r.a. nelson


"blew me away"

-publishers weekly galley talk

"spine chilling"


"gorgeous love story"



-read for your future

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She's superhuman. There's just one catch. Seventeen-year-old Emma Cooper has always been a risk taker at heart, smart and adventurous. But ever since her first grand mal seizure at the age of 13, her epilepsy has felt like a curse, wrecking her social life, derailing her dreams, even driving her boyfriend away. Her doctors think they know best. Her mom worries her to distraction. Tired of being held back, Emma fantasizes about running away, but she can't even legally drive. At least she can channel her frustrations into soccer, where she’s a star — the most aggressive player in the league — until a violent collision ends her playing days. Heartbroken, Emma steals a car and races into the night, no idea where she is going. Losing control on a steep mountain road, she crashes into a ditch beside a sinister forest. An old cabin beckons through the trees. Emma goes to look for help — and her life is changed forever.


“a real winner...5 stars... powerful”
- midwest book review

“incredibly intelligent...a great book”
- lytherus

"strikingly unconventional"
- publishers weekly

“gripping…a fresh take…fascinating…heart-pounding action”
- school library journal

“all too real…Nelson has created a character unlike any other…will appeal to more than just paranormal fans”
- new york journal of books

“Nelson's thriller of a story will keep teens reading all night. It’s a bit romance, a bit horror and all fun”
- parent magazine

“grabs readers from the first page and won’t let go…showdown that follows is a doozy”
- bookpage

- publishers weekly

- bulletin of the center for children's books

“completely different…amazing”
- bookpleasures.com

“delivers the goods”
- voya

“strangely inventive…entertaining and exciting”
- book whisperer

“unusual supernatural thriller”
- bookloons.com

“very original…Nelson's writing skills are unique”
- dreaming in books

“highly unique…quickly pulled into the story”
- 25 hour books

“innovative…quite the kick for teen and adult audiences alike”
- living read girl

“quite well written”
- teenreads.com

“breathtaking, mesmerizing, heart stopping, pulse racing and mind blowing...my all time new favorite vampire book…utterly amazing”
- read for your future

“refreshing…I loved Emma from the start…the NASA Space Center setting is a particularly brilliant touch”
- teensreadtoo.com

“different…powerful…strong writing…captivating…hard to put down”
- a backwards story