City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare
Then the night sky seemed to crack open like a glass and pouring through the shards came a horde of dark shapes, humped and twisted, gnarled and faceless, howling out a silent scream that seared the inside of his mind. Icy wind burned him as six-legged horses hurled past, their hooves striking bloody sparks from the deck of the ship.
Now and Then by Jacqueline Sheehan
Anna worried that her new dental practitioner was drinking the local white lightning, something that her own dentist had never done in the gleaming world of stainless steel, soothing music, and pastel walls. She also worried how very much this operation was going to hurt without anesthesia of any sort.
At any rate, the disdain for adverbs is such that the title of the final Harry Potter book, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, came under the fire of a wild-eyed, crabby blogger. It’s true that J.K. Rowling, especially in the earlier books, couldn’t resist buttering her prose with adverbs. Harry and Ron speak to each other quietly, darkly, and even angrily (but oddly, never magically, and certainly not magically deliciously). But in the title of the seventh book, “deathly” is an adjective.
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I’m in New York City, trying to help my best friend through his first days as a fledgling vampire. (City of Ashes)
I’m also in mid-19th century Ireland, where I have been transported by some magical means. I’ve gotten separated from my nephew and I have no idea how we will get back to our own time or country. (Now and Then)
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