Dracula. A name of horror, depravity and the darkest sensuality.Yet the real Dracula was just as alluring, just as terrifying, his tale not one of a monster but of a man and a contradiction. For the one they called ‘The Devil’s Son’ was both tyrant and lawgiver, crusader and mass slaughterer, torturer and hero, lover and murderer. Vlad: The Last Confession spins legend and facts together into a monumental novel of blood, love and terror. This is the true story of Dracula as it has never been told before.
"One of my most favorite books of all time."
While Maerad journeys in the far north, her brother, Hem, is sent south to the golden city of Turbansk. There he learns the ways of the Bards and discovers a hidden gift when he rescues a white crow. But when the forces of the Dark threaten, Hem flees with his protector, Saliman, and a young orphan girl named Zelika to join the Light’s resistance forces. Soon Hem discovers that he, too, has a crucial role to play in the quest to solve the Riddle of the Treesong.
"The story is AWESOME. The narration is HORRID!!"
Your home's been attacked. Your dad's in an asylum. You're running for your life. And there's nowhere to hide. You've stumbled on the city's greatest secret: Darkside. Incredibly dangerous and unimaginably exciting. Darkside is ruled by Jack the Ripper's children - a place where nightmares walk the streets. You think you're in trouble now, but your problems have just begun.
London is in ruins, in the hands of two warring families of ganglords, the Volsons and the Conors. To cement a truce between the two families Val Volson offers Conor the hand of his 14 year old daughter Signy. The wedding feast is disrupted by the dramatic coming to life of a mysterious one eyed prisoner. The people are in no doubt that it is the god Odin, come to play a part in the affairs of men.
Saul Dawson-Smith can memorise the sequence of a shuffled deck of cards in under a minute; he can recite pi to a thousand decimal places and he remembers every conversation he's ever had. He is 10 years old. Howard McNamee is 28: lonely, overweight and poorly-educated. He lives in the north of England, far from the scene of his difficult Glasgow childhood, in the home he shared with his mother before she died.
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Skunk Cunningham is an 11-year-old girl in a coma. She has a loving dad, an absent mother and a brother who plays more X-Box than is good for him. She also has the neighbors from hell: the five Oswald girls and their thuggish father Bob, vicious bullies all of them, whose reign of terror extends unchallenged over their otherwise quiet suburban street.
Sex, cocaine, football, shopping... we all have addictions. For Matthew Brace it is luxury hotels.Hotel Heaven is the fascinating, glamorous and hilarious account of more than a decade of relentlessly posh travel, painstaking research and an awful lot of fun. Brace takes you inside the hallowed walls of the world's most fabulous and expensive luxury hotels. He walks you through their corridors and lush gardens, lets you plunge into their pools and luxuriate in their best suites.
A chance meeting with Jenny at an Oxford party leaves 17-year-old Chris with hope for a summer romance - and no premonition of trouble. Busy with his job and soon in love with Jenny, whose cheerful surface belies the dark uncertainty of her past, Chris misses all the signs of danger. Before he knows it, he's caught in the sinister web of a criminal whose desire for revenge crushes all those who stand in his way....
"Journey into misery"
As this enthralling epic nears its climax, the young heroine’s brother discovers his own hidden gift – and the role he must play in battling the Dark. Hem is a weary orphan whose struggle for survival ends when he is reunited with his lost sister, Maerad. But Maerad has a destiny to fulfill, and Hem issent to the golden city of Turbansk, where he learns the ways of the Bards and befriends a mysterious white crow.
Dino really fancies fit, sexy Jackie, but she just won’t give him what he wants. Jonathan likes Deborah, but she’s a bit fat - what will his mates say? Ben’s been secretly shagging his teacher for ages. He used to love it, but what if he wants it to stop? Three lads discovering sex for the first time. But do any of them really know what they’re doing?
Once there was a widow with three sons, and their names were Black, Brown and Blue. Black was the eldest; moody and aggressive. Brown was the middle child, timid and dull. But Blue was his mother's favourite. And he was a murderer. Blueeyedboy is a brilliant: a dark and intricately plotted tale of a poisonously dysfunctional family, a blind child prodigy, and a serial murderer who is not who he seems. Told through posts on a web journal called badguysrock, this is a thriller that makes creative use of all the multiple personalities, disguise and mind games that are offered by playing out a life on the internet.
What would you do if your father sent you a key that could unlock the most powerful secret of the ancient world? Would you get involved, at the risk of bringing its terrible magic back to life? In this novel that pits Good, Love, and Nature against Evil, Hate and Artifice, two teenagers, Jake and Helen, meet as contestants at a literary festival in Florence, Italy.
Reports of miraculous phenomena are coming in...a crying statue. A bleeding crucifix. Around the globe, strange signs point to the end of days. Our world is unravelling. As foretold in ancient texts, and marked by the Mayan Long Count, time has nearly run out.
Chris Marshall met the girl he was going to kill on a warm Oxford night in early June...He loved her the moment he first set eyes on her – beautiful, secretive Jenny who rushed headlong into his life. Fate brought her to him, and fate would mercilessly dome between them to drive their innocent affair down a dark road of danger and betrayal. And make Chris discover that truth and trust are not the simple ideals he once believed.
A few months short of his 16th birthday, Danny runs away from home after a huge row with his Mom. After only four hours, everything he owns is stolen at a motorway service station. He is approached by Luke, a 19-year-old on a road trip, supposedly making a video diary. Luke has a huge car and plenty of money, and Danny likes him instantly. But Luke is not what he seems, and everywhere they go a mysterious trail of death follows them.
A new mix of strange characters and weird events brings Jake and Helen together again - this time they are further along the way to understanding the true power of The Philosopher's Stone: life eternal. Yet, others seek it too...
Based on real events in Epping Forest on the edge of London around 1840, The Quickening Maze centres on the first incarceration of the great nature poet John Clare. After years struggling with alcohol, critical neglect and depression, Clare finds himself in High Beach Private Asylum - an institution run on reformist principles which would later become known as occupational therapy.
Solving the Secret of the Alchemist led Jake, Helen and her father Gerald to the discovery of the Stone of Sorrow and a spellbinding and shocking climax in the Underground Palace in Istanbul. Now blasted into beyond by those terrifying events, they each find themselves alone in a strange land with no clear memory of what has gone before.
Frankenstein is the story of a young scientist who learns the secret of creating life. Fuelled by a burning ambition for fame and glory, Dr. Frankenstein builds a hideous patchwork body out of scavenged corpses, but no sooner does he animate the gruesome creature than he abandons it in horror. Longing for love and companionship, the monster looks elsewhere for affection, but finds himself cruelly shunned wherever he goes.