There’s definitely more to Trinity’s story than what is revealed here, and readers will want to find out what it is....

SHATTERED DREAMS

From the Midnight Dragonfly series , Vol. 1

Debut author James crafts a sexy, suspenseful paranormal thriller.

Sixteen-year-old Trinity Mounsour has just arrived in New Orleans to live with an aunt she barely knows. She finds a group of friends at her new school, but things get complicated very quickly. First of all, Trinity has long suffered from dreams that seem like premonitions, and in New Orleans, the dreams grow more powerful than ever. Trinity begins to have visions of her classmate Jessica lying in a disheveled heap in an old abandoned house. When Jessica actually disappears and Trinity starts dating her ex-boyfriend Chase, the local police get suspicious that Trinity has harmed her. Trinity has information for the police, but if she reveals it, they will only have more reason to think her guilty. As Trinity’s dreams get stronger, her relationship with Chase blossoms. He helps her to find out the truth about her parents’ death, a truth her family had always kept hidden from her and one that might just help her to understand what she is going through. Through Trinity's first-person narration, James keeps the suspense level high. Aside from the intriguing mysteries at its heart, this tale showcases a gothic New Orleans setting and a spicy love triangle to boot.

There’s definitely more to Trinity’s story than what is revealed here, and readers will want to find out what it is. Luckily, there is more to come in the Midnight Dragonfly series. (Paranormal mystery. 12 & up)

Pub Date: Dec. 1, 2011

ISBN: 978-0-312-64702-5

Page Count: 352

Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin

Review Posted Online: Oct. 26, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Nov. 15, 2011

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Engrossing, contemplative, and as heart-wrenching as the title promises.

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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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This grittily provocative debut explores the horrors of self-harm and the healing power of artistic expression.

GIRL IN PIECES

After surviving a suicide attempt, a fragile teen isn't sure she can endure without cutting herself.

Seventeen-year-old Charlie Davis, a white girl living on the margins, thinks she has little reason to live: her father drowned himself; her bereft and abusive mother kicked her out; her best friend, Ellis, is nearly brain dead after cutting too deeply; and she's gone through unspeakable experiences living on the street. After spending time in treatment with other young women like her—who cut, burn, poke, and otherwise hurt themselves—Charlie is released and takes a bus from the Twin Cities to Tucson to be closer to Mikey, a boy she "like-likes" but who had pined for Ellis instead. But things don't go as planned in the Arizona desert, because sweet Mikey just wants to be friends. Feeling rejected, Charlie, an artist, is drawn into a destructive new relationship with her sexy older co-worker, a "semifamous" local musician who's obviously a junkie alcoholic. Through intense, diarylike chapters chronicling Charlie's journey, the author captures the brutal and heartbreaking way "girls who write their pain on their bodies" scar and mar themselves, either succumbing or surviving. Like most issue books, this is not an easy read, but it's poignant and transcendent as Charlie breaks more and more before piecing herself back together.

This grittily provocative debut explores the horrors of self-harm and the healing power of artistic expression. (author’s note) (Fiction. 14 & up)

Pub Date: Aug. 30, 2016

ISBN: 978-1-101-93471-5

Page Count: 416

Publisher: Delacorte

Review Posted Online: May 4, 2016

Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 15, 2016

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