After the last page is turned, the question will linger: 'Could I ever be deceived like this?'"Examiner. Com"a well-rounded and thorough look into cults while still remaining entertaining throughout. As it turns out, amy christine parker’s Gated is an awesome, creepy book that reminds me of my favorite cult films while still being surprising.
Starred review, june 15, kirkus reviews, 2013:"parker doesn’t pull punches, indicating a level of brutality that will appropriately disturb even as it successfully conveys Lyla’s complete entrapment in the Community. And if there's one thing not allowed in the Community, it's doubt. Perfect for fans of creepy thrillers and contemporary fiction alike.
A tense psychological thriller that will leave you gasping for breath as you race to the very last page. Gretchen mcNeil, author of TenHelloGiggles. Com, 2013:"when i found out that there was a YA book about cults, August 3, of course I had to read it. Lyla hamilton is a loyal member of the Community. Her family was happy to be chosen by Pioneer to join such an lovely gated neighborhood.
As pioneer cleverly manipulates his flock toward disaster, the real question is: Will Lyla follow her heart or follow Pioneer over the edge? From the outside looking in, it's hard to understand why anyone would join a cult. Compelling and not that distant from real-world cults that have ended in tragedy.
Rapture Practice: A True Story About Growing Up Gay in an Evangelical Family
He discovers that the best friends aren't always the ones your mom and dad approve of, and the tricky part about believing is that no one can do it for you. In this funny and heartfelt coming-of-age memoir, debut author Aaron Hartzler recalls his teenage journey to find the person he is without losing the family that loves him.
. He begins to realize he doesn't want the Rapture to happen just yet--not before he sees his first movie, stars in the school play, or has his first kiss. It's a story about losing your faith and finding your place and your own truth--which is always stranger than fiction. Aaron hartzler grew up in a home where he was taught that at any moment the Rapture could happen.
Eventually aaron makes the plunge from conflicted do-gooder to full-fledged teen rebel. Whether he's sneaking out, making out, or playing hymns with a hangover, Aaron learns a few lessons that can't be found in the Bible. Sometimes salvation is found in the strangest places: a true story. That jesus might come down in the twinkling of an eye and scoop Aaron and his family up to heaven.
As a kid, aaron was thrilled by the idea that every moment of every day might be his last one on planet Earth. But as aaron turns sixteen, he finds himself more attached to his earthly life and curious about all the things his family forsakes for the Lord.
Astray Gated Sequel Gated Series
This—a sequel to gated—is a nerve-fraying contemporary young adult thriller that will make readers question loyalties as it twists truths. They don’t understand how easy it was to believe. I look forward to reading more of Parker’s works in the future. Examiner. Com. How good it felt to belong. Who should she love? who should she hate? The Community is willing to do terrible things to bring her back to the fold.
Compelling and not that distant from real-world cults that have ended in tragedy. Kirkus reviews, starred “A complex, intriguing tale rooted in real-world events. Publishers weekly“A good choice for reluctant readers. After the last page is turned, the question will linger: ‘could I ever be deceived like this?’ ” —School Library Journal “A well-rounded and thorough look into cults while still remaining entertaining throughout.
Praise for gated and astray “A tense psychological thriller that will leave you gasping for breath as you race to the very last page. Gretchen mcneil, author of ten “An awesome, creepy book that reminds me of my favorite cult films. HelloGiggles. Com * “parker doesn’t pull punches, indicating a level of brutality that will appropriately disturb even as it successfully conveys Lyla’s complete entrapment in the Community.
The members are still preaching Pioneer’s twisted message that the end of the world is near.
Ashfall Ashfall Trilogy Book 1
And by some scientific measurements, it could be overdue for an eruption. Together they must find the strength and skills to survive and outlast an epic disaster. Alex begins a harrowing trek to seach for his family and finds help in Darla, a travel partner he meets along the way. For alex, being left alone for the weekend means having the freedom to play computer games and hang out with his friends without hassle from his mother.
Many visitors to yellowstone national park don't realize that the boiling hot springs and spraying geysers are caused by an underlying supervolcano, so large that the caldera can only be seen by plane or satellite. Then the yellowstone supervolcano erupts, plunging his hometown into a nightmare of darkness, ash, and violence.
Her brain had stopped working. At first she's reassured to find someone who understands the strangeness of her new existence, but Delaney soon discovers that Troy's motives aren't quite what she thought. She was dead. Everyone wants delaney to be all right, but she knows she's far from normal. By then her heart had stopped beating.
Is her altered brain now predicting death, or causing it?Then Delaney meets Troy Varga, who recently emerged from a coma with similar abilities. New york times bestselling author Megan Miranda's heart-wrenching debut--a hauntingly beautiful story about what it means to truly live. Eleven minutes passed before Delaney Maxwell was pulled from the icy waters of a Maine lake by her best friend Decker Phillips.
Pulled by strange sensations she can't control or explain, Delaney finds herself drawn to the dying. And yet she somehow defied medical precedent to come back seemingly fine--despite the scans that showed significant brain damage. Is their gift a miracle, a freak of nature-or something much more frightening?
Evangeline o'neill has been exiled from her boring old hometown and sent off to the bustling streets of New York City--and she is ecstatic. The only catch is that she has to live with her uncle Will and his unhealthy obsession with the occult. As evie jumps headlong into a dance with a murderer, other stories unfurl in the city that never sleeps.
A young woman discovers her mysterious powers could help catch a killer in the first book of The Diviners series--a stunning supernatural historical mystery set in 1920s New York City, from Printz Award-winning and New York Times bestselling author Libba Bray. Evie worries he'll discover her darkest secret: a supernatural power that has only brought her trouble so far.
When the police find a murdered girl branded with a cryptic symbol and Will is called to the scene, Evie realizes her gift could help catch a serial killer. It's 1926, and new york is filled with speakeasies, Ziegfeld girls, and rakish pickpockets. And unknown to all, something dark and evil has awakened.
Twilight The Twilight Saga Book 1
The lovers find themselves balanced precariously on the point of a knife-between desire and danger. Deeply romantic and extraordinarily suspenseful, Twilightcaptures the struggle between defying our instincts and satisfying our desires. This is a love story with bite. People do not want to just read Meyer's books; they want to climb inside them and live there.
Time"A literary phenomenon. The new york Times. But once she meets the mysterious and alluring Edward Cullen, Isabella's life takes a thrilling and terrifying turn. Up until now, especially isabella, but now nobody is safe, Edward has managed to keep his vampire identity a secret in the small community he lives in, the person Edward holds most dear.
Here's the book that started it all. Isabella swan's move to forks, a small, perpetually rainy town in Washington, could have been the most boring move she ever made. With 160 million copies of the twilight Saga sold worldwide, this addictive love story between a teenage girl and a vampire redefined romance for a generation.
Family members coexist with values of complete openness and honesty, and they share a fear of contagious infection in the outside world. But when it comes to Family, you don’t get a choice. Praise for the family: “fascinating and chilling, technology is forbidden, THE FAMILY takes you past the armed guards of a secluded compound where individualism is punished, and a charismatic leader plays God through terror and control.
Just like any average seventeen-year-old, Twig loves her family. But when an injury forces her to leave the Family compound, Twig finds that the world outside is not as toxic as she was made to believe. Adam—their father, and savior—announces that Twig will be his new bride, prophet, and she is overjoyed and honored.
Twig lives in the family, a collective society located in the rainforest of Costa Rica. Her brothers and sisters are committed to her family’s prosperity… All one hundred eighty-three of them. The novel’s relentless plot and vividly drawn characters will suck you in, but be warned: once you’re in the Family, it’s almost impossible to escape.
Anna schumacher, author of end times “Eerie and suspenseful, Kennerson gives us a fascinating look into the psychology of cults and the meaning of Family. Bianca turetsky, author of The Time-Traveling Fashionista. And then she meets leo, an american boy with a killer smile, and begins to question everything about her life within the Family and the cult to which she belongs.
She has a caring mother and a controlling father.
The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly
The book that inspired sacred lies, now streaming on facebook watch**a morris award finalist and golden kite Honor Book! A hard-hitting and hopeful story about the dangers of blind faith—and the power of having faith in yourself. The kevinian cult has taken everything from seventeen-year-old Minnow: twelve years of her life, her family, her ability to trust.
And when she rebelled, they took away her hands, too. But when an fbi detective approaches her about making a deal, Minnow sees she can have the freedom she always dreamed of—if she’s willing to part with the terrible secrets of her past. Gorgeously written, this harrowing debut is perfect for readers of emily Murdoch's If You Find Me and Nova Ren Suma's The Walls Around Us, breathlessly page-turning and sprinkled with moments of unexpected humor, as well as for fans of Orange is the New Black.
As she languishes in juvenile detention, she struggles to un-learn everything she has been taught to believe, adjusting to a life behind bars and recounting the events that led up to her incarceration. Now their prophet has been murdered and their camp set aflame, and it's clear that Minnow knows something—but she's not talking.
Mick Harte Was Here
Chosen by publishers Weekly as one of their Best Books of 1996. But now phoebe harte's twelve-year-old brother is gone, and Phoebe's world has turned upside down. How could someone like mick die? he was the kid who freaked out his mom by putting a ceramic eye in a defrosted chicken, if only he had worn his bicycle helmet, the kid who did a wild dance in front of the whole school--and the kid who, would still be alive today.
A full-fledged and fully convincing drama" Publishers Weekly. . With her trademark candor and compassion, beloved middle-grade writer Barbara Park tells how Phoebe copes with her painful loss in this story filled with sadness, humor--and hope.
The Friendship Logans Book 5
A powerful story. Cassie witnesses a black man address a white storekeeper by his first name. Readers will be haunted by its drama and emotion long after they have closed the book. Booklist.