Overview

An ancient myth + a mean girl + a reluctant warrior = a lively take on good vs. evil



The Black Rose--a powerful ancient force--has been let loose and has taken up residence in Celeste Gibson, popular girl at Cassidy Carter-Lewis' high school. Thomas Delacroix is the spirit of a fourteenth-century knight who is devoted to protecting the Black Rose, but he needs a...
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Demonosity

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Overview

An ancient myth + a mean girl + a reluctant warrior = a lively take on good vs. evil



The Black Rose--a powerful ancient force--has been let loose and has taken up residence in Celeste Gibson, popular girl at Cassidy Carter-Lewis' high school. Thomas Delacroix is the spirit of a fourteenth-century knight who is devoted to protecting the Black Rose, but he needs a contemporary living being to take on the challenge. That's where Cassidy comes in. She's a quirky high school junior who just wants to dress in her vintage clothes, hang out with her best friend, and take care of her father, who is recovering from surgery. She's the last person who would ever volunteer for such a task, but no one actually asked her.  Now, like it or not, she finds herself training before dawn and battling demons at parties, the mall, and even at school. But hey, no one ever said high school was going to be easy. . .
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“Laced with humor, danger, and romance, this book will have readers smiling all the way to the last page.”—Publishers Weekly review of Fairy Bad Day

“Light, fast-paced, and not particularly scary . . . will quench the thirst of the Christopher Pike and R. L. Stine set.”—School Library Journal review of Zombie Queen of Newbury High

VOYA - Jamie Hansen
No one ever said high school is easy, but it is especially challenging for Cassidy Carter-Lewis. She is the newly chosen defender of the Black Rose, the ancient essence of eternal life, a force with potential for good and evil. The high school junior just wants to spend time with her best friend, Nash; get to know the new student, Travis; wear funky vintage clothes; and avoid popular queen bee Celeste Gibson. Instead, because of a visit from the troubled spirit of Thomas de la Croix, a young fourteenth-century knight, Cassidy finds herself unwillingly learning sword fighting and killing a seemingly unending invasion of extremely ugly demons, all seeking the power of the Black Rose. Even worse, Cassidy and Nash must shadow and protect Celeste, who has just unknowingly become the most recent vessel of the Black Rose. Cassidy must also choose the future of the Black Rose, a decision that could change the world forever. Ashby's latest romantic fantasy is a lightweight, amusing, but ultimately forgettable, take on demon slayers who happen to be cute teenaged girls. While some aspects of the novel will remind readers of Buffy and her Scooby gang, it lacks both the brilliance and the intensity of that cult favorite. Even hordes of demons, sword fights, and romantically flawed heroes cannot compensate for mediocre writing and formulaic characters. Suggest this entertaining and undemanding title for readers who can never get enough paranormal romance. Reviewer: Jamie Hansen
Kirkus Reviews
With her usual wit and humor, Ashby (Fairy Bad Day, 2011) takes on the question of how to make the right decision. No one ever said growing up was easy. For 16-year-old Cassidy Carter-Lewis, things are pretty complicated. Her dad's just home from knee surgery, her mom's just moved back in (but is usually at work), her faithless ex-boyfriend is hassling her, and now she's being pressured to try out for a part in the school play, which is totally not her scene. So when she finds out that she's supposed to be the guardian of the Black Rose (whatever that is) and has to learn sword fighting and start killing demons, it's all a bit much. On top of all that, she's being taught military technique by a medieval spirit and wooed by the more-than-handsome new guy at school. With so much going on in her life, how is she supposed to actually stop and think for even a minute about how to answer the call of the Black Rose, especially when her father's life starts to slip away due to a demon spell. No one can make the decision for her--it's up to her to decide what's really right and what's really wrong. With interesting characters and a fresh plot, this absorbing read addresses everything from peer pressure to intelligent guy pals to self-reliance, with just enough paranormal activity to maintain an edge. The message never overwhelms the fun in this frothy paranormal romp. (Paranormal adventure. 12 & up)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101625903
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 8/15/2013
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 668,842
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Amanda Ashby (www.amandaashby.com) was born in Australia and after sixteen years splitting her time between England and New Zealand, she has finally returned home. When she's not moving between countries, she likes to write books (okay, she also likes to watch television and eat chocolate, but let's just keep that between ourselves, shall we?). She has a degree in English and journalism from the University of Queensland and is married with two children. 
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