Forsaken (Book One of the Forsaken Saga)

By: Sophia Sharp

Book Description:

Nora Colburn was perfectly content in life. A junior in high school, she had good friends, a great family, and did well in school. Nothing particularly exciting ever happened where she lived, and everything was stable.

But that all drastically changes when a new student arrives at Nora’s school. Wild rumors swirl about his past, and Nora becomes determined to find out the truth.

As she gets to know the mysterious student, he shares with her an ancient secret... one that may yet put both of them in grave danger.

And for the first time in her life, Nora is exposed to a completely unfamiliar world. She is swept away on an exhilarating journey that takes her to a place where romance and great destiny may yet await... and where supernatural powers run wild.

Chapter One

~An Ordinary Life~

Nora Colburn sat at an ordinary lunch table, at her ordinary school, staring at an extraordinary vision.

Brady Lowe.

A typical all-American high school heartbreaker and star of her school’s lackluster football team, Brady was easy to fall in love with. Nora had fallen for his golden locks and emerald eyes the first time she’d seen him. And with the easy smile that lit his face whenever he spoke to someone he liked.

The problem was, he never spoke to her.

It seemed he didn’t even know she existed. He made his way through the lunch room, stopping to talk to a few of his teammates and pausing to tug on Carol Bradford’s pony tail, before settling at his usual table.

Nora had been completely and hopelessly infatuated with him ever since entering high school. Back then, he was the shy kid sitting at the back of the class, the one who got picked on for being too small, for having hair too long. Back then, she had been his only friend. They sat together that year in English class, and Nora’s heart would start to pound every time he came near. She was sure he felt something for her, but in their youthful innocence, neither had the courage to do anything about it.

That all faded the following year, when Brady came back to school tall, fit, and muscular. He had hit an unexpected growth spurt. Suddenly the same boy who had been picked on the year before transformed into the most popular guy in school. His athletic abilities developed just as much, and the same guys who’d picked on him became his best friends and teammates. And he became the jewel of every girl’s eye.

Nora thought she had some advantage, at first, for having known him before that summer transformation. But she learned it afforded her little in the way of standing out. Now, three years later, she was just one in a legion of adoring Brady Lowe fans.

Which was why, at the start of spring semester in her junior year, she resolved to win back Brady’s attention.

“Nora…” The frustration in Molly’s tone told Nora she’d called her name more than once.

Nora pulled her gaze reluctantly from Brady. “What did you say?” She took a sip of water.

“I said, did you get the notice in the mail?” Excitement had Molly practically bouncing in her seat.

“What notice?”

“The one about the new student transferring in next week.” Molly frowned at the meat on her plate, moved it around with the fork, and pushed the entire tray aside. “When was the last time we had a new student?”

Nora thought back. “Eight grade? Remember Joanne Stark? She enrolled for a few weeks before her parents pulled her out to place her in a private school.” Nora glanced back at Brady, who was already flirting with Lowey Marshall.

“Well, take a look at this.” Molly pulled a crumpled paper from her bag and handed it to Nora.

Nora sighed and pulled her attention back to her friends. She skimmed through the letter. It informed parents that a new transfer student would be coming. Noted in fine print at the bottom of the page, a single sentence read; This transfer student has been expelled from a previous school on account of physical misbehavior.

Molly pointed to the line. “What that means, no one knows, but rumors started flying around like arrows from a crossbow as soon as the letter was printed. I can’t believe you haven’t heard.”

Nora shrugged. “My mom didn’t mention it.”

“I heard he got into a fight with a teacher.”

“I heard he put some guy in a coma, who’s now on life-support in the hospital.”

“I heard he…”

Nora looked to her friends, all seated with her at the wide cafeteria table, and rolled her eyes. She was certain there was a simpler, less exciting explanation for the student’s arrival. “We don’t even know it’s a he.”

“Well, what else would he be?” Stacy laughed. Stacy had long, bleach-blonde hair and a year-round tan Nora thought belonged more in California than rainy Vancouver, Washington. “A girl? I don’t think a girl would get herself in trouble like that!”

“You never know,” Nora shrugged. “For all we know, she might be the biggest, meanest girl ever to walk the face of the earth.”

“Here? Nuh-uh.” Molly frowned as she spoke. “Maybe somewhere ghetto, like New York, but here on the west coast the girls are all the same. All like us. Pretty, petite—”

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