A twisty, haunting, and satisfying contemporary gothic that will enthrall readers.

READ REVIEW

DREAMING DARKLY

After her mother’s suicide, 16-year-old Ivy Bloodgood is packed off to the foreboding New England island of Darkhaven, where secrets and skeletons overflow the closets of her new home.

Ivy’s long-lost uncle Simon is welcoming even if housekeeper Mrs. MacLeod is anything but. After a hand-to-mouth life with her grifter mother, Ivy just wants to graduate and head to California. However, waking up the first night in a rambling, decaying mansion covered in what she hopes is animal blood is horrific, especially when she finds out that someone called Neil Ramsey was killed in the woods. The Bloodgoods and the less upstanding Ramseys—the only two families on the island—have a Hatfield and McCoy thing going on, so fraternizing with the youngest Ramsey, Doyle, is a no-no, which doesn’t stop Ivy. Ivy’s nightmares get bloodier, and she’s afraid she’s inherited the mental illness or rumored curse that seems to plague her family, but as she tries to unravel their fraught history, with Doyle’s help, she realizes something darker may be at work. Kittredge’s (Grim Tidings, 2016, etc.) dread-soaked tale invokes the best of Victorian gothics, and the brash, street-smart, and resilient Ivy ably keeps her wits about her even when the you-know-what hits the fan. All main characters are presumably white.

A twisty, haunting, and satisfying contemporary gothic that will enthrall readers. (Thriller. 14-18)

Pub Date: April 9, 2019

ISBN: 978-0-06-266562-1

Page Count: 368

Publisher: Katherine Tegen/HarperCollins

Review Posted Online: Dec. 25, 2018

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 1, 2019

Did you like this book?

No Comments Yet

An emotionally engaging closer that fumbles in its final moments.

Reader Votes

  • Readers Vote
  • 19

Our Verdict

  • Our Verdict
  • GET IT

Google Rating

  • google rating
  • google rating
  • google rating
  • google rating
  • google rating

ALWAYS AND FOREVER, LARA JEAN

From the To All the Boys I've Loved Before series , Vol. 3

Lara Jean prepares for college and a wedding.

Korean-American Lara Jean is finally settled into a nice, complication-free relationship with her white boyfriend, Peter. But things don’t stay simple for long. When college acceptance letters roll in, Peter and Lara Jean discover they’re heading in different directions. As the two discuss the long-distance thing, Lara Jean’s widower father is making a major commitment: marrying the neighbor lady he’s been dating. The whirlwind of a wedding, college visits, prom, and the last few months of senior year provides an excellent backdrop for this final book about Lara Jean. The characters ping from event to event with emotions always at the forefront. Han further develops her cast, pushing them to new maturity and leaving few stones unturned. There’s only one problem here, and it’s what’s always held this series back from true greatness: Peter. Despite Han’s best efforts to flesh out Peter with abandonment issues and a crummy dad, he remains little more than a handsome jock. Frankly, Lara Jean and Peter may have cute teen chemistry, but Han's nuanced characterizations have often helped to subvert typical teen love-story tropes. This knowing subversion is frustratingly absent from the novel's denouement.

An emotionally engaging closer that fumbles in its final moments. (Romance. 14-17)

Pub Date: May 2, 2017

ISBN: 978-1-4814-3048-7

Page Count: 336

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Review Posted Online: March 29, 2017

Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 15, 2017

Did you like this book?

Green seamlessly bridges the gap between the present and the existential, and readers will need more than one box of tissues...

Our Verdict

  • Our Verdict
  • GET IT

  • Kirkus Reviews'
    Best Books Of 2012

  • New York Times Bestseller

THE FAULT IN OUR STARS

He’s in remission from the osteosarcoma that took one of his legs. She’s fighting the brown fluid in her lungs caused by tumors. Both know that their time is limited.

Sparks fly when Hazel Grace Lancaster spies Augustus “Gus” Waters checking her out across the room in a group-therapy session for teens living with cancer. He’s a gorgeous, confident, intelligent amputee who always loses video games because he tries to save everyone. She’s smart, snarky and 16; she goes to community college and jokingly calls Peter Van Houten, the author of her favorite book, An Imperial Affliction, her only friend besides her parents. He asks her over, and they swap novels. He agrees to read the Van Houten and she agrees to read his—based on his favorite bloodbath-filled video game. The two become connected at the hip, and what follows is a smartly crafted intellectual explosion of a romance. From their trip to Amsterdam to meet the reclusive Van Houten to their hilariously flirty repartee, readers will swoon on nearly every page. Green’s signature style shines: His carefully structured dialogue and razor-sharp characters brim with genuine intellect, humor and desire. He takes on Big Questions that might feel heavy-handed in the words of any other author: What do oblivion and living mean? Then he deftly parries them with humor: “My nostalgia is so extreme that I am capable of missing a swing my butt never actually touched.” Dog-earing of pages will no doubt ensue.

Green seamlessly bridges the gap between the present and the existential, and readers will need more than one box of tissues to make it through Hazel and Gus’ poignant journey. (Fiction. 15 & up)

Pub Date: Jan. 10, 2012

ISBN: 978-0-525-47881-2

Page Count: 272

Publisher: Dutton

Review Posted Online: Jan. 10, 2012

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 15, 2012

Did you like this book?

more