This tale of Hell, hotties and high school should please already-confirmed fans.

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From the Demon Trappers series , Vol. 4

Teenage demon trapper Riley Blackthorne just wants to capture demons, regain her soul and go to her high school prom in this overfilled finale.

Her father’s corpse is at rest, and the Vatican’s Demon Hunters have left Atlanta, but Riley now faces the social and spiritual fallout of her recent battles. She’s caught between Heaven and Hell, and she’s romantically entangled with fellow trappers Simon Adler and Denver Beck as well as fallen angel Ori. Riley’s role in the destruction of the trappers’ headquarters and the graveyard battle has also brought unwanted media attention, so Riley accompanies Beck to Sadlersville to help settle his dying mother’s affairs. The swampy small town offers little refuge—Beck and Riley encounter his toxic mother, hostile villagers and allegations of murder—and bogs down the story, delaying Riley’s showdown with her soul-stealing ex-lover. Oliver (Forgiven, 2012) offers a standard melodramatic teenage drama paired with immortal power struggles, but she creates a compelling world for her story. As in previous books, the constant narrative shifts among characters disrupt the action and rob Riley of depth and satisfactory character development. Riley is supposedly special—as evidenced by media attention, her purgatorial paparazzi and her many suitors—but her unique status feels obligatory, unresolved by the otherwise tidy conclusion.

This tale of Hell, hotties and high school should please already-confirmed fans. (Paranormal romance. 14 & up)

Pub Date: Dec. 11, 2012

ISBN: 978-1-250-02184-7

Page Count: 418

Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin

Review Posted Online: Oct. 10, 2012

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Nov. 1, 2012

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An immersive tale of brave, vulnerable teens facing threats both real and fantastic.

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An Irish teen grapples with past misdeeds and newfound ties to magic.

When 16-year-old Maeve discovers a deck of tarot cards stashed with a mixtape of moody indie music from 1990, she starts giving readings for her classmates at her all-girls private school. Though her shame over dumping her strange friend Lily during an attempt to climb the social ladder at St. Bernadette’s is still palpable, it doesn’t stop her from trying to use the tarot in her favor to further this goal. However, after speaking harsh words to Lily during a reading, Maeve is horrified when her former friend later disappears. As she struggles to understand the forces at play within her, classmate Fiona proves to be just the friend Maeve needs. Detailed, interesting characters carry this contemporary story of competing energy and curses. Woven delicately throughout are chillingly eerie depictions of the Housekeeper, a figure who shows up on an extra card in the deck, echoing the White Lady legend from Irish folklore. Even more disturbing is an organization of young people led by a homophobic but charismatic figurehead intent on provoking backlash against Ireland’s recent civil rights victories. Most characters are White; Fiona is biracial, with a Filipina mother and White Irish father. Roe, Maeve’s love interest and Lily’s sibling, is a bisexual, genderqueer person who is a target for intolerance in their small city of Kilbeg.

An immersive tale of brave, vulnerable teens facing threats both real and fantastic. (Paranormal. 14-18)

Pub Date: June 8, 2021

ISBN: 978-1-5362-1394-2

Page Count: 384

Publisher: Walker US/Candlewick

Review Posted Online: Dec. 10, 2020

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 1, 2021

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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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