Life has not been easy for Chass. She and her mother have been on the run from a murderous man for as long as she can remember. Still she is not prepared to witness teen pop sensation Josh Emmit being shot in front of her. She runs from the scene, but not before he gives her an engraved ingot. She soon finds herself the prime suspect, and her mother is ready to pack and leave. Chass, however, has found a band and friends, and she is not ready to move on. So she fights back, determined to find the real killer herself. This second installment in the Hunted series turns up the heat with the murder occurring in the first five pages. It provides plenty of twists and turns and red herrings to keep the reader guessing. There is a "fake" brother, a mysterious group of teens called The Hundred, car chases, and running from the cops. The ending stretches believability, but the series does not try to be any thing more than it is-a fun, crime series with a likeable heroine who has amazing luck at escaping the bad guy. The previous book, Fake ID (Sleuth/Dutton, 2005/VOYA August 2005), was popular with reluctant readers, and this one will be too. More sophisticated readers may find it fun, escapist reading while they try to guess the ending. VOYA CODES: 3Q 4P J S (Readable without serious defects; Broad general YA appeal; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12). 2006, Sleuth/Dutton, 256p., Ages 12 to 18.
Mary Ann Harlan
Gr 9 Up-This sequel to the first-rate Fake ID (Dutton, 2005) finds 16-year-old Chastity and her mother hoping to make normal lives for themselves in San Francisco. They are still pursued by a powerful, menacing figure from the past who is determined to reclaim a tape recording that proves him guilty of murder. Chass is a talented singer who dreams of having her own band. She witnesses, and is implicated in, the drive-by shooting of a famous young musician. Soon she is drawn into the dark underworld of a secret society that might have something to do with the crime. Teens with an interest in music will especially enjoy this suspenseful, action-packed thriller. Several unexpected twists add to a well-crafted story that's filled with sympathetic, colorful characters. This title can stand on its own but the first book fills in more of the history of Chass and her mother. Readers searching for a quick, suspenseful read will find a winner here.-Miranda Doyle, San Francisco Public Library Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Music, murder, car chases and a secret society get blended together as this thriller series continues. Sixteen-year old Chass and her Mom, on the run from the evil corporate magnate Kyle Van Epps, are installed in San Francisco where Chass witnesses a murder. Chass, a brilliant singer, has just met pop star Josh when he's shot in front of her. When the cops hone in on her as the only suspect despite clear forensic evidence that proves her innocence, Chass decides to solve the crime herself by infiltrating a secret, elite club of loathsome teenagers. Meanwhile, she starts a band and plays gigs with her new friends as she escapes from police and other unsavory characters. Murder suspects sprout like fungi throughout the book, but the absurdly contrived solution simply keeps the series alive. Still, plenty of action gets the story moving. For fans and thrill seekers. (Fiction. YA)
...a well-crafted story that's filled with sympathetic, colorful characters. (School Library Journal)