OUTER BANKS

LIGHTS OUT

From the Outer Banks series , Vol. 1

Though light on substance, this is an enjoyable, quick read.

Making a spring break trip to the Graveyard of the Atlantic, the nickname given to Frying Pan Shoals due to all the ships it’s claimed, is probably not the best idea.

But that’s exactly what best friends JJ and John B do. JJ needs to escape from his abusive father, and John B needs a break from searching for his. When these two self-described Pogues, or working-class townies, living on the Outer Banks of North Carolina decide to escape their unsatisfying home lives by going on a fishing trip, they soon learn how dangerous the open water can be. When a large storm hits Frying Pan Shoals, the two boys and daredevil Savannah, a beautiful Kook (wealthy nonlocal) girl, get stranded on a deserted island with a dilapidated lighthouse while waiting out the storm. When a team of smugglers also seek refuge on the island, the unlikely trio discover they will have to fight for their lives. While touching on some serious subjects like abuse and ethics and narrowly missing a tired love-triangle trope, this lukewarm thriller is a familiar story of ill-conceived adventures, morally gray bad guys, and star-crossed lovers. Based on the Netflix drama, this plot-driven book serves as a fun companion to Outer Banks and will appeal to fans of the show. Main characters default to White.

Though light on substance, this is an enjoyable, quick read. (Thriller. 14-18)

Pub Date: Nov. 23, 2021

ISBN: 978-1-4197-5806-5

Page Count: 288

Publisher: Amulet/Abrams

Review Posted Online: Oct. 12, 2021

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Nov. 1, 2021

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A GOOD GIRL'S GUIDE TO MURDER

From the Good Girl's Guide to Murder series , Vol. 1

A treat for mystery readers who enjoy being kept in suspense.

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Everyone believes that Salil Singh killed his girlfriend, Andrea Bell, five years ago—except Pippa Fitz-Amobi.

Pip has known and liked Sal since childhood; he’d supported her when she was being bullied in middle school. For her senior capstone project, Pip researches the disappearance of former Fairview High student Andie, last seen on April 18, 2014, by her younger sister, Becca. The original investigation concluded with most of the evidence pointing to Sal, who was found dead in the woods, apparently by suicide. Andie’s body was never recovered, and Sal was assumed by most to be guilty of abduction and murder. Unable to ignore the gaps in the case, Pip sets out to prove Sal’s innocence, beginning with interviewing his younger brother, Ravi. With his help, Pip digs deeper, unveiling unsavory facts about Andie and the real reason Sal’s friends couldn’t provide him with an alibi. But someone is watching, and Pip may be in more danger than she realizes. Pip’s sleuthing is both impressive and accessible. Online articles about the case and interview transcripts are provided throughout, and Pip’s capstone logs offer insights into her thought processes as new evidence and suspects arise. Jackson’s debut is well-executed and surprises readers with a connective web of interesting characters and motives. Pip and Andie are white, and Sal is of Indian descent.

A treat for mystery readers who enjoy being kept in suspense. (Mystery. 14-18)

Pub Date: Feb. 4, 2020

ISBN: 978-1-9848-9636-0

Page Count: 400

Publisher: Delacorte

Review Posted Online: Oct. 27, 2019

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 1, 2019

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DIVINE RIVALS

Ideal for readers seeking perspectives on war, with a heavy dash of romance and touch of fantasy.

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A war between gods plays havoc with mortals and their everyday lives.

In a time of typewriters and steam engines, Iris Winnow awaits word from her older brother, who has enlisted on the side of Enva the Skyward goddess. Alcohol abuse led to her mother’s losing her job, and Iris has dropped out of school and found work utilizing her writing skills at the Oath Gazette. Hiding the stress of her home issues behind a brave face, Iris competes for valuable assignments that may one day earn her the coveted columnist position. Her rival for the job is handsome and wealthy Roman Kitt, whose prose entrances her so much she avoids reading his articles. At home, she writes cathartic letters to her brother, never posting them but instead placing them in her wardrobe, where they vanish overnight. One day Iris receives a reply, which, along with other events, pushes her to make dramatic life decisions. Magic plays a quiet role in this story, and readers may for a time forget there is anything supernatural going on. This is more of a wartime tale of broken families, inspired youths, and higher powers using people as pawns. It flirts with clichéd tropes but also takes some startling turns. Main characters are assumed White; same-sex marriages and gender equality at the warfront appear to be the norm in this world.

Ideal for readers seeking perspectives on war, with a heavy dash of romance and touch of fantasy. (Fantasy. 14-18)

Pub Date: April 4, 2023

ISBN: 978-1-250-85743-9

Page Count: 368

Publisher: Wednesday Books

Review Posted Online: Jan. 11, 2023

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 1, 2023

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