Growing up on Forge´s streets has taught Kyra how to stretch a coin. And when that´s not enough, her uncanny ability to scale walls and bypass guards helps her take what she needs. But when the leader of the Assassins Guild offers Kyra a lucrative job, she hesitates. She knows how to get by on her own, and she´s not sure she wants to play by his rules. But he is persistent - and darkly attractive - and Kyra can´t quite resist his pull.
Journalist Adam Higginbotham´s definitive, years-in-the-making account of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant disaster-and a powerful investigation into how propaganda, secrecy, and myth have obscured the true story of one of the twentieth century´s greatest disasters. Early in the morning of April 26, 1986, Reactor Number Four of the Chernobyl Atomic Energy Station exploded, triggering history´s worst nuclear disaster. In the thirty years since then, Chernobyl has become lodged in the collective nightmares of the world: shorthand for the spectral horrors of radiation poisoning, for a dangerous technology slipping its leash, for ecological fragility, and for what can happen when a dishonest and careless state endangers its citizens and the entire world. But the real story of the accident, clouded from the beginning by secrecy, propaganda, and misinformation, has long remained in dispute. Drawing on hundreds of hours of interviews conducted over the course of more than ten years, as well as letters, unpublished memoirs, and documents from recently-declassified archives, Adam Higginbotham has written a harrowing and compelling narrative which brings the disaster to life through the eyes of the men and women who witnessed it firsthand. The result is a masterful nonfiction thriller, and the definitive account of an event that changed history: a story that is more complex, more human, and more terrifying than the Soviet myth. Midnight in Chernobyl is an indelible portrait of one of the great disasters of the twentieth century, of human resilience and ingenuity, and the lessons learned when mankind seeks to bend the natural world to his will-lessons which, in the face of climate change and other threats, remain not just vital but necessary.
Combining the emotional deftness of Sarah Dessen with the magical spark of New York City in wintertime, this affecting novel--a romantic, thought-provoking tale of human connection--will inspire readers to pay closer attention to the world around them.
A vampire and a werewolf who never fit in. A witch whose spells don´t always work as planned. And a mysterious new guy who´s hiding something. Together they will discover who they´re meant to be... C. C. Hunter´s New York Times bestselling Shadow Falls series captured hearts all over the world. Now available in print for the first time.
The latest Shadowhunters novel from bestselling author Cassandra Clare. The Shadowhunters of Los Angeles star in the first novel in Cassandra Clare´s newest series, The Dark Artifices , a sequel to the internationally bestselling Mortal Instruments series. It´s been five years since the events of City of Heavenly Fire that brought the Shadowhunters to the brink of oblivion. Emma Carstairs is no longer a child in mourning, but a young woman bent on discovering what killed her parents and avenging her losses. Together with her parabatai Julian Blackthorn, Emma must learn to trust her head and her heart as she investigates a demonic plot that stretches across Los Angeles, from the Sunset Strip to the enchanted sea that pounds the beaches of Santa Monica. If only her heart didn´t lead her in treacherous directions... Making things even more complicated, Julian´s brother Mark-who was captured by the faeries five years ago-has been returned as a bargaining chip. The faeries are desperate to find out who is murdering their kind-and they need the Shadowhunters´ help to do it. But time works differently in faerie, so Mark has barely aged and doesn´t recognize his family. Can he ever truly return to them? Will the faeries really allow it? Glitz, glamours, and Shadowhunters abound in this heartrending opening to Cassandra Clare´s Dark Artifices series. Praise for Lady Midnight : ´Positively aquiver with secret ardor and murderous zeal.´ Kirkus Reviews ´Fresh and...wonderfully told.´ Booklist ´Clare´s well-developed protagonists..., pell-mell action sequences, complicated family dynamics, and fascinating magic system continue to engage.´ Publishers Weekly ´Clare delivers spectacular Shadowhunter fare with her trademark street tough yet emotionally fragile adolescent characters taking on adult roles and includes plenty of violent action and passionate romance to satisfy fans of The Infernal Devices and The Mortal Instruments series, who will be thrilled to see some of their favourite characters from the previous books make appearances.´ School Library Journal´
Midnight Tweedle is Zhang Lijie´s personal portrait of China´s complex cultural and political history. Juxtaposing diverse and seemingly unrelated images with a collage technique, Lijie explores the depths of Chinese collective memory in a process she describes as ´´whispering to herself ... to understand where we come from and where we are going.´´ This book combines materials as varied as found and original photos, posters, illustrations and even a meal ticket from the planned economy time which Lijie either collected from antique markets, newspapers and the Internet, or created herself. Here smiling families and uniformed civilians during the Cultural Revolution mingle with key historical figures such as the Empress Dowager Cixi and Mao Zedong, all interspersed by recent landscapes and photos as unexpected as a still life of mangoes. Lijie believes that ´´all kinds of identities and labels are nothing but fragments of history,´´ and in this book she creates a new whole from these pieces.
THE NUMBER ONE BESTSELLER/A RICHARD & JUDY BOOKCLUB 2018 PICKJack Reacher is having a bad day. Reacher was a West Pointer too, and he knows what she went through to get it.Although the Jack Reacher novels can be read in any order, The Midnight Line follows on directly from the end of Make Me.
As the witch of the Chalk, Tiffany Aching performs the distinctly unglamorous work of caring for the needy. But someone - or something - is inciting fear, generating dark thoughts and angry murmurs against witches. Aided by the tiny-but-tough Wee Free Men, Tiffany faces a dire challenge, for if she falls, the whole Chalk falls with her .