A thoroughly stirring, romantic, and epic conclusion.


From the System Divine series , Vol. 3

Two philosophically distinct rebel groups race to draw Laterre’s citizens to their respective causes before the planet’s highest-ranking military leader can claim the throne for himself.

Three months have passed since the megalomaniac Gen. Bonnefaçon’s plot to weaponize the Third Estate’s implanted tech was thwarted. But because the narrator protagonists and their allies failed to expose the general, his influence has only grown, and the violent Red Scar extremists are unwittingly aiding him by murdering other contenders for the throne. Meanwhile, street-smart Chatine and her long-lost younger brother chafe under the peaceful Vangarde rebels’ security protocols; Marcellus is consumed by the search for Alouette, who’s been revealed as the sole living heir to the planet’s ruling family; and Alouette herself is the general’s captive and is being tortured for rebel intelligence. Themes and events from Les Misérables are seamlessly reimagined in this suspenseful, action-packed space opera. The protagonists grapple with sophisticated questions of destiny, genetics, power, and humanity in the face of widespread desperation and misinformation, leading to an unexpected and pitch-perfect final standoff between the general and civilian rebels. The expansive worldbuilding—after all, Laterre is only one of 12 planets in the System Divine—leaves room for future stories following this trilogy closer. Few physical descriptors are used; primary characters read as White.

A thoroughly stirring, romantic, and epic conclusion. (maps, Book 2 overview, cast list) (Science fiction. 12-18)

Pub Date: Aug. 3, 2021

ISBN: 978-1-5344-7443-7

Page Count: 720

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Review Posted Online: Aug. 26, 2021

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There’s not much plot here, but readers will relish the opportunity to climb inside Autumn’s head.


The finely drawn characters capture readers’ attention in this debut.

Autumn and Phineas, nicknamed Finny, were born a week apart; their mothers are still best friends. Growing up, Autumn and Finny were like peas in a pod despite their differences: Autumn is “quirky and odd,” while Finny is “sweet and shy and everyone like[s] him.” But in eighth grade, Autumn and Finny stop being friends due to an unexpected kiss. They drift apart and find new friends, but their friendship keeps asserting itself at parties, shared holiday gatherings and random encounters. In the summer after graduation, Autumn and Finny reconnect and are finally ready to be more than friends. But on August 8, everything changes, and Autumn has to rely on all her strength to move on. Autumn’s coming-of-age is sensitively chronicled, with a wide range of experiences and events shaping her character. Even secondary characters are well-rounded, with their own histories and motivations.

There’s not much plot here, but readers will relish the opportunity to climb inside Autumn’s head.   (Fiction. 14 & up)

Pub Date: April 1, 2013

ISBN: 978-1-4022-7782-5

Page Count: 336

Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire

Review Posted Online: Feb. 13, 2013

Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1, 2013

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A treat for mystery readers who enjoy being kept in suspense.

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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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