Behind the Stacks

“It’s personal. I’ll put it all on the table for you. Are you clever enough to find me in time?”
— Nearly Gone
"They lowered their voices when they saw me watching, slammed their lockers shut, and hurried away. People were beginning to connect the dots"

"They lowered their voices when they saw me watching, slammed their lockers shut, and hurried away. People were beginning to connect the dots"

Nearly Gone

He revved the engine and I held tight with both hands as the bike lurched forward. We zoomed down streets, leaning into the curves, wind whipping over me. I pressed into his back until all I could smell was the leather tang of his jacket, and all I could taste was the sweet thrill of flying away.

Keeping secrets is second nature to Nearly Boswell. Living in a trailer park outside Washington, DC, with a mom who works as an exotic dancer, she knows better than to share anything that would make her a target with her classmates. Only her best friends know about her obsession with the personal ads, and Nearly hasn’t told anyone about the emotions she can taste when she brushes against someone’s skin. 

Then a serial killer goes on a murder=spree and starts attacking students, leaving cryptic ads in the newspaper. nearly might be the one person who can put all the clues together, and if she doesn’t figure it out soon—she’ll be next.

“Humming the Star Wars theme to encourage myself, I wobbled onto my feet. Sometimes a girl’s gotta provide her own trumpet-heavy heroic soundtrack.”
— Dangerous
This might be my last morning on Earth, I thought, and I tried to feel the reality of that.

This might be my last morning on Earth, I thought, and I tried to feel the reality of that.

Dangerous

How far would you go to save the world?

When Maisie Danger Brown nabbed a spot at a NASA-like summer boot camp, she never expected to uncover a conspiracy that would change her life forever.

And she definitely didn’t plan to fall in love

But now there’s no going back—Maisie’s the only thing standing between the Earth and annihilation. She must become the hero the world needs. The only problem is: How does a regular girl from Salt Lake City do that, exactly? It’s not as though there’s a handbook for this sort of thing. It’s up to Maisie to come up with a plan—and to find the courage to carry it out—before she loses her heart…and her life

“His dark eyes searched her face. “But you love me,” he said finally.
She had no reason to deny it. Ileni lifted her shoulders. “I’ll recover.””
— Death Sworn
"He looked more like a weapon than a person."

"He looked more like a weapon than a person."

Death Sworn

Ileni is losing her magic. And that means she’s losing everything: her status as the renegade sorcerers’ most powerful rising star. Her purpose in life. The boy she loves her home.

Exiled to teach sorcery to the assassins hidden deep within the mountains, she expects no one will ever hear from her again. The last two tutors died within weeks of each other. As Ileni unravels the mystery surrounding their deaths, she’ll uncover secrets that have been kept for decades—and she’ll find an unexpected ally and dangerous new love.

But even he may not be able to protect her. Not when she’s willing to risk everything.

“It was nice to see a Human smile. So many things looked like smiles but weren’t. Sometimes, to feel genuine kindness, I would stare into a mirror and smile at myself, just to remember what one looked like.”
— Tin Star