Jun
20
12:05 AM00:05

My Best Friend's Exorcism

By Grady Hendrix

Abby and Gretchen have been best friends since fifth grade, when they bonded over a shared love of E.T., roller-skating parties, and scratch-and-sniff stickers. But when they arrive at high school, things change. Gretchen begins to act…different. And as the strange coincidences and bizarre behavior start to pile up, Abby realizes there’s only one possible explanation: Gretchen, her favorite person in the world, has a demon living inside her. And Abby is not about to let anyone or anything come between her and her best friend. With help from some unlikely allies, Abby embarks on a quest to save Gretchen. But is their friendship powerful enough to beat the devil?

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Jun
27
12:05 AM00:05

The Last Vampire 4: Phantom

By Christopher Pike

After five thousand years she was again mortal.

The dead alchemist's experiment has worked. Alisa is no longer a vampire, but a frail and confused human. Not only that -- she is pregnant. The baby grows in her at supernatural speed. As the stranger watches. The stranger from the past.

But what child will Alisa's seed produce?

A demon or an angel? Alisa does not know.

But the stranger does. He knows everything that ever was.

And he knows everything that is to be.

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Jul
4
12:05 AM00:05

The Hardy Boys' Casefiles #7: Bad Rap

By Franklin W. Dixon

Somebody's ripping off rap artist Randy Rand by counterfeiting copies of his hottest tunes. For Frank and Joe Hardy, the case is a piece of cake. The trail leads right to a hustler. But when the con man turns up dead, rapster Randy faces a murder charge--and the Hardys face deadly danger in the mean streets of New York, as they try to find the real kiler.

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Jul
18
12:05 AM00:05

Bleeding Violet

By Dia Reeves

Love can be a dangerous thing...

Hanna simply wants to be loved. With a head plagued by hallucinations, a medicine cabinet full of pills, and a closet stuffed with frilly, violet dresses, Hanna’s tired of being the outcast, the weird girl, the freak. So she runs away to Portero, Texas in search of a new home.

But Portero is a stranger town than Hanna expects. As she tries to make a place for herself, she discovers dark secrets that would terrify any normal soul. Good thing for Hanna, she’s far from normal. As this crazy girl meets an even crazier town, only two things are certain: Anything can happen and no one is safe.

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Jun
13
12:05 AM00:05

Time Windows

By Kathryn Reiss

When Miranda moves with her family to a new house in a small Massachusetts town, she discovers a mysterious antique--a dollhouse. Through the windows, she is shocked to find what seem to be living people in the tiny rooms, and gradually she realizes that scenes from the lives of the big house’s past inhabitants are being replayed there.

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Jun
6
12:05 AM00:05

Whispers From the Grave

By Leslie Rule

When Jenna discovers the diary of a girl who was murdered over 100 years ago, she is startled by how much they have in common. Rita looked like her, acted like her, and faced the trials of high school while experiencing the thrill of first love. As Jenna reads of Rita's tragic past, she fears for her own future. Because Rita's history is repeating itself--in Jenna's life.

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May
30
12:05 AM00:05

The Mall

By Richie Tankersley Cusick

He's Everywhere...Waiting Just For Her!

Trish smiles into the dressing-room mirror, admiring herself in the gorgeous white dress. Unknown to her, someone else is watching. He knows she is smiling just for him. His soft, strange voice whispers her name from the crowd. His hooded eyes follow her every move...

At first she thinks he's just a creepy customer, hanging around Muffin-Mania where she works at the mall. But suddenly he's everywhere, the man with a thousand faces tormenting her day and night. He knows her secrets. There's no safe place to hide. There's no one she can tell, no one she can trust. How can she escape a madman willing to kill to make her his---forevermore.

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May
23
12:05 AM00:05

Ender's Game

By Orson Scott Card

Ender's Game is a 1985 military science fiction novel by American author Orson Scott Card. Set in Earth's future, the novel presents an imperiled mankind after two conflicts with the "buggers", an insectoid alien species. In preparation for an anticipated third invasion, children, including the novel's protagonist, Ender Wiggin, are trained from a very young age through increasingly difficult games including some in zero gravity, where Ender's tactical genius is revealed.

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May
8
12:05 AM00:05

And I Darken (PATREON OUTSIDE GENRE EPISODE)

By Kiersten White

FULL SUMMARY WITH PLOT SPOILERS

Twelve-year-old Ladislav (aka Lada) and her 11-year-old brother Radu are taken from their home in Wallachia and moved to Edirne, having been given over to Murad, Sultan of the Ottomon Empire, as collateral for their father Vlad's loyalty to the Empire. Lada is unattractive, fierce, independent, and violent — Radu is beautiful, kind, lonely, and submissive. The two endure cruelty, and the constant possibility of death hangs over their heads. Although the two receive extensive education from a tutor, Lada leaves Radu a victim to beatings from the tutor, so that she doesn’t betray how much Radu means to her. Lada's greatest fear is anyone having power over her. Lada will spend the whole rest of the book OBSESSED with getting back to Wallachia.

After Lada gets her first menstrual period at 13, Halil Pasha, the Sultan’s most powerful adviser, attempts to marry her off. Lada threatens her husband-to-be, putting herself and Radu in danger of Halil Pasha's wrath. But before they can be punished, Mehmed, the sultan’s 12-year-old youngest son, is thrilled by Lada's temper and demands they be given over to him as companions instead. The three of them leave for Amasya where they become friends, though Lada remains just as fierce and independent as ever, holding her feelings for her brother and Mehmed at a distance. Though derided for being a girl, she manages to train to fight with the Sultan's armed forces, the Janissaries, men given over as slaves to defend the Ottomon Empire.

While still in their pre-teens, Mehmed’s two older brothers die (their deaths having been secretly arranged by his mother, Huma, one of the sultan’s concubines). Murad makes the decision to retire and make Mehmed, at only 12-years-old, the new sultan. They return to Edirne for Mehmed to rule, but find that the Janissaries are not loyal to Mehmed, whom they call "the little zealot," due to his belief that he is destined to be the Islamic leader prophesied to conquer Constantinople, something the Janissaries view as a veritable death sentence, as no Ottomon leader has been successful in the many attempts to conquer the city. This leaves Mehmed vulnerable to an assassination attempt arranged by Halil Pasha to remain in political power. To protect him, Lada and Radu betray Mehmed by conspiring with Huma to arrange a full rJanissary evolt in order to force Murad to return as sultan. With Murad back as Sultan, Mehmed, Lada, and Radu are able to return to Amasya.

Time passes. Mehmed, now 14, returns from a six month campaign against Hunyadi, an enemy of the Sultan's. Things between the three change. Mehmed and Lada are attracted to one another and fall in love. At the same time, Radu, spurred on by the warning of a Janissary guard named Lazar who , realizes he also loves Mehmed. While Radu's love is forbidden, Lada's becomes difficult as well. One day, Lada and Radu spy Mehmed entering a harem they didn't know existed, greeting an infant son. Within a short period of time, Murad arranges for Mehmed's marriage to a girl named Sitti Hatun, to get him out of the way, now planning to make his own new infant son by another concubine, Halima, his successor.

During one of the many marriage celebrations, Mehmed and Lada sneak off to mack on each other. While they kiss, Lada sees an assassin in the dark and lunges out, eventually winning by not only stabbing him repeatedly, but tearing him apart with her hands and teeth. It's gross. She's brought to Murad, accused of murdering an innocent man. Before she can be punished, Radu steps forward and charms the pants off of Murad, thanking him for his "kind" patronage over the years and saving them from their infidel father. Murad buys it and they're all safe again. Radu stays in Edirne to find ways to protect Mehmed politically, while Lada and Mehmed return to Amasya.

In Amasya, Lada and Mehmed fall into a weird relationship stalemate. Making out, but not having sex, while Mehmed still regularly visits his harem. He gives Lada her own Janissary guard to command. She chooses her closest Janissary friend, Nicolae, to act as her second in command. Then, a war begins with another of the Sultan's enemies, Skanderberg, a former Janissary favorite named Iskander Bey. Mehmed leaves to the battle, not allowing Lada and her guards to accompany him. This obviously pisses Lada off. Radu joins the Sultan in battle, the two only seeing each other once.

After the war is lost to Skanderberg, Radu accompanies his sick friend Kumal home, Kumal having helped him convert to Islam when he was 11. On the way, he runs into Skanderberg. They don't fight. They're hella tired and just talk. Skanderberg gives Radu the nickname "Radu the Handsome." Radu gets Kumal home and talks with Kumal's sister Nazira, who he sort of promised to marry when he thought Kumal was going to die, but now Kumal is holding him to that. Things work out when Nazira makes it clear that she knows Radu is gay, which is perfect for her because she's also gay and in love with her servant, Fatima. They're both like, "Great! Awesome perfect marriage." Though Radu is also saddened by the fact that he'll never have Mehmed's love the way Nazira has Fatima's.

After the loss, Murad goes into a depression and wants to drink and party all the time, Radu always at his side. This exhausts Radu, who is also taken up full time with trying to figure out how to get rid of Halil Pasha. He pays a grateful servant boy, Amal, to tell him whenever Halil Pasha is with Murad. Then kind of out of nowhere for the reader, Amal shows up in Amasya to give Mehmed and Lada Radu's message to get their asses back to Edirne. Murad is about to die. They do. They sneak into Murad's harem and with Huma's help, arrange a meeting with Kazanci Dogan, the Sultan's head Janissary. They're like, "Hey, we're gonna pay you guys more. We good?" And Kazanci Dogan is like, "Uh, I guess."

Mehmed takes his place as Sultan and goes about securing people's loyalty. He makes Halil Pasha now Halil Vizier and he agrees to pay more to Constantinople for "housing" his cousin Orhan, a possible threat as a far removed heir to the throne. In the midst of this, suddenly Nicolae brings back Lada's childhood best friend Bogdan in. Bogdan was taken to be a Janissary when they were still in Wallachia as children, which I couldn't quite find a graceful way to put in earlier. Radu marries Nazira. When he gets back, Mehmed is clearly jealous Bogdan AND he's jealous of Nazira, which is obviously unfair to Radu. Mehmed is like, "Hey, Radu. What do you think of this Bogdan guy?" And Radu's like, "That fucker used to beat the shit out of me. Fuck him." And Mehmed's like, "Yeah, I didn't like him either." He's also like, "By the way, your father died. Do you want to be Prince of Wallachia?" And Radu's like, "No, fuck that place. My home is with you." And Mehmed is like, "Oh, by the way, your asshole half brother Mircea died too." And Radu is like, "You are making my day. I hated him even more." And then they're like, "Let's not tell Lada that they died for ... reasons."

Even having done all this, there's another assassination attempt on Mehmed's life. Ilyas, thought to be a loyal Janissary, attacks Lada and Mehmed when they're alone. Lazar holds Radu back, trying to keep him safe. Radu kills Lazar and breaks into Mehmed's room, saving Lada and Mehmed by killing Ilyas. Kazanci Dogan didn't tell fucking anyone about the Janissary pay raise, because he fucking sucks. He's executed. Mehmed sets about trying to make things right when suddenly Halima shows up. And they're like, "Uh, what are you doing here?" And she's like, "Uh, you sent for me." And they're like, "Uh, okay." And she's like, "By the way, your infant brother, Ahmed, is doing great." And Mehmed is like, "Oh, good. That makes me genuinely happy. Now please live with him very far away because he's a threat to my being Sultan." And she's like, "Great. Just happy to have a kid." She leaves and Huma shows up, very yellow and sickly, and is like, "So I arranged for Ahmed to be drowned while Halima was here. Now he's not a threat. You're welcome." Mehmed is furious. He sends Huma away to be put in a tiny room with no luxuries. Huma is like, "Oh, yeah? Well fuck you, because Lada and Radu arranged for you to be de-throned when you were 12. Now they're like, "Fuck! This doesn't look good." And Lada decides to fall on the sword for Radu and is like, "Hey, I did that whole de-throning thing, Radu had nothing to do with it. By the way, I know how to fix this dead baby thing. Just issue a degree that all sultan's are allowed to hill their brothers as threats." And everyone is like, "That is FUCKED up." And Lada is like, "So sue me." And Mehmed's like, "Hi, you're a monster, but please marry me." And she's like, "No, fuck you. You never told me my father was dead. And if you're not gonna make Radu the Prince of Wallachia, then make ME Prince of Wallachia. I've been obsessed with getting back there since always." So Mehmed is like, "Ugh, fine!" And he does. She leaves and Mehmed falls crying on Radu and is like, "Never leave me!!!" Which is unfair, because it's pretty clear that Mehmed is aware that Radu loves him, but he's selfish and wants his love. So then Lada is back in Wallachia with her Janissary friends Nicolae and Bogdan and she's like, "By the way. I'm no longer Ladislav Dragwlya, I'm Lada Dracul. I am the dragon, motherfuckers."

End of book.

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May
2
12:05 AM00:05

Spring Break

By Barbara Steiner

Angie is looking forward to the perfect spring holiday with her four best friends. The only problem is all the cabins, shacks and motels in the village are full. Except one...

The Jamison place sits dark and mysterious on the edge of the cliff. Nursing a sinister past. When the unsuspecting five awaken the sleeping evil, there are deadly consequences...

One by one, Angie's friends go missing, and somewhere, lurking in the shadows, someone or something is awaiting the next victim...

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Apr
11
12:00 AM00:00

The Belles

By Dhonielle Clayton

Camellia Beauregard is a Belle. In the opulent world of Orleans, Belles are revered, for they control Beauty, and Beauty is a commodity coveted above all else. In Orleans, the people are born gray, they are born damned, and only with the help of a Belle and her talents can they transform and be made beautiful. But it's not enough for Camellia to be just a Belle. She wants to be the favorite—the Belle chosen by the Queen of Orleans to live in the royal palace, to tend to the royal family and their court, to be recognized as the most talented Belle in the land. But once Camellia and her Belle sisters arrive at court, it becomes clear that being the favorite is not everything she always dreamed it would be. Behind the gilded palace walls live dark secrets, and Camellia soon learns that the very essence of her existence is a lie—that her powers are far greater, and could be more dangerous, than she ever imagined. And when the queen asks Camellia to risk her own life and help the ailing princess by using Belle powers in unintended ways, Camellia now faces an impossible decision. With the future of Orleans and its people at stake, Camellia must decide—save herself and her sisters and the way of the Belles—or resuscitate the princess, risk her own life, and change the ways of her world forever.

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Mar
28
12:00 AM00:00

Sweet Valley High #40: On The Edge

By Francine Pascal

Headed for trouble...
Regina Morrow and Bruce Patman have been going together for months. But when beautiful, devious Amy Sutton is paired up with Bruce on a school project, she schemes to steal him away from Regina. Little by little Bruce's resistance to Amy's charm begins to crumble.
Regina is furious when she discovers that Bruce has been seeing Amy behind her back. Hurt and betrayed, she turns to Justin Belson, a troubled senior at Sweet Valley High. Regina's friends are worried. They think Justin and his crowd are bad news--it's rumored that some of them are drug users. Is Regina on a dangerous course?

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Mar
21
12:00 AM00:00

Secret, Silent Screams

By Joan Lowery Nixon

Is Barry’s death the latest tragedy in a string of suicides at Farrington Park High School? Or is it murder? Marti is sure her friend Barry didn’t take his own life, but no one will believe her except Police Officer Prescott. But opening an investigation takes time, and Marti is determined to find her friend’s killer soon. Because even now he could be planning his next crime…

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Feb
28
12:00 AM00:00

The Dead Lifeguard

By RL Stine

The lifeguards at North Beach Country Club know they’re lucky. While other kids are flipping burgers, they’re sunning themselves by day and partying by night. So what if some people say the place is cursed, haunted. This is the life!

And then, one by one, the lifeguards start to die horrible deaths. Someone—or something—evil is stalking them. They all know how to save other people’s lives...but who will save theirs?

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Feb
21
12:00 AM00:00

Slice of Cherry

By Dia Reeves

Kit and Fancy Cordelle are sisters of the best kind: best friends, best confidantes, and best accomplices. The daughters of the infamous Bonesaw Killer, Kit and Fancy are used to feeling like outsiders, and that’s just the way they like it. But in Portero, where the weird and wild run rampant, the Cordelle sisters are hardly the oddest or most dangerous creatures around.

It’s no surprise when Kit and Fancy start to give in to their deepest desire—the desire to kill. What starts as a fascination with slicing open and stitching up quickly spirals into a gratifying murder spree. Of course, the sisters aren’t killing just anyone, only the people who truly deserve it. But the girls have learned from the mistakes of their father, and know that a shred of evidence could get them caught. So when Fancy stumbles upon a mysterious and invisible doorway to another world, she opens a door to endless possibilities….

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Feb
14
12:05 AM00:05

The Boyfriend

By R.L. Stine

Too bad about Dex. He was in love with Joanna. She broke up with him. And then he died.

Joanna's sorry, of course. But it's not her fault he's dead, is it? Besides, she never loved him. Boys are just toys, to be used and thrown away.

But this time, Joanna's gone too far. Because Dex is back. From the dead. For one last date with her....

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Feb
7
12:05 AM00:05

House of Bones

By Graham Masterson

No one lives for very long in the houses they buy from Mr Vane. Neighbours complain of noises that chill the blood, and then deathly silence. Maybe the occupants have moved away. But then maybe they haven't... John has just joined Mr Vane's estate agency. He thinks houses are for living in happily-ever-after. He has no idea about the hidden forces inside Mr Vane's properties, nor about their strange appetites. But he's about to find out...

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Jan
31
12:05 AM00:05

The Prom Queen

By R.L. Stine

A spring night…soft moonlight…five beautiful Prom Queen candidates…dancing couples at the Shadyside High prom—these should be the ingredients for romance.

But stir in one brutal murder—then another, and another—and the recipe quickly turns to horror.

Lizzie McVay realizes that someone is murdering the five Prom Queen candidates one by one—and that she may be next on the list! Can she stop the murderer before the dance is over—for good?

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Jan
24
12:05 AM00:05

The Starlight Crystal

By Christopher Pike

It is 200 years in the future. Paige Christian, 18, has been given the chance to join the crew of the Traveler--a special spaceship/time capsule designed to circle the solar system and study the changes on earth throughout two centuries. But an awful thing happens to the earth--and the Traveler.

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Jan
17
12:05 AM00:05

The Face on the Milk Carton

By Caroline B. Cooney

The face on the milk carton looks like an ordinary little girl: hair in tight pigtails, a dress with a narrow white collar, a three-year-old who was kidnapped more than twelve years ago from a shopping mall in New Jersey.

As fifteen-year-old Janie Johnson stares at the milk carton, she feels overcome with shock. She knows that little girl is she. But how could it be true?

Janie can't believe that her loving parents kidnapped her, until she begins to piece together clues that don't make sense. Why are there no pictures of Janie before she was four? Her parents have always said they didn't have a camera. Now that explanation sounds feeble. Something is terribly wrong, and Janie is afraid to find out what happened more than twelve years ago.

In this gripping page-turner, the reader will unravel — as Janie does — the twisted events that changed the lives of two families forever.

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Dec
27
12:05 AM00:05

Goosebumps: Beware the Snowman*

by R.L. Stine

No melting allowed!

Jaclyn used to live with her aunt Greta in Chicago. But not anymore. They've moved to a place called Sherpia. It's a tiny village on the edge of the Arctic Circle. 
Jaclyn can't believe she's stuck out in Nowheresville. No movie theaters. No malls. No nothing. Plus, there's something really odd about the village. 
At night there are strange howling noises. And in front of every house there's a snowman. A creepy snowman with a red scarf. A deep scar on his face. And a really evil smile. . . .

*It's our very last #GoosebumpsWednesday! While we'll still cover Goosebumps books in the future, this will be the last of our regularly scheduled monthly installments.

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Dec
20
12:05 AM00:05

The Christmas Killer

By Patricia Windsor

Nancy Emerson disappeared the Wednesday before Thanksgiving. From that day on, Rose Potter's life was not the same. She had dreams. In the first dream, Nancy appeared and brought Rose to a pine-filled forest. Two days later, Nancy's body was found. On it was a poinsettia, the "signature" of someone who would become known as the Christmas Killer. 

The small town of Bethboro, Connecticut, is running scared. And neither the police nor Rose's twin brother, Jerram, have any idea who the killer could be.

Rose tries putting the murder out of her mind. But the dead never sleep. And when Rose closes her eyes at night, Nancy's there, waiting....

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Dec
13
12:05 AM00:05

Freeze Tag

By Caroline B. Cooney

When Meghan and West first played Freeze Tag with Lannie, it was no ordinary game. Because when Lannie tagged someone, they really froze. Icy blue and cold. Like death.

Now Meghan, West, and Lannie are in high school, and Meghan and West are in love. They're the perfect couple. But Lannie is determined to have West for her very own... and if she doesn't get her way, she'll freeze Meghan... to death.

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Dec
6
12:05 AM00:05

Cheerleaders: The New Evil

By R.L. Stine

Corky and the Shadyside cheerleaders are sure that the evil spirit is destroyed. The terror is over.

Then Hannah is mysteriously thrown through the car window. And Naomi is nearly burned to death. One horrifying accident after another. And now Corky can no longer keep her greatest fear to herself—the evil is back!

But where is it?

Corky, Kimmy, and Debra aren’t waiting to find out. They have a plan to draw the evil out and destroy it for good. Unless, of course, the evil destroys them first...

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