After being abandoned by her parents when she was only eight years old, Dessa Ambrose struggles to stay in control of her life and escape her inner demons. Her senior year of high school marks the... More > end of an era, and the day she meets Christopher Calder, a young man who holds the key to her future and the key to her heart, Dessa realizes her life will never be the same.
Not only does Christopher seem to know more about Dessa than she does, but he also doesn't seem to be quite as human as Dessa was led to believe. His eyes emit an unearthly glow when he is near her, and he possesses strength and power beyond any mortal being. He's not human. That much is clear. Here's the catch, though: Dessa isn't human, either.
When the ghosts of her tainted past return with a thirst for vengeance, Dessa must decide what is really worth fighting for. She must choose between saving herself and saving those she cares about. But when the enemy you are fighting is yourself, how are you supposed to win?< Less
Dessa Ambrose – the normal girl-next-door who yearns for her life to attain meaning – meets the alluring Christopher Calder, who holds the secrets of the past and the keys to all the... More > doors. As she spends more time with Chris, his mysterious powers leave Dessa questioning the very foundation of the world she grew up in, and when Chris finally opens the door to Dessa’s future, she finds herself reluctant to walk through it. As a newly Awakened Keeper – a God human form with the power to control one of the elements of nature—Dessa learns of her affinity for Light, but as she and her friends try to remember everything from their dark pasts, the evil they knew then has followed them to the present. But unfortunately for them, none of them can remember who that evil might be. With that evil destroying the bonds that hold them so close to one another, wreaking destruction upon the world, and attempting to claim Dessa’s life at every available turn, Dessa realizes that her true destiny can no longer be avoided.< Less
The Poison Belt was the second story, a novella, that Sir Arthur Conan Doyle wrote about Professor Challenger. Written in 1913, roughly a year before the outbreak of World War I, much of it takes... More > place—rather oddly, given that it follows The Lost World, a story set in the jungle—in a room in Challenger's house. This would be the last story written about Challenger until the 1920s, by which time Doyle's spiritualist beliefs had begun to influence his writing.< Less
A butler decides to enact his vengeance against his new, ungrateful master. He decides to get rid of his problem by poisoning his master's food; will the poison work and kill his master? Or will... More > something go wrong?< Less