Sacred by Elana K. Arnold

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A grieving girl meets a boy with mystical powers in this passionate love story.

Growing up on Catalina Island, off the California coast, Scarlett Wenderoth has led a fairly isolated life. After her brother dies, her isolation deepens as she withdraws into herself, shutting out her friends and boyfriend. Her parents, shattered by their own sorrow, fail to notice Scarlett's pain and sudden alarming thinness. Scarlett finds pleasure only on her horse, escaping to the heart of the island on long, solitary rides. One day, as she races around a bend, Scarlett is startled by a boy who raises his hand in warning and says one word: "Stop."

The boy—intense, beautiful—is Will Cohen, a newcomer to the island. For reasons he can't or won't explain, he's drawn to Scarlett and feels compelled to keep her safe. To keep her from wasting away. His meddling irritates Scarlett, though she can't deny her attraction to him. As their relationship blossoms into love, Scarlett's body slowly awakens at Will's touch. But just when her grief begins to ebb, she makes a startling discovery about Will, a discovery he's been grappling with himself. A discovery that threatens to force them apart. And if it does, Scarlett fears she will unravel all over again.

"Will appeal to many teens, especially fans of the Twilight series."--Booklist

"Filled with tension and angst. . . . Readers will be looking for the next installment."--School Library Journal

"A poignant novel of loss and grief, but also of hope."--VOYA

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About Elana K. Arnold

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ELANA K. ARNOLD completed her M.A. in Creative Writing/Fiction at the University of California, Davis. Splendor is the sequel to Sacred.

Author Residence: Long Beach, CA
Published November 13, 2012 by Delacorte Press. 370 pages
Genres: Romance, Young Adult, Religion & Spirituality, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Although Arnold achieves the occasional fresh turn of phrase—Scarlett shreds a note from her contrite boyfriend into “a nice little pile of apology confetti”—too often she settles for cliché, with yearning skin, fluttering hearts and searing glances aplenty bundled into sentences that seem to go ...

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In this satirical, erotic allegory of the post-Soviet and post-9/11 world, Victor Pelevin gives new meaning to the words “unreliable narrator.” The story is told by a shape-shifting nymphet named A Hu-Li, a red-haired Asiatic call girl who is some 2,000 years old but looks 14.

Sep 26 2008 | Read Full Review of Sacred


the avatar Zoe (Zoe 2) and later after Daniel downloads her daughter from the computer program that controls the V Club to a flash drive and then into the memory systems of a robot, you’ll have Zoe 3—or what I call an unholy trinity.

Oct 23 2010 | Read Full Review of Sacred

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Arnold writes about Scarlett’s fragile mental health and the way in which her loss affects her relationships with her friends and family makes up for the slightly forced mystical powers Arnold bestows upon Scarlett’s love interest, Will."SACRED follows Scarlett as she struggles to put the fragmen...

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A well written article, blog or book on the subject can get me going like nothing else and remind me of why I choose to write in the first's just plain invigorating!

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Summary: Growing up on Catalina Island, off the California coast, Scarlett Wenderoth has led a fairly isolated life.

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