A monster roams the halls of Soothing Hills Asylum. Three girls dead. 29 is endowed with the curse...or gift of perception. She hears messages in music, sees lyrics in paintings. And the corn. A lifetime asylum resident, the orchestral corn music is the only constant in her life.
Mason, a new, kind orderly, sees 29 as a woman, not a lunatic. And as his belief in her grows, so does her self- confidence. That perhaps she might escape, might see the outside world.
But the monster has other plans. The missing girls share one common thread...each was twenty-nine's cell mate.
Will she be next?
"Exquisitely written! Requiem Red is a haunting tale of monsters, music, insanity, and the power of love where one least expects to find it. Brava, Ms. Chapman! This book will remain forever in my heart!" —NY Times Bestselling Author Darynda Jones
Arabella Holmes was born different and raised different. After it became apparent she couldn't fit in the role of a 1900's lady, her uncle, Sherlock, called in some lingering favors, and landed her a position at the Mutter Museum. The hospital was Arabella's dream; she was to become a purveyor of abnormal science. What her uncle called a BoneSeeker.
The thorax of John Wilkes Booth, skulls from all over the globe and plaster casts of the first siamese twins were just a few of the oddities collected and on display.
Henry Watson arrives at the Mutter with a double assignment--to become a finder of abnormal antiquities and...to watch Arabella and keep her safe. If he could only get her to speak to him...instead of avoiding him and/or throwing knives in his general direction.
Together, they are assigned to a most secret exploration. The hand of a Nephilim has been unearthed in upstate NY.The pair are caught in a scientific debate; are the bones from a Neaderthal...or are they living proof of the Biblical fallen angels, who materialized to mate with human women?
The pair are to find and recover the skeleton. However--someone, or something, does not want the bones found. They discover they are the second team deployed. And the whole first team....are dead.
Heart Murmurs is the first book in a new young adult series series by R. R. Smythe. This book was completely different from anything I've ever read before. It takes famous authors of the past that we all know and love and adds quite a twist. Mia's situation is gripping, and she is a very loveable character, so that just makes the reader that much more attached to her as the book progresses. Morgan tries to be tough and distant. It didn't last long, but he tried. He's pretty adorable actually. The muscle memory aspect to this story is very interesting. Some of the odd and quircky things the body is capable of is truly amazing. There is so much to this story both on the surface and deeper, and it was a complete adventure to read. Just when you think everything's okay, guess what? It's not. Heart Murmurs takes originality to a whole new level. I was super excited to find out in my interview with the author, R.R. Smythe, that there will be a sequel to Heart Murmurs! The ending definitely leaves you believing there will be more. And there is more, so much more left to be told about Mia and Morgan.
Verity Montague is a servant in 1692 Salem. Her flaming red hair and mismatched eyes make her a prime target for accusation of witchcraft. Orphaned during the Indian raids, she and her brother with Asperger's Syndrome come to live with the key historical figures of the trials-The Putnams. They keep their synesthesia secret- that days, months and years appear as color in Verity's mind, and for John, that symphonies play in a Fantasia-style performance of colors and geometric patterns.
Truman Johnstone 's ability to discern people's expressions, and decipher if they were lying- made him an outspoken child. Being different kept him from being adopted till he was fourteen. He now runs an orphanage for problem youths, and is a feeding therapist in his desire to help children deal with their peculiarities. To give them the childhood he never had.
The harvest festival corn maze Truman creates every year has an unwelcome visitor. Children hear disembodied voices skipping through the corn maze amid the backdrop of eerie orchestral music. In every year of the calendar, intermittent doors of time swing open and closed, so long as the cornfield stands.
In societies set on sameness-all are outsiders.
They learn the traits that make us outcasts, may be the very ones that make us great, and that true love may heal all, and even transcend time.