DEVIL’S KISS by Sarwat Chadda

DEVIL’S KISS

Age Range: 12 & up

KIRKUS REVIEW

Forget the jacket blurb’s come-on to paranormal-romance fans, this is an old-fashioned high-octane horror tale, dripping with ghastly portents, eldritch violence and an embittered heroine facing down the looming Apocalypse. Billi SanGreal has been training since childhood to fight alongside the remnants of the Knights Templar, the mysterious medieval order founded to oppose the dark powers. Now dwindled to a handful of battle-scarred men, none is more grim and cold than their master, her father. Billi takes comfort in her friendship with the young psychic Kay, but when he carelessly invokes a long-dormant evil, she must confront a force more powerful, more monstrous, more tempting than anything she could imagine. The glorious splendor of the Templar mythos is deftly contrasted with the squalid dreariness of their present, illuminating the refuge they find in the cleaner, simpler problems of ghouls and werewolves and the fleeting beauty of innocence they so brutally defend. But Billi, in her anger—from simmering to white-hot—and her pain—physical, emotional and spiritual—dominates the story with gritty, fierce humanity. Love, loss, betrayal and sacrifice, leavened only with the bittersweet grace of doing what must be done. Deus vult! (Horror. 12 & up)

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 2009
ISBN: 978-1-4231-1999-9
Page count: 336pp
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 15th, 2009




TOUGH TEEN HEROINES OF SCIENCE FICTION AND FANTASY:

Children BITTERBLUE by Kristin Cashore
by Kristin Cashore
Children THE ASSASSIN'S CURSE by Cassandra Rose Clarke
by Cassandra Rose Clarke
Children I SHALL WEAR MIDNIGHT by Terry Pratchett
by Terry Pratchett
Children MASTIFF by Tamora Pierce
by Tamora Pierce

MORE BY SARWAT CHADDA

ChildrenTHE CITY OF DEATH by Sarwat Chadda
by Sarwat Chadda
ChildrenTHE SAVAGE FORTRESS by Sarwat Chadda
by Sarwat Chadda
ChildrenDARK GODDESS by Sarwat Chadda
by Sarwat Chadda

SIMILAR BOOKS SUGGESTED BY OUR CRITICS:

ChildrenMASTIFF by Tamora Pierce
by Tamora Pierce
ChildrenMOCKINGJAY by Suzanne Collins
by Suzanne Collins
ChildrenDEPARTMENT 19 by Will Hill
by Will Hill