By: Laura J. Burns, Melinda Metz
Pub date: September 21st, 2010
Shay has had a rare blood disorder since she was born. In fact, her mother married one of Shay’s doctors, Martin, who left his world-renowned leukemia research to try and figure out exactly what the disorder is and how to cure it. When she turns seventeen, Martin begins to give her new blood transfusions that make her feel the strongest she has ever felt.
But she also has odd visions where she sees through the eyes of a vampire. At first, she thinks she must be imagining the visions, but when she begins to see Martin’s office in them, she knows she has to check it out. That’s when she finds Gabriel, a sexy, teenaged vampire, imprisoned in Martin’s office.
The connection she has built with Gabriel compels her to set him free. But when he kidnaps her in an attempt at revenge on Martin, their lives become deeply intertwined. She doesn’t know the half of it.
Chapter OneSPECIAL [SPEH-SHUL]: distinguished by some unusual quality; being in some way superior.
Here's what it really means: It means you're the kid that nobody wanted to play jump rope with at recess because if you fell and scraped your knee, you'd have to miss three days of school. It means you're the girl nobody wanted in the sixth-grade fashion show because your arms and legs were always covered with bruises. It means you're that kid that the teachers gave a lecture about at the start of every school year, a boring and annoying lecture saying that you had to be treated like some kind of fragile glass figurine.
It means you're the freak.
But nobody is allowed to say so. Nobody is allowed to make fun of you, or bully you, or write nasty notes about you. Because you're special.
So instead they treat you like a pet or a mascot or something. You get invited to all the birthday parties. You get elected president of all the clubs. You always have a seat in the cafeteria. People like to be seen with you—it makes them feel all saintly and generous. Plus it gets them noticed by teachers and parents and potential make-out buddies. They must be good people if they're nice to the Sick Girl, right?
"Shay! What is up, girlfriend?"
Shay McGuire slammed her journal closed. Case in point, she thought as she turned to Olivia. Olivia Willett was Shay's best friend. In Shay's head, the phrase always had quote marks around it. "Best friend." The one you hung out with the most. The one who shared all your secrets and your dreams. The one who was there for you no matter what...
Loving the concept for this one a lot. You can find the rest of the above excerpt here. You can visit Laura J. Burns and Melinda Metz on their twitter pages.
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