Dec 24
2015

I Am Princess X is one of NYPL’s 2015 Best Books for Teens

I Am Princess X by Cherie Priest is one of the New York Public Library’s 2015 Best Books for Teens!

Dec 14
2015

Locus on Chapelwood by Cherie Priest

Chapelwood by Cherie Priest

“Most of the reviews of Cherie Priest’s new-ish Maplecroft and its just-released quasi-sequel Chapelwood focus on what her world borrows from H.P. Lovecraft. Those reviews are totally right. There are a lot of tentacles and creeping dread in these two titles. They are loving tributes to Cthulhu and all that dread lord has wrought… While the story is its own force ­ and works a charm, given Priest’s choice to stage the whole book as a series of letters and/or internal monologues by the main actors ­ the Lovecraftian mythos serves as a lovely candy shell around the nougat of cultural commentary Priest is engaging in… Add to that smart subtext a young, female protagonist who is more than capable of rescuing herself, thank you very much, plus an ending that doesn’t fit the expected beats of a climactic ending but is incredibly satisfying ­ and Chapelwood becomes much more than a Lovecraft knock-off. It is wholly and wonderfully itself.” — Locus Magazine

Jul 31
2015

RT Book Reviews on Chapelwood by Cherie Priest

Chapelwood by Cherie Priest

“In Chapelwood, Priest manages the very difficult task of jumping decades ahead — with a cast winnowed by the events of the previous novel in the series and the passing of years — and writing an equally gripping Lovecraftian thriller where our heroes are nearing or at retirement age and are pitched fully out of their normal settings. In some ways, this book is even scarier than the first, with their monstrous opponents coming to almost total power through good old-fashioned prejudice and hate; it feels very much like Borden, Wolf and their few allies are the last decent people in town. It’s a shame this feels like it must be the end of the series because readers will want more adventures with Borden and Wolf.” — RT Book Reviews, 4 1/2 stars

Jul 29
2015

Globe and Mail on I Am Princess X by Cherie Priest

I Am Princess X by Cherie Priest

“Princess X is a converse-clad, katana-wielding heroine invented by childhood best friends May and Libby. When Libby dies in a car crash, so does the fictional superhero. But a few years later, Princess X mysteriously shows up in a popular Web comic. How could a dead girl’s ideas come back to life? Ninety per cent text and 10 per cent comics, this is the genre-bending story of May’s quest to learn the truth behind Libby’s death and Princess X’s baffling reappearance. Delicious twists and turns make up this tightly focused tale of sleuthing, hacking and friendship – even after May partners with Patrick, her tech-savvy neighbour, not a mite of flirtation clouds the plot’s trajectory. Don’t let the pink on the cover fool you; this is a staggeringly original thriller that should find a wide audience.” — Globe and Mail

Jun 12
2015

Shelf Awareness starred review for I Am Princess X

I Am Princess X by Cherie Priest

“In her first novel for young adults, Cherie Priest (Boneshaker) introduces Libby Deaton and May Harper, who unite to create the comics character Princess X. The story quickly becomes a gripping mystery after Libby mysteriously disappears and May becomes obsessed with finding her…In a clever innovation, Priest seamlessly integrates Kali Ciesemier’s comics within the prose narrative. Each new episode of Princess X reveals further clues and a terrifying reality for their creator. Ciesemier’s portrait of Princess X achieves a sense of both anxiety and bravery. Priest demonstrates that creative teamwork of the kind shared by Libby and May leads to an intimate knowledge of one’s collaborator.” — Shelf Awareness, Starred Review

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