Spring Break 2016

A girl is reading a book in spring
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With spring break in full swing, some will head to the lake parties, some will rave at Coachella, while others will escape the city grip to the Hamptons. But wherever you go, nothing will enhance your spring vacation like a good seasonal page-turner!

From turbulent Spring Torrents and enthralling Secret Garden to deliciously seductive Awakening, these books will be your perfect companions on your spring break!

Find Her by Lisa Gardner

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“Her heart rate accelerated… the kind of guy who knocked out his date and removed every stitch of her clothing wasn’t the kind that was going to leave her untouched for long.”

For Flora Dane, a college student from Boston, spring break turns into a living nightmare. Abducted by a stranger, Flora is forced to survive a terrible ordeal in a wooden box the size of a coffin facing sexual abuse, starvation, punishment and the pain of uncertainty. Following her lucky escape, Flora spends the next 5 years researching similar cases of kidnapping. And then she disappears again. This case catches the attention of Detective D.D. Warren who suspects Flora might be involved in a revenge rampage. A master of psychological suspense, Lisa Gardner gives a chilling portrayal of events, keeping readers gripped to the last page. 

The Teacher by Katerina Diamond

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“Of course every person you meet in life has an impact on who you become, no matter how small the interaction, everything matters.”

Rogue Detectives Adrian Miles and Imogen Grey are on a mission to put a stop to the rising string of brutal killings that terrorises the town of Exeter. The gruesome deaths are described in gut-wrenching details that even the most seasoned crime readers might find disturbing. As investigation unfolds, detectives soon discover the corruption, lies and closely guarded dark secrets hidden in the heart of the local community. The Teacher immediately pulls you in from the first page teaching you a lesson you will never forget!

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Behind Closed Doors by B. A. Paris

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“‘Fear,’ he whispered. ‘There is nothing quite like it. I love how it looks, I love how it feels, I love how it smells. And I especially love the sound of it.’ I felt his tongue on my cheek. ‘I even love the taste of it.’”

A seemingly perfect couple, Jack and Grace have it all- prestigious career, impeccable manners, good looks and wealth. Both go to great lengths to maintain the illusion of a happy marriage only to conceal the real family drama brewing Behind The Closed Doors. This intriguing tale of deceiving appearances is told from Grace’s perspective, shifting the tense back and forth between the past and the present, reaching a satisfying conclusion.

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Spring Break by Barbara Steiner

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“Listen… Angie whispered.” Then the music started. Not a proper, eerie tune, suitable for a haunted house. But dance music, party music. Faintly, behind and between the notes, came the sound of someone laughing.”

A much-anticipated parents-free vacation goes horribly wrong when five high school kids agree to rent a three-story house by the lake. Run by the stunningly handsome Val, the hotel draws its visitors in like a magnet promising a dream holiday. However, very soon the blood-curdling feeling penetrates the walls of the house when the group of friends awaken its sinister past. As the hotel guests start disappearing one by one, the danger lurking in the shadows becomes a reality. In the best tradition of the horror genre, this chilling mystery has the power to fuel your fears keeping you at the edge of your seat to the very end!

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When We Collided by Emiry Lord

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“Even the constellations can see us now: we are seventeen and shattered and still dancing. We have messy, throbbing hearts, and we are stronger than anyone could ever know.”

Looking for a romantic getaway? Why not explore Californian shores in a new novel by Emiry Lord? This heartfelt story revolves around seventeen-year olds Vivi and Jonah, whose lives change irrevocably as their worlds collide. While Jonah has to face the harsh reality assuming responsibility for the family upon his father’s death, brighter-than-the-ray-of-light Vivi lives her life on the edge! Her carefree spirit and a genuine sense of adventure captivate Jonah inviting him to an alternative universe where they can let go of the little things that hold them back. But will the relationship survive in the shadows of bipolar disorder and unbreakable family bonds? 

This breathtakingly honest portrayal of mental illness redefines the power of love and human courage.

Get in Trouble: Stories by Kelly Link

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“The face, the whole body, the way you moved in it, just a guise. You put it on, you put it off again. What was underneath belonged to you, just you, as long as you kept it hidden.” 

If you have ever experienced the transitional state of consciousness when boundaries between fantasy and reality seemed blurred, you will be drawn to this book like no other! This eagerly anticipated collection of stories for adult readers comes from “the most darkly playful voice in American fiction”. From superheroes, evil twins and ghosts to Pyramids and hurricanes, these nine dark tales feel like a melting pot of your wildest dreams that are about to come true! A liberally sprinkled dose of humour and a dash of weirdness will keep you entertained throughout the entire book! 

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The Girl from Everywhere by Heidi Heiling

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“Why did the stories I knew best never end well? But why too did I feel at home among them? I could never give up the myths, the maps, the ship that had shaped me. Blake’s home might be paradise, but mine was the Temptation.”

Buckle up and get ready to be whisked away on a round-the-world trip aboard The Temptation in Heidi Heilig’s debut fantasy. A sixteen-year old girl, Nix might seem like an average teenage girl, but there is more to her than meets the eye. Throughout her life, she has travelled through time and space on a hand-built pirate ship alongside her father, Captain Slate, who is on a mission to revisit his past to save the love of his life. But what fate awaits this duo on their perilous journey? 

The Girl From Everywhere delights the readers with witty dialogues, enchanting myths and breathtaking scenery. 

Spring Torrents by Ivan Turgenev

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“Take for yourself what you can, and don’t be ruled by others; to belong to oneself – the whole savour of life lies in that.” 

When Dimitry Sanin breaks his journey in Frankfurt little does he know that his German vacation is destined to change his life. While working at a local patisserie, young aristocrat encounters Gemma Roselli who bewitches his body and soul. First love, like a gentle tumbling brook, sweeps Dimitry away with it. Convinced that nothing will ever spoil their happiness, he decides to turn over a new leaf by selling his Russian estates. However, when Dimitry crosses his paths with Princess Maria Nikolaevna, a turbulent spring torrent bursts into Dimitry’s heart, and unable to keep the flood gates closed he succumbs to this powerful feeling. The drama escalates when Dimitry is caught in a vicious circle of love, guilt and intoxicating infatuation.

Told as a recollection, this exquisite literary gem, with its characters and their torments, remains as relevant as ever for a modern reader.

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The Awakening by Kate Chopin

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“The voice of the sea is seductive, never ceasing, whispering, clamoring, murmuring, inviting the soul to wander in abysses of solitude.”

Controversial, at the time of its publication, The Awakening gives an honest description of female infidelity. Chopin portrays a woman, who seeks passionate physical love in the arms of her new admirer, Robert, whom she met on an island. Tragically, after reclaiming the dreams of her youth, Edna abandons her family.

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A Room with a View by E. M. Forster 

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“It isn’t possible to love and part. You will wish that it was. You can transmute love, ignore it, muddle it, but you can never pull it out of you.”

This thought-provoking, fast-paced classic novel tells the story of a young English girl Lucy Honeychurch who tours around Italy accompanied by a chaperone. Aimed at broadening her horizons, the vacation presents Lucy with an opportunity to meet new people who challenge her views. Soon she becomes inextricably involved in a love triangle between strait-laced Cecil Vyse and doting George Emerson. Torn between one true love and a call of duty, Lucy rebels against the snobbery of Edwardian society. E. M. Forster displays a genius for addressing rigid social structure, sexual oppression and the nature of love stunning the readers with incredible insight into the issues.

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