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By Holly Black

Welcome to the world of very frightening faeries!

Sixteen-year-old Kaye is a contemporary nomad. Fierce and self sufficient, she travels from urban to urban along with her mother's rock band till an ominous assault forces Kaye again to her formative years domestic. There, amid the commercial, blue-collar New Jersey backdrop, Kaye quickly unearths herself an unwilling pawn in an historical energy fight among rival faerie kingdoms -- a fight that may rather well suggest her demise.

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Ellen used to be at the mobilephone, searching for a spot for them to crash. “Honey,” Ellen acknowledged eventually, “we’re going to need to visit Grandma’s. ” “Did you name her? ” Kaye requested, stacking her Grace Slick vinyl albums into an empty orange crate. They hadn’t quite a bit as visited as soon as within the six years that they’d been long past from New Jersey. Ellen slightly even spoke to her mom at the holi- days ahead of passing the telephone to Kaye. “Yeah, I simply woke her up. ” Kaye couldn’t take into account the final time her mom had sounded rather so drained. “It’ll simply be a short while. you could stopover at that good friend of yours. ” “Janet,” Kaye acknowledged. She was hoping that used to be who Ellen intended. She was hoping her mom wasn’t teasing her approximately that faerie bullshit back. If she needed to listen one other tale approximately Kaye and her lovely imagi-nary pals . . . “The one you electronic mail from the library. Get me one other cigarette, ok, hon? ” Ellen tossed a host of CDs into the crate. Kaye picked up a leather-based jacket of Lloyd’s she’d constantly loved and lit a cigarette for her mom off the range burner. No experience in losing suits. 1 “Coercive as coma, frail as bloom innuendoes of your inverse sunrise suffuse the self; our each corpuscle develop into an elf. ” —MINA LOY, “Moreover, the Moon,” The misplaced Lunar Baedeker Kaye spun down the worn, grey planks of the boardwalk. The air used to be heavy and stank of drying mussels and the crust of salt at the jetties. Waves tossed themselves opposed to the shore, dragging grit and sand among their nails as they have been slowly pulled again out to sea. The moon was once excessive and faded within the sky, however the solar was once simply taking place. It used to be so solid in an effort to breathe, Kaye suggestion. She enjoyed the serene brutality of the sea, enjoyed the electrical strength she felt with every one breath of rainy, briny air. She spun back, dizzily, now not worrying that her skirt was once flying up over the tops of her black thigh-high stockings. “Come on,” Janet known as. She stepped over the overflowing, leaf-choked gutter alongside the road parallel to the boardwalk, wobbling a bit of on fat-heeled platform footwear. Her glitter make-up sparkled lower than the road lamps. Janet exhaled ghosts of blue smoke and took one other drag on her cigarette. “You’re going to fall. ” Kaye and her mom have been staying at her grandmother’s every week already, or even even though Ellen stored announcing they’d be leaving quickly, Kaye knew they truly had nowhere to move. Kaye used to be joyful. She enjoyed the large outdated apartment caked with dirt and mothballs. She beloved the ocean being so shut and the air no longer stinging in her throat. the inexpensive inns they handed have been lengthy closed and boarded up, their swimming pools tired and cracked. Even the arcades have been close down, prizes within the claw machines nonetheless seen throughout the cloudy glass home windows. Rust marks above an deserted storefront defined the phrases SALT WATER TAFFY. Janet dug via her tiny handbag and pulled out a wand of strawberry lipgloss. Kaye spun as much as her, pretend leopard coat flying open, a run already in her stocking. Her boots had sand caught to them. “Let’s cross swimming,” Kaye acknowledged.

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