Shannon A. Thompson
Published by: Clean Teen Publishing
Publication date: April 10th 2017
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
From best-selling author Shannon A. Thompson comes an exciting new duology in the Bad Bloods universe.
Fourteen-year-old Violet has been called many things: a bad blood, a survivor, an immortal…now she has a new name–citizen. But adjusting to a lawful life is not easy, especially when she must live under the rule of the same officers who justified the killings of her flock only eight months earlier.
Segregation of bad bloods and humans is still in effect, and rebellious Violet steps into a school where she is not allowed. When the police get involved, things deteriorate quickly, sparking a new revolution at the wall separating the Highlands from the outskirts.
That’s when Caleb steps in. He might appear to be an average sixteen-year-old bad blood, but he has secrets, and Violet is determined to figure them out. Caleb knows who’s attacking the wall and why, but his true identity remains a mystery–and how he relates to Violet could shake the threatened city to its very core.
Together or not, a storm will form, a rally will start, and shocking truths will be revealed.
“Play for me,” Kuthun asked. When I faced him, he spread his hands out with a million strings drawn in between.
It was an instrument he made—one meant only for me—and I played it like a laid-down harp.
A million times I had attempted to reconstruct the instrument without Kuthun’s powers, but a million times I had failed.
The music could only be found between his abilities and mine, and that was how I knew I was like him, even when the world didn’t see it that way.
I was a bad blood at heart, but all Vendona saw was a person with bad blood and no powers to show for it.
On my third sixteenth birthday, I had cried over it. I had wished to be born like them, and Kuthun had slapped me.
“You are human, and you are still great,” he’d said then, and even now, he repeated it, “Music is your gift.”
Notes floated between our unspoken thoughts, and he listened to every single one. In it, I played the raging sea, the sparkling glass castle, and the heated empty beach. Last, I played how I heard Violet laugh for the first time.
When Kuthun tilted his head at the notes, I asked, “What else have you learned?”
“That the fish aren’t hungry today,” he joked as the music ended.
His strings broke apart, and, like silver glitter, they fluttered into the sand and disappeared. With one kick, Kuthun buried it all.
Shannon A. Thompson is a young adult author, avid reader, and a habitual chatterbox.
As a novelist, poet, and blogger, Thompson spends her free time writing and sharing ideas with her black cat, Bogart, named after her favorite actor, Humphrey Bogart. Her other two cats bring her coffee. Between writing and befriending cats, Thompson graduated from the University of Kansas with a bachelor’s degree in English with an emphasis on creative writing, and her work has appeared in numerous poetry collections and anthologies. Represented by Clean Teen Publishing, Thompson is the best-selling author of The Timely Death Trilogy and the Bad Bloods duology. When she is not writing, she is climbing rooftops, baking cookies, or watching murder shows in the middle of the night, often done with her cats by her side.
Visit her blog for writers and readers at www.ShannonAThompson.com.
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