Kensington Books/Lyrical Press
Summary from Goodreads:
Betrayal lies cloaked in shadow.
Seventeen year old Ryleigh Donnovan is certain her life is cursed. Nothing ever
goes smoothly, and her first job interview is no exception. An earthquake rocks
the building, sending Ryleigh on a frantic search for her younger sister, a
search which lands her in the hospital. Terrified they’ll push her for answers
she can’t afford to give, Ryleigh flees with a mysterious stranger.
Jackson Maynard is about to be ordained as a Death Dealer, a warrior for the
Kingdom of Cymmera, but first he must pass one more test. When he fails to
acquire the human girl the prophet has chosen, he’s forced to stand trial for
treason. Banished from his realm, he seeks out the girl from the vision,
Ryleigh Donnovan, and together they embark on a journey to save his dying
Mr. Jacobs grabbed the back of his chair. His eyes mirrored her panic. Books flew from the shelves. Glass shattered.
She had to get to Mia.
She turned to run. The building bucked, and she toppled, slamming her knee into the hard wood floor. Pain shot up her leg. She grabbed the chair to pull herself up, but the next wave threw her back down. She tried to regain her footing, but someone yanked her to the ground.
“Stay down.” Mr. Jacobs shoved her forward. He crawled beside her, half pushing, half dragging her toward the door.
Debris pelted her back, shoulders, and head. How could she have left Mia? Tears blurred her vision.
“If it’s an earthquake, it should stop any minute. Just keep crawling toward the door.”
Desperately wishing she could cover her ears to block the screaming, she clawed forward. Her knee dragged behind her, pain pulsing with each movement. Falling apart wouldn’t help matters. She had to get to Mia.
Ryleigh crawled through the doorway, into utter chaos. People trying to push through the mess, others huddled in corners shielding their heads. An injured woman cried as she rocked back and forth clutching her arm. A man crouched over her.
Fear and disorientation held Ryleigh immobile.
Alexander lives on Long Island with her husband, three kids and three dogs. She
loves spending time with her family, at the beach, the playground, or just
about anywhere. In her spare time, which is rare, she enjoys reading and
shopping–especially in book stores. Some of her favorite things include;
Bernese Mountain Dogs, musicals, bubble baths and soft blankets. She’s an
incurable insomniac and has an addiction to chocolate.