Synopses & Reviews
A summer romance filled with danger and lies
Jane is ready for a fantastic summer. In fact, shes pretty sure the universe owes her one.
This past winter, Jane was held at knifepoint during an armed robbery and the specter of that night still haunts her. A summer romance with one of the town bad boyssexy Handel Davies, who takes her breath away and makes her feel like a bolder version of herselfseems like the universes way of paying her back.
But bad boys always have secrets, and Handels secret just might shatter Jane completely.
This suspense novel marries psychological thriller with summer romance and is perfect for teen fans of Gillian Flynn's Gone Girl.
Tempting, sexy, and dangerous, this book will steal your heart. I was...completely lured by the story's dark twists and turns.” Marie Rutkoski, author of The Winners Curse
"Donna Freitas's stunning prose catapulted this dark, seductive tale straight into my head and heart. This is a perfect read for thrill-seeking teens." --Anna Collomore, author of The Ruining
Praise for Donna Freitas's previous books:
Love and death are always a potent mix, and in the hands of a talented writer like Freitas, this is especially so.”Booklist
This is an amazing story about love, loss, and the healing power of music.”Morgan Matson, author of Amy and Rogers Epic Detour
A riveting portrayal of the corruption of power and, ultimately, the triumph of innocence.”Francisco Stork, author of Marcelo in the Real World
Donna Freitas's Awards
The Gorgeous Game 2010 Chicago Public Library Best of the Best Books
Sex and the Soul 2008 A Best Book of the Year by Publishers Weekly
The Survival Kit 2012 Best Fiction for Young Adults List for Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA); 2013 Bookstar Award (Switzerland)
A Bank Street College Best Book of the Year
"Sarah's determination to stay alive and escape will resonate with readers, and they will cheer her efforts to overcome her underdog status."
"Sarah's refusal to be a victim will stick with readers."
"Rainfield has written a novel of psychological suspense."
"Rainfield has drawn upon her own experiences to create a powerful and disturbing novel about the abduction and torture of a young woman that recalls recent horrifying news stories. . . . Readers will find Stained almost impossible to read and, at the same time, almost impossible to put down."
—VOYA, 4Q 4P S
A stunning debut novel with an intriguing literary hook: written in part as a letter from a victim to her abductor. Sensitive, sharp, captivating!
Gemma, 16, is on layover at Bangkok Airport, en route with her parents to a vacation in Vietnam. She steps away for just a second, to get a cup of coffee. Ty — rugged, tan, too old, oddly familiar — pays for Gemma's drink. And drugs it. They talk. Their hands touch. And before Gemma knows what's happening, Ty takes her. Steals her away. The unknowing object of a long obsession, Gemma has been kidnapped by her stalker and brought to the desolate Australian Outback. Stolen is her gripping story of survival, of how she has to come to terms with her living nightmare — or die trying to fight it.
While on a layover at Bangkok Airport, 16-year-old Gemma, the unknowing object of a long obsession, is kidnapped by Ty and stolen away to the Australian Outback.
Hannah has struggled ever since her parents were killed and her beloved uncle vanished. So when she's offered the chance to leave Moldova and become a nanny for a family in Los Angeles, it seems like a dream come true-and at first it is. But after weeks of working sixteen-hour days and not being able to leave the house, she still hasn't been paid. As things go from bad to worse, Hannah realizes that things are not at all what they seem and she finds herself doing things she never imagined herself capable of. But as she begins uncovering the family's crooked history, she may be exposing more than she bargained on-and putting her life in danger.
An intensely powerful account of a teen, bullied for her port-wine stain, who must summon her personal strength to survive abduction and horrific abuse at the hands of a deranged killer.
Sixteen-year-old Sarah Meadows longs for "normal." Born with a port wine stain covering half her face, all her life shes been plagued by stares, giggles, bullying, and disgust. But when shes abducted on the way home from school, Sarah is forced to uncover the courage she never knew she had, become a hero rather than a victim, and learn to look beyond her face to find the beauty and strength she has inside. Its that—or succumb to a killer.
About the Author
LUCY CHRISTOPHER'S novel STOLEN was named a Printz Honor Book by the ALA and received England's Branford Boase award and Australia's golden Inky for best debut. In a starred review, PUBLISHERS WEEKLY called it *"an emotionally raw thriller...a haunting account of captivity and the power of relationships."* She is also the author of FLYAWAY, a novel for younger readers. Lucy lives in Monmouth, Wales, where she is currently finishing her third book, THE KILLING WOODS, a psychological thriller for teens. Visit her website www.lucychristopher.com and follow her on Twitter @LucyCAuthor.