MATTHEW HAS ALWAYS PROTECTED LUNA’S SECRET.
NOW HE MUST PROTECT HER LIFE.
When his best friend Luna is found catatonic after a devastating house fire, Matthew begins to fall apart.
“Take care of them, Matthew.”
“Protect my secret.”
That’s the promise he made to her only three nights ago. A solemn vow to protect their large found family of humans and supernatural creatures alike.
Fated to love her for the rest of his life, and unwilling to break his solemn vow, Matthew knows the only person who can help Luna is her grandmother. Through the woods they must go, just like a fairytale. But the forest is filled with deadly peril: poisonous black moss, chimeras, and worst of all, members of their family who don’t want them to continue.
As they are picked off one by one, Matthew races to get Luna to safety, all the time doubting everything he thought was true.
Can Matthew untangle the twisted threads of Luna’s secret before he himself unravels?
Smoke billowed along the cabin’s upper hallway, obscuring the windows, turning everything hazy.
“Fire!” Matthew yelled.
Luna. He had to get to Luna. He ran down the hallway, pounding on the bedroom doors. The timber frame of the house shook under the power of his violent thumps.
“Fire! Wake up! Fire!” He coughed, struggling for breath, and lifted his T-shirt over his nose and mouth.
A door opened. Piper peered out, sleep gluing her eyes half closed. One look at his face and the smoke billowing behind him and she dashed back inside to wake the others.
Luna. Where was Luna? Matthew threw open her bedroom door, but she wasn’t there. Her sheets spilled off her mattress and puddled on the floor. Her curtains blazed a trail of flames, mantling an open window. On the ledge sat a trio of church candles, an incense holder, and a framed picture of her at last year’s Homecoming dance; all burning, wilting, fading from existence.
“Luna?” He was tempted to check the closet or under the bed. But she wasn’t in the room, didn’t look like she’d been in the room all night. One of her nightmares? He checked his watch. 2 am. She must already be outside.
“Fire!” Matthew called, retreating and closing her bedroom door.
Coughing into his elbow, he kept his shirt over his mouth and nose. He ran back the other way, making sure everyone was up. His eyes watered and stung as he fought his way through the thickening smoke. He attempted to push it away, but it was so dense, almost opaque, like a solid substance, and it quickly filled any gap he temporarily cleared. Scalding door handles burned his palms as he fought entry to each room.
Thank you,Marisa Noelle and Zooloo’s Book Tours
About the author
Marisa Noelle is the writer of middle grade & young adult novels in the genres of science-fiction, fantasy & mental health including The Shadow Keepers, The Unadjusteds Trilogy (The Unadjusteds, The Rise of the Altereds, & The Reckoning), and The Mermaid Chronicles – Secrets of the Deep.
She is a mentor for the Write Mentor program that helps aspiring MG & YA authors. With dual citizenship, Marisa has lived on both sides of the Atlantic and uses settings in both the USA and UK as inspiration for her novels.
When she’s not writing or reading or watching movies, she enjoys swimming. In the pool she likes to imagine she could be a mermaid and become part of some of her make-believe words.
Despite being an avid bookworm from the time she could hold a book, being an author came as a bit of a surprise to her as she was a bit of a science geek at school. She lives in Woking, UK with her husband and three children.
Website : http://www.MarisaNoelle.com