Unnatural

Paperback. Sprache: Englisch.
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Lesson 1: Nothing is ever what it seems...
In the town of Eden in northwestern England stands the exclusive boarding school known as Archangel Academy. Ancient and imposing, it's a place filled with secrets. Just like its students...
For Michael Howard … weiterlesen
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Titel: Unnatural
Autor/en: Michael Griffo

ISBN: 0758253389
EAN: 9780758253385
Paperback.
Sprache: Englisch.
Kensington Publishing

1. März 2011 - kartoniert - 512 Seiten

Beschreibung

Lesson 1: Nothing is ever what it seems...
In the town of Eden in northwestern England stands the exclusive boarding school known as Archangel Academy. Ancient and imposing, it's a place filled with secrets. Just like its students...
For Michael Howard, being plucked from his Nebraska hometown and sent thousands of miles away is as close as he's ever come to a miracle. In Weeping Water, he felt trapped, alone. At Archangel Academy, Michael belongs. And in Ciaran, Penry, and especially Ciaran's enigmatic half-brother Ronan, Michael finds friendship deeper than he's ever known.
But Michael's only beginning to understand what makes the Academy so special. Ronan is a vampire-part of a hybrid clan who are outcasts even among other vampires. Within the Academy's confines exists a ruthless world of deadly rivalries and shifting alliances, of clandestine love and forbidden temptations. And soon Michael will confront the destiny that brought him here-and a danger more powerful than he can imagine...

Michael Griffo is an award-winning writer and one of six playwrights whose career will be tracked by WritersInsight.com until 2010. He is a graduate of New York University, has studied at Playwrights Horizons and Gotham Writers Workshop, and has written several screenplays.
Prologue




Outside, the earth was wet.



The rain had finally stopped, but it had poured hard
and long during the night, the sudden storm catching
the land unprepared for such a prolonged onslaught.
From Michael's bedroom window he could see the dirt
road that led up to his house had flooded and the passageway
that could lead him to another place, any place
away from here, was broken, unusable. Today would
not be the day he would be set free.



Ever since Michael was old enough to understand
there was a world outside of his home, his school, his
entire town, he had fantasized about leaving it all behind.
Setting foot on the dirt path that began a few inches below his front steps and walking, walking,
walking until the dirt road brought him somewhere
else, somewhere that for him was better. He didn't
know where that place was, he didn't know what it
looked like; he only knew, he felt, that it existed.



Or was it all just foolish hope? Peering down from his
second-floor window at the rain-drenched earth below,
at the muddy river separating his home from everything
else, he wondered if he was wrong. Was his dream of escape
just that, a dream and nothing more? Would this
be his view for all time? A harsh, unaccepting land that,
despite living here for thirteen of his sixteen years, made
him feel like an intruder. Leave! He could hear the wind
command, This place is not for you. But go where?



On the front lawn he saw a meadowlark, smaller than
typical but still robust-looking, drink from the weather beaten
birdbath that overflowed with fresh rainwater.
Drinking, drinking, drinking as if its thirst could not be
quenched. It stopped and surveyed the area, singing its
familiar melodious tune, da-da-DAH-da, da-da-da, and
pausing only when it caught Michael's stare. Switch
places with me, Michael thought. Let me rest on the
brink of another flight, and you sit here and wait.



And where would you go? the meadowlark asked.
You know nothing of the world beyond this dirt.



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