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The Shadow and the Rose

The Shadow and the Rose

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Book 1 of the Ash Grove Chronicles. In the breathtaking Blue Ridge Mountains, Ash Grove High School for the Performing Arts draws the brightest and most talented teens. But beneath the peaceful surface, supernatural forces are at work...

Sixteen-year-old Joy, a plain but feisty junior at Ash Grove High, is plunged into a dangerous romance when a classmate's dare

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Book 1 of the Ash Grove Chronicles. In the breathtaking Blue Ridge Mountains, Ash Grove High School for the Performing Arts draws the brightest and most talented teens. But beneath the peaceful surface, supernatural forces are at work...

Sixteen-year-old Joy, a plain but feisty junior at Ash Grove High, is plunged into a dangerous romance when a classmate's dare brings the chameleonic teen model Tanner into her life. Falling in love with Tanner can only lead to heartache--and danger--because he is trapped in a complex relationship with the seductive, powerful Melisande, a seemingly ageless supermodel. Melisande's youth and beauty may be drawn from a sinister source... and she does not look kindly on rivals for her protege's affections.

At the same time that Joy is fighting to free Tanner from Melisande's grasp--and from his own feelings of worthlessness--she struggles to cope with her father's cancer and the discovery that her seemingly peaceful school is a conduit for supernatural energy. Without her father's guidance, Joy must find within herself the strength to confront both the supernatural threat and her own unexpected pregnancy--and to save Tanner's life.

Length: 70,000 words ~ Bonus content: Excerpt from Casting Shadows, book 2 in the Ash Grove Chronicles

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Kirkus Reviews
Teenagers in love battle a supernatural villain in this debut young-adult novel. Joy Sumner is an unassuming music student at Ash Grove, a prestigious performing-arts boarding school in North Carolina. Her father is undergoing chemotherapy for cancer, so Joy spends her time in the company of her loyal, plucky friends. When they overhear someone teasing a new student about the school's haunted graveyard, Joy bravely offers to put the myth to the test. She enters the graveyard at midnight and is surprised to find she's not alone: Tanner Lindsey, a handsome Ash Grove dropout, is brooding there--and he and Joy soon share a dramatic kiss. Joy's daring graveyard jaunt is overshadowed the next day by news of Melisande, a popular supermodel, arriving in Ash Grove with plans to recruit students as models. Joy is startled to find Tanner among Melisande's entourage, scantily clad and apparently drowsy with lust for his mentor. He's known now as Tristan, and he dismisses Joy, causing Joy's friends to grow suspicious. Tristan appears on Ash Grove's campus the next day, whisking Joy away and revealing how he went from being Tanner, a neglected musician, to Tristan, Melisande's most promising protégé. Although Joy is concerned about Melisande's mysterious power over Tristan, she continues their romance in secret until Melisande and her followers, including Tristan, disappear. While slogging through the emotional fallout, Joy discovers she's pregnant. Not long after, she experiences a strange "time slip" on campus, and the school's adults inform her that Ash Grove's many myths may not be myths after all. Joined by her friends, Joy sets out to rescue Tanner from Melisande's dangerous spell. The author portrays Joy and her friends smart and easy to love--especially Maddie, her sarcastic and protective best friend (she describes Melisande's mansion as "the Ikea version" of architect Frank Lloyd Wright's Falling Water home.) Readers may wish for a more daring future for Joy, but her and Tanner's love is consistently believable. Their independence makes Ash Grove a realistic and engaging world, and its seclusion, fierce loyalties among friends, and compassionate adults are Hogwarts-like at times. A satisfying supernatural YA tale that effectively mixes high school, magic and mystery.
InD'Tale magazine (InDTale.com) - Rose Mary Espinoza
"This story ingeniously supplies all the required characters: the best friend, the mean classmate and the gorgeous boyfriend. Then the author adds the antihero Melisande, the beautiful model that readers will love to hate! ...The eerie and immoral relationship between Tanner and Melisande [is] believable and the readers will find themselves cheering for the budding relationship between Joy and Tanner!"
KirkusReviews.com - Kirkus Reviews
"The author portrays Joy and her friends smart and easy to love. . . . Their independence makes Ash Grove a realistic and engaging world, and its seclusion, fierce loyalties among friends, and compassionate adults are Hogwarts-like at times.

"A satisfying supernatural YA tale that effectively mixes high school, magic and mystery." --Kirkus Reviews

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781480099500
Publisher:
CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date:
11/13/2012
Pages:
276
Product dimensions:
5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.58(d)

Meet the Author

Amanda DeWees is an author and editor based in Atlanta, Georgia. She received her PhD in English literature from the University of Georgia and likes to startle people by telling them that her dissertation topic was 19th-century vampire literature. Besides writing, her passions include classic movies, theater, costume design, ghost stories, and the proper use of punctuation.

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