Ruby by Francesca Lia Block
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From the beloved author of Necklace of Kisses comes a modern-day fairy tale of a willful and intuitive heroine and a world of shocking realism and transcendent magic.

Francesca Lia Block, this time with co-writer Carmen Staton, introduces readers to Ruby, a Midwestern girl named for the jewel that is believed to ward off evil spirits. Ruby's special gift is a sixth sense that makes her at one with nature and gives her the ability to know her own destiny.

After growing up in an abusive family, Ruby escapes to Los Angeles and learns of her soulmate -- Orion -- a British actor. She travels to England, where she works at a potions and herbs shop, and through a series of coincidental circumstances, ends up nursing Orion back to health without confessing that she has been on a quest to find him all along. But just when she thinks her dream is becoming a reality, Ruby is stopped in her tracks by the violent demons of her past. Only by facing the darkness together can she and Orion finally fulfill their destiny.

As with Necklace of Kisses, Block, here with Staton, breaks the mold. In Ruby, readers will find a story about the power of our minds to overcome the past and ultimately change the course of our lives.


About Francesca Lia Block

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Francesca Lia Block, winner of the prestigious Margaret A. Edwards Lifetime Achievement Award, is the author of many acclaimed and bestselling books, including Dangerous Angels: The Weetzie Bat Books, Roses and Bones: Myths, Tales and Secrets, and the adult novel The Elementals. Her work has been translated and published around the world. She lives in Los Angeles with her two children.  Learn about her books and writing classes at
Published October 13, 2009 by HarperCollins e-books. 226 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction, Romance. Fiction

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YA author Block (the Weetzie Bat books) collaborates on a novel yet maintains her trademarks: fairy tale simplicity combined with wrenching emotional realism, served with a hefty side of over-the-t

Mar 20 2006 | Read Full Review of Ruby: A Novel

The Sydney Morning Herald

Kazan is a knockout onscreen - the mix of bright red hair and wide-eyed, other-worldliness is hypnotic - and Dano riffs off her nicely (hardly surprising, given their five-year-strong relationship).

Sep 16 2012 | Read Full Review of Ruby: A Novel

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Ruby, like all good characters, takes on a life of her own, and Calvin’s attempts to rewrite her back into line lead only to misery for them both—culminating in a scene of hilarious yet harrowing chaos as Ruby jerks and dances madly while her Gen Y Pygmalion hammers at the keys to prove himself h...

Aug 09 2012 | Read Full Review of Ruby: A Novel

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