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After nine years of coloured contacts and hair dye Neil finally had his natural colouring back. With auburn hair and bright blue eyes he was a spitting image of his murderous father he’d spent half his life outrunning.

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BOOKS I READ IN 2016: Not Your Sidekick by C.B. Lee

What makes you think I want to keep doing that? I want to be my own person, be liked for who I am, not just for copying you!

Love and First Sight: Chapter One

Vice Principal Larry Johnston extends his hand.

To clarify: I don’t see this. I hear the swish of his shirtsleeve.

“Nice to meet you, William.”

The fabric sound plays again&emdash;the hand retracting.

“I’m sorry, I guess you can’t do that now, can you? You probably want to feel my face?”

He grabs my arm and smacks my palm against his cheek, knocking me off balance so I have to step into the musk of his aftershave.

“Where do you normally start? Eyes? Nose? Mouth?”

He shifts my fingers across the front of his face with each suggestion. His skin is rough and pockmarked, like the outside of an orange.

“No, actually, I don’t do that,” I say, pulling my hand away. “I identify people based on their voices.”

“And…also…” I add. I can’t resist. “Yes?” he asks, all eager to please.

“Well, I don’t usually touch faces, but I am gifted with a heightened sense of smell that allows me to recognize a person’s pheromones, which are concentrated just below the ear, so if you wouldn’t mind … ?”

I touch my pointer finger to my nose.

His excitement drops. “Oh…you want to…smell… my ear?”

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“There was no solution, but that universal solution which life gives to all questions, even the most complex and insoluble. That answer is: one must live in the needs of the day – that is, forget oneself. To forget himself in sleep was impossible now, at least till nighttime; he could not go back now to the music sung by the decanter-women; so he must forget himself in the dream of daily life.”

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While her brothers receive the new, glossy books of Gilderoy Lockhart, Ginny herself is thrown old, discarded books that symbolically embed a very dangerous diary. It is in this diary that Ginny pours her rage, her disembodied voice, that disrupts the school and conjures the immortal boy Tom Riddle, the boy who is really the dark lord himself.

Ginny’s writing communicates things the aboveground world silences. When we discover that Ginny’s writing has transgressed the boundaries of the diary, appearing in blood on the very walls of the school, we realize that the target of a victim’s rage grows. The diary is, like the chamber, a very old vehicle for unleashing repressed feelings, also for Tom Riddle, the abandoned boy haunting Hogwarts. 

Together, the parseltongue of Ginny and Tom runs riot in the school.

             -    Holly Blackford, The Myth of Persephone in Girls’ Fantasy Literature

5 Must-Read Alternate History Books

Guys! We’re only THREE weeks away from the release of Blood For Blood, Ryan Graudin’s amazing, heart-pumping sequel to Wolf By Wolf

If you haven’t heard, we have a super awesome pre-order perk for you. Pre-order Blood for Blood and submit your receipt to receive Storm After Storm—a Wolf by Wolf digital short story in Adele Wolfe’s point of view. This story is EXCLUSIVE to fans through this offer so don’t miss out! Get all the details here and brace yourself for when you get your hands on Blood for Blood on November 1st. 

But just in case you can’t wait that long, check out our list of the coolest and craziest alternate history books out there. They’re set in our universe… but with a twist. 


1. Etiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger

What do you get when you mix Victorian England with paranormal steampunk?  The first book in the Finishing School series!  Sophronia doesn’t know what to expect when she enrolls in Mademoiselle Geraldine’s Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality, but she soon realizes that she’ll be learning not only how to dance and dress but also how to be the perfect spy.  Throw in robots and werewolves and you get a version of the nineteenth century that’s a little different from what you learned in history class.


2. Fallout by Todd Strasser

In 1962, everyone feared nuclear war with the Soviet Union was right around the corner.  And what if, in another world… those fears came true? When the atomic bomb drops, Scott’s family rushes into the underground shelter Scott’s dad built in their backyard. But their neighbors force their way inside too.  With tensions rising and food supplies dwindling, Scott isn’t sure they’ll make it out alive.  And if they do, he can’t help but wonder what’s waiting for them on the outside.  This is a thrilling and terrifying look into the not-so-distant past.


3. Rebel Mechanics by Shanna Swendson

It’s 1888 in a world where the Revolutionary War never happened, and the colonies are fighting for their freedom under very different circumstances. They have technology, engineered in secret.  The British have their magic.  When Verity lands a job as a governess to a wealthy family in New York, she quickly falls for one of the rebels and is pulled into the fray.  She may have the power to change the tide of the war—but at what cost?


4. The Diviners by Libba Bray

The 1920s come roaring to life in the first book in The Diviners series, where mysticism and the occult are real.  Evie O’Neill has always kept her magical abilities a secret, but when the police find a dead girl branded with a cryptic symbol, she realizes her gift could help catch the killer.  As she’s pulled into the underbelly of New York City, she’ll need new allies and all of the supernatural power she can muster to face the darkness that has awakened in this re-imagined Jazz Age.


5. Wolf By Wolf by Ryan Graudin

Okay, so maybe this is cheating. But if you haven’t read Wolf By Wolf yet, what are you waiting for?!  It’s out in paperback now!  Let’s set the stage: It’s 1956 and the Germans and Japanese have defeated the Allies in World War II.  To commemorate their victory, Hitler hosts an annual cross continental motorcycle race. For Yael, a former death camp prisoner, it’s the one way she can get close to the man who destroyed her people… and kill him.  A survivor of human experimentation, Yael has the power to skinshift and must impersonate last year’s winner, Adele Wolfe.  But can Yael bring herself to be as ruthless as she needs to be to avoid discovery and complete her mission?


So, which of these reads will you be picking up? 

Share your favorite with us on Twitter and/or tell us about another favorite alternate history book that should be on our radar!

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Even though my 2016 has pretty much been ass, my melanin has still been PROSPERIN! Here’s a couple of my lit moments featuring my siblings.

Happy Winter Blackout Day!! ✊🏽✊🏾✊🏿 


IG: MalikThaElite

i had a beautiful dream once that you were lying beside me, eyes closed, mouth slightly open, one arm resting across my chest. the light filtering in from the window lit up your features perfectly, and i couldn’t help but smile. i love the way you look when there is nothing troubling you. as though not one thing in the world could bother you, and only dreams of love are your company.

Some bodies won’t stay buried. Some stories need to be told.

Happy 📖🎉 to Jennifer Latham’s DREAMLAND BURNING, a historical fiction + cold case mystery wrapped up in a story that makes bold statements about how racial tensions have changed—or haven't—in the last 100 years. Rowan and Will’s story hooked us from the very start and we think this is a powerful and thought-provoking read that should be on everyone’s to-read list. 

Read the first chapter now >> 

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04.11.16 5/100 days of productivity
Despite flunking my algebra test…I had a good day! My French oral exam went really well, I’m praying my work will pay off for an A* but I’ll have to wait and see.
I didn’t get any studying done today because i was catching up with a friend I hadn’t seen in months, so I’m making up for it by starting to reread Great Expectations for English lit. Also featured: the early stages of a glorious sunset this afternoon!