Darkwood by Sydney Mann
Stella lives in Noctum, land of eternal night. In Noctum, the stars shine so bright it feels like you can pluck them from the sky, festivals are held for special moons, and the Northern Lights are worshiped every wintertide. But the darkness hides many sins. Draven, Noctum’s ruthless immortal king, rules behind the protective walls of Caligo. While outside in Darkwood, Stella and the rest of the forest dwellers live in terror of foul creatures called the Shade.
Life in Darkwood is brutal and brief. But stars shine brightest in the deepest dark, and when she witnesses one falling into the black heart of Darkwood, hope arrives in the unlikeliest manner. A stranger named Luc appears speaking of strange, impossible things—of a golden disc called the sun, of lands drenched in light with vivid blue skies, and perhaps most startling of all, he claims that Noctum is under a curse he has come to lift. To banish the darkness that covers the land, all he has to do is kill Draven.
But curses are never easily broken and complications eventually arise. Stella soon finds herself faced with an impossible choice—Luc’s life or the light she so desperately longs for. Because to gain one, she will have to lose the other.
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Forbidden Bean by Barbara Meyers
A forbidden bean. One taste. A chance to see it all.
Lifelong misfit and cafe manager Tee Rutledge would love to be a “fly on the wall” and learn all kinds of things she shouldn’t. But when she tastes a forbidden coffee bean, she gets her wish–and then some…
Without warning, Tee temporarily takes on the entities of small insects and finds herself knowing much more than she bargained for. Tee’s secret knowledge not only compels her to fight crime and battle injustice, it just might get her killed.
The thrill is exhilarating and addicting as each forbidden bean gives her the undaunted courage of a superhero. But will Tee’s power trip take her too far?
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