by C.A. Pack
Genre: YA Paranormal/Fantasy
Release date: February 7th 2017
Summary from Goodreads:
In book eight of the Library of Illumination where books literally come to life, a silent "Oops!" hangs in the air. Teenagers Johanna Charette and Jackson Roth have allowed a sneaky shapeshifter to slip right through their fingers. The good news is: heâs now trapped between the layers of time and space with their Terrorian nemesis, Nero 51. The bad news is: the Terrorian still wants to control all the Libraries of Illumination, while the shapeshifter wants to dominate everything else, and theyâre doing everything possible to break free of their constraints. Who knows how long the Illumini system will remain safe? Itâs taking a toll on Johanna and Jackson, who are smack in the center of everything as they struggle to protect the librariesâ legacy. Can you spell s-t-r-e-s-s? The pressure is driving a stake between the teens, and their mercurial romance could be over before it has truly begun.
Previous books in the series (click images for Goodreads links):
Third Chronicles of Illumination Except
After dinner, Jackson asked Johanna to take a walk around the block so he could âwork offâ his steak. The sun slipped below the tree line and the streetlights came on as they walked. He took Johannaâs hand and gently rubbed his thumb over her knuckle. âI think we need a plan.â
âThereâs really not that much we can do,â she answered, âuntil the Terrorians strike.â
âIâm not talking about the Terrorians. I mean we need a plan.â
She pulled her hand from his. âThis is not a good time to be thinking about your raging hormones. We may be fighting a war soon, and I think that takes precedence.â
He let out an audible breath. âIt has nothing to do with raging hormones. You talked about taking college courses. I want to take some, too. Iâd like to look at a class schedule and decide what courses I want to take, but we need to make sure the library is covered. We need to coordinate when our classes will be so everything runs smoothly.â
âWhereâs the real Jackson Roth? And who are you?â
âYouâre thinking so pragmatically; you sound like me.â
âWell, I was going to ask you if I could stay on living at the library after my family goes back home, but when you started in on my âraging hormones,â I decided to switch gears.â
âI knew it. But youâre right.â
He twirled her around. âI can move in permanently?â
âI meant about the class schedule. We really should decide on that now. Most students have already registered for the fall semester.â
Jacksonâs shoulders slumped. âOh.â
âLetâs just take a wait-and-see approach about your other âplan.ââ
He raised his eyebrows. âYou mean youâll actually consider it?â
She smiled at how quickly he perked up. âItâs a possibility. You turn eighteen in October, and considering youâll be old enough to get drafted or vote, I think youâll have the maturity to know youâll be living here as a curator and that weâre not playing house.â
âNot playing house. Right. But I could still do this sometimes, couldnât I?â He slid his arms around her and pulled her in for a kiss. She wrapped her arms around his waist, and they melted into one another in the twilight. The horn of a passing car broke through their sudden show of passion. âGet a room,â someone shouted out the window.
They could hear laughing as the car drove away. Jackson shook his head. âJokers.â
âDo you hear that?â
A soft mewling sound came from nearby shrubbery.
âYeah.â Jackson walked over and bent down, pushing the branches away. A tiny white kitten with bloody fur huddled against the stem. âItâs a kitten. It looks like itâs injured.â He reached for it. The kitten battled him with her claw, drawing blood. âAnd now Iâm injured, too,â Jackson said, pulling his hand away.
âMove over.â Johanna crouched down next to him and chanted a few words from one of Myrddinâs calming spells. She reached for the kitten and removed it from under the bush without a problem. âSheâs hurt. Letâs take her back to the library, clean her up, and see what we can do for her.â
âShouldnât we take her straight to the vet?â
âNow that I have a few of Myrddinâs tricks up my sleeve, Iâd like to try them out.â
Jackson spoke sweetly to the injured animal. âYou used to be a kitten, but now youâre a guinea pig.â
âDonât listen to him,â she said softly to the little ball of fluff. âIâm not going to let anything happen to you.â
About the Author
C. A. Pack is the author of the Library of Illumination series of YA paranormal fantasy novelettes, along with Chronicles: The Library of Illumination (2014), The Second Chronicles of Illumination (2015) and The Third Chronicles of Illumination (2017).
Pack also writes for a general audience. Her first novel, Code Name: Evangelineâis an historical spy thriller which takes place in the 1930's. The author followed it up with Evangeline's Ghostâa fantasy about the death of that same spy. She recently completed work on Evangeline's Ghost: Houdini, and is currently working on Evangeline's Ghost: The Bridge.
Pack is an award winning journalist from New York who worked as an anchor/reporter and educator (she considers herself the fairy-godmother of telvision news reporters)âand has written for WNBC, LI News Tonight and News 12 Long Island. She also worked on PBS documentaries, radio and television commercials and created and produced a pilot for a news show focusing solely on marriage and wedding trends.
She's a past president of the Press Club of Long Island and a proud member of International Thriller Writers and Sisters in Crime. Pack has been a speaker or panelist for organizations such as Women in Communications, Fair Media Council, and the Society of Professional Journalists.
The author lives with her husband and two picky parrots âonâ Long Island, New York.
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