Chase the Dark (Steel & Stone #1) by Annette Marie (Young Adult)

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Chase the Dark (Steel & Stone Book 1)
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Piper Griffiths wants one thing in life: To become a Consul, a keeper of the peace between humans and daemons. There are precisely three obstacles in her way.

The first is Lyre. Incubus. Hotter than hell and with a wicked streak to match. His greatest mission in life is to get Piper into bed and otherwise annoy the crap out of her. The second is Ash. Draconian. Powerful. Dangerous. He knows too much and reveals nothing. Also, disturbingly attractive — and scary. Did she mention scary?

The third is the Sahar Stone. Top secret magical weapon of mass destruction. Previously hidden in her Consulate until thieves broke in, went on a murder spree, and disappeared with the weapon.

And they left Piper to take the fall for their crimes.

Now she’s on the run, her dreams of becoming a Consul shattered and every daemon in the city gunning to kill her. She’s dead on her own, but there’s no one she can trust — no one except two entirely untrustworthy daemons… See problems one and two.

 

 

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About Annette Marie

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I wrote my first piece of fiction outside a classroom when I was fourteen. Nowadays I shudder to think of it and can’t actually stand to read it as an adult, but it got me started on a crazy road of 3 AM writing sprees, a reputation for daydreaming (how else am I supposed to plot my next scene?), and over one million words written in the last 12 years.This fall I published my début novel, Chase the Dark, Book 1 of the Steel & Stone series, followed by Book 2, Bind the Soul, on January 9. Book 3, Yield the Night, is coming this spring. I plan to publish prolifically and with dedicated enthusiasm, and I hope my readers will share that enthusiasm!
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Published: January 9th, 2015

The most important rule for an Apprentice Consul is simple: Don’t get involved with daemons. Well, Piper is planning to break that rule — big time.After a near-deadly scandal with the Sahar Stone, she has the chance to return to the only life she’s ever wanted. All she has to do to keep her Apprenticeship is forget about Ash and Lyre. Ash might be enigmatic and notoriously lethal, and Lyre might be as sinfully irresistible as he is irritating, but they’re not bad for a couple of daemons.There’s just one problem: Ash is missing.Really, she shouldn’t risk her future for him. He lied. He betrayed her. But he also saved her life, damn it. Wherever he is, he’s in trouble, and if she doesn’t save his sorry butt, who will? But with every dangerous secret she unravels, each one darker than the last, she slips deeper into Ash’s world — a world with no escape for either of them.

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After surviving a roundtrip to hell, Piper figures she can survive anything. After all, she just lived through the devastating loss of her Consul apprenticeship and a torturous stint at boarding school. How much worse could it get?

Well, she wasn’t expecting a group of crazy radicals to burn her home to the ground and take her prisoner.The Gaians, a.k.a. the crazy radicals, plan to rid Earth of daemons and they need Piper’s help. As if she would help them obliterate the very Consulate system she grew up in, but in exchange for her cooperation, they promise her the answer to all her problems: magic. With her own magic, she could reclaim her apprenticeship, the only future she’s ever wanted. But her magic comes at price—it could kill her.If she can’t find a way to stop the Gaians’ plans, they’ll destroy everything she’s ever known. If she doesn’t help them, she’ll lose her last chance at everything she’s ever dreamed of. But the greatest danger of all lies within her, and it could very well be the one thing she can’t survive.

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