Resurrected after a deadly prank, bullied teen Ember O’Neill makes national news as the “Dead Girl Who Lived.” Ironically, her dream of popularity is achieved, but at a cost. While Ember’s social status skyrockets, so do her abilities. Once ridiculed for her unusually heightened senses, Ember’s powers secretly evolve to include mind control, much to the misfortune of her bullies.
Ember ignores the warnings of those closest to her and tips the scales of justice exacting revenge by dethroning the school drama queen and dating the hot new student. But when her notoriety alerts a secret, heretical sect to her presence, an assassin is sent to infiltrate the school with orders to eliminate her, the abomination. As the killer closes in, Ember must risk her newly acquired popularity, including her new boyfriend, and expose her supernatural abilities in order to unravel a prophetic vision that could save not only herself, but also her friends.
17-year-old thief, Charlie Bottoms survives relying on her wits, charm and slight-of-hand. She runs a crew of forgotten misfits, swindling and swiping. However, as the Curse of the Continent spreads to the Crags, Charlie only wants two things: to buy her crew’s freedom and to move to the Summer Isles.
With thinning pockets to pick, Charlie is late, once again, in paying their fealty taxes to the self-proclaimed Duke of the Crags. And, The Collector, the Duke’s son, is the one man in Crags Landing she can’t charm. Given the choice of losing fingers or worse, Charlie comes up with an outlandish plan—steal the dragon-protected Oracle Heir Crown.
Shadowed by The Collector and armed with only her rag-tag crew, Charlie’s skills are tested as her quest to steal the Oracle Heir Crown becomes a mission to save her cursed world.
A rare, Mixed Blooded royal, Princess Katerina Velikaya of Mystovka is anxious, but determined to beat her mother’s record at an ancient Blooded rite of passage, The Trials. It’s the only way to prove to the Great Council that she is worthy enough to succeed her mother as ruler of the empire. But, to do so, she will have to get past her biggest competitor, her cousin, a True Blooded royal.
Born into wealth, Prince Andrei de Salis of Litzer is the spare. He is the second son to one of the empire’s most powerful families, and he takes advantage of it any chance he gets. From illegal pursuits to breaking hearts, the only venture he takes seriously is sailing. But, The Trials are coming up, and his commissioned ship will have to wait a few more weeks; because if he doesn’t pass The Trials, his family will cut him off.
Both are blind-sided when their parents separately tell them that they will need to choose a fiancé by the end of the ceremonies. Katerina thought she would always get to follow her heart like her mother. And, Andrei has no desire to settle down just when his ship is ready to set sail. With hearts closed-off and a conniving cousin between them, it will be more than just The Trials these two will need to conquer.