Reviewed for 2009, High School


In this prequel to Graceling, many-colored monsters roam the Dells with the power to provoke both adulation and violence. Fire is an impossibly beautiful human monster with the ability to influence all those around her. When the young king recruits her to aid the kingdom as war brews on all sides, she must learn to control and accept her power. Filled with action, politics, romance and deeply-felt thought and emotion, Fire is a great read for teens beginning to own their powers and emotions, and for readers of all ages looking for a well-balanced adventure. (Dial, $10.52)