A satisfying close to this trilogy that began with a clever high school prank and morphed into a full-scale action adventure.

PRETTY WANTED

From the Pretty Crooked series , Vol. 3

This conclusion of the Pretty Crooked trilogy follows the continuing adventures of Willa and Aidan.

Picking up where Pretty Sly (2014) left off, Willa and Aidan, on the run, make their way to St. Louis, where Willa hopes to learn more about her murdered mother. Although she doesn’t expect to solve the cold case, as she uncovers clues and speculates about their meanings, she becomes obsessed with following the trail to its end, no matter that she and Aidan have become fugitive celebrities, with the whole nation following the hunt. The two begin staying past closing time in public buildings to find safe places to sleep overnight, in the daytime managing their shrinking funds to eat and move on as Willa uncovers more clues. They break into houses and race from pursuers until they finally get help. Ludwig keeps pulses racing as she gets Willa and Aidan into and out of close scrapes, introducing drama with Aidan’s increasing carelessness, which causes Willa to wonder if she’s made a mistake in choosing a boyfriend. Is he really just a rebellious little rich boy? Things become even more complicated when a more emotionally mature potential love interest enters the picture. Ludwig maintains suspense all the way to the climax, when it looks like the criminals might just win after all.

A satisfying close to this trilogy that began with a clever high school prank and morphed into a full-scale action adventure. (Thriller. 12-18)

Pub Date: March 17, 2015

ISBN: 978-0-06-206612-1

Page Count: 336

Publisher: Katherine Tegen/HarperCollins

Review Posted Online: Dec. 10, 2014

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 1, 2015

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THEY BOTH DIE AT THE END

What would you do with one day left to live?

In an alternate present, a company named Death-Cast calls Deckers—people who will die within the coming day—to inform them of their impending deaths, though not how they will happen. The End Day call comes for two teenagers living in New York City: Puerto Rican Mateo and bisexual Cuban-American foster kid Rufus. Rufus needs company after a violent act puts cops on his tail and lands his friends in jail; Mateo wants someone to push him past his comfort zone after a lifetime of playing it safe. The two meet through Last Friend, an app that connects lonely Deckers (one of many ways in which Death-Cast influences social media). Mateo and Rufus set out to seize the day together in their final hours, during which their deepening friendship blossoms into something more. Present-tense chapters, short and time-stamped, primarily feature the protagonists’ distinctive first-person narrations. Fleeting third-person chapters give windows into the lives of other characters they encounter, underscoring how even a tiny action can change the course of someone else’s life. It’s another standout from Silvera (History Is All You Left Me, 2017, etc.), who here grapples gracefully with heavy questions about death and the meaning of a life well-lived.

Engrossing, contemplative, and as heart-wrenching as the title promises. (Speculative fiction. 13-adult).

Pub Date: Sept. 5, 2017

ISBN: 978-0-06-245779-0

Page Count: 384

Publisher: HarperTeen

Review Posted Online: June 5, 2017

Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 15, 2017

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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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