The Tattooed Heart (Messenger of Fear)

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9780062395825: The Tattooed Heart (Messenger of Fear)

I wanted to touch the boy who was not to be touched.

The Messenger of Fear exists to punish the wicked, to restore balance in a world where evil seems to be everywhere. He offers sinners one terrible choice: play . . . or pay? If you win the game, you can go free. But if you lose, you must live out your greatest fear.

His assistant, Mara is still adjusting to her role. She must face the worst horrors of intolerance, cruelty and injustice: she, as much as any of the people Messenger pursues, is being punished. But Mara has secret feelings for Messenger, and they’re threatening to overpower her. As she learns more about his tragic past, she must make her own choice: how far will she go to gain her heart’s desire?

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"The Messenger of Fear has a two-word message for readers: BE AFRAID. The nightmares start in chapter one and don't let up. Seriously, this book gave me chill after chill. My message to you: Read it in a safe, well-lighted place. It's fright fiction at its best!"--R. L. Stine, author of the bestselling Goosebumps series

"The enviably cunning and ever versatile Michael Grant explodes on the scene with Messenger of Fear, a palpitating horror fantasy mash-up with a genius twist that blew my mind. I walked through O'hare with this book in my face-I couldn't stop reading!"--Lisa McMann, New York Times Bestselling Author of the Wake trilogy and The Unwanteds series

"Mesmerizing, horrifying, and deeply thought-provoking."--Carrie Ryan, New York Times Bestselling Author of The Forest of Hands and Teeth

"Grant only slowly unveils the reason Mara is with the Messenger, building tension and atmosphere expertly for maximum impact. Readers will find that in the end, it all comes together extremely well. An unusual and intriguing puzzle of a book."--Kirkus Reviews

"Grant explores bullying, family problems, suicide, and more, and several painful passages will have readers cringing, even as they make them think about what they would do in the same situation....a solid beginning to a series that is likely to be quite popular with horror and paranormal fans."--Booklist

The Messenger of Fear has a two-word message for readers: BE AFRAID. The nightmares start in chapter one and don t let up. Seriously, this book gave me chill after chill. My message to you: Read it in a safe, well-lighted place. It s fright fiction at its best! --R. L. Stine, author of the bestselling Goosebumps series"

The enviably cunning and ever versatile Michael Grant explodes on the scene with Messenger of Fear, a palpitating horror fantasy mash-up with a genius twist that blew my mind. I walked through O hare with this book in my face-I couldn t stop reading! --Lisa McMann, New York Times Bestselling Author of the Wake trilogy and The Unwanteds series"

Mesmerizing, horrifying, and deeply thought-provoking. --Carrie Ryan, New York Times Bestselling Author of The Forest of Hands and Teeth"

Grant only slowly unveils the reason Mara is with the Messenger, building tension and atmosphere expertly for maximum impact. Readers will find that in the end, it all comes together extremely well. An unusual and intriguing puzzle of a book. --Kirkus Reviews"

Grant explores bullying, family problems, suicide, and more, and several painful passages will have readers cringing, even as they make them think about what they would do in the same situation .a solid beginning to a series that is likely to be quite popular with horror and paranormal fans. --Booklist"

An absorbing morality tale of guilt and redemption. --Kirkus Reviews"

Praise for THE TATTOOED HEART: An absorbing morality tale of guilt and redemption. --Kirkus Reviews"

This will appeal to fans of the first installment as well as those who enjoy gory reads. --School Library Journal"

Praise for MESSENGER OF FEAR: The Messenger of Fear has a two-word message for readers: BE AFRAID. The nightmares start in chapter one and don t let up. Seriously, this book gave me chill after chill. My message to you: Read it in a safe, well-lighted place. It s fright fiction at its best! --R. L. Stine, author of the bestselling Goosebumps series"

Readers will still be satisfied with Mara s growing maturity and acceptance of her own fate. --Booklist"

Praise for THE TATTOOED HEART: "An absorbing morality tale of guilt and redemption."--Kirkus Reviews

"This will appeal to fans of the first installment as well as those who enjoy gory reads."--School Library Journal

"Readers will still be satisfied with Mara's growing maturity and acceptance of her own fate."--Booklist

Praise for MESSENGER OF FEAR: "The Messenger of Fear has a two-word message for readers: BE AFRAID. The nightmares start in chapter one and don't let up. Seriously, this book gave me chill after chill. My message to you: Read it in a safe, well-lighted place. It's fright fiction at its best!"--R. L. Stine, author of the bestselling Goosebumps series

About the Author:

Michael Grant is the evil genius of YA Fiction. Among his biggest fans is Stephen King who called the GONE series ‘A driving, torrential narrative’. Michael’s life has been similarly driving and torrential. He’s lived in almost 50 different homes in 14 US states, and moved in with his wife, Katherine Applegate, after knowing her less than 24 hours. Michael and Katherine were running their own cleaning business when they were working on their first book. Since trading in his marigolds, Michael has now written around 150 books (with Katherine, as himself, under pseudonyms and as a ghostwriter). He now lives in the San Francisco Bay area taking his inspiration from his charming view of Alcatraz. From across those dark waters have emerged his dystopian fantasy series, GONE, his thrilling futuristic trilogy BZRK, and the menacing Messenger of Fear. Now he is reinventing history with Front Lines. The GONE series has sold over 800, 000 copies in the UK meaning that Michael has terrified a lot of people. Something he particularly likes to do. You can find him here http://www.michaelgrantbooks.co.uk and follow him on Twitter @MichaelGrantBks.

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