Release Date: 09/27/13
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Summary from Goodreads:
A dark forest, a screaming woman and blood. These are the images that haunt seventeen year
old Emma from the moment she meets Joe Castlellaw. And so much more awaits.
Emma Mathews never believed she was like everyone else, but neither did she think herself
crazy. Meeting Joe Castlellaw, Henry Dearborn High’s newest student, was like waking on
a cold rock in a strange place, the world bathed in liquid moonlight. Everything is different
now…and fraught. Visions of a dark forest, a screaming woman and blood have begun to
haunt Emma’s dreams, and not only at night. But Joe’s lonely beauty makes her float on
air, and she would follow him anywhere—out of high school and through the great tree, to a
world of poetry and political savagery, of magic and murder, to a life that is entirely theirs and
yet unlike anything they have ever known.
The orange sun burst between two buildings, blinding Joe for a second. He shaded his eyes and looked around. The detainee tower was straight ahead, just to the right of the setting sun. If he stayed reasonably clear of it he’d be able to avoid the Masevo, he hoped, and if he kept it in his sightline he wouldn’t get lost. Emma was somewhere in the city. He was sure of it. And he was sure the vision in the water meant he had to reunite her with her family, wherever they were. He just had to find the tunnel and Emma before the Masevo.
Joe’s clothes and shoes had dried in the wind and his jeans had shrunk until they were uncomfortably tight. The air was getting cooler as the sun sank lower. He wished he had a jacket.
The outskirts of the city were dotted with small houses fronted by little walled gardens. The architecture was a strangely appealing mix of modern and medieval, as if Frank Gehry had designed house-sized castles made of steel and stone. A few gardens had flowering vines that climbed over white walls. Joe heard laughing. He saw a few winged kids flying and playing above their yards…
More than a little obsessed with Keats and MOBY DICK and fueled by loud music and
cold grey days, Mary Beth Bass is the author of young adult fantasy and romantic women’s
fiction. Her debut paranormal-women’s fiction hybrid, FOLLOW ME received the Book
Buyers Best Award for Time Travel, Fantasy, and Paranormal Romance.
An occasional travel writer, Mary Beth has written about Paris, Bordeaux, and Yorkshire,
where she hiked the moors to the legendary setting for WUTHERING HEIGHTS and
stood breathless in the parsonage room where Charlotte, Anne, and Emily Bronte talked
out their stories with each other.
And if I seem a little strange, well that’s because I am.
Also loves octopuses.