Today started exceedingly well. Like most paranoid and praise-hungry authors, I have a Google Alert set up for my name. This morning, I checked my email and found there was a new Google Alert. Clickity click...and oh my God, BLACK AND WHITE has been reviewed by Publishers Weekly! Ahhhhh! A few freak-out moments as I scrolled, scrolled, scrolled...and lo, there it was. The review:
Black and White Jackie Kessler and Caitlin Kittredge. Bantam Spectra, $15 paper (464p) ISBN 978-0-553-38631-8
In this complex tale, Kessler (the Hell on Earth series) and Kittredge (the Nocturne City novels) create a dark world where the narrow line between hero and vigilante is defined by corporate interests. When tragedy strikes during their third year at a young superheroes’ academy, best friends Jet and Iridium begin to grow apart, seeing their heroic world in different, and irreconcilable, ways. Shadow-wielding Jet becomes the Hero of New Chicago, where light-powered Iridium is seen as a rabid vigilante, and they find themselves archenemies. Both characters are intriguingly flawed: Jet suffers from insecurity, while Iridium’s arrogance repeatedly gets her into trouble. When an investigative reporter disappears, Jet suspects Iridium’s involvement, but the truth is far more complicated, keeping readers guessing whether the finale will be a reconciliation or a spectacular showdown. Jet and Iridium’s multifaceted relationship will appeal to all who have come to want more from their superheroes than good vs. evil and mindless battles. (July)
BOOYAH!!! In my quiet moments, when I am not freaking over the upcoming release (four weeks from tomorrow, ACK), I'll reread the PW review and smile.
(Separately, the rest of the morning rocked, because Precious Tax Deduction the Younger **stayed dry** overnight. Yes, there IS a Santa Claus!)