Thursday, January 8, 2015

Throwback Thursday

Good Morning all. What's it like in your part of the world? Here in Western New York it's below 0 wind chill, schools are closed and I'm here wondering.. how many days of not exiting your home does it take before you reach hermit status?
Wellllll, ok, so here's the deal. With our changes this year, Thursdays are now YA instead of Horror. We're throwing it back to our youth.
Who's on board with that? I want to share some awesome YA books... Ready? Here we go....

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Different (Tainted Elements Book 1)
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Eighteen-year-old Moira, an air elemental, never thought that waking up with an unusual blue fire on her arm would turn her life upside down. Determined to figure out why she has an element she shouldn't have, her parents take her to a secluded island to keep her safe from anyone who might want to experiment on her. There she meets Noah, a boy who seems to know a lot about her elements. As he introduces her to a group of a new kind of elementals who are more powerful than anyone could have imagined, she doesn't know if she can trust them, especially because the group's leader, Jaiden, has an extremely dangerous ability. But when her parents get kidnapped by a mysterious man, she has no choice but to turn to Noah and Jaiden for help.

Different is the first book in the Tainted Elements series.

The Island: A Dystopian Novella: (The Island Series #1)
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‘I walk toward the sea. The endless surface of the water extends to the horizon, whichever way I look. 

Our world is small. We are on our own, and we only have ourselves to depend on. We rely on the Force deep within us, as taught to us by our forefathers. 

If I were to walk westward from here, I would come across a barrier – the Wall. Behind it, there are Fools. At least, that’s what everyone says. 

I have never seen one.’ 

Leia lives on the Island, a world in which children leave their parents to take care of themselves when they are ten years old. Across this Island runs a wall that no one has ever crossed. The Fools living behind it are not amenable to reason – they believe in illusions. That’s what The Book says, the only thing left to the Eastern Islanders by their ancestors. 
But when a strange man washes ashore and Leia meets a Fool face to face, her life will never be the same. Is what she and her friends believe about the Island really true? 

Or is everyone in their world, in fact, a Fool? 

WBI: Witches Bureau of Investigation
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By chance, eleven-year-old twins Nate and Herman Howe meet Mrs. Weatherby, a retired member of the Los Angeles branch of Witches Bureau of Investigation. The boys ask her to help find their mother, who has been missing for six months. Reluctantly, Mrs. Weatherby agrees, though all of her licenses to work magic have expired. She reaches out to her old colleagues, for information and assistance, but they soon uncover a dangerous plot that threatens the safety of the entire world. The Bureau may be compromised, so it's up to Mrs. Weatherby's band of old agents to follow the clues and keep the horrors of history from resurfacing.

Gypsy (The Cavy Files Book 1)
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Inconsequential: not important or significant. 
Synonyms: insignificant, unimportant, nonessential, irrelevant 

In the world of genetic mutation, Gypsy’s talent of knowing a person’s age of death is considered a failure. Her peers, the other Cavies, have powers that range from curdling a blood still in the vein to being able to overhear a conversation taking place three miles away, but when they’re taken from the sanctuary where they grew up and forced into the real world, Gypsy, with her all-but-invisible gift, is the one with the advantage. 

The only one who’s safe, if the world finds out what they can do. 

When the Cavies are attacked and inoculated with an unidentified virus, that illusion is shattered. Whatever was attached to the virus causes their abilities to change. Grow. In some cases, to escape their control. 

Gypsy dreamed of normal high school, normal friends, a normal life, for years. Instead, the Cavies are sucked under a sea of government intrigue, weaponized genetic mutation, and crushing secrets that will reframe everything they’ve ever been told about how their "talents" came to be in the first place. 

When they find out one of their own has been appropriated by the government, mistreated and forced to run dangerous missions, their desire for information becomes a pressing need. With only a series of guesses about their origins, the path to the truth becomes quickly littered with friends, enemies, and in the end, the Cavies ability to trust anyone at all.

In Between (A Katie Parker Production, Book 1)
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Can we overcome our past? 

Katie Parker is about to get a new life—whether she wants one or not. With her mom in prison, and her father AWOL, Katie is sent to live with a squeaky-clean family who could have their own sitcom. She launches a full-scale plan to get sent back to the girls’ home when she finds herself in over her head...and heart. When Katie and her new "wrong crowd" get into significant trouble at school, she finds her punishment is restoring a historic theater with a crazy grandma who goes by the name of Mad Maxine. In the midst of her punishment, Katie uncovers family secrets that run deep, and realizes she's not the only one with a pain-filled past. Katie must decide if she'll continue her own family’s messed up legacy or embrace a new beginning in this place called In Between.

Hunted: A New Adult Shapeshifter Anthology
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A New Adult Shapeshifter Anthology. 
Hunt or be Hunted… sometimes you don’t have a choice. 
9 Fantastic Shifter Stories from today’s best-selling authors, 

FLEDGLING By Natasha Brown 
SEVENTH MARK – Part 1 by W.J. May 
CRUSH By Chrissy Peebles 
VENOM By Kristen Middleton 
IGNITE By Kaitlyn Davis 
WOLF SPELL By M.R. Polish 
VERITY By Claire Farrell 

Talented (Talented Saga Book 1)
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Block it out. 
Impossible for Talia Lyons. When you’re a Mind Manipulator, it’s hard enough to block the thoughts of others, let alone your own. 

Block it out. 
The pounding, siren-ready world Talia inhabits as she trains with her fellow Hunters. The physical demands. The emotional toll. 

Block it out. 
The secrets that Talia’s boyfriend is hiding. Talia’s unbidden feelings of frustration and annoyance toward her teammate, the Casanova of the compound. The wondering why she cares what he thinks. 

Block him out. 
Ian Crane. The man behind the bloodshed marring Talia’s memories of her murdered parents. The man she’s determined to kill. 

Block it all out. Focus. 

Talented is an emotionally raw, Dystopian Romance about the life of a girl with extraordinary psychic powers, and what happens when a heart is torn between love and rage.

Unresisting (The Unresisting Trilogy Book 1)
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Seventeen-year-old Natasha Johnson is having a rough year. Her twin brother, Sean, died last spring after a car crash, and her parents have decided to pack up and leave the only home she’d ever known. It's been a lot to take in, and Nat has decidedly given up on the world... until moving to Stetson Valley and meeting high school outcast: Chace Owens. 

Chace's dark and mysterious aura is not exactly seen as 'normal', but Nat already knows that not a lot of things are of the norm when it comes to her life. She soon finds herself unable to escape Chace's strange pull on her heart, unleashing a sudden attraction to the unnatural forces that have always been burning within her. But uncovering her true self brings forth great danger, as Nat learns that her brother's death had a lot more to do with the side she's now unable to resist. 

Can Natasha calm the blazing flames and withstand the threat of danger, or will this new found power destroy her?

Must Reads

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Reluctant Prince (Kingdom of Cymmera Trilogy Book 1)
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Betrayal lies cloaked in shadow.
Seventeen year old Ryleigh Donnovan is certain her life is cursed. Nothing ever goes smoothly, and her first job interview is no exception. An earthquake rocks the building, sending Ryleigh on a frantic search for her younger sister, a search which lands her in the hospital. Terrified they’ll push her for answers she can’t afford to give, Ryleigh flees with a mysterious stranger.
Jackson Maynard is about to be ordained as a Death Dealer, a warrior for the Kingdom of Cymmera, but first he must pass one more test. When he fails to acquire the human girl the prophet has chosen, he’s forced to stand trial for treason. Banished from his realm, he seeks out the girl from the vision, Ryleigh Donnovan, and together they embark on a journey to save his dying kingdom.

Book One in the Heven and Hell series

I'm disfigured. Scarred. Ugly.
When I look in the mirror, I see a stranger. When I look over my shoulder, no one's there…
Yet I feel watched. Hunted. Afraid.
And then he tells me I’m beautiful.
He tells me I’m safe.
I believe him.
Until someone tries to kill me.
Secrets abound, danger is near, and still… my heart desires a boy with whiskey-colored eyes and far too many secrets.
Secrets that could cost me my life.
To stay alive I have to look deep, beneath the masks everyone wears, to find the truth.
To find myself.

There are people born in this world with a powerful connection to the earth itself.
They have an unbreakable and extraordinary bond. Every seven years, five people are born on the same day, at the exact same time. The elements bind them; earth, fire, wind, water, and spirit. They call them, Elementris.
Ava Vangeretta is seventeen years old and different. Unlike most born of the element, she was born alone. She has the power of all five elements. Ava is the first True Elementris to be born in many years. As her eighteenth birthday approaches she is faced with a choice. Give up this rare gift and live the normal life she has always craved or accept it and challenge the current True Elementris in a battle to the death.
Ava's past haunts her as she struggles to decide. In her present, the seasons are colliding together, storms are destroying lives, and love is a dangerous curse. The current True Elementris is behind it all and she will do whatever necessary to keep Ava from making it to her eighteenth birthday. Ava’s decision threatens the lives of the two people she cares about most. Can you choose between love and friendship?
Get ready for the storm…

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The Selection
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For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in a palace and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince Maxon.
But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her. Leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn't want. Living in a palace that is constantly threatened by violent rebel attacks.
Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she starts to question all the plans she's made for herself—and realizes that the life she's always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined.

Cassia has always trusted the Society to make the right choices for her: what to read, what to watch, what to believe. So when Xander's face appears on-screen at her Matching ceremony, Cassia knows he is her ideal mate . . . until she sees Ky Markham's face flash for an instant before the screen fades to black. The Society tells her it's a glitch, a rare malfunction, and that she should focus on the happy life she's destined to lead with Xander. But Cassia can't stop thinking about Ky, and as they slowly fall in love, Cassia begins to doubt the Society's infallibility and is faced with an impossible choice: between Xander and Ky, between the only life she's known and a path that no one else has dared to follow.

Look for the sequel, CROSSED, and the epic series finale, REACHED! 

What happens when Darkness and Light collide?

Seventeen is a life changing age for Emma Wise.
As her family's sole survivor in a car crash, she is left with a broken arm, and a few scrapes and bruises. But these are only outward marks; inside, her heart is broken and the pieces scattered.

Whisked away to Alaska, to an aunt she’s never met, Emma starts over. Secrets unveil themselves and now…she doesn't even know who or what she is.

A centuries old prophecy places Emma in the heart of danger. Creatures of horrifying and evil proportions are after her, and it will take Emma, her aunt, and six, gorgeously, captivating Guardians to keep her safe. But, if she can survive until her eighteenth birthday... things will change.

Bonus Material: Hidden Wings Inspired Poem by Amber McCallister.

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Sugar & Squall (YA Mystery Thriller) (Young Adult Mystery Romance)
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Yesterday, First Daughter Kat Collins arrived at the Carver Institute, an elite island reform school. 

Yesterday, as she donned generic jeans, Kat’s dream of a normal, cookie-cutter life was one step closer. 

Yesterday, Kat had never given in, run from a fight or killed another human being. 

Yesterday, Kat didn’t wake to find her pants down and head pounding. 

Yesterday, the only life Kat cared about was her own. 

Yesterday, no one was missing. 

Chasing Prophecy: A Young Adult Mystery Novel (Teen Fiction as a Coming of Age Love Story)
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Tormented by bullies and secretly in love with a girl named Kazzy, Mo is a teen with everything to prove. To make matters weird, Kazzy is his best friend. Weirder: she lives on a commune where she's called Prophecy. Weirdest: the two friends are pretty sure they glimpsed Bigfoot while camping near Boulder Creek. When Kazzy's family chooses a dangerous path, Mo learns that real monsters don't hide in the woods. Can he find the courage to save the girl of his dreams?

Hero High: Young Adult Fantasy and Coming of Age
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J.J. is a 17 year old girl who has no idea just how powerful she really is. When her parents send her off to a mysterious boarding school she's never even heard about, let alone contemplated attending she is put in a situation where she will learn more about herself that she has ever imagined. Forced to redefine her life within the walls of Hero High, she quickly makes friends with Aria, a bubbly girl who can see the future and Stefan, the hottest guy she's ever met. But wait... there's another hottie who has his eye on J.J., problem is; he lives on the dark side.  

Will J.J. will discover what true love is in this coming of age? What other secrets hide within the walls of "Hero High"?

18 year old Melody Jenkins has spent the last 3 years of high school crushing on one guy, Jake Kensington, who sees her as no more than a sister from another mister and best friend. Not wanting to risk their friendship, Melody has kept her crush a secret and her emotions in check whenever she’s around him… which is daily since they live on the same property. 

It’s her senior year and she has made it through the past three years of high school with little social psychological trauma. That’s excellent considering she goes to a school in Los Angeles where the majority of the bored students graduating will have executive paying jobs the moment they walk across stage. If all goes well, she will graduate as the Valedictorian with multiple offers from colleges on the East Coast, far away from California. 

But when the health teacher announces a “special” project that requires students to be paired and live under the same roof for one week, Melody’s world gets completely turned upside down. She is forced to spend time with someone totally opposite of her and frankly, she can't stand… or so she thought. One night of catching a glimpse of the softer side of Kyle Warner, the school’s most popular and arrogant quarterback, has her heart pounding and her stomach doing flip-flops. 

But when Melody shows an ounce of affection toward Kyle, Jake discovers feelings of his own as he tries to protect his best friend from the guy he knows Kyle can be. 

As the project comes to an end, Melody goes to homecoming… will it be a night to remember, forget or both? 

Be advised, this contemporary Teen / Young Adult Romance story has some strong language and strong sexual connotation. 

The electrifying conclusion to the Starstruck series!
M, no longer a nerdy nobody, has finally been acclaimed Sovereign Emileia, ruler of the Martian colony Nuath. But at what cost? Without her soulmate Rigel, life seems pointless but she's expected to shake off her heartbreak and assume her responsibilities. Reluctantly, M does what she must until an unexpected discovery restores a glimmer of hope for the future. Now she is determined to do whatever she can to salvage her longed-for happy ending--if it's not already too late.

The first memory I have of my grandfather is of a moment that we share together. 
I’m sitting on his knee looking out over the harbor. Grandpa is smoking a pipe. He points at the horizon. “Look, Walt. Our ships are out there. And one day, another even more beautiful ship will appear at the horizon. A mighty ship to take us all away. And Annabelle will be at the front deck with open arms, inviting us all to join her on board.” 
“Why don’t we sail to her ourselves?” I want to know. 
“Because she promised she would come,” granddad replies. “And in that promise we trust. It’s only the Unbelievers who think they can do everything themselves. They have no faith in the Goddess.” 

Walt lives in Hope Harbor, an island community that has put its trust in salvation from across the sea. The townspeople wait patiently, build their ships to sail out and welcome the Goddess, and piously visit the temple every week. Horror stories to scare their children are told about the Unbelievers on the other side of Tresco. 
But not all is what it seems. Walt has questions that no one can answer, and when his best friend and cousin Yorrick is killed in an accident, he digs deeper to find out the truth about the origins of Hope Harbor’s society… and the secrets of the temple. 

Return to the world of The Island and discover what Walt's life was like before and after he met Leia!

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SWAB (A Young Adult Science Fiction Dystopian Novel)
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“I love Ray, but if he’s still human, he’ll put a knife in my chest.” 

Seventeen year old Cat has become a scarb— a mutated human whose instincts are now to kill any living human on sight. She awakens from her “New Birth” to find herself trapped inside a scarb colony ruled by a vicious queen who is intent on using Cat’s abilities as a bearer to raise up an army that will crush any remaining humans. But Cat sill remembers what it is like to be human. She desperately clings to the love she has for Ray, who escaped from the colony before Cat could know if he turned scarb, or remained human. She must decide if she’s willing to risk her life, and the lives of those she loves, to challenge the queen and pursue a man who could kill her now that she’s become everything he hates. 

Swab delivers equal parts suspense and romance, delving into the clash between survival and morality set in a future with jarring parallels to our present. Perfect for fans of The Hunger Games and DivergentSwab is the gripping story of a fresh dystopian world that explores the power of choice over destiny and the decision to love despite differences. 

This novel is the first in a three book series. 

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The Park Service: Book One of The Park Service Trilogy
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In the distant future, a pristine Earth is protected by a worldwide park service. But there's one problem: no humans allowed. The Park Service trilogy follow's a fifteen-year old boy on his quest to uncover who's behind the mysterious park service and free his enslaved people.

From New York Times bestselling author Ryan Winfield, a thrilling tale of friendship, betrayal, and adventure.

What if the plan to save Earth includes the extinction of humankind?

Sometimes the best intentions ultimately lead to evil ends. That's what fifteen-year-old Aubrey VanHouten learns when he stumbles onto a post-apocalyptic paradise where the few remaining humans live on the run from deadly drones controlled by a mysterious Park Service. Beautifully written with challenging moral dilemmas and heart-melting friendships, The Park Service trilogy is an epic coming-of-age-story that will inspire and delight readers young and old.

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Cinder458: Your blogaversary is coming up, right?
EllaTheRealHero: Do all those Hollywood friends of yours know you use words like blogaversary?
Cinder458: Of course not. I need your address. Got you a blogaversary present.

Cinder got me a gift?
My heart flipped.
Not that I was in love with my Internet best friend or anything. That would be utterly ridiculous. The boy was cocky and stubborn and argued with everything I said just to be infuriating. He also had lots of money, dated models—which meant he had to be hot—and was a closet book nerd.
Funny, rich, hot, confident, book lover. Definitely not my type. Nope. Not at all.
Yeah, okay, fine, so he wasn’t my type by default because he lived in California and I live in Massachusetts. Whatever.

Cinder458: Hello? Ella?? Address??
EllaTheRealHero: I don’t give out my address to creepy Internet stalkers.
Cinder458: I guess you don’t want this autographed first-edition hardback of The Druid Prince, then. Shame. I had it signed it to Ellamara when I met L.P. Morgan at FantasyCon last week, so I can’t try to impress any other girls with it.

Not my type.
Not. My. Type.

What would you do if your anonymous Internet best friend turned out to be Hollywood’s hottest celebrity? 

It’s been almost a year since eighteen-year-old Ella Rodriguez was in a car accident that left her crippled, scarred, and without a mother. After a very difficult recovery, she’s been uprooted across the country and forced into the custody of a father that abandoned her when she was a young child. If Ella wants to escape her father’s home and her awful new stepfamily, she must convince her doctors that she’s capable, both physically and emotionally, of living on her own. The problem is, she’s not ready yet. The only way she can think of to start healing is by reconnecting with the one person left in the world who’s ever meant anything to her—her anonymous Internet best friend, Cinder.

Hollywood sensation Brian Oliver has a reputation for being trouble. There’s major buzz around his performance in his upcoming film The Druid Prince, but his management team says he won’t make the transition from teen heartthrob to serious A-list actor unless he can prove he’s left his wild days behind and become a mature adult. In order to douse the flames on Brian’s bad-boy reputation, his management stages a fake engagement for him to his co-star Kaylee. Brian isn’t thrilled with the arrangement—or his fake fiancĂ©e—but decides he’ll suffer through it if it means he’ll get an Oscar nomination. Then a surprise email from an old Internet friend changes everything.

With a heartwarming online celebrity romance reminiscent of Jennifer E. Smith’s This Is What Happy Looks Like, bestselling young adult author Kelly Oram has struck gold with her new adult contemporary retelling of the timeless classic Cinderella. 

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She felt empty... until the night came.

It's been sixteen years since Vega MacKenna and her sister Ara were almost murdered. Vega had been just a baby then but her father is convinced someone is still out to get them. When her father loses his job and they have no choice but to return to their childhood home, mysterious things begin happening. Secrets are revealed, emotions explode, and something dark and powerful surfaces... inside Vega's own heart.

There's only one man that can teach her how to control the dark and harness the power of the stars. The sexy king of the Starkeepers wants to be Vega's mentor but is that all he wants? And will he teach her everything she needs to know in time to save her own sister? Evil is rising against the Starkeepers and Vega has to figure out who, what and where it is, before it destroys her, before it's too late.

The Star Keepers is a contemporary romance with a whole lot of supernatural power. Prepare to stay up late... the starry night is calling.

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Soon to be a major motion picture!

Seventeen-year-old Bianca Piper may not be the prettiest girl in her high school, but she has a loyal group of friends, a biting wit, and a spot-on BS detector. She's also way too smart to fall for the charms of man-slut and slimy school hottie Wesley Rush, who calls Bianca the Duff--the designated ugly fat friend--of her crew.

But things aren't so great at home and Bianca, desperate for a distraction, ends up kissing Wesley. Worse, she likes it. Eager for escape, Bianca throws herself into a closeted enemies-with-benefits relationship with him.

Until it all goes horribly awry. It turns out Wesley isn't such a bad listener, and his life is pretty screwed up, too. Suddenly Bianca realizes with absolute horror that she's falling for the guy she thought she hated more than anyone. 

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In Long Island’s abandoned wasteland is a virtual reality arcade where the rich play a high-stakes game and zombies are their avatars. It’s both horrifying and addictive. For the poor, the only way in is to become an Undead Player.

On a whim, six hackers sneak onto the island for a glimpse of the victims of the decade-old outbreak. But if breaking in is easy, getting back out is a killer. You either play to win or you become part of The Game.

EPISODE 1: Deep Into the Game

Zpocalypto gamer Jessie Daniels and her gang plan to break onto Long Island for a glimpse of the Infected Undead, but a last minute addition raises tensions in the group. After an accident nearly takes the life of one of their members, emotions run dangerously high. Finding the abandoned wasteland unlike anything they ever expected, their excitement turns to dread as the dangers become all too apparent.

EPISODE 2: Failsafe

Jessie and Kelly clash when a group member is stranded among the Infected Undead. Kelly makes a rash decision that will ultimately deliver them into the hands of those who would turn them all into mindless players in The Game.

EPISODE 3: Deadman's Switch

Unable to escape, the group digs in. Jessie is anointed their leader despite doubts she’s fit. A final attempt is made to leave, setting into motion events which will end with one of them dead, another infected, and all of them running for their lives.

EPISODE 4: Sunder the Hollow Ones

A mutiny splits the group, leaving Jessie exiled. As she struggles to bring everyone safely home, a chance encounter with one of Gameland's residents dredges up deeply buried memories, leaving her haunted and dubious of her survival.

EPISODE 5: Prometheus Wept

Jessie decides to hand over a group member to a mysterious group of Undead sympathizers in exchange for a promised antidote. But will she be able to collect the medicine and return in time? Will the medicine even work? And will she be able to get them all back home again?

EPISODE 6: Kingdom of Players

Armed with a potential antiserum to the reanimation virus, Jessica races back to Gameland to save her infected friend. Waylaid along the way, she must fight to stay alive. Will she make it back in time? Or will her friend die and return as one of the Undead?

EPISODE 7: Tag, You're Dead

Torn between rescuing her best friend from a homicidal maniac and tending an infected friend, Jessie, Kelly and Reggie argue over what to do. Reggie falls ill and the Undead break into their stronghold. Soon they're in a battle which will deliver them to their darkest hour.

EPISODE 8: Jacker's Code

The shocking conclusion to the high-tech horror thriller, GAMELAND: Determined to do whatever is necessary to get home, the survivors face some of the most difficult challenges of their lives. Who will make it back alive? And who will remain behind as one of the Undead Players?

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