Format: Fiction Book
Genre: Paranormal Fantasy
What did you like about the book? As a recovering cancer patient, Casey misses the strong, daredevil girl she used to be — a freerunner and martial artist. Now physically weaker, she is all too aware of her own mortality. When she hears about tryouts to become a roller derby girl, Casey jumps at the chance to recapture her fearlessness. She meets the gorgeous roller derby team manager, Michael, who turns out to be a Sentinel come to earth to train people how to destroy demons. Casey becomes his first demon-hunter and happily, his first girlfriend. Although it’s an unlikely mix of realistic cancer recovery sequences, flippant teen conversations, roller derby, and vicious demon attacks, the story works. The author’s handling of Casey’s recovery seemed particularly adept. In a Q and A section at the end, it is revealed that the author’s husband is a cancer survivor himself, and he served as inspiration, in part, for Casey’s character.
What didn’t you like about the book? Considering that they had so recently almost lost her to cancer, Casey’s parents seemed unusually blasé about the various injuries she sustained during the course of the story.
To whom would you recommend this book? Recommend to young adults who enjoy a snarky heroine, lots of action, and an innocent (kissing only) paranormal romance. Readalikes: Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy, Croak by Gina Damico, Maggie Quinn: Girl vs. Evil series by Rosemary Clement-Moore
Who should buy this book? Middle schools, public libraries.
Where would you shelve it and why? Shelve it in the YA fiction section or in the paranormal section if you are using genre shelving.
Should we (librarians) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Not necessary.
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Mary Melaugh, Marshall Middle School Library, Billerica, MA
Date of review: 7/16/14