A worthy and terrifying addition to a classic sci-fi/horror franchise that will appeal to a new generation of fans.

ALIEN

An electrifying adventure set in the Alien universe.

It’s not easy having two renowned xenobiologists for parents: Hopping from planet to planet can be a drag. But 17-year-old Olivia Shipp has spent her life learning about each planet’s magnificent flora and fauna and never fails to find wonder wherever they go. Unfortunately, her beloved twin sister, Viola, has a debilitating autoimmune disorder, which keeps her mostly indoors. Now they’re on an “Earth-like planet” called Zagreus, and Olivia is crushing hard on beautiful colonist Kora Burton. When Kora nearly gets devoured by a lion-worm on their first date, Olivia figures things can only get better from there, right? Wrong. Olivia’s father transmits a shocking message from a dead ship that he was sent to scout: Something deadly has escaped and is heading straight for Zagreus. Those familiar with Alien mythology know what happens when famously vicious creatures and humans clash, so expect generous blood and gore. Olivia and Kora are smart, strong young women, and their romance, born in the midst of unspeakable horror, is believable. This swift survival tale is peppered with heart-stopping chase scenes and twists that stay true to the Alien ’verse. The Shipps are white, and Kora is brown skinned and biracial, with a white mother and a father of unidentified ethnicity.

A worthy and terrifying addition to a classic sci-fi/horror franchise that will appeal to a new generation of fans. (Science fiction. 14-18)

Pub Date: April 9, 2019

ISBN: 978-1-250-30629-6

Page Count: 304

Publisher: Imprint

Review Posted Online: May 12, 2019

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This grittily provocative debut explores the horrors of self-harm and the healing power of artistic expression.

GIRL IN PIECES

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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Black is building a complex mythology; now is a great time to tune in.

THE CRUEL PRINCE

From the Folk of the Air series , Vol. 1

Black is back with another dark tale of Faerie, this one set in Faerie and launching a new trilogy.

Jude—broken, rebuilt, fueled by anger and a sense of powerlessness—has never recovered from watching her adoptive Faerie father murder her parents. Human Jude (whose brown hair curls and whose skin color is never described) both hates and loves Madoc, whose murderous nature is true to his Faerie self and who in his way loves her. Brought up among the Gentry, Jude has never felt at ease, but after a decade, Faerie has become her home despite the constant peril. Black’s latest looks at nature and nurture and spins a tale of court intrigue, bloodshed, and a truly messed-up relationship that might be the saving of Jude and the titular prince, who, like Jude, has been shaped by the cruelties of others. Fierce and observant Jude is utterly unaware of the currents that swirl around her. She fights, plots, even murders enemies, but she must also navigate her relationship with her complex family (human, Faerie, and mixed). This is a heady blend of Faerie lore, high fantasy, and high school drama, dripping with description that brings the dangerous but tempting world of Faerie to life.

Black is building a complex mythology; now is a great time to tune in. (Fantasy. 14-adult)

Pub Date: Jan. 2, 2018

ISBN: 978-0-316-31027-7

Page Count: 384

Publisher: Little, Brown

Review Posted Online: Sept. 26, 2017

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 15, 2017

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