Seventeen-year-old Lea Saldana is a trained assassin. She was born into one of the nine clipper families who lawfully take lives for a price in the kingdom of Lovero. As a member of the highest-ranking clan, loyalty to family is valued above all, but that doesn't stop Lea from getting into a secret relationship with Val Da Via, a boy from a rival clan. Then she awakens one night to a house full of smoke. She narrowly escapes, but she isn't able to save her family. With horror, she realizes that the Da Vias must be responsible. Heartbroken, her only goal is to make them pay. With its inventive world building and flawlessly crafted action, this is a must read for YA readers.
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by Sarah Beth Durst
by Sarah Dessen
by Sarah J. Maas
by Sarah Jean Horwitz
by Jenny Han
by L.J. Smith
"Narrator Khristine Hvam captures the protagonist's emotional journey in this fantasy involving a teenager who is determined to avenge the slaughter of her family. Lea Saldana and her family are clippers: hired assassins whose murders are sanctioned by the king as a form of worship to the goddess Safraella. In a bid for power, Lea's family is murdered by rival clippers. In one breathlessly narrated sequence after another, Lea escapes only to be pursued by both assassins and violent ghosts as she travels to seek the aid of her exiled uncle. Slight variations distinguish the many male characters, but the story is Lea's, and Hvam's expressive narration is at its best when capturing the young woman's anguish and resolve. E.C. © AudioFile 2016, Portland, Maine"
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