She may be doing battle in the virtual world, but in the real world, they can’t wake her up… All Rora wants is to help people as class president, give her time to local charities, and quietly earn her way to the top level of the virtual reality system that the entire country uses without anyone noticing she’s the second best player in the game. All Royce wants to do is level up as a knight inside the gaming system, slay dragons, and eventually play his way to controlling the palace as he takes the crown away from the reigning queen. When his Aunt Perry calls him, hysterically screaming that her goddaughter, Rora, has been inside for more than the four hours the game allows, Royce rushes over to help. Entering the game, Royce soon discovers that Rora is trapped inside the system after an encounter with an evil magician who can change forms inside the game and control the virtual world. If he and his friend can’t help her beat the game, she might not be able to wake up in the real world at all. When virtual knights and princesses meet to slay dragons and defeat evil rulers, there’s nothing stopping them from suffering real-world consequences too. To wake her up, he must enter the game and help her beat it.
The sirens have ripped Celena away from her collection of mer, leaving her exposed to the dangers of the open seas. As she fights to save her sister, the royal mermaid is forced into deadly encounters with anything that gets in the sirens’ way, taking the brunt of the trauma as she tries to protect her little sister and escape the sirens’ revenge. She quickly learns that the attack on the palace in Scylla wasn’t the only thing Tarni and Nir had planned—they intend to use Celena and her sister for an even darker purpose—starting a battle with the humans. When Merrick, Caspian, and Llyr try to free Celena and Coralie, they disrupt the sirens’ plans and find themselves in the middle of a war with both their enemies under the sea and the humans above the waves. As the collection closes in to aid in the rescue mission, they find themselves in a deadly siege above the surface that can only end in destruction. The Siren Wars are nowhere near over.
Inside the human palace, Celena is faced with a choice—cooperate or die. Separated from Merrick and the other mer, her only choice is to sway the human prince into befriending her despite his father’s resistance to create a new treaty with the mer. When her twin and the collection find Celena and Merrick, they create a plan to escape, but dangerous advances from above threaten to destroy their chance at survival. Celena and her friends find themselves thrust into a new side of the war—one where they have to side with the humans and work to help save them before it’s too late for anyone to survive this new battle. She may be fighting for her enemy’s safety, but the royal humans might kill her anyway. One way or another, the Siren Wars will finally end.
Once, a long time ago, Coco Wild learned to never allow a man's kiss to move her, for that way led to downfall. A slender beauty with alluring eyes, she built impregnable defenses around her emotions. The men who came to adore her, fought to conquer her and learn her mysteries, made her the toast of London, but none were able to rouse her passions. Beauty Awakens But that hard-taught lesson is about to unravel because of Sir James Stoker. Back in England with a treasure of gold from his adventures, newly knighted by Queen Victoria herself, and feted everywhere, the handsome explorer has the world at his feet. He's exactly the man Coco might have dreamed about when she was young: a tall, fair hero with a charming smile. Now he's turned his energy toward winning her, the most desirable and the least attainable woman he knows; and Coco's aft-aid James may just find his way past the thorns that have so long protected her from the world, and awaken her slumbering heart...with just one kiss.
Author: Wendy Mass
Publisher: Scholastic Inc.
Release Date: 2012-03-01
Genre: Juvenile Fiction
The girl's been asleep for a hundred years. The boy's got issues of his own. There are two sides to every story.... It's not easy being Princess Rose. Especially when a fairy curses you and you find yourself avoiding all sharp objects . . . and then end up pricking your finger anyway, causing you to slumber for a hundred years or so. And it's not easy being The Prince. Especially when your mother has some ogre blood and tends to chow down at the most unfortunate moments. A walk in the woods would help, you think. Until you find a certain hidden castle . . . and a certain sleeping princess. Happily ever after? Not until the prince helps the princess awaken . . . and brings her home to Mother. Journey back to the days when fairy tales were true with this fun and fresh spin on a timeless tale!
Author: Tim Scholl
Release Date: 2003-09-02
Genre: Performing Arts
In this rich interdisciplinary study Tim Scholl provides a provocative and timely re-evaluation of the development of ballet from the 1880s to the middle of the twentieth century. In the light of a thoughtful re-appraisal of dance classicism he locates the roots of modern ballet in the works of Marius Petipa, rather than in the much-celebrated choreographic experiements of Diaghilev's Ballet Russe. Not only is this the first book to present nineteenth- and twentieth-century ballet as a continuous rather than broken tradition, From Petipa to Balanchine places works such as Sleeping Beauty, Les Sylphides, Apollo and Jewells in their proper cultural and artistic context. The only English-language study to be based on the original Russian soures, this book will be essential reading for all dance scholars. Written in an engaging and elegant style it will also appeal to anyone interested in the history of ballet generally.
Author: Marian Diamond
Release Date: 1999-01-01
Genre: Family & Relationships
Cutting edge scientific research has shown that exposure to the right kind of environment during the first years of life actually affects the physical structure of a child's brain, vastly increasing the number of neuron branches--the "magic trees of the mind"--that help us to learn, think, and remember. At each stage of development, the brain's ability to gain new skills and process information is refined.As a leading researcher at the University of California at Berkeley, Marion Diamond has been a pioneer in this field of research. Now, Diamond and award-winning science writer Janet Hopson present a comprehensive enrichment program designed to help parents prepare their children for a lifetime of learning.
Author: Lauren Stewart
Publisher: Office the Hook Publishing
Release Date: 2015-03
Can you call it an office romance if we've never actually met? Sara has a kick-ass life. She has loyal friends, works from home, and sets her own hours as a virtual assistant. Perfect... Except Sara doesn't actually exist. She's just a borrowed name I use when I'm hiding behind my computer screen. But pretending to be someone else is the only way I can earn enough to make up for the mistake I made and the lives I ruined. If I hadn't typed my new boss' name into that search engine, none of this would be happening. I would've kept imagining Hayden looked the same way I pictured all my other clients--late fifties/early sixties, a little soft around the middle, and a lot more forehead than hair. I couldn't have been more wrong. Seriously, how many VPs look like they go model underwear after leaving the office? Damn it, if I'd never found out what an amazing man Hayden is, I wouldn't want to cry every time he calls me Sara. But hey, that's life, right? And nobody's life is perfect. Actually... My life is pretty damn perfect. I'm married to a beautiful woman, live in a luxury apartment, and am prepped to take over the multi-billion-dollar company my father built. Perfect... Except all of it is a lie. My wife is madly in love with someone else, my career is meaningless, and I forgot how to live, let alone be happy. But when I hired a new assistant online, it finally occurred to me that life wasn't meant to be endured. It was meant to be lived. It's unimaginably stupid to fall for someone at work, but I can't seem to stop it from happening. I'd give up everything I have to be with Sara, and I still have no idea what she looks like. That has to change. Unfortunately, the only way to get what I want is for a lot of good people to lose everything they have. ***There is no cheating in this novel. Hayden is far too noble a man to hurt and disrespect a woman like that. Trust me, you'll understand when you read the book.*** ***standalone contemporary romance/romantic comedy (no cliffhanger)*** Now Available... Deeper Water (Once and Forever #3) - Get a look into Carson and Laney's after happily-ever-after and be there for Hayden and Andi's island wedding Virtually Impossible is a twist on Sleeping Beauty, and this is how the story begins: Once upon a time there was a woman who made the mistake of trusting the wrong man. And that mistake led to another. And another and another, each more damaging than the last. But the woman was as ignorant of her mistakes as she was of the damage they caused. Until she was punished for them. Around the same time, but in a totally separate part of the city, lived a noble man and his beautiful wife. Though their castle was the envy of all, its empty halls echoed of loneliness and regret. For the man had lived his entire life asleep, and both of them remained silent of who they truly were and what they truly wanted. And then one day, the woman entered the man's life and forced him to awaken...