An intriguing historical twist on a beloved fairy tale.

CINDER & GLASS

Trapped in a life of servitude to her cruel stepfamily, Cendrillon enters a competition to win the prince’s heart even though she truly loves his brother.

It’s 1682, and 15-year-old Cendrillon de Louvois has moved to Versailles with her father. It is a dream come true, but becoming a courtier is more complicated than she imagined. Cendrillon struggles to fit in until she befriends Auguste, the king’s illegitimate son. When her father dies soon after remarrying, her new stepmother and stepsisters make Cendrillon do household chores, ending her dream of court life and her relationship with Auguste. When the king announces that his son, the grand dauphin, will choose 25 girls to woo before selecting one as his bride, Cendrillon joins the competition; despite her dislike of the prince, she is desperate to escape her stepmother. Joining the ranks of possible brides—against her stepmother’s wishes—brings her back into contact with Auguste, and their mutual attraction is reignited, forcing Cendrillon to choose between love and freedom. Featuring characters based on actual historical figures from King Louis XIV’s reign, this is an entertaining retelling of “Cinderella.” Between her move to Versailles and courtship by the prince, readers get a good look inside the French court through Cendrillon’s story. Characters read as White.

An intriguing historical twist on a beloved fairy tale. (author's note) (Historical fiction. 12-18)

Pub Date: March 8, 2022

ISBN: 978-0-593-32665-7

Page Count: 336

Publisher: Putnam

Review Posted Online: Dec. 24, 2021

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 15, 2022

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Part cautionary tale, part juicy love story, this will appeal to action and adventure fans who aren't yet sick of the genre.

SHATTER ME

A dystopic thriller joins the crowded shelves but doesn't distinguish itself.

Juliette was torn from her home and thrown into an asylum by The Reestablishment, a militaristic regime in control since an environmental catastrophe left society in ruins. Juliette’s journal holds her tortured thoughts in an attempt to repress memories of the horrific act that landed her in a cell. Mysteriously, Juliette’s touch kills. After months of isolation, her captors suddenly give her a cellmate—Adam, a drop-dead gorgeous guy. Adam, it turns out, is immune to her deadly touch. Unfortunately, he’s a soldier under orders from Warner, a power-hungry 19-year-old. But Adam belongs to a resistance movement; he helps Juliette escape to their stronghold, where she finds that she’s not the only one with superhuman abilities. The ending falls flat as the plot devolves into comic-book territory. Fast-paced action scenes convey imminent danger vividly, but there’s little sense of a broader world here. Overreliance on metaphor to express Juliette’s jaw-dropping surprise wears thin: “My mouth is sitting on my kneecaps. My eyebrows are dangling from the ceiling.” For all of her independence and superpowers, Juliette never moves beyond her role as a pawn in someone else’s schemes.

Part cautionary tale, part juicy love story, this will appeal to action and adventure fans who aren't yet sick of the genre. (Science fiction. 12 & up)

Pub Date: Nov. 15, 2011

ISBN: 978-0-06-208548-1

Page Count: 352

Publisher: HarperTeen

Review Posted Online: April 5, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 15, 2011

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Beautifully written historical fiction about giddy, queer first love.

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Finally, the intersectional, lesbian, historical teen novel so many readers have been waiting for.

Lily Hu has spent all her life in San Francisco’s Chinatown, keeping mostly to her Chinese American community both in and out of school. As she makes her way through her teen years in the 1950s, she starts growing apart from her childhood friends as her passion for rockets and space exploration grows—along with her curiosity about a few blocks in the city that her parents have warned her to avoid. A budding relationship develops with her first White friend, Kathleen, and together they sneak out to the Telegraph Club lesbian bar, where they begin to explore their sexuality as well as their relationship to each other. Lo’s lovely, realistic, and queer-positive tale is a slow burn, following Lily’s own gradual realization of her sexuality while she learns how to code-switch between being ostensibly heterosexual Chinatown Lily and lesbian Telegraph Bar Lily. In this meticulously researched title, Lo skillfully layers rich details, such as how Lily has to deal with microaggressions from gay and straight women alike and how all of Chinatown has to be careful of the insidious threat of McCarthyism. Actual events, such as Madame Chiang Kai-shek’s 1943 visit to San Francisco, form a backdrop to this story of a journey toward finding one’s authentic self.

Beautifully written historical fiction about giddy, queer first love. (author’s note) (Historical romance. 14-18)

Pub Date: Jan. 19, 2021

ISBN: 978-0-525-55525-4

Page Count: 416

Publisher: Dutton

Review Posted Online: Nov. 12, 2020

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 1, 2020

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