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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
May get teens interested in learning about banshees and other mythical creatures.
There is a good message in the midst of all this romance and mysticism about accepting who you are and fighting for the people you love. It's quiet, but it's there.
Positive Role Models
Kaylee is a strong character who is willing to do what she can to save those she loves.
Violence & Scariness
Nothing too graphic, but a number of girls do drop dead of no apparent cause. Also, Kaylee's mother was killed in car accident, and, later in the book, her aunt dies. There are a number of rather creepy creatures, and a rather intense scene in which Kaylee battles a grim reaper for her cousin's soul.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some pretty passionate makeout sessions, including lots of licking and burning kisses that "scalded ... in the most delicious way." Kaylee wonders about Nash's reputation and if he will end their romance if she has sex with him.
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A few words here and there, including "crap" and "s--t."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Kaylee's best friend has a drink at a club they've snuck into, and another girl there is very drunk. After Kaylee and her cousin see a classmate die, Kaylee's aunt gives her daughter prescription pills to help her sleep, and then gets drunk.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this book features both fantastical creature and murders, though violence is pretty limited. Kaylee has to deal with demons -- both real ones and symbolic ones (like accepting that her mother died so she can live). Also, it is a Harlequin, so expect some romance (although, making out is as far as the main characters go). Some characters drink, and an adult gives her daughter sleeping pills that aren't prescribed to her. In the end, though, the heroine is a strong character who fights for those she loves. Fantasy fans may even be inspired to research the myths this story is based around.
Is It Any Good?
Well, this is certainly not going to meet anyone's definition of a classic, but it is good fun. There are mythical creatures, a dark mystery, a romance, and even some humor along the way ("Minions!" Thinks Kaylee during her final face off with a grim reaper "She did not just call me a minion!"). Readers may be surprised that Kaylee can process so much in just four days -- from finding out she's not human to hooking up with her first boyfriend (not to mention discovering why all the pretty girls around her keep dropping dead for no reason). But those who love a fast-paced fantasy novel will keep up with this plot-heavy book -- the first in a series -- and eagerly await the next installment about the feisty heroine.
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