Of a piece with the rest of the angel books—fans will be happy.

SHADOWS IN THE SILENCE

From the Angelfire series , Vol. 3

This conclusion of the Angelfire trilogy takes readers to Armageddon.

Ellie actually is the Archangel Gabriel, apparently female and currently incarnated in Detroit as a teenage girl. Reincarnated many times, Ellie loves Will, her angelic guardian, although he ranks far lower on the heavenly scale than an archangel. After 500 years of unrequited love, Ellie and Will finally consummate their relationship, a decision that lands Will in serious trouble. Their earthly task is to defend humans from demons and to defeat the fallen angels Sammael and Lilith, thus ridding Earth of their evil and saving every human soul from Hell. To effect this, Ellie searches for a powerful relic that will call the angel Azrael for assistance. She learns that if she succeeds, she may never return as a human and even may die. Can Ellie bring herself to sacrifice not only her eternal life, but also her love in order to save the world from damnation? Moulton’s prose moves along fairly quickly as she intersperses action-packed battle scenes, each more impossible than the last, with romance, family relationships and a few friendships from the earlier books. The lead and supporting characters come across as standard-issue romance heroes: strong and pure, with emotions, though a few of the minor characters stand out.

Of a piece with the rest of the angel books—fans will be happy. (Paranormal romance. 12 & up)

Pub Date: Jan. 29, 2013

ISBN: 978-0-06-200239-6

Page Count: 480

Publisher: Katherine Tegen/HarperCollins

Review Posted Online: Oct. 24, 2012

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Nov. 15, 2012

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An eerie thriller reminiscent of summer horror movies that will keep readers on edge.

THE LAKE

Two teens with a dark secret return to their old summer camp.

Childhood friends Esme and Kayla can’t wait to return to Camp Pine Lake as counselors-in-training, ready to try everything they couldn’t do when they were younger: find cute boys, stay up late, and sneak out after hours. Even Andy, their straight-laced supervisor, can’t dampen their excitement, especially after they meet the crushworthy Olly and Jake. An intuitive 17-year-old, Esme is ready to jump in and teach her cute little campers. But when a threatening message appears, Esme and Kayla realize the secret they’ve kept hidden for nearly a decade is no longer safe. Paranoia and fear soon cause Esme and Kayla to revisit their ominous secret and realize that nobody in the camp can be trusted. The slow buildup of suspense and the use of classic horror elements contrast with lighthearted camp activities, bonding with new friends, and budding romance. Similarly, Esme’s first-person point of view allows for increased tension and action as well as offering insight into her emotional and mental well-being. Discussions of adulthood, trauma, and recovery are subtle and realistic, but acts of sexism and machismo aren’t fully analyzed. While the strong buildup of action comes late, it leads to a shockingly satisfying finale. Major characters are White.

An eerie thriller reminiscent of summer horror movies that will keep readers on edge. (Thriller. 12-16)

Pub Date: March 2, 2021

ISBN: 978-0-593-12497-0

Page Count: 384

Publisher: Delacorte

Review Posted Online: Dec. 10, 2020

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 1, 2021

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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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