Blood Rose Rebellion
Eves’ fantasy debut, the first in a planned trilogy, opens in London in 1847. Europe is ruled by magicians known as Luminates and a spell, the Binding, restricts the use of magic to those with noble blood. Although 16-year-old Anna Arden’s family is part of the Luminate, she is Barren, unable to cast even the simplest of spells. Her only magical power is the ability to break spells. An embarrassment to her family, Anna is banished to Hungary. Here discontent with the Luminate is growing and because of her power to shatter spells, Anna is pressured by the rebels to undo the Binding. She faces a difficult decision: deny her power and cling to the life she’s always wanted, or embrace her talent and change the world forever.
Rafe and Ben return in Konigsberg’s eagerly awaited sequel to Openly Straight (2013). This time the spotlight is on Ben whose relationship with Rafe has ended badly. He's under a lot of pressure to do well in school and works hard trying to please his friends, his teammates, his teachers, and, most importantly, his father. Then there's Hannah, the gorgeous girl from the neighboring school that Ben finds himself falling for. The trouble is he's still in love with Rafe, but can’t accept the idea of being in love with a boy. Barely able to keep up with his classwork, extracurricular activities, and friendships, Ben doesn't know how to handle all of this, especially his friendship with Rafe which may be turning into something deeper.
In Giles’ (Endangered, 2015) fast-paced mystery, Nikki Tate is infamous even by Las Vegas standards, for being one of the very best poker players. She's been working on Operation Escape: playing in illegal card games so she can save up enough money to get out of Vegas on graduation day. Nikki's been trained by the best, her casino-owning father, Nathan. He was a big deal until he was found guilty of killing his best friend in a gambling dispute and sentenced to death. Unexpectedly, when new evidence appears, Nathan's conviction is overturned and he's released from prison. Nikki's dad is obsessed with finding out who framed him and why. She's drawn into his dangerous search for the truth and finds herself playing for the biggest gamble ever--her life.
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