

 

 

Berkshire UK

 

One of the many buildings abandoned in a ghost town inside of Berkshire this bookstore was left with its books exactly the way they'd been placed by the hands that put them there.

 

Enjoy An Exclusive Sneek Peek Of: Grit by Gillian French!

 

Grit
Seventeen-year-old Darcy knows how to have a good time, sure, but she isn't doing anything all the guys haven't done.

But when you're a girl with a reputation, every little thing that happens seems to keep people whispering—especially when your ex-best friend goes missing.

But if anyone were to look closer at Darcy, they'd realize there's a lot more going on beneath the surface. Staying out late, hooking up, and telling lies is what Darcy does to forget. Forget about the mysterious disappearance of her friend. Forget about the dark secret she and her cousin Nell share. Forget about that hazy Fourth of July night.

So when someone in town anonymously nominates Darcy to be Bay Festival Princess—a cruel act only someone with a score to settle would make—all of the things that Darcy wants to keep hidden threaten to erupt.
 
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I SWORE I wouldn’t come back here this summer, not to Mrs. Wardwell’s foghorn voice and blisters the size of nickels. But when I went down to Gaudreau’s Take-Out on the last day of school and asked for an application, you know what Mr. Gaudreau said? “Sorry, honey pie, this is a family business.” Honey pie? Hell, I could sling Rocky Road faster than his girls, and I’d always offer jimmies. They’re wicked tight with jimmies at Gaudreau’s.

Anyway, it’s Friday, July 28, opening day of wild blueberry season all across eastern Maine, and my sister Mags and I are back in the barrens for the harvest. The sun looks swollen and hazy, but I’ll be all right as long as I’ve got my straw cowgirl hat and my SPF 50.

I’m raking circles around Mags. I’ve filled thirty-two boxes of berries and we’ve only been at it since seven a.m. I meet her eyes and grin. She scratches her cheek with her middle finger, slow. Pretending I want a drink of water from our gallon jug, I walk by and goose her, making her gasp, “Darcy Prentiss! God!”

Our cousin Nell is raking way over by the stone wall, but she knows what happened and her giggles echo across the fields. Soon Nell will start singing, which she does day in, day out, all season long, driving most of us crazy by quitting time. Still, Nell’s special, so when she bursts into “Go Tell It on the Mountain,” nobody tells her to shut up.

Raking goes like this: you bend at the knees and sweep a two-handled rake across the low bushes, filling the tines with berries. When your rake’s full, you dump it into a big plastic box stamped E. F. Danforth & Son. When the box is full, you open another one.

I don’t notice Nell racing across the rocky field toward me until she’s by my side, breathless. “He’s here. That Jesse Bouchard.” As we watch the pickup rumbling up the dirt road, she adds, “He’s late.” Even though she’s eighteen, in a lot of ways, Nell’s like a kid; I guess you could call her a little slow. As my aunt Libby likes to say to Mom, “At least I don’t got to worry about what my girl’s been up to.” Then she looks straight at me.

Jesse Bouchard parks his truck, and he and his buddies take their sweet time climbing out. Mr. Bob Wardwell, who’s field boss, goes over to bawl Jesse out, but before you know it, they’re laughing and shooting the shit like old buddies. Jesse’s gaze finds me and I look away, putting a hand to my hat even though there’s no wind today.

“Let’s move before he tries talking to us.” Nell tugs my arm.

I shake her off. “Get back in your row or I’ll tell your mom you were slacking.”

Jesse makes his way over, wearing worn-out jeans and a white T-shirt, putting me in mind of that old picture of Bruce Springsteen on the cover of Mom’s vintage vinyl album. You know, with those dark curls and that sexy stare? All he says to me now is, “Nice to see ya,” while giving me the slow once-over, reminding me of all the places where my tank top is clinging with sweat.

His buddy Mason Howe follows—a big, blond, slow-moving guy who always seems to have his hands in his pockets—and behind him is the one person I was hoping to dodge for the rest of the summer. Shea Gaines flicks the brim of his ball cap, one corner of his mouth quirking up like somebody just told a dirty joke and the punch line was me. “Look who’s here,” is all he says.

His anger shifts under that sure-footed cocky act of his, and I breathe out, holding his gaze as he passes on by. Mags and Nell move in on my left and right until we form a wall. Mags wipes her sweaty brow and says, “What’s up his butt?”

I shrug. “Tell you later.”


I fill ten more boxes before Mr. Wardwell blasts his truck horn three times, signaling all one hundred and fifty or so of us rakers to come up to headquarters (where the Porta-Johns are) for an earful. Mags and Nell and I sit in the grass together, scarfing down our lunches, chugging water, and baking in the noonday heat as we get ready for Mrs. Evelyn Wardwell’s Jackassing-Around speech.

She squats in her camping chair, a two-liter of diet soda at her feet, eyeballing us. She’s huge, 275 easy, and the sleeveless flowered shirt she wears looks like it could cover a love seat and leave a few yards to spare. Her husband kind of fades into the background as she heaves herself up and stands with her head thrust forward, fists on hips.

“Listen up. We got a lotta berries out there this year.” It’s true; it was a rainy spring and now the barrens are green and fit to burst. “Next two weeks, I wanna see asses and elbows, everybody showing up on time”—her gaze finds Jesse, Shea, and Mason—“nobody cutting out early. No jackassing around. We don’t pay you to jackass around. I catch you at it, you’re outta here. I know plenty of folks who want to make some money. And don’t come to me saying so-and-so is paying more in their fields than we do. You get two-fifty a box here and that’s it.”

I sneak a look at Jesse. He sits with his forearms resting on his bent knees, and my gaze follows the line of his muscles all the way down to his wrists. You get ripped like that from tossing bales into a hay truck and thrashing down weeds to clear pasture, which he’s been doing over at his uncle’s place since he graduated in May, so I heard.

Shea catches me looking. He leans over and whispers something to Jesse, then smiles at me, hard and scalding. He’s not just mad at me; he’s ready to draw blood, and I turn away, a flush rising in my face as Mrs. Wardwell keeps going.

“This ain’t gonna be like last year. None of that foolishness is gonna happen again. Understand me?” We all stop fidgeting. “Nobody’s allowed on this property after quitting time except me, Bob, and the migrants staying in the cabins. I’ll be here to see that the rest of you clear out. Get a ride or hoof it into town, I don’t care which. I can’t be responsible for what goes on after hours, got it?”

Everybody nods, us locals giving the migrant workers the once-over and the migrants looking right back to show they’ve got nothing to hide. Got to give the Wardwells credit: one of the posters, tattered and faded, is still taped to their camper door. Even twelve months later, the word Missing stands out.

“Awright. Finish up eating and get back to work.” She drops into her chair, which is right outside the camper doorway so she can sit in the shade of the awning and prop an electric fan on the steps.

We get back to raking, but Mags and I don’t joke around like before, and Nell’s soft, flat crooning blends with the droning bugs and the sound of distant traffic from Route 15. Clouds move in. Rain’s coming.

After I load my last box of berries onto Mr. Wardwell’s flatbed, he walks around the tailgate, smacking his gloves together. He’s about half the size of his wife, with a thick head of white hair and skin so weathered it looks like old saddle leather. “You’re Sarah Prentiss’s girls, ain’t ya?” We all nod; Nell’s close enough to a sister. He grunts, scratching his stubble. “You heard what Evelyn said about being careful?”

I don’t remember her saying that, exactly, but Mags nods. “It’s okay. We stick together.”

“Good deal.” He heads for the truck. People are worried these days. Worried the ground’s going to open up and swallow another Sasanoa girl.

Exhausted and aching, the three of us walk down the road to Mags’s beat-to-hell Mazda. A group of guys hang around Jesse’s truck, talking trash. As we pass, Shea calls, “See ya at the quarry tonight, Darcy?” to big laughs.

I don’t stop or turn around, but once we’re in the car, I kick the dash so hard it sends the little hula girl into fits. Mags wears her know-it-all look, and the only reason she bites her tongue is because Nell’s in the backseat. But this time, Mags doesn’t know it all. She doesn’t know a damn thing.

Mags shifts hard into drive and we raise a rooster tail of dust behind us. Overhead, the sky looks ready to open up any second.

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Business Brainfood: A Real-World Playbook for Business Mastery by Ken Tasch: This book is a real-life business tutorial. It’s crammed with know-how, advice, anecdotes, and practical tools you won’t find in one place anywhere else. If one wants to get ahead, formal and informal learning must be a lifelong pursuit. Aspiring to be a manager, CEO, or entrepreneur, one should become a voracious reader of management, leadership, and personal development books. Business Brainfood is a shortcut; it will make the learning curve less steep.

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40 Real Ways to Make Money at Home by Lana Lindell: Looking for some ways to make extra money or a way to replace your income? 40 Real Ways to Make Money at Home provides real world opportunities. The book provides links to additional articles as well as websites to get you started.

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A Soccer Hooligan in America by Carl-Michal Krawczyk: A Greyhound bus ride through America and a subsequent stay in New Orleans compels Victor Stavski to reconsider everything he has stood for as a fanatical England supporter.

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Behind the Lines by Ian Patrick: Eight gentle, whimsical, and very funny short stories for your mobile or e-reader. A young man comes of age as he undergoes compulsory military training. Download it and see why 7.5k readers reacted positively to it in the week it was published.

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The Highway to Yesterday on Kindle

The Highway to Yesterday by Jack Saxon: Nearly 40, Ben starts to question his life and no amount of alcohol can wash away the regrets pushing him toward suicide. During the darkest night of his life, Ben meets a stranger and leaves his life behind to journey across three states toward his past. But is he willing to wreck somebody else’s life to reclaim his own?

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Hannah’s Rainbow: Every Color Beautiful by Cynthia Hilston: A women’s fiction story loosely based on the author’s late grandma’s life. Hannah Rechthart grows up in early 20th century Cleveland, Ohio, and as she ages, her life revolves around her family and the dynamics that constantly change, for better or for worse. Hannah’s devotion to her family proves the timeless bond that holds them together when times are tough.

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Infernal Bonds by Holly Evans: A rare celestial alignment means the veils between the worlds are much more fragile than usual, allowing two sinfully hot hellhounds to slip through. They evade capture and remain in the city once the moon sets. Two hounds, with two entirely different agendas. One wants freedom. The other wants to bring about Hell on Earth. And he has help.

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Awaken Online: Catharsis by Travis Bagwell: Frustrated with his life, Jason begins playing a first-of-its-kind virtual reality game. He quickly finds himself on the path to becoming the game’s villain and he starts to suspect that the game is much more than it appears.

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The Eyes of The Sun by Christina McMullen: A modern twist in an ancient evil: For centuries, The Eyes of The Sun have ruled New Orleans, preying on the weak and using their genetic superiority to manipulate those in positions of power. Their ultimate goal: immortality. But when the balance of power becomes too one-sided, humanity adapts. The hunters become the hunted and one woman may be the key to taking them down once and for all.

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A Sweet Surrender on Kindle

A Sweet Surrender by Lena Hart: As the war for independence rages on, British officer James Blake vaguely remembers the ambush that left him at the mercy of a beautiful native woman—one he isn’t certain he can trust. When a narrow escape from Siara’s village forces them on the trail together, desire soon flares bright between them. But will duty compel them to follow their predestined paths or will they surrender to their hearts and chart anew?

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Lovers and Dancers on Kindle

Lovers and Dancers by Heather Ingman: Ireland, 1916. Sheltered from the outside terrors, Louisa lives at High Park, an upper-class estate in the Irish countryside where she feels she never quite belonged. But then she meets wild, strong-minded Viola Luttrell and Louisa’s world is turned upside down. Struck by Viola’s charm, the two become friends – but before long their friendship in danger: Viola knows James Connolly, the nationalist rebel leader, and she plans to join the imminent uprising against the British.

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Maruvian Bride by C.J. Scarlett: Hated and feared after escaping from a dimension rife with conflict, can the insectoids figure out a way to fit into their new world? Feeling as if nothing they were brought up to believe is true, they seek the wisdom of a new Queen. Since no queens flock to their home, they must lure one to them. Attacking a ship filled with two-thousand queens seems like a good idea. Surely one will accept their offer.

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Unique, Different, Found on Kindle

Unique, Different, Found by Violet Samuels: Beaten, punched, slapped, kicked, tortured. That was Celina’s life in her pack. She was nothing but their slave. Little did she know that she had a destiny bigger than her, and once she finally runs away, she starts fulfilling that destiny as the last white wolf in existence. But what if that destiny becomes too much?

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Alpha: Hot Alaskan Shifters by Madisyn Monroe: From a 4x USA Today Bestselling Author. A steamy, fast-paced romance about wolf shifters, set in scenic Alaska.

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Smolder on Kindle

Smolder by Desiree Douglas: Scarlett Barrington left the small town of Greenshade behind forever, along with unspeakable emotional wounds. She is preparing to begin her dream job when she’s called home to help her estranged mother, a hoarder, clean out her mess or risk losing her house. Reluctantly returning home, nothing prepares her for the shock of coming face to face with her first love.

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Encounter on Kindle

Encounter by Synnøve Eriksen: Sparks fly when a single mother meets the irresistible town bad boy.

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A Kiss for the Cameras on Kindle

A Kiss for the Cameras by Olivia Jaymes: Paige has agreed to date Hollywood’s latest sex symbol, Nate Mason, for the mutual publicity, but she’s determined to keep him at arm’s length. Purely business. No romance. The more time they spend together, however, the more she begins to see behind the spoiled movie star façade. Just who is the real Nate Mason? And how can she keep herself from falling in love with him?

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The Billionaire's Toys: The Room (Book 1) on Kindle

The Billionaire’s Toys: The Room (Book 1) by Brooke Ravenwood: Handsome billionaire entrepreneur Jack Montgomery knows exactly what he wants and how to get it. When he sets his sights on Jennifer, his sexual proclivities will push her to the brink of pleasure and desire, but are they more than she’s ready for? Will she be the first conquest he won’t be able to control?

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Isabelle on Kindle

Isabelle by Anita Claire: Living at home, with a crappy job, and chasing after her old boyfriend, Isabelle’s life is stuck in reverse. Until a disaster turns into an adventure. Sometimes good things come out of disasters and maybe Isabelle’s fortunes are changing.

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Dirty Kisses: 3:AM Kisses on Kindle

Dirty Kisses: 3:AM Kisses by Addison Moore: Jet Madden is rumored to be notoriously good in bed. Not that I can confirm said rumor, but according to the rampant whispers at Whitney Briggs University, he’s able to prove his point many, many times in a single seductive night. Yes, Jet Madden is both obnoxious and annoying, but when my life implodes around me I’m forced to do the unthinkable.

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Hiding Out in Hollywood on Kindle

Hiding Out in Hollywood by Jennifer Farwell: Emily’s rock star ex nearly destroyed her life and career with his need to stay in the headlines. So when she finds herself falling for a famous actor, Emily must decide if she’ll risk the tabloid spotlight again for what could be the love of her life.

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Sealed with a Kiss on Kindle

Sealed with a Kiss by Leeanna Morgan: When a threat to John’s life turns deadly, he will do everything he can to keep his daughter safe—even if that means saying goodbye to the one person who could change his life forever. A heartwarming story of unconditional love, its challenges, its risks and most of all, its rewards.

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The Ultimate Erotic Short Story Collection 86 on Kindle

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Snow Clues: A Dan Kiraly Mystery on Kindle

Snow Clues: A Dan Kiraly Mystery by Terez Peipins: A parent’s worst nightmare, seven-year-old Petey Jackson has gone missing, and the trail to find him is as cold as a Buffalo winter. With pressures mounting, Detective Dan Kiraly is at the end of his rope, but desperate times call for desperate measures. He turns to psychic Jess Williams, who while holding a piece of the child’s clothing, describes a place which triggers a memory and leads Dan to find the child’s body, left in the snow near a creek.

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Hokee Wolf on Kindle

Hokee Wolf by Clark Viehweg: On a sunny afternoon in sleepy southeastern Idaho, a bread truck carrying three million dollars in cash receipts from West Yellowstone is robbed on a lonely, pine-shrouded highway. Except for the missing money, there is no evidence that a robbery ever occurred. Hokee Wolf is a trained Native American shaman, and by using his unusual skills became Idaho’s most successful private investigator.

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A Mighty Fortress on Kindle

A Mighty Fortress by S.D. Thames: Like your murder mysteries with a divine twist? Then you’ll love this gritty story about a young Christian private eye battling PTSD and a cadre of bad guys while he tries to solve a murder that hits too close to home.

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Where There's A Will: Inspector Stone Mysteries (Book 1) on Kindle

Where There’s A Will: Inspector Stone Mysteries (Book 1) by Alex R Carver: Alice Keating’s kidnappers want 3.5 million euros for her safe return, but is that all they want? Inspector Stone’s first kidnapping case couldn’t be more difficult. And it only becomes more difficult when rumors of Russian Mafia involvement surface.

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Itsy Bitsy Spider: Emma Frost (Book 1) on Kindle

Itsy Bitsy Spider: Emma Frost (Book 1) by Willow Rose: After moving her family to an old house on mysterious Fanoe Island, Emma finds herself scrambling to solve a harrowing murder — and uncovers dark secrets that lead back to her own family. A bone-chilling tale!

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Eco-Unfriendly on Kindle

Eco-Unfriendly by Greg M. Sheehan: Evil lurks in a commune in the middle of the Mojave Desert. The so-called bastion of environmentalism is nothing more than a money machine for a heartless leader named Jason. His band of thugs fleece the true believers who give up everything to live off the grid. Many will come to the commune but none will leave.

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The Robespierre Conspiracy on Kindle

The Robespierre Conspiracy by Steve M: The American Dystopia is coming. It starts with a trade war and a murder in Houston. Your threat score is now the most important number in your life.

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Accidental Exposure: Why Couldn't You Protect Him? on Kindle

Accidental Exposure: Why Couldn’t You Protect Him? by Daniel Norrish: The cool, calm Sydney morning is shattered as the Crown family’s car smashes into another. Andy was in the backseat before the terrible accident; now the child is missing. Where is their son and what will become of them when the truth is accidentally exposed? There are two versions of this suspenseful thriller in this publication. You’re welcome to swap back and forth as you search for poor, lost little Andy.

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Illegal Contact (The Barons #1) by Santino Hassell

 

 

 

 

 

 

Author: Santino Hassell

Title: The Barons

Series: Illegal Contact

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New York Barons tight end Gavin Brawley is suspended from the team and on house arrest after a video of him brawling goes viral. Gavin already has a reputation as a jerk with a temper on and off the field—which doesn’t help him once he finds himself on the wrong side of the law. And while he’s been successful professionally, he’s never been lucky when it comes to love.

Noah Monroe is a recent college grad looking for a job—any job—to pay off his mounting student debt. Working as Gavin’s personal assistant/babysitter seems like easy money. But Noah isn’t prepared for the electrifying tension between him and the football player. He’s not sure if he’d rather argue with Gavin or tackle him to the floor. But both men know the score, and neither is sure what will happen once Gavin's timeout is over

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I'm not really sure this book knew what it wanted to be, or I didn't know what it wanted to be. Illegal Contact was written well but its characters felt a little inconsistent to the point that I felt like they never really engaged me as a reader.

Maybe I was the wrong person to read this book but I never really felt like Gavin knew who he was or what he wanted.

He would act or say one thing or do things one way then do something that threw a wrench in all of those things he'd spent all his time establishing.

He fought with himself, argued with his instincts and often spent a lot of time trying to change what was interpreted from those actions by doing something completely different that made the reader want to reach in and slap him.

Noah was a decent character although I do wish he'd managed to reach deep for a bigger set of balls at some points.

All in all it was an okay read for an M/M romance, but I don't think I'll be pursuing any of the future installments to find out what happens next. 

 

 

 

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The Snowman (Harry Hole #7) by Jo Nesbø

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Internationally acclaimed crime writer Jo Nesbø’s antihero police investigator, Harry Hole, is back: in a bone-chilling thriller that will take Hole to the brink of insanity.

Oslo in November. The first snow of the season has fallen. A boy named Jonas wakes in the night to find his mother gone. Out his window, in the cold moonlight, he sees the snowman that inexplicably appeared in the yard earlier in the day. Around its neck is his mother’s pink scarf.

Hole suspects a link between a menacing letter he’s received and the disappearance of Jonas’s mother—and of perhaps a dozen other women, all of whom went missing on the day of a first snowfall. As his investigation deepens, something else emerges: he is becoming a pawn in an increasingly terrifying game whose rules are devised—and constantly revised—by the killer.

Fiercely suspenseful, its characters brilliantly realized, its atmosphere permeated with evil, The Snowman is the electrifying work of one of the best crime writers of our time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Snowman was my first Nesbo book and even though its the seventh book in his Harry Hole series (interesting character name choice) it wasn't difficult to follow along. Even though I have a feeling I was missing some bits of information that may have carried over from previous installments I don't think it was mandatory to know them to invest in this story.

I'm rather surprised with the graphic detail that was written into quite a few of the more.. disturbing scenes (dark muse alert) but it wasn't hard to guess the who and why when its pretty much given away close to the beginning of the book.

I did get a laugh from the intimacy scenes - honestly, some men shouldn't write about sex. That little failed nugget aside I'd be surprised if this author hadn't killed someone before because he taps into the mentality almost too perfectly.

Hole is an odd character that makes references to a lot of things in a cultural sense that I don't think he really understands which makes some of the things he thinks or says feel a little disjointed yet despite that I'm a little intrigued by this odd man. Determined Hole uncovers a connection to an on going killers spree he has to prove isn't just random but part of an entire slew of murders tied to the Snowman.

Its a tad creepy at times a little boring in others but Nesbo manages to tap into some dark spectrums of detail few writers are willing to explore.  All in all The Snowman was a decent read.

I read The Snowman after receiving a recommendation from Tigus.

 

 

 

 

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Silver Silence (Psy-Changeling Trinity #1) by Nalini Singh

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Control. Precision. Family. These are the principles that drive Silver Mercant. At a time when the fledgling Trinity Accord seeks to unite a divided world, with Silver playing a crucial role as director of a worldwide emergency response network, wildness and chaos are the last things she needs in her life. But that’s exactly what Valentin Nikolaev, alpha of the StoneWater Bears, brings with him.

Valentin has never met a more fascinating woman. Though Silver is ruled by Silence—her mind clear of all emotion—Valentin senses a whisper of fire around her. That’s what keeps him climbing apartment buildings to be near her. But when a shadow assassin almost succeeds in poisoning Silver, the stakes become deadly serious…and Silver finds herself in the heart of a powerful bear clan.

Her would-be assassin has no idea what their poison has unleashed..

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It kind of cracks me up how Silver Silence is one big tale of smothering someone who doesn't have the feels with love and affection until they open their heart and mind to the possibility of love. The whole "I'm killing you with kindness" thing amused me through most of Silver Silence.

The book can be read as a stand alone entry into the new series that connects to the Psy Changelings without being lost but it can be read as a part of the on going series to the Psy's if you're already a fan and deep into it.

I have to admit I've never been a fan of the bear-shifters, bear wares etc in romances - I just couldn't get into them as an animal that would draw some kind of romantic image yet Singh manages to indulge her readers in some honey licking fun anyway. :)

If you haven't read this book yet, I highly recommend it.

 

 

 

 

 

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Spirits of the Cage: True Accounts of Living in a Haunted Medieval Prison by Richard Estep

 

 

 

 

 

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When single mother Vanessa Mitchell moved into a historic cottage in Essex, she had no idea that a paranormal nightmare was about to unfold. The cottage, known as The Cage, used to imprison those accused of witchcraft back in the 1500s. From her first day living there, Vanessa saw apparitions walk through her room, heard ghostly growls, and was even slapped and pushed by invisible hands.

Unable to handle the dark phenomena after three years, Vanessa moved out and paranormal investigator Richard Estep moved in. Spirits of the Cage chronicles the years that Vanessa and Richard spent in The Cage, uncovering the frightening and fascinating mysteries of the angry spirits who lurk within it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spirits of the Cage starts off a little slow but gives a fairly realistic look into the frightening activities surrounding a terrifying haunting that terrorized the woman who lived there. Fairly wary of remaining in the house after dark she lets Richard move in to get a feel for the house himself to see what the rumors behind the haunting are all about.

A tad creepy at times the disturbing activity caused quite a bit of trauma for its occupants and it becomes understandable why Vanessa was so afraid.

Although a little slow on the reveal it makes the first half of the book make more sense the further in you get. Interesting and creepy Spirits of the Cage finishes off as an entertaining and informative read.

 

 

 

 

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Blood Price (Vicki Nelson #1) by Tanya Huff

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Vicki Nelson, formerly of Toronto’s homicide unit and now a private detective, witnesses the first of many vicious attacks that are now plaguing the city of Toronto. As death follows unspeakable death, Vicki is forced to renew her tempestuous relationship with her former partner, Mike Celluci, to stop these forces of dark magic—along with another, unexpected ally…

Henry Fitzroy, the illegitimate son of King Henry VIII, has learned over the course of his long life how to blend with humans, how to deny the call for blood in his veins. Without him, Vicki and Mike would not survive the ancient force of chaos that has been unleashed upon the world—but in doing so, his identity may be exposed, and his life forfeit.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Okay, so I need to clarify a little bit something I discovered which is the fact that the original books and the tv tie in books are just a teensy bit different.

The changes aren't drastic but they are noticeable to those who have read the original prints. I didn't know there was a difference when I got my copy of Blood Price but once I discovered the tv series I was curious and found out about the different books.

Both I want to say after reading the different editions are great books both for their own reasons but if you prefer the tv series the tv tie ins will probably appeal to you more with the minor changes they included to follow more closely to what viewers saw in the show and those who didn't care for the show or watch it will probably favor the original book.

Blood Price original is much slower to gain momentum when it comes to plot and character relation between Vicki and Henry which is supposed to be a main focus since they mostly drive what's taking place in tv tie in but its not that way in the original.

It becomes more complex in the original but its more passionate as far as attraction in the tv tie in. For me personally I liked both versions and I thought they all had their own merits but if you want to be more focused on the plot I'd go with the original version but if you're more interested in the character development then I'd suggest the tv tie in.

I read Blood Price after receiving a recommendation from Chris' Fish Place.

 

 

 

 

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Nice Girls Don't Have Fangs (Jane Jameson #1) by Molly Harper

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Maybe it was the Shenanigans gift certificate that put her over the edge. When children's librarian and self-professed nice girl Jane Jameson is fired by her beastly boss and handed twenty-five dollars in potato skins instead of a severance check, she goes on a bender that's sure to become Half Moon Hollow legend. On her way home, she's mistaken for a deer, shot, and left for dead. And thanks to the mysterious stranger she met while chugging neon-colored cocktails, she wakes up with a decidedly unladylike thirst for blood.

Jane is now the latest recipient of a gift basket from the Newly Undead Welcoming Committee, and her life-after-lifestyle is taking some getting used to. Her recently deceased favorite aunt is now her ghostly roommate. She has to fake breathing and endure daytime hours to avoid coming out of the coffin to her family. She's forced to forgo her favorite down-home Southern cooking for bags of O negative. Her relationship with her sexy, mercurial vampire sire keeps running hot and cold. And if all that wasn't enough, it looks like someone in Half Moon Hollow is trying to frame her for a series of vampire murders. What's a nice undead girl to do?

 

 

 

 

 

I cannot get enough of this book, seriously. Nice Girls Don't Have Fangs is hilarious, its sweet and I cannot believe it hasn't been turned into another vampire tv series. Dick supporters need to rally together and get this on air. Go Dick! I love how Jane finds herself a part of the undead community I mean talk about a really bad day.

I really enjoyed the humor and author personality that is just unique to itself. Harper is a great writer. Granted its not an epic scale journey kind of thing but its the small friendships the little every day life thing that keeps this story reality based. Its keeping a small job, balancing your new life, hiring others in the community in your small town area and making a mark with the little bookstore and the relations between those they trust and those who are out to do harm.

I read Nice Girls Don't Have Fangs after receiving a recommendation from Debbie's Spurts.

 

 

 

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On the morning we are to leave for our Grand Tour of the Continent, I wake in bed beside Percy. For a disorienting moment, it’s unclear whether we’ve slept together or simply slept together.

Percy’s still got all his clothes on from the night before, albeit most in neither the state nor the location they were in when originally donned, and while the bedcovers are a bit roughed up, there’s no sign of any strumming. So although I’ve got nothing on but my waistcoat—by some sorcery now buttoned back to front—and one shoe, it seems safe to assume we both kept our bits to ourselves.

Which is a strange sort of relief, because I’d like to be sober the first time we’re together. If there ever is a first time. Which it’s starting to seem like there won’t be.

Beside me, Percy rolls over, narrowly avoiding thwacking me across the nose when he tosses his arm over his head. His face settles into the crook of my elbow as he tugs far more than his share of the bedclothes to his side without waking. His hair stinks of cigars and his breath is rancid, though judging by the taste rolling around the back of my throat—a virulent tincture of baptized gin and a stranger’s perfume—mine’s worse.

From the other side of the room, there’s the snap of drapes being pulled back, and sunlight assaults me. I throw my hands over my face. Percy flails awake with a caw like a raven’s. He tries to roll over, finds me in his path, keeps rolling anyway, and ends up on top of me. My bladder protests soundly to this. We must have drunk an extraordinary amount last night if it’s hanging this heavily over me. And here I was starting to feel rather smug about my ability to get foxed out of my mind most nights and then be a functioning human by the next afternoon, provided that the afternoon in question is a late one.

Which is when I realize why I am both utterly wrecked and still a little drunk—it isn’t the afternoon, when I’m accustomed to rising. It’s quite early in the morning, because Percy and I are leaving for the Continent today.

“Good morning, gentlemen,” Sinclair says from the other side of the room. I can only make out his silhouette against the window—he’s still torturing us with the goddamned sunlight. “My lord,” he continues, with a brow inclined in my direction, “your mother sent me to wake you. Your carriage is scheduled to leave within the hour, and Mr. Powell and his wife are taking tea in the dining room.”

From somewhere near my navel, Percy makes an affirming noise in response to his uncle and aunt’s presence—a noise that resembles no human language.

“And your father arrived from London last night, my lord,” Sinclair adds to me. “He wishes to see you before you depart.”

Neither Percy nor I move. The lone shoe still clinging to my foot surrenders and hits the floor with a hollow thunk of wooden heel on Oriental carpet.

“Should I give you both a moment to recover your senses?” Sinclair asks.

“Yes,” Percy and I say in unison.

Sinclair leaves—I hear the door latch behind him. Outside the window, I can hear carriage wheels crackling against the gravel drive and the calls of the grooms as they yoke the horses.

Then Percy lets out a grisly moan and I start to laugh for no reason.

He takes a swipe at me and misses. “What?”

“You sound like a bear.”

“Well, you smell like a barroom floor.” He slides headfirst off the bed, gets tangled in the sheets, and ends up doing a sort of bent-waist headstand with his cheek against the carpeting. His foot rams me in the stomach, a little too low for comfort, and my laugh turns into a grunt. “Steady on, there, darling.”

The urge to relieve myself is too strong to ignore any longer, and I drag myself up with one hand on the hangings. A few of the stays pop. Bending down to find the chamber pot under the bed seems likely to result in my demise, or at least a premature emptying of my bladder, so I throw open the French doors and piss into the hedges instead.

When I turn back, Percy’s still on the floor, upside down with his feet propped on the bed. His hair came undone from its ribboned queue while we slept and it edges his face in a wild black cloud. I pour a glass of sherry from the decanter on the sideboard and down it in two swallows. Hardly any flavor manages to kick its way through the taste of whatever crawled into my mouth and died during the night, but the hum will get me through a send-off with my parents. And days in a carriage with Felicity. Lord, give me strength.

“How did we get home last night?” Percy asks.

“Where were we last night? It’s all a bit woolly after the third hand of piquet.”

“I think you won that hand.”

“I’m not entirely certain I was playing that hand. If we’re being honest, I had a few drinks.”

“And if we’re truly being honest, it wasn’t just a few.”

“I wasn’t that drunk, was I?”

“Monty. You tried to take your stockings off over your shoes.”

I scoop a handful of water from the basin Sinclair left, toss it across my face, then slap myself a few times— a feeble attempt to rally for the day. There’s a flump behind me as Percy rolls the rest of the way onto the rug.

I wrangle my waistcoat off over my head and drop it onto the floor. From his back, Percy points at my stomach. “You’ve something peculiar down there.”

“What?” I look down. There’s a smear of bright red rouge below my navel. “Look at that.”

“How do you suppose that got there?” Percy asks with a smirk as I spit on my hand and scrub at it.

“A gentleman doesn’t tell.”

“Was it a gentleman?”

“Swear to God, Perce, if I remembered, I’d tell you.” I take another swallow of sherry straight out of the decanter and set it down on the sideboard, nearly missing. It lands a little harder than I meant. “It’s a burden, you know.”

“What is?”

“Being this good-looking. Not a soul can keep their hands off me.”

He laughs, closemouthed. “Poor Monty, such a cross.”

“Cross? What cross?”

“Everyone falls in immediate, passionate love with you.”

“They can hardly be blamed. I’d fall in love with me, if I met me.” And then I flash him a smile that is equal parts rapscallion and boyish dimples so deep you could pour tea into them.

“As modest as you are handsome.” He arches his back—an exaggerated stretch with his head pressed into the rug and fingers woven together above him. Percy’s showy about so few things, but he’s a damned opera in the mornings. “Are you ready for today?”

“I suppose? I haven’t much been involved in the planning, my father’s done it all. And if everything wasn’t prepared, he wouldn’t be sending us off.”

“Has Felicity stopped screaming about school?”

“I don’t have a notion where Felicity’s mind’s at. I still don’t see why we have to take her along.”

“Only as far as Marseilles.”

“After two goddamned months in Paris.”

“You’ll survive one more summer with your sister.”

Above us, the baby kicks up his crying—the floorboards aren’t near enough to stifle it—followed by the sound of the nursemaid’s heels as she dashes to his call, a clack like horses’ hooves on cobbles.

Percy and I both flick our eyes to the ceiling.

“The Goblin’s awake,” I say lightly. Muted as it is, his wailing stokes the ache pulsing in my head.

“Try not to sound too happy about his existence.”

I’ve seen very little of my baby brother since he arrived three months previous, just enough to marvel at, firstly, how strange and shriveled he looks, like a tomato that’s been left out in the sun for the summer, and, secondly, how someone so tiny has such huge potential to ruin my entire bloody life.

I suck a drop of sherry from my thumb. “What a menace he is.”

“He can’t be that much of a menace, he’s only about this big.” Percy holds his hands up in demonstration.

“He shows up out of nowhere—”

“Not sure you can claim out of nowhere—”

“—and then cries all the while and wakes us and takes up space.”

“The nerve.”

“You’re not being very sympathetic.”

“You’re not giving me many reasons to be.”

I throw a pillow at him, which he’s still too sleepy to bat away in time, so it hits him straight in the face. He gives it a halfhearted toss back at me as I flop across the bed, lying on my stomach with my head hanging over the edge and my face above his.

He raises his eyebrows. “That’s a very serious face. Are you making plans to sell the Goblin off to a roving troupe of players in hopes they’ll raise him as one of their own? You failed with Felicity, but the second time might be the charm.”

In truth, I am thinking how this tousle-haired, bit-off-his-guard, morning-after Percy is my absolute favorite Percy. I am thinking that if Percy and I have this last junket together on the Continent, I intend to fill it with as many mornings like this as possible. I am thinking how I am going to spend the next year ignoring the fact that there will be any year beyond it—I will get wildly drunk whenever possible, dally with pretty girls who have foreign accents, and wake up beside Percy, savoring the pleasant kick of my heartbeat whenever I’m near him.

I reach down and touch his lips with my ring finger. I think about winking as well, which is, admittedly, a tad excessive, but I’ve always been of the mind that subtlety is a waste of time. Fortune favors the flirtatious.

And by now, if Percy doesn’t know how I feel, it’s his own damn fault for being thick.

“I am thinking that today we are leaving on our Grand Tour,” I reply, “and I’m not going to waste any of it.”

 

Marry in Haste (Marriage of Convenience #1) by Anne Gracie

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Major Calbourne Rutherford returns to England on the trail of an assassin, only to find he’s become Lord Ashendon, with the responsibility for vast estates and dependent relatives. Cal can command the toughest of men, but his wild half-sisters are quite another matter. They might just be his undoing.

When he discovers that Miss Emmaline Westwood, the girls’ former teacher, guides them with ease, Cal offers her a marriage of convenience. But strong-minded and independent Emm is neither as compliant nor as proper as he expected, and Cal finds himself most inconveniently seduced by his convenient wife.

Emm knows they didn’t marry for love, yet beneath her husband’s austere facade, she catches glimpses of a man who takes her breath away. As pride, duty and passion clash, will these two stubborn hearts find more than they ever dreamed of?

 

 

 

 

 

Funny, sexy, sweet, Marry in Haste is a great read. A little slow at the start but once I got into it I was sucked in. The amusement of Cal's struggles to understand and the constant clashing between him and Emm were totally amusing. Made me enjoy the slow build of their relationship instead of making it an instant got it all involvement.

I liked that both they and we as readers had to work to a happy ending, past their tragedies to open their hearts. I really enjoyed Marry in Haste from beginning to end.

 

 

 

 

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Wired (Buchanan-Renard #13) by Julie Garwood

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Allison Trent doesn’t look like a hacker. In fact, when she’s not in college working on her degree, she models on the side. But behind her gorgeous face is a brilliant mind for computers and her real love is writing—and hacking—code. Her dream is to write a new security program that could revolutionize the tech industry.

Hotshot FBI agent Liam Scott has a problem: a leak deep within his own department. He needs the skills of a top-notch hacker to work on a highly sensitive project: to secretly break into the FBI servers and find out who the traitor is. But he can’t use one of his own. He finds the perfect candidate in Allison. Only, there’s one problem—she wants nothing to do with his job and turns him down flat.

What Liam doesn’t know is that Allison is hiding secrets that she doesn’t want the FBI to uncover. But Liam will do nearly anything to persuade her to join his team, even break a few rules if that’s what it takes. A temptation that could put his job—and both of their futures—on the line…
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If you haven't read the previous books in this series it won't leave you feeling left out or unable to follow along. Wired reads like a stand alone without so many entanglements in previous plots. It wasn't difficult to relate to the arrangements of Liam and Allison's relationship but after awhile it got a little old and the flip into sudden love felt a little rushed.

I would have liked to have Ali be stronger than she was but she felt like a push over when it comes to everyone she's involved with. She has a lot of brains and strength but she just lets everyone shove her around and dominate her and tell her how to think and what to do and makes excuses for everyone and their actions.

I wish we had gotten more from Liam too because he felt a little too hollow and one sided. Despite the fact that I disliked Ali as a character the story itself was okay.

 

 

 

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Kansas, 2065: Adri has been picked to live on Mars. But weeks before launch, she discovers the journal of a girl who lived in her house more than a hundred years ago and is drawn into the mystery surrounding her fate.

Oklahoma, 1934: Amid the fear and uncertainty of the Dust Bowl, Catherine's family's situation is growing dire. She must find the courage to sacrifice everything to save the one person she loves most.

England, 1919: In the recovery following World War I, Lenore tries to come to terms with her grief for her brother and plans to sail to America. But can she make it that far?

 
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Chapter 1



From above, Miami looked as if it were blinking itself awake; the rising sun reflected against the city’s windows. Adri—in fuzzy extra-large pajama pants, her messy black hair pulled back in a rubber band—had pulled over on the shoulder of the Miami bridge. Her Theta had blown a circuit board and she needed to fix it. Now, she took in the view one last time: it wasn’t much, but she’d never see it again.

The sky lay low and gray over South Beach. The empty beachfront hotels lay dark, water halfway up their lowest windows. All along the waterfront, buildings stood stark and abandoned. Neighborhood by neighborhood, the ocean had crept into the city, making it look like a kingdom from an old fairy tale, like Atlantis disintegrating into myth. The morning’s mail drones were already buzzing above the waterlogged buildings below, swaying in the heavy winds but staying on course to deliver packages to anyone who was left: the ruggedly independent, the people with nowhere else to go.

Adri had been one of them until today; her entire life had been spent watching the city get swallowed by water. She wouldn’t miss it, but she had to take a deep breath as she turned back to the car. She gathered the papers and wrinkled sweatshirts that had fallen out when she’d stepped out onto the pavement and shoved them into the back. She carefully plucked a caterpillar off her windshield, sliding her fingers against it gently and moving it to the bridge rail. Then she started the car and set it to self-navigate. Her restless mind drifted to Kansas and what lay ahead. She opened her placement letter on the dash monitor and reread it.


Dear Ms. Ortiz,
We try to arrange home stays for our Colonists-in-Training as often as possible, to maintain a sense of normalcy at a deeply transitional time. We’re delighted to inform you that we’ve located a distant cousin of yours (a Lily Vega, maiden name Ortiz, age 107) within driving distance of the Center, who is willing to welcome you into her home during the next three months. Please make your way to this address and await instructions.

268 Jericho Road
Canaan, KS 67124

Sincerely,
Lamont Bell
Director


Adri hadn’t even known she’d had cousins, or any family, left alive. Her parents had been only children; she’d never known of anyone even remotely related to them.

She turned on the news, and when people honked at her to tell her Theta was trailing sparks (it often did) she casually gave them the finger. She leaned back in her seat to watch the sky through the big sunroof. She felt lighter the farther she got from the city.

The coast fell away, and with it, the flooded towns and cities. The ride was only twelve hours with the new interstate, and with a speed limit of a hundred and fifty, it flew by. Normally she would have taken the spare time to study, but all of her devices had been remotely disabled the day she’d received her acceptance letter. Colonists were supposed to spend their last three months focusing on what they learned at the Center in Wichita. Other than that, they were supposed to do as close to nothing as possible.

Only a week had passed since the message had flashed on her wristTab, releasing a spray of holographic balloons that spiraled up around her and away as her admission note flashed on the screen. It was a cheesy touch, but her heart had dropped to her feet anyway. It was the first time in her life she could remember crying. Everything she’d sacrificed and worked for since the sixth grade—the late nights studying, the relentless schedule of exercise, course work, and training—was going to pay off. Within months, she’d be one of the lucky few living on Mars.

The air turned colder the farther she rode. It was long past dark when she crossed the border into Kansas, and another hour before she exited the highway. Nearing Canaan, each turn seemed to take her farther and farther into the middle of nowhere, county roads unfurling darkly under a sky black as ink. The Theta began to make a loud, thumping sound. Around eleven, she switched the car to driver-navigate and steered it gingerly along. It was practically dead when she pulled up to the end of the driveway.

Adri gazed around; the place looked almost abandoned. There was a little white farmhouse with peeling siding and a small barn lot . . . leaning fences surrounding a large pasture, a bunkhouse (or was it a stable?) listing to one side. An ancient SUV sat in the driveway—one of the last of the great gas guzzlers.

Adri cut the power and blinked at a sign by the flowerbeds drying up for the winter. There were indications of life though: a series of purple plastic dragonflies lined the path to the front door and a tin angel with a watering can stood poised over a patch of daisies and weeds to her right. A little placard poking up by the path said: Come in, my flowers would like to meet you.

“Oh God,” she muttered.

She took a deep breath.

She turned her attention upward. The sky was closer here than it had been back home, or at least it felt that way. That’s where I’ll be, she thought. That’s where I’m going. In a way, she was already gone. That was what she needed to focus on.

She checked herself in the mirror. She looked like she’d just rolled out of bed, which was how she always looked. She brushed herself off and got out of the car, a few soda cans and empty wrappers trailing out with her feet.


A sign had been taped to the door, written in shaky handwriting.


Adri, I stayed up as late as I could, but I’m old! Your room is upstairs to the right. Can’t wait to meet you. Don’t let the bed bugs bite. ☺☺☺


Adri moved through the house in the dark, bumping into corners and staring around into the shadowy rooms before she made her way up the stairs. One room stood open and inviting: faded blue and smelling of mothballs. The lamps were all on, and a bright patchwork quilt lay across the bed, turned down at the corner. She looked around. There was something about the room that was off, unsettling. But she couldn’t say what.

There was no dresser so she moved back and forth across the room, flinging her pants and balled-up sweaters along the closet shelves. Lily had either neglected or forgotten to clean in the back, and the corners were covered in cobwebs that stuck to her fingers. Otherwise the shelves were empty except for an old crinkled shoe box. She opened it, finding a pile of photos and old postcards instead. Adri was notoriously nosy.

She moved closer to the bedside lamp and flipped through the contents. There were several photos of a woman she assumed must be Lily, some with a man who looked to be her husband, and some of her as a little girl. But most of the mementos were older, artifacts from before even her cousin would have been born: ancient ticket stubs from shows in the 1950s, an autograph from someone named Wayne Newton. One postcard was from New York City and very old—it showed a wide boulevard with people in hats and dresses strolling arm and arm, gazing into shop windows. It was postmarked May 7, 1920, and the writing was so faded it was close to illegible.


Beth—
Arrived New York last night and making my way to you tomorrow. Galapagos in tow. Did you get my letters? Will you be waiting for me?
Will you love her as much as I do?

Love, Lenore


Adri did the quick mental math to calculate how many years had passed since 1920: a hundred and forty-five. She read it one more time, then put the box back where she’d found it.

Finally, with nothing else to do, she turned out her light and lay down. In the silence of the strange room, a feeling still nagged at her and kept her from sleeping. Maybe it was nerves about living with a stranger . . . and a stranger who was also— weirdly—family. She wondered what Lily would be like—and it made her think of her old roommate at the group house back in Miami, and something she’d said once.

“I really admire you, Adri,” she’d said. “But I have to say you’re not very likable.”

Adri hadn’t shown that it hurt her, but it had stayed in her mind. She didn’t know why she couldn’t keep from being too blunt, too standoffish and distant, a little mean. She’d stopped trying to change it years ago; she could never figure out how.

Growing up she’d watched other kids buddying up— everyone with their weird quirks and flaws getting along anyway somehow, forming some mysterious club she couldn’t penetrate. She’d think to herself, How do they do that? It was like executing an intricate dive.

Adri wasn’t a diver. If anything, she was a pickax, chipping away at each day. The next three months living with another stranger, even one who was related to her . . . she would chip away at too.


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In sixth-grade astronomy, Adri had read about neutrinos for the first time. They were particles that traveled across space—from one end of the universe to the other, unstoppable and anchorless. They could pass through matter, right through planets and people and everything else. When kids talked after that, about what they wanted to be when they got older, the image of that textbook page always flashed through her mind.

Now she pictured the day she’d be the one launching off from Earth, unstoppable. She hoped the time between then and now would go fast. As she fell asleep, behind her eyelids she watched herself pinging across space.

 

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