Both scary and gory, tailor-made for fans of the genre.

SURVIVE THE NIGHT

A girl gets out of rehab but can’t stop herself from hanging with her wild friend.

Casey was a star student, but her friend Shana, who likes to walk on the wild side, deliberately led her into addiction to pain medication. Just after leaving rehab she promises her parents she’ll spend the night at a slumber party with trusted friends but immediately ditches them when Shana and pals show up. Shana first plays chicken at high speed as they drive to New York City, then gets Casey into a bar where her old boyfriend Sam, who dumped Casey because of her drug use, is playing in his band. Invited to a rave, they enter an abandoned part of the subway system. Roofied by Shana, Casey thinks she might be hallucinating when she sees the brutally murdered body of a friend. Police raid the party, driving Casey, Shana, Sam, and two others ever deeper into the mazelike subway tunnels—where they eventually learn what has been killing people. Vega morphs a teen-rebellion story into horror and does a nifty job with both, as Casey realizes that Shana has surreptitiously drugged her and begins to see the girl for the possible monster that she is. Exactly what attacks and devours the teens is kept ambiguous, adding a nice level of creepiness and psychological intrigue.

Both scary and gory, tailor-made for fans of the genre. (Horror. 12-18)

Pub Date: July 7, 2015

ISBN: 978-1-59514-724-0

Page Count: 272

Publisher: Razorbill/Penguin

Review Posted Online: March 17, 2015

Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 1, 2015

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A GOOD GIRL'S GUIDE TO MURDER

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

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. 28, 2019

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 1, 2019

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Part coming-of-age story and part exposé of Duterte’s problematic policies, this powerful and courageous story offers...

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PATRON SAINTS OF NOTHING

Seventeen-year-old Jay Reguero searches for the truth about his cousin’s death amid President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs while on an epic trip back to his native Philippines.

Shocked out of his senioritis slumber when his beloved cousin Jun is killed by the police in the Philippines for presumably using drugs, Jay makes a radical move to spend his spring break in the Philippines to find out the whole story. Once pen pals, Jay hasn’t corresponded with Jun in years and is wracked by guilt at ghosting his cousin. A mixed heritage (his mother is white) Filipino immigrant who grew up in suburban Michigan, Jay’s connection to current-day Philippines has dulled from assimilation. His internal tensions around culture, identity, and languages—as “a spoiled American”—are realistic. Told through a mix of first-person narration, Jun’s letters to Jay, and believable dialogue among a strong, full cast of characters, the result is a deeply emotional story about family ties, addiction, and the complexity of truth. The tender relationship between Jay and Jun is especially notable—as is the underlying commentary about the challenges and nuances between young men and their uncles, fathers, male friends, and male cousins.

Part coming-of-age story and part exposé of Duterte’s problematic policies, this powerful and courageous story offers readers a refreshingly emotional depiction of a young man of color with an earnest desire for the truth. (author’s note, recommended reading) (Fiction. 14-18)

Pub Date: June 18, 2019

ISBN: 978-0-525-55491-2

Page Count: 352

Publisher: Kokila

Review Posted Online: March 27, 2019

Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 15, 2019

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