A sequel of surprising depth and drama

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FIREWALKER

From the Worldwalker Trilogy series , Vol. 2

Lily faces new trials against the ever enigmatic Lillian, the monstrous Woven, and, to her surprise, her own morality.

Three months after her disappearance from our world in Trial by Fire (2014), Lily re-emerges severely burned, barely alive, and with her Outlander companion, Rowan, in tow. Rowan toils to save his beloved witch, brewing magical concoctions with the help of a bewildered Juliet. While they work, Lily drifts in the Mist and mindspeaks with Lillian, experiencing her enemy’s painful memories. Lillian wants Lily to understand why she’s become a murderer; she believes her truth will bring Lily over to her side. Old friends seek out Lily, and they’re just as drawn to her as her mechanics in the other universe were. This is a boon, since she’s soon under attack from the other universe as Lillian realizes only violence will bring her back. Lily learns the hard way that decisions in war aren’t so simple and that those she holds dearest will silence her if she dares challenge their beliefs. Much time is devoted to the intricacies of both Lily’s and her mechanics' talents, deepening intrigue of the parallel world and its social hierarchies. While Rowan is so nearly perfect readers will tire themselves out wondering when he’ll reveal his flaws, Lily’s evolution is thrilling, and readers will eagerly follow her into battle, just like her devoted mechanics.

A sequel of surprising depth and drama . (Paranormal romance. 14 & up)

Pub Date: Sept. 1, 2015

ISBN: 978-1-250-05090-8

Page Count: 352

Publisher: Feiwel & Friends

Review Posted Online: June 29, 2015

Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 15, 2015

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Busy, busy, busy…with portents of doom.

CHAIN OF GOLD

From the Last Hours series , Vol. 1

Clare’s (Ghosts of the Shadow Market, 2019, etc.) latest is set in the Shadowhunter world in the 20th century’s first decade (with frequent flashbacks to the previous one).

Teenage offspring of the Herondales, Carstairs, Fairchilds, and other angel-descended Nephilim continue their families’ demon-fighting ways amid a round of elegant London balls, soirees, salons, picnics, and romantic intrigues. James Herondale, 17-year-old son of Will and Tessa, finds himself and his “perfectly lethal dimple” hung up between two stunning new arrivals: Cordelia Carstairs, red-haired Persian/British wielder of a fabled magic sword, and Grace Blackthorn, an emotionally damaged but (literally, as the author unsubtly telegraphs) spellbinding friend from childhood. Meanwhile, a sudden outbreak of demonic attacks that leave more and more Shadowhunters felled by a mysterious slow poison plunges James and a cohort of allies into frantic searches for both a cause and an antidote. Ichor-splashed encounters with ravening boojums and even one of hell’s own princes ensue—all leading to final hints of a devastating scheme to destroy the Nephilim in which James himself is slated to play a central role. Characters have a range of skin tones, but ethnic diversity adds no texture to the portrayals; there is a lesbian cousin who wears traditionally male clothing and two young gay men (one tortured, the other less so).

Busy, busy, busy…with portents of doom. (Fantasy. 14-18)

Pub Date: March 3, 2020

ISBN: 978-1-4814-3187-3

Page Count: 624

Publisher: McElderry

Review Posted Online: Jan. 23, 2020

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 15, 2020

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An emotionally engaging closer that fumbles in its final moments.

ALWAYS AND FOREVER, LARA JEAN

From the To All the Boys I've Loved Before series , Vol. 3

Lara Jean prepares for college and a wedding.

Korean-American Lara Jean is finally settled into a nice, complication-free relationship with her white boyfriend, Peter. But things don’t stay simple for long. When college acceptance letters roll in, Peter and Lara Jean discover they’re heading in different directions. As the two discuss the long-distance thing, Lara Jean’s widower father is making a major commitment: marrying the neighbor lady he’s been dating. The whirlwind of a wedding, college visits, prom, and the last few months of senior year provides an excellent backdrop for this final book about Lara Jean. The characters ping from event to event with emotions always at the forefront. Han further develops her cast, pushing them to new maturity and leaving few stones unturned. There’s only one problem here, and it’s what’s always held this series back from true greatness: Peter. Despite Han’s best efforts to flesh out Peter with abandonment issues and a crummy dad, he remains little more than a handsome jock. Frankly, Lara Jean and Peter may have cute teen chemistry, but Han's nuanced characterizations have often helped to subvert typical teen love-story tropes. This knowing subversion is frustratingly absent from the novel's denouement.

An emotionally engaging closer that fumbles in its final moments. (Romance. 14-17)

Pub Date: May 2, 2017

ISBN: 978-1-4814-3048-7

Page Count: 336

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Review Posted Online: March 29, 2017

Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 15, 2017

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