Clementine DeVore spent ten years trapped in a cellar, pinned down by willow roots, silenced and forgotten. Now she’s out and determined to uncover who put her in that cellar and why.
When Clementine was a child, dangerous and inexplicable things started happening in New South Bend. The townsfolk blamed the fiendish people out in the Willows and burned their homes to the ground. But magic kept Clementine alive, walled up in the cellar for ten years, until a boy named Fisher sets her free.
Back in the world, Clementine sets out to discover what happened all those years ago. But the truth gets muddled in her dangerous attraction to Fisher, the politics of New South Bend, and the Hollow, a fickle and terrifying place that seems increasingly temperamental ever since Clementine reemerged.
This beguiling amalgamation of the magical and modern worlds will have readers mesmerized.Kirkus Reviews, starred review
No one since Francesca Lia Block has so consistently sided with the so-called monsters, and this dark-sparkled effort furthers the author’s reputation as one of YA horror’s most unique voices.Booklist
Yovanoff creates yet another beautiful but disturbing setting, with elegant prose describing the picturesque countryside in one paragraph and the gut-wrenching stench of hellhounds in the next…Bulletin of the Center of Children’s Books
Powerful, evocative prose brings to life a world close to overflowing with wild magic, seething prejudice, and base fear.Horn Book
- Official Junior Library Guild Selection2014
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