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  • 06/2022
  • ‎ 979-8835133307
  • 348 pages
  • $13.75
Ebook Details
  • 06/2022
  • ‎ 979-8835133307
  • 348 pages
  • $4.73
Mike Csortos
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Devil Flower
Carly Cummings school day ended with a bus full of kids making fun of her. High school is tough enough without her mother embarrassing her sitting in a rocking chair at the end of the driveway. Carly thinks her mother is either drunk or crazy. But when she tells Carly she will be gone soon, Carly’s world begins to collapse into a horrifying realm of disbelief. That evening her mother vanishes into a vaporous cloud of yellow mist. Carly is dismayed that her sister and father don’t’ seem the least bit concerned. She’s sure it’s a joke being played on her. Except that night her sister tells her about the purple flowers that were given to her by a woman at the local market. And at school things are also getting strange. Students and teachers are changing into vaporous trails of yellow mist, their essences seized and carried away. Carly knows something is terribly wrong. With the help of a boy from school she embarks on a search to discover what terrible forces are devouring her world. Will she be next?
Plot/Idea: 8 out of 10
Originality: 7 out of 10
Prose: 6 out of 10
Character/Execution: 7 out of 10
Overall: 7.00 out of 10

Assessment:

Plot: In a fresh and insightful story, fifteen-year-old Carly Cummings must confront a supernatural force that threatens to consume her entire community in yellow mist. Her mother has already succumbed, and now Carly, with the help of a boy from school, must uncover the source of the terrible vapor as well as her own sense of belonging.

Prose: Direct, first-person narration keeps readers oriented within the unfolding mystery Carly must solve and her efforts to preserve her sense of self over and against the pressure to conform.

Originality: Readers will appreciate the fresh take on finding one's way through the high school years, when everything can feel unstable and uncertain, as if it might vanish in a yellow mist. The setting enacts the challenges of clarifying one's place in the world.

Character/Execution: The tension between Carly and her family propels the narrative as Carly struggles to solve the mystery of what is stealing their essences. Carly’s connection to her grandfather, a writer like Carly aims to be, keeps her searching for the truth even when the rest of her family urges her to give up and join them behind the Veil.

Blurb: An alluring coming-of-age supernatural mystery about one girl’s quest to solve the mystery at the heart of her family, her school, and her town.

Date Submitted: June 23, 2022

Formats
Paperback Details
  • 06/2022
  • ‎ 979-8835133307
  • 348 pages
  • $13.75
Ebook Details
  • 06/2022
  • ‎ 979-8835133307
  • 348 pages
  • $4.73

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