The story follows young girl Linda as she lives out her Mod life in her last years at school. Her best friend Sandra has already left and is hoping for reckless boyfriend Danny to propose to her on one of his free days from prison. In the meantime, Linda is trying to do all she can to support the CND campaign, help with baby sitting, earn money, and prepare for her exams. Any money she can earn can allow her to buy new Mod clothes to fit in with the crowds on Saturdays and hopefully catch the eye of top Mod, Tap. Her baby sitting leads to an unusual friendship to blossom with the towns mad woman, Sylvie. Linda hopes to find out about Sylvie's life and how she became the person she is now.
After a terrible hit and run kills a little boy the police are out to find the person behind the wheel to help put the distraught mother's mind at rest. Jenna Gray moves to a cottage on the Welsh coast seeking a new life, one that can rid the memories of the little boy letting go of his mothers hand to run to their house then getting hit by a car. New life suits her well but just as things are looking up, the police find the person who killed the boy and all the memories come flooding back.
Following on from the previous book (Red Queen), Mare Barrow and Cal are on the run from the new murderous king, Maven. If they are caught, Mare's powers could be used to destroy anyone or anything that comes into Maven's path so instead, they must do what they can to find anyone else who is of red blood with silver abilities. Working with other reds seems like their only option until they are both imprisoned by those she trusts the most. Her closest friend must then prove his worth in helping them escape and continue their mission to find everyone on the list given to her by Julian. Finding out many more newbloods have been captured and put in a specially designed prison, along with a number of silvers who refused to do Maven's orders, they set off on a rescue mission which can only end in disaster, maybe with a little success on the side.
Yorkshire lass, Loveday, works at a bookshop and has done for a long time now. One morning she finds a neglected book by the bus stop and hoping someone has just accidentally dropped it and wants it back, she posts a found notice in the window of the bookshop. To her amazement, Nathan, a man who is too good to be true turns up to retrieve it. Loveday is someone who usually keeps to herself and her books, but somehow Nathan is able to persuade her to go to poetry nights and share in their love of literature. At the bookshop, a number of boxes turn up each day that need to be sorted onto the correct shelves. Some books contain pressed flowers and a strangers memories used as a bookmark, some contain her own memories. It is not just people that keep secrets, books keep them too.
Kestrel, a Valorian and the general's daughter, was always seen to be odd with her love for music, lack of military ability and generosity to the Herrani slaves at her home. As a child her birthday wish was to set her nurse free as it was a great honour for a slave to be freed. She grew up persistently playing the piano, a past time of the Herrani before the war and now something only a slave should do in order to entertain the noble Valorians.
Ned Maddstone appears to have absolutely everything anyone can ask for. He has the money and all the opportunities he needs to give him the brightest of futures, and he is talented enough the achieve that future. Everything is even more perfect when he meets Portia. Perfect life and perfect girlfriend. Nothing can stop him, nothing can get in his way. So the story goes…
August Hope is supposedly the weird one of the twins. After growing up in a small town it was clear that Augusta was meant for bigger things, or perhaps bigger places. Her love of reading the dictionary over and over again gained her a few annoyed words from her family throughout her childhood and it was her sister that appeared to be the favourite, since she (again, apparently) wanted the simple life, to remain in the neighbourhood with a husband and child. A book for anyone who wants to read something that covers harder topics, rooted in reality, yet some how leaves you feeling accomplished, thoughtful and uplifted about life.