(Vessel of Lost Souls, #1)
Publication date: January 28th 2019
Genres: Thriller, Urban Fantasy, Young Adult
TOO LATE TO SAVE HIS LIFE. NOT TOO LATE TO BRING HIM BACK.
Everyone thinks Marley tried to take her own life, that is, except Marley. After her mother sends her to a youth center for troubled teens, she starts hearing the voice of a boy who claims he was murdered and begins questioning her own sanity. The voice is Gavin, a seventeen-year-old boy who promises Marley he can help her find the truth about what happened the day she supposedly tried to kill herself—if she completes a resurrection spell in the next four days.
Upon discovering Gavin’s death in the newspaper, Marley realizes she’s not hallucinating, and that she has a chance to save Gavin’s soul and clear her name. The task seems simple: complete the spell, then she and Gavin are free, right? But a powerful, unseen force is determined to stop her, and soon Marley finds herself following clues from the universe to find ingredients for the ritual to save herself and her newfound friend, and most of all, to find the truth about what really happened that day.
Piggybacker is the first in Mikki Noble’s spell-binding Vessel of Lost Souls trilogy, and promises a thrilling mystery with powerful enemies, broken relationships, captivating magic, and two souls both caught up in a plot beyond any they could ever imagine.
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Interviewer: Okay, Piggybacker cast, please tell us your favorite song and why.
Marley: My favorite’s a tie between Stronger by Britney Spears and Fighter by Christina Aguilera because they remind me of my inner strength.
Gavin: Immortals by Fall Out Boy. I’m not sure why.
Marley: Um, because it’s the theme song to his favorite movie.
Gavin: I don’t know what’s she’s talking about.
Marley: Are you sure, Gavin? It’s not from a certain kid’s movie you…
Gavin: Okay, it’s from my favorite kid’s movie. I admit it.
Marley: You’re so cute.
Gavin: *eye roll*
Kimmy: I used to love Stitches but now my favorite is Treat You Better by Shawn Mendes because it reminds me of my own Shawn.
Shawn: *kisses her hand.*
Circe: I don’t have a favorite, though I favor a band called OneRepublic. The singer’s voice makes me happy.
Marley: You listen to music? I didn’t know that.
Circe: Oh, sweet girl. There’s not much to do on the island when I’m alone.
Crystal: My favorite song is Chicago by Benny Goodman. I’ve always enjoyed a good jazz record.
Taylor: Jazz is cool. I don’t have a favorite song. I love anything by my girl, Beyoncé. That counts, right?
Marley: Why not? Beyoncé rules!
Taylor: Yeah, she does.
Shawn: Maroon 5’s Moves Like Jagger is my favorite. It just makes you want to dance.
Kimmy: *snorts* Tell them the truth, Shawn.
Shawn: *whispers* I don’t want to Kimmy.
Shawn: Fine. My real favorite song is Phil Collins’ True Colors.
Noah: I don’t know it. What’s wrong with it?
Kimmy: Nothing. He’s just a man and doesn’t like to have feelings.
Shawn: I have feelings for you and I’ll tell everyone.
Kimmy: *blushes and kisses his cheek.*
Interviewer: Sammy? What’s your favorite?
Sammy: Insensitive by Jann Arden. She’s Canadian.
Gavin: He only listens to Canadian music. Isn’t that cute?
Sammy: Hey, I’m not cute. *pouts and scooches closer to his Mom.*
Melissa: It’s okay, buddy. Um, my favorite is Express Yourself. Madonna.
Len: Mine is Keep Talking. Pink Floyd
Interviewer: Any special reason?
Len: Not really.
Derek: My favorite’s by Ooo Baby Baby by Smokey Robinson and the Miracles. My grandfather got me into the classics.
Noah: Is it my turn?
Interviewer: Yes. What’s your favorite, Noah?
Noah: My favorite’s The Death of Romance by Zeromancer. It’s the last thing my dad ever bought me. I don’t think he knew who they were, or he never would have bought it. *laughs*
Uncle Sam: I’m a country guy. I guess my favorite song is by Rascal Flatts. It’s called Bless the Broken Road. It’s a sweet song.
Genie: See that, Marley? You get your soft nature from your family. *smirks wickedly* My favorite song is California Gurls by Katy Perry because I’m a California Girl. I was, before we moved to this small crap town.
Derek: Be nice.
Gavin: We’ll all pitch in and send you back there if you like.
Interviewer: On that note, it’s time to say goodnight, everyone. Thanks for joining the cast of Piggybacker.
Piggybacker Character’s Favorite Songs
Marley: Stronger by Britney Spears and Fighter by Christina
Gavin: Immortals by Fall Out Boy
Kimmy: used to be Stitches, but now it’s Treat You Better by Shawn Mendes
Circe: anything, but especially OneRepublic
Crystal: Chicago by Benny Goodman
Taylor: anything by her girl Beyoncé
Shawn: he tells everyone it’s Moves Like Jagger by Maroon 5, but it’s really True Colors by Phil Collins
Sammy: Insensitive by Jann Arden
Melissa: Express Yourself by Madonna
Len: Keep Talking by Pink Floyd
Genie: California Gurls by Katy Perry because she was born in California
Noah: The Death of Romance by Zeromancer because the cd is the last thing his father bought him before he passed away
Uncle Sam: Bless the Broken Road by Rascal Flatts
“I didn’t mean to shoot you,” Taylor says, pointing toward the arm he’s holding. That’s when I see the gun is still in her hand. “Besides, it’s only a graze. Don’t be such a baby.” Taylor demands, “Just let her go and we can forget this all happened.”
That’s when the second man jumps in the driver’s seat and the engine turns over. “It’s too late for that. You two are coming with us now.”
“What do I have to do?”
Follow the signs, he tells me. I see his lips move in the mirror, though I still hear his voice echo in my head.
Gavin’s reflection disappears and somehow, I know he’s gone. This magic thing is extremely annoying.
Abruptly, I plummet through the air. Panic sets in and my already racing heart begins pumping like a steam engine about to explode as I slash through heavy fog and closer to the ground. Dead people can’t die, I remind myself. The fall cannot kill me.
Knowing this, I still flinch as the ground closes in. I shudder to think about what’s going to happen and close my eyes tight.
As far back as she can remember, Mikki was creating characters and stories in her head. It wasn’t until fate brushed the tip of its wings over her eyes that she began to see that writing was what she was born to do. She loves animals, reading, everything supernatural related, and enjoys spending her free time on social media whenever she can.
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