Orison is a young adult fantasy/romance, Orison is for more mature readers than Braden's middle grade books, thus the pen name was used to differentiate.
Can she kill her only chance at love?
The orphaned daughter of an outcast, Aurianna has spent her eighteen summer-turns weathering the frosty disapproval and sweltering unkindness of the other dryads. Living at the periphery of her world, she knows love only through the dreams that haunt her slumber.
Seventeen year-old Branson King craves adrenaline to smother the guilt he feels from a childhood accident. His recklessness gets him expelled from one prep school after another, eventually earning him a court-ordered trip back to the custody of his crazy aunts in rural Tennessee.
Certain his prospects for a social life are as dead as the road-kill his aunt tries to euthanize, Branson drinks himself into a car wreck, killing Aurianna’s grandmother. As the only living relative, the other dryads pressure Aurianna to swear a solemn vow to kill her grandmother’s murderer, threatening her with a withering death if she fails.
Taking human form, Aurianna follows Branson to the King’s ancestral home, where she plans to avenge her grandmother’s death. But Branson is not what she expected, and she delays killing him long enough for initial infatuation to bloom into friendship. As Aurianna hesitates to fulfill her Oath, each of them is forced to grapple with a wrenching question: will Aurianna kill and live, or love and die? Can Branson bear to be responsible for the death someone he loves? Or, will their growing knowledge of a sinister family secret kill them first?
Set in the shadows of silent forests and sinister family secrets, Orison reveals a hidden world as beautiful and deadly as the copperheads gliding beneath the tangled honeysuckle.
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