One of the most unique books I've read this year, Stars Hollow meets Twin Peaks in this magical novel about toxic masculinity, choice and consequence, a town in the shadow of a volatile cliff and the family that protects them by stealing emotions from the townspeople. The voice jumps off the page and the magic is transportive. Read this or we are no longer friends.
Twin Peaks meets Stars Hollow in this paranormal suspense novel about a boy who can reach inside people and steal their innermost things—fears, memories, scars, even love—and his family's secret ritual that for centuries has kept the cliff above their small town from collapsing.
Aspen Quick has never really worried about how he's affecting people when he steals from them. But this summer he'll discover just how strong the Quick family magic is—and how far they'll go to keep their secrets safe.
With a smart, arrogant protagonist, a sinister family tradition, and an ending you won't see coming, this is a fast-paced, twisty story about power, addiction, and deciding what kind of person you want to be, in a family that has the ability to control everything you are.
About the Author
Lindsay Ribar lives in New York City, where she works in book publishing by day and writes YA novels by night. She is the author of The Art of Wishing, The Fourth Wish, and Rocks Fall, Everyone Dies, as well as The Pros of Cons (co-written with Alison Cherry and Michelle Schusterman). Lindsay attends far too many concerts, watches far too much nerdy TV, and consumes fanfiction like it's made out of chocolate. She is fond of wine, cheese, and really cool accents. Ask her about her Harry Potter tattoo.
"Fast-paced and unpredictable, the plot seamlessly balances a summer romance with well-crafted paranormal suspense. A fresh and substantive story about family, love, and deciding who you want to be in the world."—Kirkus, starred review
"Breathtaking storytelling. This is a fast-paced paranormal mystery with an unusual magic system. It is not the same old make-believe and should be very welcome in most libraries."—School Library Journal
"A novel that balances fantasy with realism....Quick and entertaining; the characters (some of whom learn their lessons) are can't-look-away wicked in an all-too-human way."—Horn Book
"[An] unnerving tale of supernatural suspense. . . .Ribar (The Art of Wishing) sets up an intriguing premise and explores Aspen's abilities in provocative ways."—Publishers Weekly
"The mind games are acrobatic in their twists and turns."—BCCB
"Refreshingly poignant. A surprisingly deep fantasy nicely grounded in reality."—Booklist
"Pitch perfect from the title to the end, I couldn't put ROCKS FALL, EVERYONE DIES down! The characters shine in this brilliant page-turner with a supernatural twist."—Beth Revis, author of the Across the Universe trilogy
PRAISE FOR THE FOURTH WISH: "The truths this novel reveals are so real . . . quite an achievement."—Kirkus
"Ribar has delivered fans a fun romantic read with some deliciously exciting paranormal elements while casually tackling . . . the importance of balancing power with humanity."—School Library Journal
PRAISE FOR THE ART OF WISHING: "Stands head and shoulders above the competition because of its main character Margo . . . a decisive, strong-willed heroine."—Tor.com
"Rich with romance, magic, and action, this novel will captivate teens."—School Library Journal