A dark yet
delightful tale for
readers who love
Rare, scary fun.”
— Kirkus Reviews
— Alice Kuipers
the fearless reporter. At East Metropolis High,
Lois arrives for her first day of school to find
a clearly brilliant student begging the snarky
principal for protection from a gaming club
known as the Warheads. Also on hand is the
speaker for today’s assembly: Perry White,
editor at the Daily Planet, there to recruit teen
reporters. Once these elements have been set
up, it’s pretty clear what steps will lead to
the happy ending, but to Bond’s credit, the
dry wit of the narrative and the satisfyingly
coy online romance between Lois Lane and
Smallville Guy make each of those steps delightful. —Debbie Carton
By S. E. Green.
May 2015. 304p. Simon & Schuster/Simon Pulse, $17.99
(9781481402880). Gr. 10–12.
Seventeen-year-old Lane, masked vigilante
turned potential Dexter-style serial killer, is
confronted with a copycat in this sequel to
Killer Instinct (2014). Since Lane killed the
Decapitator, who turned out to be her sadist
mom, she has been unfocused in her mission
to punish wrongdoers, like rapists and drug
dealers. Instead, someone else has taken up her
mantle, pretending to be the Masked Savior
but punishing people who don’t really deserve
it. To find out who, Lane investigates the new
Masked Savior fan site that encourages people
to commit acts of violence. At the same time,
she is dealing with memories of her mother
grooming her to become a killer and realizes
that another person was involved and is still a
threat. There are a lot of new characters and
complications in this jam-packed thriller, but
Lane’s primary dilemma—will she be a good
killer or a bad killer?—remains the focus.
With some obvious and some not-so-obvious
guilty parties, Green keeps the suspense high.
A perfect read-alike for Barry Lyga’s equally
bloody I Hunt Killers series. —Krista Hutley
The Last Good Day of the Year.
By Jessica Warman.
May 2015. 304p. Bloomsbury, $17.99 (9780802736628).
Acclaimed YA author Warman’s latest fol-
lows 17-year-old Sam, whose family moves
back to the town where her little sister, Turtle,
was abducted 10 years ago on New Year’s Eve,
1986, from the room where Sam and her best
friend were sleeping. Thrown back into her
old environment, Sam starts to see the events
differently and question whether the con-
victed kidnapper—her older sister Gretchen’s
boyfriend, Steven—was wrongfully accused.
With chapters alternating between 1986 and
1996, as well as interspersed snippets from
Forty-Eight Minutes of Doubt, a true-crime
book about Turtle’s abduction and subsequent
trial, Warman reveals pieces of what happened
from various perspectives, and the slow boil of
the earlier chapters builds toward a major re-
veal in the final quarter. Readers anticipating
a lurid thriller may be disappointed, though
what Warman provides instead is equally, and
more powerfully, engrossing: a deeper explo-
ration into the long-term ramifications a child
abduction wreaks upon a family. A suspense-
ful and haunting look at the uncertainty of
memory. —Jennifer Barnes
By Mark Bomback and Galaxy Craze.
2015. 280p. Soho Teen, $18.99 (9781616953478).
What happens when a place is unmappable?
Sixteen-year-old Tanya has felt unhinged since
the death of her father, and taking an internship at his company, MapOut, only leaves her
more unsettled. Though happy to be working
alongside her childhood friend Connor, events
quickly veer off course when the two hack into
her dad’s old e-mail account and catch sight of
cryptic references to a “black hole” in Alaska.
A boring summer of data entry suddenly becomes one of kidnap, danger, and mysterious
underground operations, requiring Tanya to
use her uncanny sense of direction to make
it out alive. Bomback and Craze whip up a
suspense-laden, modern mystery that pulls on
the current obsession with technology, mapping, and tracking people’s locations—and
how innocently supplied data can be turned
to a darker purpose. While readers may predict
some of the narrative’s twists, it holds plenty
of surprises. The abrupt ending leaves almost
all questions unanswered, implying a planned
sequel that readers will definitely want on their
radar. —Julia Smith
By Elle Cosimano.
June 2015. 384p. Penguin/Kathy Dawson, $17.99
(9780803739277). Gr. 9–12.
Nearly Boswell has a unique ability. Skin-to-skin contact allows her to sense the emotions
of others, which manifest as tastes: peppermint
for exhilaration, milk and honey for concern,
and so on. But knowing how people are feeling
doesn’t make high school any less complicated
to navigate, especially when her boyfriend is
an undercover cop, her mom is a stripper, and
she has lost all her tutoring clients, since a serial killer murdered all of them the year before
in Nearly Gone (2014). Nearly’s skill does give
her an advantage when she and her friends begin to receive cryptic notes revealing clues to a
mystery with its roots in the past activities of
their fathers. She will have to marshal all of her
intellectual and supernatural abilities, as well
as those she has gained in her new internship
in the police forensics lab, if she is to regain
the trust of her friends, conquer her own suspicions, and avoid getting killed during senior
year. Swiftly plotted, with plenty of romantic
thrills and suspenseful action. —Paula Willey
No Such Person.
By Caroline B. Cooney.
July 2015. 256p. Delacorte, $17.99 (9780385742917);
lib. ed., $20.99 (9780375990847); e-book
(9780307979520). Gr. 7–10.
Miranda, 15, and Lander, 22, are sisters, but