Wednesday, August 31, 2016

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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

ȘI AM PRIVIT CU TOȚII SPRE CER... de Tommy Wallach, în curând la Editura Epica, în colecția EpicWave!



ȘI AM PRIVIT CU TOȚII SPRE CER... de Tommy Wallach, bestseller New York Times - în curând la Editura Epica, în colecția EpicWave!

Se spune că liceul e cea mai frumoasă perioadă din viața unui tânăr.

Peter, unul dintre cei mai buni jucători de baschet din liceul lui, își face griji că această afirmație s-ar putea să fie adevărată. Între timp, Eliza numără orele până ce va putea scăpa de Seattle, orașul natal – și de reputația ei. Anita, o fată cu o viață aparent perfectă, se întreabă din ce în ce mai des dacă merită să-și abandoneze adevăratele vise pentru a intra la o universitate de prestigiu. Iar Andy nu înțelege de ce oamenii se agită în ceea ce privește facultatea și cariera – viitorul mai poate să aștepte. Sau nu? Căci se pare că viitorul „se apropie” cu repeziciune din spațiu – un asteroid se îndreaptă direct către Pământ – și există posibilitatea de a șterge orice urmă de viață de pe fața planetei.

În vreme ce acești patru viitori absolvenți – împreună cu restul omenirii – așteaptă să vadă ce daune va produce asteroidul, se văd totodată nevoiți să-și abandoneze gândurile legate de viitor și să se decidă cum își vor petrece ceea ce mai rămâne din prezent.

„Și am privit cu toții spre cer... e un debut triumfător – Apocalipsa lui Stephen King pentru această generație. Este deopotrivă tulburător, optimist, înspăimântător și înduioșător, scris cu enorm de multă compasiune pentru felul în care prezentul ne scapă printre degete. Un roman glorios, minunat și de neuitat” – Andrew Smith, autorului bestsellerului Grasshopper Jungle

„Wallach a creat o distribuție realistă de adolescenți care se luptă cu probleme de identitate, familie și loialitate. Fanii poveștilor apocaliptice nu vor fi dezamăgiți.” – School Library Journal

„O poveste incitantă, care va scoate la iveală filosofii din tinerii cititori.” – Kirkus Reviews

Tommy Wallach este un romancier și muzician născut în Brooklyn. E autorul romanelor Și am privit cu toții spre cer... (care a fost tradus în peste douăsprezece limbi și va fi ecranizat de Paramount) și Thanks for the Trouble. Scrierile lui de ficțiune și nonficțiune au fost publicate în McSweeney's, Tin House, Wired, Salon și alte reviste. Ca muzician, a lansat un album prin Decca Records și două în regie proprie, inclusiv We All Looked Up: The Album, care însoțește romanul său de debut. Recent a fost acceptat în MacDowell Fellowship. Puteți afla mai multe informații despre autor, accesând: www.TommyWallach.com.

Înainte de asteroid, le-am permis oamenilor să ne eticheteze: sportivul, proscrisa, ratatul și tocilara. Dar apoi am privit cu toții spre cer și totul s-a schimbat.
Oamenii de știință spun că va sosi în două luni. Ne-au oferit două luni pentru a renunța la stereotipuri. Două luni pentru a ne transforma în ceva care va dăinui chiar și după sfârșitul lumii. Două luni pentru A TRĂI cu adevărat.


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Urgia și zorile de Renee Ahdieh, acum în librării!!


O viata curmata la fiecare rasarit de soare

Intr-un tinut aflat sub domnia unui tanar rege insetat de sange, fiecare revarsat al zorilor sfasie sufletul unei alte familii. Califul din Khorasan, un baiat de optsprezece ani, e un adevarat monstru. In fiecare noapte, Khalid cere mana unei fete, ca apoi, in fiecare dimineata, sa curme viata noii lui mirese cu o franghie de matase. Cand cea mai buna prietena a Seherezadei ii cade victima lui Khalid, ea jura sa se razbune si, in ciuda varstei ei fragede, de doar saisprezece ani, se ofera sa-i devina mireasa califului din Khorasan. Seherezada este hotarata nu doar sa ramana in viata, ci si sa puna capat, o data pentru totdeauna, domniei despotice a lui Khalid.

Seara de seara, Seherezada il atrage in mrejele sale, tesand povesti incantatoare, ce-o ajuta sa mai traiasca inca o zi, desi stie prea bine ca urmatorul rasarit de soare ar putea fi ultimul. Dar lucrurile iau o intorsatura cu totul neasteptata: Khalid nu este nicidecum asa cum si l-a imaginat ea. „Monstrul” este doar un tanar cu sufletul zdrobit de o suferinta covarsitoare si indelungata. Iar Seherezada descopera ca, in pofida vointei sale, se indragosteste de el – inima ei o tradeaza. Dar Seherezada intelege, incetul cu incetul, ca nimic nu este asa cum pare in palatul de marmura si piatra al califului. Este hotarata sa descifreze tainele ce bantuie locul si, in ciuda iubirii ei, este pregatita sa-i ia viata lui Khalid in schimbul celor curmate de el.

Oare dragostea va birui?

Inspirata de povestile celor O mie si una de nopti, cartea de fata este ea in sine o lectura fascinanta si grandioasa de la inceput pana la sfarsit.


,,O combinatie fascinanta intre Urzeala tronurilor si O mie si una de nopti.” – Us Weekly

,,Cei care indragesc personajele puternice si povestile minunat reinterpretate vor adora aceasta carte.”-  The Huffington post

,,Intriga politica, revolta mocnita, loialitate pusa sub semnul indoielii, dragoste arzatoare si o boare de vraja – totul intr-un desert aspru si ostil –, iata ingredientele romanului de fata, ingenios si frumos construit.” - Booklist

„O nestemata imbatatoare si uluitoare. Nu trebuie sa va mirati daca paginile cartii va rapesc si va poarta in tinuturile nisipurilor aurii si calde, unde va veti trezi band vin cu mirodenii intr-o curte pavata cu marmura rece… Va veti indragosti, cum am facut-o si eu.” – Marie Lu, autoarea seriei Legenda

,,O poveste fascinanta, invaluita in mister, dar mai presus de toate, una care va deveni ea insasi clasica.” – Voya

Renée Ahdieh este absolventa a Universitatii Carolina de Nord, Chapel Hill. In timpul liber, ii place sa danseze salsa si sa colectioneze pantofi. Este pasionata de toate retetele culinare care contin curry, de baschet, dar si de salvarea cainilor. Primii ani de viata i-a petrecut intr-un apartament dintr-un zgarie-nori din Coreea de Sud. Drept urmare, adora sa fie cu capul in nori. Locuieste in Charlotte, Carolina de Nord, SUA.


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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Happy Release Day for Torn (A Wicked Saga #2) by Jennifer L. Armentrout


Genres; Fantasy, New Adult , Romance, Paranormal


Torn between duty and survival, nothing can be the same.

Everything Ivy Morgan thought she knew has been turned on its head. After being betrayed and then nearly killed by the Prince of the Fae, she’s left bruised and devastated—and with an earth-shattering secret that she must keep at all costs. And if the Order finds out her secret, they’ll kill her.

Then there’s Ren Owens, the sexy, tattooed Elite member of the Order who has been sharing Ivy’s bed and claiming her heart. Their chemistry is smoking hot, but Ivy knows that Ren has always valued his duty to the Order above all else—he could never touch her if he knew the truth. That is, if he let her live at all. Yet how can she live with herself if she lies to him?

But as the Fae Prince begins to close in on Ivy, intent on permanently opening the gates to the Otherworld, Ivy is running out of options. If she doesn’t figure out who she can trust—and fast—it’s not only her heart that will be torn apart, but civilization itself.

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I lifted my right hand, reaching for my iron stake out of instinct, even though I knew it would do no good against the prince.

“You shouldn’t do that.” His voice was deep with what reminded me of an English accent. “I know you want to, but it would be very, very unwise of you, Ivy.”

My hand twitched.

Creepy Prince smiled slightly. “Your friend has been very helpful.”

That got my hackles up. I slid my sunglasses onto my forehead and forced my tone to stay calm and level. “I’m sure she has. Speaking of Val, happen to know where I can find her?”

His lips curled in a semblance of a smile as he stepped closer. The prince was tall, taller than Ren, who was pushing six foot two. My entire back stiffened as I forced myself to hold my ground, even though every instinct demanded that I run and run super fast, because he had almost killed me once before. Correction. He would have definitely killed me if he hadn’t realized what I was and had, I guessed, healed me.

“I’ve been waiting for you,” he said, instead of answering my question, his pale blue eyes fixed on mine.

My hand curled into a useless fist. “That is extremely creepy to hear.”

That cold smile returned. “Why don’t we talk? There are seats across the way.”

“Yeah, that’s not going to happen.”

The slow smile increased but never reached his eyes. “Oh, I know it is.”

Fine hairs rose on my arms.

“What exactly can you do right now?” he said in the same coldly polite voice. “Refuse me?” Creepy Prince laughed, and it wasn’t a bad sound. Again, it was something that was just cold, as if he were mimicking what a human would do. “You can’t.”

“I can.” My palm itched to grab the thorn stake secured under my pant leg, but I held still. I might be reckless, but I wasn’t stupid.

“Really? I will have to beg to differ on that. You see, humans surround us. So many of them, and I have an extraordinary appetite.” His eyes appeared to glimmer as his gaze slithered from the top of my curly head down to my toes. “A rather impressive appetite for many, many things.”

“Okay. First off, ew.” My lip curled. “Secondly, I don’t want to hear about any of your appetites.”

One dark eyebrow rose. “Oh, but you should know that I could kill twenty of these humans in less than five seconds and feed on the rest, leaving them to believe that it was this little red-headed girl who murdered these innocent people.” His voice dropped even lower as he leaned in and icy air brushed my cheek. “You deny me this, those lives will be on your hands, little bird.”

Anger flushed hotly as my eyes met his. There wasn’t a single part of me that doubted anything he said. He had me. God, I hated to admit it, but he had me.

Don’t miss the first title in the series, WICKED!



#1 New York Times and #1 International Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing, she spends her time reading, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki.

Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen. Her book Obsidian has been optioned for a major motion picture and her Covenant Series has been optioned for TV. Her young adult romantic suspense novel DON’T LOOK BACK was a 2014 nominated Best in Young Adult Fiction by YALSA.

She also writes Adult and New Adult contemporary and paranormal romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.


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Book Blizt: Excerpt and Giveaway for November Rain by Shannon A. Thompson



November Rain 
Shannon A. Thompson
(Bad Bloods #1)
Published by: Clean Teen Publishing
Publication date: July 18th 2016
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult

Seventeen-year-old Serena isn’t human. She is a bad blood, and in the city of Vendona, bad bloods are executed. In the last moments before she faces imminent death, a prison guard aids her escape and sparks a revolt. Back on the streets determined to destroy her kind, Serena is spared by a fellow bad blood named Daniel. His past tragedies are as equally mysterious as her connection to them.

Unbeknownst to the two, this connection is the key to winning the election for bad bloods’ rights to be seen as human again. But Serena is the only one who can secure Vendona’s vote. Now, Daniel must unite with her before all hope is lost and bad bloods are eradicated, even if it means exposing secrets worse than death itself. United or not, a city will fight, rain will fall, and all will be threatened by star-crossed love and political corruption.





“She used to tell me that a full moon is when mysterious things happen and wishes come true.” I stared at the little paper in my hands. “Do you think she tells my sister those stories?”

Daniel didn’t respond. He only listened. I had told him before I had a sister. He had probably assumed I lied, but I hadn’t. It was the truth, and it tumbled out like a story my mom created before bedtime. I tried to picture her telling stories to my sister, but nothing came. I only saw the little girl, with Mom’s hair and Dad’s eyes, standing in the road, saying my name.

“I’ve never met her,” I confessed, staring at the writing bleeding through the folded end. “I think her name is on this, but I can’t read.”

Daniel reached for it. “I can—”

“No.” I held the note against my chest. “I want to learn and read it on my own,” I explained, softer than my previous snap.

Daniel’s head tilted. “Robert never taught you.”

I wasn’t sure if it was a question or a statement, but I responded anyway. “He can’t read.”

Daniel’s eyes swept over me. He took the time to rub his face before looking away.

“He can’t read,” I repeated, studying his reaction. “Right?”

Daniel’s hand lowered to his lap. “I can teach you,” he said, and when he faced me again, he was remarkably closer than I realized. His hand moved to rest on my knee. My heart stabilized. “What else do you want?”

It was a question I had never heard before, and the way Daniel stumbled over the sentence suggested he had never been able to say it before either. Bad bloods weren’t allowed to want anything. Not even life. So, when I was asked, my mind spiraled into obscurity, never actually solidifying an answer even though I searched for one.

“I’ve never been allowed to want anything,” I confessed.

“Me neither,” Daniel agreed, and for a brief second, I was oblivious to the fact that his lips were on mine.



Shannon A. Thompson is a twenty-three-year-old author, avid reader, and habitual chatterbox. She was merely sixteen when she was first published, and a lot has happened since then. Thompson’s work has appeared in numerous poetry collections and anthologies, and her first installment of The Timely Death Trilogy became Goodreads’ Book of the Month. As a novelist, poet, and blogger, Thompson spends her free time writing and sharing ideas with her black cat named after her favorite actor, Humphrey Bogart. Between writing and befriending cats, she graduated from the University of Kansas with a bachelor’s degree in English, and she travels whenever the road calls her.
Visit her blog for writers and readers at www.shannonathompson.com.




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Batman vs. Superman: Zorii dreptății

Temându-se că acțiunile supereroului privit ca un zeu rămân nesupravegheate, puternicul și formidabilul apărător al Gotham-ului îl provoacă pe salvatorul adorat, modern al Metropolis-ului, în vreme ce lumea nu se poate hotărî de ce tip de erou are mai mare nevoie. Cum Batman și Superman sunt în război, apare o nouă amenințare ce pune omenirea într-un pericol fără precedent.

Regie: Zack Snyder
Distributie: Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill
Gen: Actiune, Aventuri, SF, Fantastic
Format: DVD, Blu-ray, 3DBD




Seria Divergent: Allegiant 

După cutremurătoarea revelație din Insurgent, Tris și Four sunt obligați să evadeze dincolo de zidurile care înconjoară orașul Chicago. Pe lângă pericolele necunoscute care îi așteaptă, asta mai înseamnă și să-și abandoneze pentru prima dată prietenii și familia. Tot ce știau devine irelevant în această nouă lume, iar cei doi trebuie să aleagă în cine să aibă încredere în momentul în care izbucnește un război care amenință întreaga omenire. Pentru a supraviețui, Tris va lua decizii aproape imposibile care îi vor testa curajul, puterea de sacrificiu și iubirea. 

Regie: Robert Schwentke 
Distributie: Zoë Kravitz, Theo James, Shailene Woodley, Naomi Watts, Miles Teller, Maggie Q 
Gen: Actiune, SF 
Format: DVD, Blu-ray 



Zootropolis

Zootropolis- gigantica metropolă unde totul pare posibil 
În oraşul animal Zootopolis, o vulpe cu gura mare trebuie să fugă când i se înscenează o crimă. 
Poliţistul cel mai bun din Zootopia, un iepure neprihănit, este pe urma vulpii, dar când amândoi devin ţintele unei conspiraţii, sunt obligaţi să lucreze împreună şi descoperă că şi duşmanii naturali pot deveni cei mai buni prieteni.

Regie: Rich Moore, Jared Bush, Byron Howard
Distributie: Ginnifer Goodwin, Jason Bateman, Idris Elba, Shakira
Gen: Animatie, Actiune, Aventuri
Format: DVD




Midnight Special: Puteri Misterioase

Alton e un băiat de opt ani care are niște abilități extraordinare, însă acestea îl transformă în ținta unei secte de extremiști religioși, conduși de Calvin Meyer. Roy, tatăl lui Alton, este disperat să-și protejeze fiul și încearcă să-l ducă într-o ascunzătoare secretă. Roy e ajutat de complicele său Lucas și de Sarah, fosta soție. Cei patru fugari sunt vânați și de o forță guvernamentală, condusă de Paul Sevier, care vrea de asemenea să folosească abilitățile lui Alton

Regie: Jeff Nichols
Distributie: Adam Driver, Kirsten Dunst, Michael Shannon
Gen: Drama, SF
Format: DVD, Blu-Ray



Eye In The Sky: Razboiul Dronelor

Col. Katherine Powell (Helen Mirren) este un ofiter britanic aflat la comanda unei operatiuni strict secrete care implica folosirea unor drone pentru identificarea si capturarea unor teroristi din Kenya. Cu ajutorul supravegherii de la distanta si a informatiilor primite de la agentii din teren, Powell va descoperi ca tintele operatiunii planuiesc un atac sinucigas cu bomba. Din acel moment, misiunea isi va schimba obiectivul din capturare in eliminare. Pilotul american Steve Watts (Aaron Paul) este pe cale sa execute misiunea de bombardare a casei in care se afla teroristii. Langa aceea casa, o fata de noua ani este in pericol sa isi piarda viata daca tinta va fi lovita. Acest fapt va declansa o serie de dispute internationale la cel mai inalt nivel. Cu o distributie de exceptie care ii mai include pe Alan Rickman, Barkhad Abi si Jeremy Northam, Eye In The Sky: Razboiul Dronelor este un thriller politic plin de suspans in care regizorul Gavin Hood și scenaristul de Guy Hibber ne expun implicatiile politice, morale si personale ale razboiului modern.

Regie: Gavin Hood
Distributie: Helen Mirren, Alan Rickman, Aaron Paul
Gen: Drama
Format: DVD



Hobbitul: Bătălia celor cinci oștiri-editia extinsa

„Hobbitul: Batalia celor cinci ostiri” aduce o incheiere de proportii epice pentru aventurile lui Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman), Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage) si Compania Piticilor. 

Piticii din Erebor si-au recastigat bogatia vasta a tarii lor natale, dar acum trebuie sa suporte consecintele de a-l fi dezlantuit pe teribilul Dragon, Smaug, asupra barbatilor, femeilor si copiilor fara aparare din Orasul de pe Lac.
Regele de sub Munte, Thorin Oakenshield, sacrifica prietenia si onoarea in cautarea legendarei pietre Arken. Neputand sa-l ajute pe Thorin sa vada lucrurile rational, Bilbo este determinat sa faca o alegere disperata si primejdioasa, nestiind ca pericole si mai mari se afla inainte.

Regie: Peter Jackson
Distributie: Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Benedict Cumberbatch
Gen: Aventuri, Fantastic
Format: DVD, Blu-Ray, BD3D



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Saturday, July 9, 2016

ARHIVISTA WASP de Nicole Kornher-Stace, in curand la Leda Edge!


Sarcina lui Wasp e simplă. Să vâneze stafii. Și în fiecare an trebuie să lupte ca să rămână Arhivistă. Singură şi disperată, face o înţelegere cu stafia unui supersoldat. Va merge cu el în lumea lui subpământeană pentru a căuta stafia demult pierdută a partenerei sale, iar în schimb va afla mai multe decât orice Arhivistă dinaintea ei despre lumea lui preapocaliptică. Şi sunt multe lucruri de ştiut. În definitiv, Arhivistele sunt însemnate dinainte de naştere, menite să facă munca sacră a unei zeiţe. Sunt alese. Sunt speciale. Sau cel puţin aşa li se spune de patru sute de ani.

Arhivista Wasp se teme că nu ea este cea aleasă, că nu va supravieţui călătoriei în lumea subpământeană, că viaţa violentă de care a scăpat era poate mai bună decât locul spre care se îndreaptă. Dar nu există decât o singură modalitate de a afla.

„Tinerii vor empatiza cu frământările interioare ale lui Wasp și cu lupta ei de a înțelege o lume plină de ură și violență. Ritmul alert și acțiunea captivantă îi vor atrage chiar și pe cititorii cei mai rezervați. În concluzie, o lectură obligatorie pentru fanii distopiilor, care preferă să evite poveștile de dragoste și finalurile previzibile.”- SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL

YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults 2016
Kirkus Reviews Best Teen Books of 2015
Book Riot Best of 2015
Buzzfeed 32 Best Fantasy Novels of 2015
ABC Best Books for Young Readers
Finalistă Norton Award

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A Court of Thorns and Roses: Courts of Prythian


Primul volum din serie, Regatul Spinilor si al Trandafirilor de Sarah J. Maas, este disponibil la Editura RAO. 

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Friday, July 8, 2016

Blog Tour: Excerpt and Giveaway for Life After Juliet by Shannon Lee Alexande


Book Title: Life After Juliet
Author: Shannon Lee Alexander
Release Date: July 5, 2016
Genre: Contemporary YA


Becca Hanson was never able to make sense of the real world. When her best friend Charlotte died, she gave up on it altogether. Fortunately, Becca can count on her books to escape—to other times, other places, other people... 

Until she meets Max Herrera. He’s experienced loss, too, and his gorgeous, dark eyes see Becca the way no one else in school can.

As it turns out, kissing is a lot better in real life than on a page. But love and life are a lot more complicated in the real world...and happy endings aren't always guaranteed.

The companion novel to Love and Other Unknown Variables is an exploration of loss and regret, of kissing and love, and most importantly, a celebration of hope and discovering a life worth living again.

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I’m not sure how long I’ve been back in school. I don’t really do days anymore. Time is measured in pages. I’ve read 3,718 pages since Dad dropped me off on the first day. It’s been 108,023 pages since Charlotte died. I’ve read 150 pages since I stepped on the bus this morning. It’s been ten pages since I thought of Charlotte.
She’s not coming back, and I don’t know what else to do, so I keep turning the pages.
However long I’ve been back at Sandstone High, the advanced literature and composition teacher, Mrs. Jonah, informed me yesterday that I am no longer allowed to “sit like a bump on a log, reading books” in her class. I find this strange, but then, I don’t understand the real world. I’ve given up trying to make any kind of sense of it. Today in class, I am sitting like a bump on a log, staring out the window.
Sandstone is a typical high school, unlike the fancy math and science school on the other side of town that Charlie graduated from last spring. It’s the kind of building that’s been pieced together—add a wing here, convert a gym there, dump mobile units here—throughout the decades as the town’s population grew and it had to be quickly expanded. There’s no one defining style. It’s a mishmash. The kids who go here are also diverse, so it’s not hard for me to fade into the background.
Lit and Comp is a junior course. The guidance counselor signed me up for it at the end of last year. She described it as a lively class full of opportunities for personal and artistic growth. In other words, it’s my worst nightmare. I’ve decided growth is overrated.
Mrs. Jonah’s classroom is long and narrow, with a wall of windows down the side. She’s decorated the wide windowsill with spindly spider plants, stacks of books, empty vintage Coke bottles that catch the sunlight, and a bust of Sir Isaac Newton, which is strange since she’s not a science teacher.
Mrs. Jonah raps on her desk now to get our attention. She stands and brushes invisible lint off her black pencil skirt. Tall and unafraid of wearing high heels, she towers over everyone in the school, even the basketball coach. Her pixie haircut and makeup are always perfect. She’s the most with it human I’ve ever seen.
“Time’s up,” she says. “Please, pass your quizzes forward.”
I’ve been done with my quiz for what would have been about twenty pages, if reading were still allowed in Lit class. I pass my paper to the boy in front of me. He runs his hand through his choppy black hair and smiles. His lips are chapped, and the smiling pulls the raw skin too tight. It makes me wince. I instantly feel bad, because I remember this guy.
Max. He was in Mr. Bunting’s World History class with Charlotte and me last year. He was the only student at Sandstone who spoke directly to me after Charlotte died. He came right up to me in history, cleared his throat so I’d look up from my book and said, “Sorry for your loss.”
I remember I got up and left the room. It was either that or start crying.
He’s still looking at me now. I should say something, something nice, like “Thank you for your condolences.” Instead, I look out the window again.

Max sighs, soft like the riffle of book pages, as he turns around and passes our quizzes forward. I’m used to that sound. It’s the sound of my father when I refuse to put my book down and come join my mother and him. The sound of my mother when she realizes I’ve been listening to the book characters in my head instead of her. Lately, I’m really only safe lost in the pages of a book. Outside, in the real world, it’s like I’m walking around with no skin. Everything hurts.





Shannon Lee Alexander is a wife and mother (of two kids and one yellow terrier named Harriet Potter). She is passionate about coffee, books, and cancer research. She spent most of her time in high school hiding out in the theater with the drammies and techies. Math still makes her break out in a sweat. She currently lives in Indianapolis with her family.




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