NETTLE KING by Katherine Harbour


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Teenagers face down supernatural dangers in this moody faerie-tale drama.

Finn Sullivan is determined to get her boyfriend back. She brought her sister, Lily, out of the faerie Ghostlands, but Jack sacrificed himself to balance the scales. Now she’ll do anything in order to bring him back from the land of the dead. Meanwhile, her best friends, Sylvie and Christie, are walking their own dangerous paths: Sylvie is learning to fight from the Black Scissors, a mysterious man who doesn’t quite belong in the mortal world or the Fata world, and Christie is secretly meeting with the faerie queen, Phouka Banrion, trying to learn how to control his own magical powers. Not to mention that Finn’s rescued sister, Lily, may not be out of trouble yet—there’s something wrong with her shadow, and things in their house suddenly seem to be prone to decay. Finn is a brave heroine who cares passionately about her friends and loved ones, and the worlds she walks in are rich with gorgeous, gloomy detail. But this series is overstuffed with characters, and the plot gets bogged down in their various machinations. There’s a strong story in here about a girl determined to defy the odds, but it gets a bit lost amid all the vague threats and glamorous ball gowns.

Readers invested in the series will want to follow Finn on her latest adventure, but this book will likely appeal to fans only.

Pub Date: April 19th, 2016
ISBN: 978-0-06-228678-9
Page count: 384pp
Publisher: Harper Voyager
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 15th, 2016


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