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April Shadows

April Shadows V.C. Andrews

April Shadows

APRIL HAD ALWAYS FELT LIKE AN OUTSIDER.

Her older sister Brenda was tall, athletic, competitive, and sure of herself. But April Taylor was short, sensitive, and overweight — and she couldn’t bounce back from their father’s cutting criticisms the way Brenda did. April didn’t know why their once-loving dad had become a coldhearted monster, but she was sure it had something to do with her. And she could see how his cruel behavior was tearing away at her gentle mother. But a glimmer of happiness returns when Brenda brings home her college roommate: beautiful, bewitching Celia. And April wonders if she might not be so different from Brenda after all….

 

 

Table of Contents:

Prologue
1. Sunny Memories
2. Mr. Hyde Days
3. Pins and Needles
4. Daddy’s Secret
5. Conspiracy of Silence
6. Celia’s Visit
7. The Party
8. Invisible Tears
9. Growing Up Fast
10. April’s Date
11. Sleep in Peace
12. Don’t Look Back
13. First Steps
14. Smoke Signals
15. Us Against the World
16. The Big Game
17. April’s Adventure
18. Follow the Wheel
19. Uncle Palaver’s Final Act
20. Desperate for Love
Epilogue

 

 

Author: V. C. Andrews

Series: Shadows Book 1

 

 

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All That Glitters V.C. Andrews

All That Glitters

Driven from the Dumas Mansion back to her beloved bayou, Ruby‘s only hope is that fate will let her begin anew…

Living again in a humble shack, Ruby is determined to make a secure and happy home for her precious infant daughter, Pearl. Paul Tate — her first love, whom she was forced to abandon — is at her side once more, now a man of dazzling wealth. When he whisks her into his grand house, it seems their future is assured. As mistress of Cypress Woods, Ruby can forget even the shocking reason she and Paul must wed in a secret ceremony and remain husband and wife in name alone.

But the thick, expensive walls of Cypress Woods cannot shut out the terrible memories that have woven their fabric over her destiny, or the cold eyes of Paul’s mother, Gladys, reminding Ruby of the secret she must keep to give Pearl a loving father. Then her venomous twin sister, Gisselle, arrives to taunt her with news of Beau Andreas, the true father Pearl has never met, and the only man Ruby will ever long for with all her body and soul, Desperate to find the complete, fulfilling life she craves, Ruby builds a precarious new existence, a flimsy shanty of hope that the first flood washes away. Only when the storm exposes the very blackest evils of the past will she glimpse the rainbow’s fragile promise, a morning of sunshine and laughter with a family of her own….

 

 

Table of Contents:

Prologue
Book One
Chapter One – Choices
Chapter Two – Unfinished Business
Chapter Three – My True Wonderland
Chapter Four – Another New Family
Chapter Five – Sad News
Chapter Six – Masquerade
Chapter Seven – The Ties That Bind
Chapter Eight – From Bad to Worse
Chapter Nine – Forbidden Fruit
Chapter Ten – Picture Perfect
Book Two
Chapter Eleven – Nothing Ventured
Chapter Twelve – Body Double
Chapter Thirteen – Almost Caught
Chapter Fourteen – Shadows from the Past
Chapter Fifteen – Farewell to My First Love
Chapter Sixteen – All is Lost
Chapter Seventeen – Thicker than Water
Epilogue

 

 

Author: V. C. Andrews

Series: Landry Book 3

 

 

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She’s Come Undone

She's Come Undone Wally Lamb

She’s Come Undone

In this extraordinary coming-of-age odyssey, Wally Lamb invites us to hitch a wild ride on a journey of love, pain, and renewal with the most heartbreakingly comical heroine to come along in years.

Meet Dolores Price. She’s 13, wise-mouthed but wounded, having bid her childhood goodbye. Stranded in front of her bedroom TV, she spends the next few years nourishing herself with the Mallomars, potato chips, and Pepsi her anxious mother supplies. When she finally orbits into young womanhood at 257 pounds, Dolores is no stronger and life is no kinder. But this time she’s determined to rise to the occasion and give herself one more chance before she really goes under.

 

 

Author: Wally Lamb

Series: NA

Rating: 3.88 out of 5

 

 

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Life of Pi

Life of Pi Yann Martel

Life of Pi

The son of a zookeeper, Pi Patel has an encyclopedic knowledge of animal behavior and a fervent love of stories. When Pi is sixteen, his family emigrates from India to North America aboard a Japanese cargo ship, along with their zoo animals bound for new homes.

The ship sinks. Pi finds himself alone in a lifeboat, his only companions a hyena, an orangutan, a wounded zebra, and Richard Parker, a 450-pound Bengal tiger. Soon the tiger has dispatched all but Pi, whose fear, knowledge, and cunning allow him to coexist with Richard Parker for 227 days while lost at sea. When they finally reach the coast of Mexico, Richard Parker flees to the jungle, never to be seen again. The Japanese authorities who interrogate Pi refuse to believe his story and press him to tell them “the truth.” After hours of coercion, Pi tells a second story, a story much less fantastical, much more conventional—but is it more true?

 

 

Memorable Quotes:

“The reason death sticks so closely to life isn’t biological necessity – it’s envy. Life is so beautiful that death has fallen in love with it, a jealous, possessive love that grabs at what it can. But life leaps over oblivion lightly, losing only a thing or two of no importance, and gloom is but the passing shadow of a cloud.”

“I must say a word about fear. It is life’s only true opponent. Only fear can defeat life. It is a clever, treacherous adversary, how well I know. It has no decency, respects no law or convention, shows no mercy. It goes for your weakest spot, which it finds with unerring ease. It begins in your mind, always. One moment you are feeling calm, self-possessed, happy. Then fear disguised in the garb of mild-mannered doubt, slips into your mind like a spy. Doubt meets disbelief and disbelief tries to push it out. But disbelief is a poorly armed foot soldier. Doubt does away with it with little trouble. you become anxious. Reason comes to do battle for you. You are reassured. Reason is fully equipped with the latest weapons technology. But, to your amazement, despite superior tactics and a number of undeniable victories, reason is laid low. You feel yourself weakening, wavering. Your anxiety becomes dread.”

“To choose doubt as a philosophy of life is akin to choosing immobility as a means of transportation.”

“The lower you are, the higher your mind will want to soar.”

“I know zoos are no longer in people’s good graces. Religion faces the same problem. Certain illusions about freedom plague them both.”

“It’s important in life to conclude things properly. Only then can you let go. Otherwise you are left with words you should have said but never did, and your heart is heavy with remorse.”

“A person can get used to anything, even to killing.”

 

 

Table of Contents:

PART ONE: Toronto and Pondicherry
Chapters 1 – 36

PART TWO: The Pacific Ocean
Chapters 37 – 94

PART THREE: Benito Juarez Infirmary, Tomaltan, Mexico
Chapters 95 – 100

 

 

Author: Yann Martel

Series: NA

Rating: 3.9 out of 5

 

 

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