This was unexpectedly fun and great. Two friends and a shared creation of a hero, Princess X. When one friend dies, the other tries to move on. But she starts finding clues that her friend might be alive. There’s adventure, there’s loyalty, and trust. But what makes this a different book is the mixed media. Mostly traditional text, but also part graphic memoir. And what’s especially refreshing is that this is a story about two girls who are friends and other male friends help but no romance appears anywhere.
— Audrey H.
Don't let the graphic novel cover fool you. This is a full-out mystery with great characters, plenty of suspense and some plot twists you definitely won't see coming. From the eerie appearance of a new comic by a friend who is supposedly dead to the final revelation of what really happened, this book is a smart, sharp, suspenseful ride.
Once upon a time, two best friends created a princess together. Libby drew the pictures, May wrote the tales, and their heroine, Princess X, slayed all the dragons and scaled all the mountains their imaginations could conjure.Once upon a few years later, Libby was in the car with her mom, driving across the Ballard Bridge on a rainy night. When the car went over the side, Libby passed away, and Princess X died with her.Once upon a now: May is sixteen and lonely, wandering the streets of Seattle, when she sees a sticker slapped in a corner window.Princess X?When May looks around, she sees the Princess everywhere: Stickers. Patches. Graffiti. There's an entire underground culture, focused around a webcomic at IAmPrincessX.com. The more May explores the webcomic, the more she sees disturbing similarities between Libby's story and Princess X online. And that means that only one person could have started this phenomenon -- her best friend, Libby, who lives.
About the Author
Cherie Priest is the author of I Am Princess X, her debut young adult novel which earned three starred reviews and was a YALSA Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers. She is also the author of more than a dozen adult science fiction, fantasy, and horror novels, including Boneshaker, which won the Locus Award for Best Science Fiction Novel. She lives in Seattle, Washington and can be found online at www.cheriepriest.com and @cmpriest. Kali Ciesemier's work has appeared in the New Yorker, the Los Angeles Times, Ebony, Mental Floss, and many other publications. She lives in New York. Please visit her website at www.ciesemier.com and follow her on Twitter at @kalidraws.
*"Priest's YA debut is an engrossing cyberthriller packed with a puzzling mystery, crackerjack detective work, and an eerie, atmospheric sense of place. Teens who roll their eyes at adults out of touch with Internet culture will eat this up." -- Booklist, starred review *"An excellent book with loads of cross-genre and cross-format appeal. Highly recommended." -- School Library Journal, starred review *"Fresh and contemporary, this hybrid novel/comic packs a lot of plot in a relatively short book, but its strongest suit may be Priest's keen understanding of the chasmic gap between the way teens and adults engage in the landscape of the Internet." -- Publishers Weekly, starred review