Entertaining paranormal YA. Age appropriate. This is the first book I've read by de Lint and I really enjoyed it. Coming of age adventure with faeries, ghosts and images of the hereafter. Recommended.
Another Newford book. This book was good, but I was surprised that it seemed to be geared more to young adults than adults.
I'm a new Charles de Lint fan, I read this one after reading Riddle of the Wren. This is great young-adult fiction, though I wouldn't really consider myself a young adult anymore but I still really enjoyed this book. I couldn't put it down after I started reading it, a very entertaining story.
Imogene Yeck, former gang member and current fairy butt-kicker, is the cool "blue girl". On her first day of school in a new town, Imogene meets Maxine, an outcast, and is targeted by a group of popular bullies. The two become friends despite their polar personalities; Imogene is bold and brash where Maxine is mousy and quiet. When Imogene notices a pale boy watching her, she asks about him and learns the story of Ghostactually Adriananother outcast who was harassed by cliques, died under mysterious circumstances a few years earlier, and now haunts the school. His only companions are a handful of amoral fairies. He convinces them to show themselves to Imogene, but this draws the soul-sucking anamithim to her, endangering her life and the people she loves. Adrian, Imogene, and Maxine alternate as narrators. Tied together as victims of both the magical world and of everyday tyrants, they are sympathetic characters who speak with sharp, snappy dialogue. This complicated story is made more intricate by the now/then time shifts between chapters. The two popular bullies are stereotypically flat, but the remaining characters are well drawn and delightful. Imogene's brutal choices about where to draw the line between self-protection and becoming like her tormentors are clearly depicted.
This is one of my favorite YA books by my absolute favorite author. The characters are so well developed and the story is truly wonderful.
Like all of Charles de Lint's books there is an underlying moral to each of his stories.
I would recommend this to adults and children as well.
Five stars from me!!!!
Another great Charles de Lint book!