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Deeply in love with Zin and unable to understand the cold distance he constantly keeps from her, Nicole finally uncovers his dark secret--becoming ever more determined to stand by him and help him the only way she knows how.

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Allison van Diepen is a teacher in Ottawa, Canada. She is the author of Street Pharm, Snitch, and Raven, all published with Simon Pulse. Visit her at www.allisonvandiepen.com.

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Grade 8 Up—Nicole, a high school senior, falls in love with Zin the first time she sees him dance at a New York City club. But Zin is keeping a terrible secret, one that won't allow him to love her, or any mortal, for he is a Jiang Shi, one of a select few who have survived for centuries by absorbing the souls of the dying. So now Nicole must decide whether to be turned or to live out her mortal life. But immortality isn't all it's cracked up to be. And even the Jiang Shi have enemies. The romantic tension builds steadily as Nic's soulful relationship with Zin gains momentum and she is confronted with the startling realities of his existence. Peppered with sometimes strong language and vivid descriptions of the moves performed by the Toprocks (the break-dancing group to which she and Zin both belong), Nic's narration is believable, honest, and riveting. This darkly compelling read will find a niche with teens who like their fantasy well seasoned with the gritty reality of life, from the glitzy flash of the club scene to the darker, crueler side of survival on the streets.—Jane Henriksen Baird, Anchorage Public Library, AK
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