Girls of Glass

Girls of Glass
Author: Brianna Labuskes
Pages: 352
ISBN: 1503902285
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Release: 2019
Editor: Thomas & Mercer
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

An Amazon Charts bestseller. It takes more than a lie to hide the dark secrets of this picture-perfect family. When the granddaughter of one of Florida's most powerful judges disappears, it triggers a personal trauma for Detective Alice Garner: the kidnapping and murder of her own child. As a flood of painful memories comes rushing back, Alice sees herself in the guilt-ridden and emotionally fragile mother Charlotte Burke, who has become the target of a rush to judgment. All too familiar with Charlotte's situation, Alice is reluctant to cast any blame. Her gut instincts tell her that Charlotte's anguish is rooted in something else--somewhere too dark for the truth to be seen. And Alice believes that it's hiding behind the facade of the illustrious and guarded Burke mansion. But uncovering Charlotte's past comes with a risk. For Alice's own life is becoming entangled in the secrets and lies of the picture-perfect family--an image that is about to be shattered in so many unexpected ways.

Girls Made of Snow and Glass

Girls Made of Snow and Glass
Author: Melissa Bashardoust
Pages: 400
ISBN: 9781250077745
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Release: 2017-09-05
Editor: Flatiron Books
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Melissa Bashardoust’s acclaimed debut novel Girls Made of Snow and Glass is “Snow White as it’s never been told before...a feminist fantasy fairy tale not to be missed” (BookPage)! “Utterly superb.” —ALA Booklist, starred review “Dark, fantastical, hauntingly evocative.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review “An empowering and progressive original retelling.” —SLJ, starred review Sixteen-year-old Mina is motherless, her magician father is vicious, and her silent heart has never beat with love for anyone—has never beat at all, in fact, but she’d always thought that fact normal. She never guessed that her father cut out her heart and replaced it with one of glass. When she moves to Whitespring Castle and sees its king for the first time, Mina forms a plan: win the king’s heart with her beauty, become queen, and finally know love. The only catch is that she’ll have to become a stepmother. Fifteen-year-old Lynet looks just like her late mother, and one day she discovers why: a magician created her out of snow in the dead queen’s image, at her father’s order. But despite being the dead queen made flesh, Lynet would rather be like her fierce and regal stepmother, Mina. She gets her wish when her father makes Lynet queen of the southern territories, displacing Mina. Now Mina is starting to look at Lynet with something like hatred, and Lynet must decide what to do—and who to be—to win back the only mother she’s ever known...or else defeat her once and for all. Entwining the stories of both Lynet and Mina in the past and present, Girls Made of Snow and Glass traces the relationship of two young women doomed to be rivals from the start. Only one can win all, while the other must lose everything—unless both can find a way to reshape themselves and their story.

Girls of Paper and Fire

Girls of Paper and Fire
Author: Natasha Ngan
Pages: 336
ISBN: 9780316561389
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Release: 2018-11-06
Editor: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Uncover a riveting story of palace intrigue set in a sumptuous Asian-inspired fantasy world in the breakout YA novel that Publisher's Weekly calls "elegant and adrenaline-soaked." In this richly developed fantasy, Lei is a member of the Paper caste, the lowest and most persecuted class of people in Ikhara. She lives in a remote village with her father, where the decade-old trauma of watching her mother snatched by royal guards for an unknown fate still haunts her. Now, the guards are back and this time it's Lei they're after -- the girl with the golden eyes whose rumored beauty has piqued the king's interest. Over weeks of training in the opulent but oppressive palace, Lei and eight other girls learns the skills and charm that befit a king's consort. There, she does the unthinkable: she falls in love. Her forbidden romance becomes enmeshed with an explosive plot that threatens her world's entire way of life. Lei, still the wide-eyed country girl at heart, must decide how far she's willing to go for justice and revenge.

Shattered Glass

Shattered Glass
Author: Teresa Toten
Pages: 256
ISBN: 9781459806733
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Release: 2015-09-29
Editor: Orca Book Publishers
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Toni has always had nightmares about fire, and she also has burn scars but no idea how she got them. So when fire destroys the orphanage she has grown up in, she is ready to make her way to Toronto, where she hopes to discover the truth about the mother she believes hurt and then abandoned her. Toronto proves to be both daunting and exciting for Toni, whose charm and innocence attract attention—not always positive—wherever she goes. Buoyed by the music she hears at the folk club where she finds a job, and encouraged by her glamorous landlady, Toni unearths shocking information that contradicts everything she believes and makes her re-evaluate what she feels for all the new people in her life. Part of the SECRETS—a series of seven linked novels that can be read in any order.

The Glass Castle

The Glass Castle
Author: Jeannette Walls
Pages: 368
ISBN: 9781416544661
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Release: 2006-01-02
Editor: Simon and Schuster
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Journalist Walls grew up with parents whose ideals and stubborn nonconformity were their curse and their salvation. Rex and Rose Mary and their four children lived like nomads, moving among Southwest desert towns, camping in the mountains. Rex was a charismatic, brilliant man who, when sober, captured his children's imagination, teaching them how to embrace life fearlessly. Rose Mary painted and wrote and couldn't stand the responsibility of providing for her family. When the money ran out, the Walls retreated to the dismal West Virginia mining town Rex had tried to escape. As the dysfunction escalated, the children had to fend for themselves, supporting one another as they found the resources and will to leave home. Yet Walls describes her parents with deep affection in this tale of unconditional love in a family that, despite its profound flaws, gave her the fiery determination to carve out a successful life. -- From publisher description.

Glass Houses

Glass Houses
Author: Rachel Caine
Pages: 256
ISBN: 9781101128503
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Release: 2006-10-03
Editor: Penguin
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

College freshman Claire Danvers has had enough of her nightmarish dorm situation, where the popular girls never let her forget just where she ranks in the school's social scene: somewhere less than zero. When Claire heads off-campus, the imposing old house where she finds a room may not be much better. Her new roommates don't show many signs of life. But they'll have Claire's back when the town's deepest secrets come crawling out, hungry for fresh blood. Watch a Windows Media trailer for this book.

The Life of Glass

The Life of Glass
Author: Jillian Cantor
Pages: 352
ISBN: 9780061991981
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Release: 2010-02-09
Editor: Harper Collins
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Before he died, Melissa's father told her about stars. He told her that the brightest stars weren't always the most beautiful—that if people took the time to look at the smaller stars, if they looked with a telescope at the true essence of the star, they would find real beauty. But even though Melissa knows that beauty isn't only skin deep, the people around her don't seem to feel that way. There's her gorgeous sister, Ashley, who will barely acknowledge Melissa at school; there's her best friend, Ryan, who may be falling in love with the sophisticated Courtney; and there's Melissa's mother, who's dating someone new, someone Melissa knows will never be able to replace her father. To make sure she doesn't lose her father completely, Melissa spends her time trying to piece together the last of his secrets and finishing a journal he began—one about love and relationships and the remarkable ways people find one another. But when tragedy strikes, Melissa has to start living and loving in the present as she realizes that being beautiful on the outside doesn't mean you can't be beautiful on the inside. This is a lyrical tale of love, loss, and self-discovery from the author of The September Sisters.

The Girl in the Mirror

The Girl in the Mirror
Author: Cathy Glass
Pages: 320
ISBN: 9780007299270
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Release: 2010
Editor: HarperCollins UK
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

When Mandy learns that her much-loved Grandpa is dying, she returns to the house where she had spent many wonderful summers as a child. But Mandy hardly recognises the house and as she pieces together the events that brought a sudden end to her visits what she discovers is so shocking she understands why it is not spoken about by the family.

Enchanted Glass

Enchanted Glass
Author: Diana Wynne Jones
Pages: 336
ISBN: 9780007414963
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Release: 2010-09-09
Editor: HarperCollins UK
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

A brilliant, intricate and magical novel from the Godmother of British fantasy.

It Ends with Her

It Ends with Her
Author: Brianna Labuskes
Pages: 300
ISBN: 1503954099
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Release: 2018-10
Editor: Thomas & Mercer
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

FBI special agent Clarke Sinclair doesn't give up easily. She has spent years tracking serial killer Simon Cross, forced to follow his twisted clues and photographs across the country. Clarke knows that Cross selects only redheaded women and that he doesn't target another victim until Clarke discovers the previous one. He has never broken the pattern, until now. A girl has already gone missing in upstate New York when a second is kidnapped, a blond. The killer's MO has changed, sending Clarke back to the drawing board.

Glass Girl

Glass Girl
Author: Laura Anderson Kurk
Pages: 335
ISBN: 0991152506
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Release: 2013-12-20
Editor: Birch House Press
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

The ice cold fear I'd felt, not knowing if Wyatt was alive, pressed into the wall with other girls and surrounded by guys who were unspeakably brave, hit my body again in a wave. This was trauma--the gift that keeps on giving.When Meg Kavanagh finds herself in the unthinkable role of grieving sister, she discovers some harsh truths--parents aren't perfect, life's not always sweet, and the dead don't write back. Worried she might have caused Wyatt's death, Meg folds her heart into a box. Her famous mom grieves by slowly disappearing, and her dad copes by moving them to a small town in Wyoming. What she finds in Wyoming blindsides her.His name is Henry, and he's a rancher's son who pulls Meg into his larger-than-life world and shows her that being sensitive is not an excuse to sit this one out. Meg wants to be brave like Henry because the best things in life--like falling in love and finding mercy--require uncommon courage. And Henry has a secret that changes everything.From YA author Laura Anderson Kurk comes an unconventional and bittersweet story of first love and family ties. Fans of Deb Caletti and Sara Zarr will appreciate Kurk's authentically imperfect characters and emotional storytelling.

The Glass Hotel

The Glass Hotel
Author: Emily St. John Mandel
Pages: 320
ISBN: 9781443455749
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Release: 2020-03-24
Editor: HarperCollins
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

LONGLISTED FOR THE SCOTIABANK GILLER PRIZE #1 national bestseller New York Times bestseller From the award-winning author of Station Eleven, a captivating novel of money, beauty, white-collar crime, ghosts and moral compromise in which a woman disappears from a container ship off the coast of Mauritania and a massive Ponzi scheme implodes in New York, dragging countless fortunes with it. Vincent is a bartender at the Hotel Caiette, a five-star glass-and-cedar palace on the northernmost tip of Vancouver Island. New York financier Jonathan Alkaitis owns the hotel. When he passes Vincent his card with a tip, it’s the beginning of their life together. That same day, a hooded figure scrawls a note on the windowed wall of the hotel: “Why don’t you swallow broken glass.” Leon Prevant, a shipping executive for a company called Neptune-Avramidis, sees the note from the hotel bar and is shaken to his core. Thirteen years later, Vincent mysteriously disappears from the deck of a Neptune-Avramidis ship. Weaving together the lives of these characters, The Glass Hotel moves between the ship, the skyscrapers of Manhattan and the wilderness of remote British Columbia, painting a breathtaking picture of greed and guilt, fantasy and delusion, art and the ghosts of our pasts.

Through a Shot Glass Darkly

Through a Shot Glass Darkly
Author: Siobhan Kelly
Pages: 304
ISBN: 0988709023
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Release: 2012-12-01
Editor: Unknown
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Alex Fitzpatrick, transplanted Jersey girl, has recently moved to Sherman, Nebraska and opened her own pub. Sherman is on the map, but sometimes Alex feels she's living in a time warp. The little boys have crew cuts and the residents smile and say hello to strangers. No one locks their doors. Then, on a cold October night, Book Ends, a wonderful Main Street bookstore, burns down with the owner, Alex's friend Barb, inside. As Alex grieves, her initial unease about the fire deepens into a conviction that it was arson. She digs into Barb's past and finds enemies there: an abusive ex-husband-a farmer embittered by their divorce-and closer to home, God's Warriors, a secretive local men's group: think Promise Keepers meets Ku Klux Klan. Becoming a detective was not Alex's game plan and sometimes she feels like a Miss Marple impersonator. But Alex is determined to discover who set the fire. Humor helps her keep things in perspective. She's also helped by her wisecracking friend Kathy (her instructor in Nebraska 101) and Chris, a beautiful photographer to whom she is secretly, unwillingly attracted. But someone wants them to stop, and pranks escalate into threats. To discover the arsonist, Alex must decode the often mystifying culture of Sherman, Nebraska, whose sunny surface conceals more darkness than she'd bargained for. Ultimately, her investigation will force her to confront this question: does a Jersey tomato belong in Nebraska dirt? This is the first book in the Alex Fitzpatrick mystery series.

The Girl in the Glass House

The Girl in the Glass House
Author: Cheryl Rioux
Pages: 266
ISBN: 152026626X
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Release: 2017-01-01
Editor: Unknown
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

The novel takes place in the heart of Silicon Valley, where materialism thrives and acquisition is the heartbeat of the community. It opens with Katie LaFont preparing for her first appointment with a world renowned psychiatrist from Stanford University. After reluctantly agreeing to seek help she takes a step back and wonders how her life became an intractable mess. She questions what is missing as she takes one more inventory of her existence: devoted husband; beautiful kids; a successful business of her own; fine art; luxury cars; jewelry; and designer clothing. After checking off the final item on her list, her dream home, she finds herself at the precipice of losing it all. Shortly after moving in, a growing numbness leads her to revaluate her own obsession with accumulation, wondering if this is all life has to offer. Katie begins to limp through the life she spent so much effort to create only to discover that it might be a fa�ade.

Roses and Black Glass

Roses and Black Glass
Author: Lani Lenore
Pages: 220
ISBN: 1492871591
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Release: 2013-12-02
Editor: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Cinderella - The story is always the same: a girl - hated and abused by her step-family - meets her prince at a ball. There is involvement with a glass shoe, a bit of magic, and in the end, they all live happily ever after. You've heard it before - but you've never heard it like this: In early America, at a time when dealings with dead bodies is considered taboo, Cindy's father is a mortician. She, for one, is fascinated by the controversial work, until her mother dies and her father marries Anna van Burren, who brings two new sisters into the family. Cindy's misery only grows from there. Following her father's untimely death, Cindy's life spirals into darkness as she is forced to become a servant in her own home, to wait on her hated siblings and stepmother. She has become so sequestered that she can't even let the one man she continues to think about know that she is alive. She met him once in the mortuary years ago - a handsome, curious boy who had been a surprise to her - until she'd discovered who he was. Now a man, Christian is a perfect specimen, and also the object of her step-sisters' affections. According to a stipulation of his inheritance, he must marry before age twenty-one. That day is fast approaching. Any hope Cindy had of seeing him again - or of salvaging anything that should have been left of her life - seems lost. Cindy's world is filled with misfortune. She believes she must be cursed. It takes the appearance of a strange woman who brings a wicked prophecy before Cindy can see how blessed she could become - and to see what sacrifices were made to give her hope once again.

Before She Ignites

Before She Ignites
Author: Jodi Meadows
Pages: 496
ISBN: 9780062469427
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Release: 2017-09-12
Editor: HarperCollins
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

“A fully realized fantasy world complete with dragons, treachery, and flawed characters discovering their courage. I couldn’t put it down!” —C. J. Redwine, New York Times bestselling author of The Shadow Queen From the New York Times bestselling co-author of My Lady Jane comes a smoldering new fantasy trilogy perfect for fans of Victoria Aveyard and Kristin Cashore about a girl condemned for defending dragons and the inner fire that may be her only chance of escape. Mira has always been a symbol of hope for the Fallen Isles, perfect and beautiful—or at least that’s how she’s forced to appear. But when she uncovers a dangerous secret, Mira is betrayed by those closest to her and sentenced to the deadliest prison in the Fallen Isles. Except Mira is over being a pawn. Fighting to survive against outer threats and inner demons of mental illness, Mira must find her inner fire and the scorching truth about her own endangered magic—before her very world collapses. And that’s all before she ignites.

Love and Bliss

Love and Bliss
Author: Raven Saint
Pages: 238
ISBN: 1484954734
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Release: 2013-06-09
Editor: CreateSpace
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Roary is everyman's dream with her long, beautiful chestnut hair, bright green eyes, luscious tan skin, and tight, toned body. Roary spent her entire life as an Army brat and after the death of her father she becomes an exotic dancer. Through her many adventures with her friend Shelly she finds herself falling for a Soldier. Between the pain of losing her father, love for dancing, and defying her own rules, Roary finds herself on the adventure of a lifetime.

God s Glass

God s Glass
Author: Sameer Ketkar
Pages: 150
ISBN: 1502529874
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Release: 2014-11-09
Editor: CreateSpace
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

"God's Glass" is the life story of Joanie Callahan, a woman born with algophilia - the scientific term for masochism. But Joanie's masochism isn't just sexual - it's all of her happiness that's tied to pain. She can only feel the highest emotional joys of art, music, love, and other things through some measure of pain. Joanie's family ostracizes her for this, going so far as to get her an exorcism and have her committed to a psych ward for electro-shock therapy. Joanie is all alone in the world, until she meets a boxer named Michael who might possibly be just like her...

Shattered Glass

Shattered Glass
Author: Destiny D. Hawkins
Pages: 638
ISBN: 1977916287
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Release: 2017-10-02
Editor: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

I lived in a world of darkness, never to see the light again. It's been eleven years since my father cursed Crystal City, since he condemned me to a life of loneliness and misery. By taking away everything that my mother loved, he took everything that I knew and cared for. Everything, but the throne. Only what good was being a queen in a city of mindless killers? A city that would never see the sunlight until the day of my death. I truly had nothing to live for... ...Or so I thought. The night that Wolfe was dragged into my palace, I knew that my life would never be the same. We were childhood friends once, but we went our separate ways. He became captain of the pirates, and I ascended to the diamond throne. My once sworn protector had become my enemy, but we were both alone, and the connection we felt was almost unbearable to ignore. My heart only cracked after my father abandoned me, but Wolfe would completely shatter it. For someone that hasn't felt anything for years, that wasn't such a bad thing.

The Glass Girls

The Glass Girls
Author: Eric Scott Johnston
Pages: 196
ISBN: 1479113107
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Release: 2012-08-01
Editor: Createspace Independent Pub
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

For many Americans, ancestral roots are obscured. Discovering ancestry by searching databases and paying for information on websites only gives a shard of information about who someone is and where someone comes from. Michael Huntington suspects he has living relatives in Europe after discovering a children's story published by a German author, the same story Michael heard growing up. He sets off to meet the author in hopes of connecting with long lost family, but soon after arriving in Germany, Michael finds a closer connection, a connection to a father he never met, a father who went missing-in-action during the Vietnam conflict.