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From the Nissera Chronicles series , Vol. 3

In a "Snow White"–inspired third outing, the heroes of Nissera deal with the fallout from Realm of Ruins (2018).

Glisette attempts to fix the damage her uncle and older sister did to the kingdom while in charge—dealing with the resulting starvation and poverty—and then (after a cryptic warning from Mercer) travels to Perispos to visit her sister Ambrosine, whose power was restricted as punishment and whose marriage with the king was arranged for her. But there’s something terribly wrong with vain Ambrosine and her dynamic with her beautiful stepdaughter. Meanwhile, Kadri deals with her own political crisis as Erdemese’s King Agmur, believing the monarchs and Realm Alliance left standing at the end of the last book to be unstable and possibly illegitimate, threatens to end diplomatic relations. She’s visited by fay love interest Rynna who brings from her people a dire warning regarding the power vacuum left by the Water. Various conspiracies and plots reveal different players and their wide variety of agendas (including yet another secret society and a “Bluebeard” homage) as Perispos’ (anti-elicromancer) religion comes into play. Though the main existential crisis is dealt with, much political unrest remains unresolved in an ending promising more magical threats. While most characters are white, the brown-skinned Erdemese with their eroticized and exoticized folk dances evoke Orientalist tropes.

Fans will enjoy seeing more of the world through complex, interwoven plots. (maps, deities list, cast of characters) (Fantasy. 12-adult)

Pub Date: April 28, 2020

ISBN: 978-0-8234-4443-4

Page Count: 464

Publisher: Holiday House

Review Posted Online: Jan. 19, 2020

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 15, 2020

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

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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.

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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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