Ten years ago, college student Quincy Carpenter went on vacation with five friends and came back alone. In an instant, she became a member of a club no one wants to belong to – a group of survivors known in the press as the Final Girls: Lisa, Sam, and now Quincy. The three girls attempt to put their nightmares behind them, and, with that, one another. Despite the media’s attempts, they never meet.
Now, Quincy is doing well, maybe even great. That is, until Lisa, the first Final Girl, is found dead in her bathtub and Sam, the second, appears on Quincy’s doorstep. Blowing through Quincy’s life like a whirlwind, Sam seems intent on making her relive the past. Quincy’s life becomes a race against time as she tries to unravel Sam’s truths from lies and remember what really happened at Pine Cottage, before what started ten years ago is finished.
Leave it to the heroes to save the world–villains just want to rule the world. In this unique YA anthology, thirteen acclaimed, bestselling authors team up with thirteen influential BookTubers to reimagine fairy tales from the oft-misunderstood villains’ points of view.
These fractured, unconventional spins on classics like ‘Medusa’, Sherlock Holmes, and ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’ provide a behind-the-curtain look at villains’ acts of vengeance, defiance, and rage – and the pain, heartbreak, and sorrow that spurned them on. No fairy tale will ever seem quite the same again!
The Almost Sisters
by Joshilyn Jackson
One tequila-soaked night at a comics convention, graphic novelist Leia Birch Briggs is swept off her barstool by a handsome and anonymous Batman. It turns out the caped crusader has left her with more than just a nice, fuzzy memory. She’s having a baby boy. But before Leia can break the news her step-sister Rachel’s marriage implodes. Worse, she learns her beloved ninety-year-old grandmother, Birchie, is losing her mind.
Leia returns to Alabama to put her grandmother’s affairs in order, clean out the big Victorian house. Yet just when Leia thinks she’s got it all under control, she learns that illness is not the only thing Birchie’s been hiding. Tucked in the attic is a dangerous secret with roots that reach all the way back to the Civil War. Its exposure threatens the family’s freedom and future, and it will change everything about how Leia sees the world she thinks she knows.
Debbie Reynolds is a runaway, New York City-bound, fighting for her next meal, seeking safe places to sleep, and dodging men with less than honorable intentions, all while searching for meaning in a life she finds painful and pointless.
Damon ‘Preacher’ Fox, vice president of the Silver Demons Motorcycle Club, has been in prison for club-related crimes. As his release draws near he realizes that if he stays with the club, this won’t be his last stint behind bars. When Preacher and Debbie’s paths cross, they find in each other a sense of peace they had been lacking. But life is about to catch up with Preacher, and Debbie, desperate to keep the one person who’s ever shown her any kindness, finds herself caught between forces far deadlier and more powerful than she could have ever imagined.
by Rachel Khong
A few days after Christmas in a small suburb outside of LA, pairs of a man’s pants hang from the trees. The pants belong to Howard Young, a prominent history professor, recently diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. Howard’s wife, Annie, summons their daughter, Ruth. Freshly disengaged from her fiance and still broken up about it, thirty-year-old Ruth quits her job and arrives home to find her parents’ situation worse than she’d realized.
But as Howard’s condition intensifies, the comedy in Ruth’s situation takes hold, gently transforming her grief. She throws herself into caretaking: cooking dementia-fighting meals (a feast of jellyfish!), researching supplements, anything to reignite her father’s once-notable memory. And when the university finally lets Howard go, Ruth and one of her father’s handsome former students take their efforts to help Howard one step too far.