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Midnight Cravings by Joelle Sterling

Midnight Cravings by Joelle Sterling

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In this life or death clash between witches, vampires, and zombies, Midnight Cravings is a bone-chillingly scary tale of teenage angst and forbidden love.
In this life or death clash between witches, vampires, and zombies, Midnight Cravings is a bone-chillingly scary tale of teenage angst and forbidden love.

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Published by: AtriaBooks on Sep 06, 2012
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CHAPTER 1
olland Manning’s hand wandered to the nape of her neck.She cringed as she touched the area where her newly shornhair came to a point. She felt utterly naked—completely  vulnerable with short hair. Hair that once hung to her shouldersnow abruptly stopped at her jawline on one side. The other sidehad been raggedly hacked at the top of her ear.She’d asked for a layered cut—an asymmetrical bob.“No problem,” the stylist had reassured her when Holland gaveher a picture of singer, Rihanna. The stylist did a hack job. A first-grader using a pair of safety scissors could have done a better jobthan that so-called professional.Staring in the mirror, Holland winced as she analyzed herreflection. She tried to focus on her good points. Her skin wassmooth and flawless, showing no signs of her long battle withacne. And with her braces finally off, straight teeth were a majorimprovement. Sadly, neither of these enhancements could deflect attention away from her scraggly hair. Allowing her hair to behideously butchered like this was total self-sabotage.Holland zoomed in on her nose, which had always been aproblem area, and her nostrils seemed more pronounced, flaringunattractively. Her chin looked particularly elongated and pointy.
Oh, God! 
 Angst-ridden, she closed her eyes. She envisioned stream-lined nostrils and at least an inch of chin surgically removed.
 
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Chaela Vasquez and lots of other girls at school had gone underthe knife to enhance their looks. If Holland’s mom could affordit, she’d get some work done on her nose. Not a full nose job—more like a mini-procedure. A few tiny snips to her nostrils wouldmake a huge difference.Glancing in the mirror, she turned her face to a different angle. There was no improvement; she still looked gross! Getting herhair cut was the worst decision she’d ever made. This horrendousstyle magnified her poorest features. Heartsick, she fought theurge to cry. There was no time for tears; summer break would beover in less than a month, and she needed to come up with asolution.Frustrated, she grabbed the swath of hair that hung limply inher face. This piece of hair held no purpose. She grabbed a pairof scissors and considered cutting it. With lots of gel and hairspray,perhaps she could give herself a mini-mohawk.
Bad idea
. Creativehairstyling was not one of her strengths. Imagining a far shoddierhair disaster, she put down the scissors, and released the handfulof hair. Trying to blend in with the popular girls…the cool kids withperfect hair and impeccable fashion sense, Holland had attemptedto step up her game, but now she wished she’d never bothered.She should have been content staying under the radar. Now, withsuch a noticeably bad hair cut, she could count on lots of negativeattention.Holland wouldn’t be able to handle kids pointing fingers andlaughing at her. To become the butt of cruel jokes would totally destroy her.Her best friend, Naomi, was taunted every day. For some unknownreason, she never went to her parents or asked any authority figureat school to intervene. She bravely endured the heckling and

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