Devoured

Amanda Marrone. Simon Pulse, $9.99 paper (304p) ISBN 978-1-4169-7890-9
Finding inspiration in classic fairy tales, Marrone (Revealers) crafts a creepy and thoroughly captivating story of love and jealousy. Megan takes a summer job at Land of Enchantment, the local fairy tale—themed amusement park, to keep an eye on her boyfriend. Playing Snow White isn't bad, despite the weird and excessively cheery family that runs the park. In fact, it could almost be a normal teenage summer for Megan, including being attracted to hunky artist Luke, except for the fact that she has been haunted by the ghost of her dead twin, Remy, for the past 10 years. Remy is upset by Megan's working at the park, and she starts warning Megan of bad things to come, showing her horrifying visions, and even talking to Luke ("It's no big deal really. I'm kind of a ghost magnet—runs in the family," he says). Marrone takes the typically complicated geometry of young love (interconnected crushes and professions of love abound) and follows the threads through an eerie mystery that readers should gobble up even while it gives them shivers. Ages 14—up. (Sept.)
Reviewed on: 11/30/2009
Release date: 09/01/2009
Genre: Children's
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