Intended for ages 12 and up, this is a dark fantasy that dwells explicitly on themes of choice and survival. Leslie is
a survivor, but what she has to deal
with is dark and disturbing. Written in an engaging voice, this book is sure to appeal to readers who won't flinch at the grittier side of life.
Leslie, an unhappy teenager, knows little about the world of faery other than that she wants to have a tattoo of eyes and wings. She wants to be free of fear and pain, and she thinks the tattoo will help her achieve that. It does, but in an unanticipated way; in the very ink of the tattoo is blood linking her to the King of the Dark Court, Irial.
Irial has chosen Leslie for the shadows within her, and it's through her that he will feed his court and hold her captive. (HarperTeen, May, 336 pp., $16.99)