Solid storytelling with engrossing adventures; fans will be grateful for a firsthand account from the elusive character...

NIGHT FLIGHTS

From the Mortal Engines Collection series

Finally, some illumination into the backstory of fan-favorite Anna Fang from the Hungry City Chronicles series.

Reeve (Black Light Express, 2017, etc.) offers up three vignettes into the history of the mysterious Anna Fang. “Frozen Heart” fleshes out her origins: A captured Anna mentally hardens herself in order to survive being a thrall, or slave, in Arkangel, a traction city. While scavenging, she spots two Jeunet-Carot engine-pods and plans her escape. In “Traction City Blues,” an adolescent Anna finds herself at odds with the Anti-Traction League and swears to strike out on her own, landing in London, where the local police may thwart her chances of obtaining a powerful weapon. Finally, in “Teeth of the Sea,” Anna learns the valuable lesson of not trusting anyone during a mission in Pulau Pinang. All three episodes showcase Anna’s quick thinking and resourcefulness, artfully taking advantage of situations rather than physically fighting out of them. Long devotees of the series may expect a bit more grittiness. Readers new to this world may want to pick up Mortal Engines (2003) before taking on this venture. Anna is Asian, there is diversity in the segment set in Malaysia, and characters in the other sections are not described in enough detail to determine ethnicity. Final artwork not seen.

Solid storytelling with engrossing adventures; fans will be grateful for a firsthand account from the elusive character herself. (Steampunk. 12-18)

Pub Date: Aug. 28, 2018

ISBN: 978-1-338-28970-1

Page Count: 208

Publisher: Scholastic

Review Posted Online: June 24, 2018

Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 15, 2018

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An immersive tale of brave, vulnerable teens facing threats both real and fantastic.

ALL OUR HIDDEN GIFTS

An Irish teen grapples with past misdeeds and newfound ties to magic.

When 16-year-old Maeve discovers a deck of tarot cards stashed with a mixtape of moody indie music from 1990, she starts giving readings for her classmates at her all-girls private school. Though her shame over dumping her strange friend Lily during an attempt to climb the social ladder at St. Bernadette’s is still palpable, it doesn’t stop her from trying to use the tarot in her favor to further this goal. However, after speaking harsh words to Lily during a reading, Maeve is horrified when her former friend later disappears. As she struggles to understand the forces at play within her, classmate Fiona proves to be just the friend Maeve needs. Detailed, interesting characters carry this contemporary story of competing energy and curses. Woven delicately throughout are chillingly eerie depictions of the Housekeeper, a figure who shows up on an extra card in the deck, echoing the White Lady legend from Irish folklore. Even more disturbing is an organization of young people led by a homophobic but charismatic figurehead intent on provoking backlash against Ireland’s recent civil rights victories. Most characters are White; Fiona is biracial, with a Filipina mother and White Irish father. Roe, Maeve’s love interest and Lily’s sibling, is a bisexual, genderqueer person who is a target for intolerance in their small city of Kilbeg.

An immersive tale of brave, vulnerable teens facing threats both real and fantastic. (Paranormal. 14-18)

Pub Date: June 8, 2021

ISBN: 978-1-5362-1394-2

Page Count: 384

Publisher: Walker US/Candlewick

Review Posted Online: Dec. 10, 2020

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 1, 2021

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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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