Overly chatty and overlong.

AWAKE AT DAWN

From the Shadow Falls series , Vol. 2

The continuing adventures of somehow-supernatural Kylie focus on her identity crisis: What kind of supernatural is she?

Kylie has learned to cherish her time at Shadow Falls Camp for supernatural teens (Born at Midnight, 2011), but she has several pressing problems that go unresolved for nearly 400 pages. First, a ghost visits her constantly, asking her to save someone, but Kylie has no idea whom she needs to save. Second, she can’t seem to choose which boy she loves: good faerie Derek or dark werewolf Lucas. But mostly she worries about what she is. She shows symptoms of being both a vampire and a werewolf, but neither side manifests itself despite the fact that Kylie develops strong and unusual powers. In fact, Hunter solves only one of those three problems by the end of the book, setting up more sequels. However, the author has a direct line into the adolescent brain and writes as though she truly were a breathless, constantly conflicted teenage girl, a fact that surely will appeal to her intended audience. That audience won’t find much of lasting worth here, but they will find extensive romance that never goes beyond the kissing stage, quite a bit of humor, more romance, some suspense, additional romance and, suddenly, a contrived-but-exciting kidnap-and-rescue adventure.

Overly chatty and overlong. (Paranormal romance. 12 & up) 

Pub Date: Oct. 11, 2011

ISBN: 978-0-312-62468-2

Page Count: 400

Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin

Review Posted Online: Aug. 24, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 15, 2011

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Part cautionary tale, part juicy love story, this will appeal to action and adventure fans who aren't yet sick of the genre.

SHATTER ME

A dystopic thriller joins the crowded shelves but doesn't distinguish itself.

Juliette was torn from her home and thrown into an asylum by The Reestablishment, a militaristic regime in control since an environmental catastrophe left society in ruins. Juliette’s journal holds her tortured thoughts in an attempt to repress memories of the horrific act that landed her in a cell. Mysteriously, Juliette’s touch kills. After months of isolation, her captors suddenly give her a cellmate—Adam, a drop-dead gorgeous guy. Adam, it turns out, is immune to her deadly touch. Unfortunately, he’s a soldier under orders from Warner, a power-hungry 19-year-old. But Adam belongs to a resistance movement; he helps Juliette escape to their stronghold, where she finds that she’s not the only one with superhuman abilities. The ending falls flat as the plot devolves into comic-book territory. Fast-paced action scenes convey imminent danger vividly, but there’s little sense of a broader world here. Overreliance on metaphor to express Juliette’s jaw-dropping surprise wears thin: “My mouth is sitting on my kneecaps. My eyebrows are dangling from the ceiling.” For all of her independence and superpowers, Juliette never moves beyond her role as a pawn in someone else’s schemes.

Part cautionary tale, part juicy love story, this will appeal to action and adventure fans who aren't yet sick of the genre. (Science fiction. 12 & up)

Pub Date: Nov. 15, 2011

ISBN: 978-0-06-208548-1

Page Count: 352

Publisher: HarperTeen

Review Posted Online: April 5, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 15, 2011

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

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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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