September 26, 2019

#TakeControlTBR with Messenger of Fear (Messenger of Fear #1) by @MichaelGrantBks

This week I am going blue!!! So of course I chose Messenger of Fear!! What color should I read next week?  Let me know in the comments. 

Synopsis: I remembered my name – Mara. 

But, standing in that ghostly place, faced with the solemn young man in the black coat with silver skulls for buttons, I could recall nothing else about myself.

And then the games began.

The Messenger sees the darkness in young hearts, and the damage it inflicts upon the world.

 If they go unpunished, he offers the wicked a game. Win, and they can go free. 

Lose, and they will live out their greatest fear. 

But what does any of this have to do with Mara? She is about to find out . . .

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About the Author: Michael Grant, author of the Gone series, the Messenger of Fear series, the Magnificent Twelve series, and the Front Lines trilogy, has spent much of his life on the move. Raised in a military family, he attended ten schools in five states, as well as three schools in France. Even as an adult he kept moving, and in fact he became a writer in part because it was one of the few jobs that wouldn’t tie him down. His fondest dream is to spend a year circumnavigating the globe and visiting every continent. Yes, even Antarctica. He lives in California with his wife, Katherine Applegate, with whom he cowrote the wildly popular Animorphs series. You can visit him online at and follow him on Twitter @MichaelGrantBks.

“The Messenger of Fear has a two-word message for readers: BE AFRAID. The nightmares start in chapter one and don’t let up. Seriously, this book gave me chill after chill. My message to you: Read it in a safe, well-lighted place. It’s fright fiction at its best!” (R.L. Stine, Bestselling Author of the Goosebumps and Fear Street Series)

“The enviably cunning and ever versatile Michael Grant explodes on the scene with Messenger of Fear, a palpitating horror fantasy mash-up with a genius twist that blew my mind. I walked through O’hare with this book in my face―I couldn’t stop reading!” (Lisa McMann, New York Times Bestselling Author of the Wake trilogy and The Unwanteds series)

“Mesmerizing, horrifying, and deeply thought-provoking.” (Carrie Ryan, New York Times Bestselling Author of The Forest of Hands and Teeth)

Grant only slowly unveils the reason Mara is with the Messenger, building tension and atmosphere expertly for maximum impact. Readers will find that in the end, it all comes together extremely well. An unusual and intriguing puzzle of a book. (Kirkus Reviews)

“Grant’s new series starts off with a bang and never lets up.The games will delight those readers who enjoy a little gore and horror in their books. This is a promising start to a series with a truly unique concept.” (School Library Journal)

“Written from a stream-of-consciousness point of view, this book is a welcome change from the current dystopian young adult books that are so popular.The idea that good and evil in the world are balanced on the edge of a knife is a motivating philosophy.” (Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA))

“Grant explores bullying, family problems, suicide, and more, and several painful passages will have readers cringing, even as they make them think about what they would do in the same situation….a solid beginning to a series that is likely to be quite popular with horror and paranormal fans.” ” (Booklist)

Praise for GONE: “If Stephen King had written LORD OF THE FLIES, it might have been a little like this.” (VOYA (starred review))

Praise for HUNGER: “Readers will be unable to avoid involuntary gasping, shuddering, or flinching while reading this suspense-filled story.” (VOYA (starred review))

Praise for LIES: “Disturbing, brilliantly plotted, and boasting a balanced mix of action and scheming.” (ALA Booklist)

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