Jennifer the Damned
When a sixteen-year-old orphan vampire adopted by an order of nuns matures into her immortal, blood-sucking glory, all hell literally breaks loose. Yet with every rapturous taste of blood, Jennifer Carshaw cannot help but long for something even more exquisite: the capacity to experience true love. As she struggles to balance her murderous secret life with homework, cross-country practice, and a new boyfriend, Jennifer delves into the terrifying questions surrounding her inhuman existence, driven by the unexpectedly human need to understand why she is doomed to a life she never chose.
Cinder Allia has spent eight years living under her stepmother’s brutal thumb, wrongly punished for having caused her mother’s death. She lives for the day when the prince will grant her justice; but her fairy godmother shatters her hope with the news that the prince has died in battle. Allia escapes in search of her own happy ending, but her journey draws her into the turbulent waters of war and politics in a kingdom where the prince’s death has left chaos and division. Cinder Allia turns a traditional fairy tale upside down and weaves it into an epic filled with espionage, treason, magic, and romance.
“Art -- the fresh feeling, new harmony, the transforming magic which by means of myth brings back the scattered distracted soul from its modern chaos -- art, not politics, is the remedy.”
― Saul Bellow
“You have to write the book that wants to be written. And if the book will be too difficult for grown-ups,
then you write it for children.”
― Madeleine L'Engle
"Ullo manages to take the mold and brick of legend and build a more than substantial work of art.... The story is completely familiar, yet completely new." - Jonas Perez, author of Finibus
"Karen Ullo’s literary talent is captivating and thought-provoking, using symbolism and mystery to explore what keeps human beings in touch with the divine." - Kaye Park Hinckley, author of A Hunger in the Heart and Birds of a Feather
"...a gripping read that reminds us why the preternatural is a dramatic field for our enjoyment and (dare we say it!) moral growth." -Eleanor Nicholson, St. Austin Review
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"A fast-paced horror novel which is also funny, intelligent, and spiritually deep... It is rare to find a book of this calibre." -Julie Davis, Happy Catholic