As part of her appeal, her lawyer insists that she write down what happened as she remembers it. The death penalty is the mandatory sentence for murder and Memory is, both literally and metaphorically, fighting for her life. As her story unfolds, Memory reveals that she has been tried and convicted for the murder of Lloyd Hendricks, her adopted father. But who was Lloyd Hendricks? And did everything happen exactly as she remembers? The most enigmatic of oligarchs, Gorsky has been led to the city by his love for Natalia, whom he first knew in Russia.
That she is now married to an Englishman is an inconvenient detail. Gorsky desires and gets the best of everything. His mansion by the Thames is set to make Buckingham Palace look like an ungainly box by a roundabout. At its heart will be a grand library, denoting taste and breeding. Now he just needs the books. The bookseller suddenly gains privileged access to the wealthy and the beautiful; a world filled with delectable books but fraught with danger….
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But then Philbert meets Kwert, Tospirologist and Teller of Signs, and when he persuades the boy to undergo examination by Dr Ullendorf, a renowned physician and craniometrist, both Kwert and Philbert embark on an altogether darker and more perilous journey. Clio Gray was born in Yorkshire, but has spent the last twenty years in Ross-shire in the Scottish Highlands, where she has worked as a librarian in the small market town of Tain. Four-thirty on a May morning: the black fading to blue, dawn gathering somewhere below the treeline in the east. A long, straight road runs between sleeping fields to the little village of Lodeshill, and on it two cars lie wrecked and ravished, violence gathered about them in the silent air.
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One wheel, upturned, still spins. Howard and Kitty have recently moved to Lodeshill after a life spent in London; now, their marriage is wordlessly falling apart. Custom car enthusiast Jamie has lived in the village for all of his nineteen years and dreams of leaving it behind, while Jack, a vagrant farm-worker and mystic in flight from a bail hostel, arrives in the village on foot one spring morning, bringing change. All four of them are struggling to find a life in the modern countryside; all are trying to find ways to belong.
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Meet Veblen. His recent work on a device to minimize battlefield brain trauma has led him dangerously close to the seductive Cloris Hutmacher, heiress to pharmaceuticals empire, who is promising him fame an fortune through a shady-sounding deal with the Department of Defence. What could possibly go wrong? She lives in Santa Cruz, California. Zagreb, Daily life is altered by food rations and air raid drills, and football matches are replaced by sniper fire. When the war arrives at her doorstep, Ana must find her way in a dangerous world.
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She lives in London with her husband and daughter. Annie McDee, alone after the disintegration of her long-term relationship and trapped in a dead-end job, is searching for a present for her unsuitable lover in a neglected second-hand shop.
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Within the jumble of junk and tack, a grimy painting catches her eye. Leaving the store with the picture after spending her meagre savings, she prepares an elaborate dinner for two, only to be stood up, the gift gathering dust on her mantelpiece. But every painting has a story - and if it could speak, what would it tell us?
Soon Annie is drawn unwillingly into the art world, and finds herself pursued by a host of interested parties that would do anything to posses her picture. His coma followed by selective amnesia hurt them more but mostly their daughter was constantly ending up collateral damage. Holland's old flame Christian returns so she screws him to hurt Asher.
Holland repeatedly uses Chris' unrequited love like the string on a yoyo to keep him close. Finally Asher remembers after months of not knowing his wife and daughter and making minimal effort while living with Megan. He tries to get Holland back but she isn't interested in anything but hurting him. In the end, mistress Megan dies the day after giving birth in a car accident with her parents, leaving Asher with sole custody of his son. It bothered me that they assumed Megan had abandoned her son. It really bothered me the way Holland repeatedly used Chris and his love like an emotional tampon and from their back story, she always had.
In the end, Asher and Holland are back together playing happy family, while this reader was left with the feeling that they deserve each other and wondering how long it will last.
They never should have met. Eve was from a small primitive planet and Ardaxur was a guardian. But she was kidnapped and after he was thrown in a cage with the animal from , he realized there was more going on that contraband smuggling. She was a sentient. They shared a connection among the stars but there are those who want Eve for very nefarious purposes and the fate of the sentient races might depend on what a linguist from earth can do, if she survives.
Ardaxur has never had a more difficult or demanding mission than Eve. A must read for sci-fi fans. A vampire princess from a cursed kingdom risks everything, her throne, her life, and her heart to rescue the captured werewolf monarch from her insane brother and possessive betrothed. She is the only one who can prevent the war but the one she saved is divided against himself. The Mortal hates her kind and wants her dead despite the life debt he owes. Grammar has some ticks but since this is a draft, it is to be expected. A good weekend read. The realistic characters struggling and interacting create an rich world in this YA Teen Pregnancy story.