The Pages of Time
After moving halfway around the world, Sam thinks his biggest problems are homesickness and his probably one-sided feelings for the daughter of his mother’s boss. But when his family’s flight is brought down in a shocking act of terrorism, he suffers a traumatic brain injury that leaves him in a coma.
Briar can curse with the flick of a paintbrush. Her paintings maim, bewitch, and—most effectively of all—destroy. But Briar doesn’t want to hurt people anymore. She has fled her family’s deadly curse business to start a new life peddling nonlethal jinxes and petty revenge. Briar’s destructive powers catch the eye of a charismatic young outlaw called Archer, who hires her to help him save a kidnapped friend from a ruthless baron. Briar thinks this is her chance to make amends for her crimes, but the family business won’t let her go so easily.