A twisty, fun read for the paranormal faithful.

EARTHQUAKE

From the Earthbound series , Vol. 2

Following Earthbound (2013), Tavia’s missing memories hold the key to saving the world.

Reincarnated goddess Tavia has found the boy/fellow Earthbound that she’s spent her past lives loving—a good thing, as they needed to reunite to “resurge,” or recover their full powers and renew their immortality for another set of reincarnations. In a slow start, before Tavia can make progress with Logan, the Reduciata capture them. Attempting to escape, Tavia discovers a dangerous special ability—just in time for the Curatoria to rescue them. Though long suspicious of the Curatoria, Tavia accepts their help in triggering Logan’s memory, in return helping the Curatoria’s leader in his quest to cure the Reduciata’s virus. In addition to ravaging the human population, the virus has made its way into the Earthbound population, with catastrophic implications—a Transformist, Tavia’s the only one who can stop it and save the globe’s population. At the same time, she must figure out whom to trust—she’s been warned against the Curatoria’s leader, and everyone seems to be keeping secrets. Additionally, she discovers she and Logan were not the only ones taken by the Curatoria—her former love interest, Benson, returns to anchor the love triangle. The farther into the pages, the deeper the intrigue gets—revelations fly so fast in the conclusion that readers may struggle to keep up.

A twisty, fun read for the paranormal faithful. (Paranormal romance. 14 & up)

Pub Date: July 15, 2014

ISBN: 978-1-59514-6526

Page Count: 400

Publisher: Razorbill/Penguin

Review Posted Online: May 28, 2014

Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 15, 2014

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Black is building a complex mythology; now is a great time to tune in.

THE CRUEL PRINCE

From the Folk of the Air series , Vol. 1

Black is back with another dark tale of Faerie, this one set in Faerie and launching a new trilogy.

Jude—broken, rebuilt, fueled by anger and a sense of powerlessness—has never recovered from watching her adoptive Faerie father murder her parents. Human Jude (whose brown hair curls and whose skin color is never described) both hates and loves Madoc, whose murderous nature is true to his Faerie self and who in his way loves her. Brought up among the Gentry, Jude has never felt at ease, but after a decade, Faerie has become her home despite the constant peril. Black’s latest looks at nature and nurture and spins a tale of court intrigue, bloodshed, and a truly messed-up relationship that might be the saving of Jude and the titular prince, who, like Jude, has been shaped by the cruelties of others. Fierce and observant Jude is utterly unaware of the currents that swirl around her. She fights, plots, even murders enemies, but she must also navigate her relationship with her complex family (human, Faerie, and mixed). This is a heady blend of Faerie lore, high fantasy, and high school drama, dripping with description that brings the dangerous but tempting world of Faerie to life.

Black is building a complex mythology; now is a great time to tune in. (Fantasy. 14-adult)

Pub Date: Jan. 2, 2018

ISBN: 978-0-316-31027-7

Page Count: 384

Publisher: Little, Brown

Review Posted Online: Sept. 26, 2017

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 15, 2017

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A dark and enthralling journey.

VESPERTINE

In a land threatened by violent spirits, a girl with a haunted past unleashes an ancient entity from a holy relic and strikes a deal for the power to save her home.

Ever since the Sorrow, the dead no longer pass on peacefully. Without the intervention of the Clerisy of the Gray Lady, they roam as destructive spirits. Artemisia of Naimes, gifted with the ability to see the spirits, never intends to leave her convent, where the walls protect her from possession and (Lady forbid) social interaction. Her plans crumble when a group of possessed soldiers attack her home. Reluctantly, Artemisia unseals a legendary relic, binding herself to a revenant, an undead being with immense power. Untrained in controlling spirits and desperate to protect her home, she bargains with the revenant to help her. Amid escalating danger and an unfolding mystery, Rogerson unveils a grim and intriguing world with a rich, plot-relevant history inspired by late-medieval France. In addition to the White protagonist, the narration describes several secondary characters with brown skin; the revenant is identified as “it,” while human characters in this world adhere to a gender binary. Artemisia experiences dynamic character growth as her understandings of trauma, history, and morality shift. Although she remains socially avoidant, she learns to value friendship. A satisfying but open-ended resolution demands for the story to continue.

A dark and enthralling journey. (glossary) (Fantasy. 14-18)

Pub Date: Oct. 5, 2021

ISBN: 978-1-5344-7711-7

Page Count: 400

Publisher: McElderry

Review Posted Online: July 28, 2021

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 15, 2021

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