Fast food for dedicated fans.

GHOSTS OF THE SHADOW MARKET

Ten short stories set in the expansive Shadowhunter universe introduced in the Mortal Instruments series.

The enigmatic Brother Zachariah—formerly Shadowhunter James “Jem” Carstairs—and the darkly glittering fae magic of the Shadow Market, where werewolves, vampires, and warlocks roam, tie most of these stories together. Each story, co-authored by Clare (The Red Scrolls of Magic, 2019, etc.) with one of the other four writers, features Shadowhunter favorites in different eras and international locales. “Learn About Loss” is set in a Depression-era Tennessee carnival, and “A Deeper Love” finds Zachariah’s one true love, the immortal warlock Tessa Gray, working as a nurse during the London Blitz. Other tales are set in contemporary New York and Buenos Aires. Clare’s gift for melodrama is on fine display, and there’s no shortage of atmosphere, emotion, and yearning hearts. Anna Lightwood’s doomed attraction to a beautiful—and betrothed—young woman in “Every Exquisite Thing” is unrequited love at its most angst-y, and “Through Blood, Through Fire,” which reunites Jem with Tessa—and then some—will warm even the coolest of hearts. While there are some standouts, the overall caliber of the stories is high and the voice feels consistent. However, this collection assumes readers know their stuff and isn’t the best place for newcomers to this world to jump in. There is considerable diversity in ethnicity and sexual orientation.

Fast food for dedicated fans. (about the authors) (Fantasy. 14-18)

Pub Date: June 4, 2019

ISBN: 978-1-5344-3362-5

Page Count: 624

Publisher: McElderry

Review Posted Online: April 22, 2019

Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 15, 2019

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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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Aza would claim that opinions about this book are unfairly influenced by “the gut-brain informational cycle,” which makes it...

TURTLES ALL THE WAY DOWN

Nerdfighter Green’s latest takes readers through Indianapolis and the human biome.

Aza Holmes doesn’t feel like herself. But “if half the cells inside of you are not you, doesn’t that challenge the whole notion of me as a singular pronoun…?” When a local billionaire—and the father of her childhood friend, a white boy named Davis—disappears, Aza (who seems to be white) and her BFF, Daisy Ramirez (who is cued as Latina), plot to find him and claim the reward, amid rumors of corruption and an underexplored side plot about semi-immortal reptiles. The story revolves around anxious Aza’s dissociation from her body and life. Daisy chatters about Star Wars fan fiction (and calls Aza “Holmesy” ad nauseam), and Davis monologues about astronomy, while Aza obsesses over infection, the ever present, self-inflicted wound on her finger, and whether she’s “just a deeply flawed line of reasoning.” The thin but neatly constructed plot feels a bit like an excuse for Green to flex his philosophical muscles; teenagers questioning the mysteries of consciousness can identify with Aza, while others might wish that something—anything—really happens. The exploration of Aza’s life-threatening compulsions will resonate deeply with some, titillate others, and possibly trigger those in between.

Aza would claim that opinions about this book are unfairly influenced by “the gut-brain informational cycle,” which makes it hard to say what anyone else will think—but this is the new John Green; people will read this, or not, regardless of someone else’s gut flora. (Fiction. 14-18)

Pub Date: Oct. 10, 2017

ISBN: 978-0-525-55536-0

Page Count: 304

Publisher: Dutton

Review Posted Online: Oct. 10, 2017

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 15, 2017

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