Bad Graces

­HarperCollins/Katherine Tegen. Jun. 2024. 320p. Tr $19.99. ISBN 9780063243095.
Gr 9 Up–Liv Whitlock stole her sister’s life for a second chance. Having lived a lifetime of foster homes and being deemed volatile and violent by her social worker, Liv’s last straw is when her sister Everly tries to smother her in her sleep. Using her greatest talent, writing, and her sister’s better grades and reputation, Liv wins an internship on a film set in Alaska. Along with actors and sisters Effie and Miri, athlete Rosa, singer Paris, and influencer Celia, Liv joins the film’s director Vincent on a luxury yacht trip to the film location. However, when the yacht capsizes during a storm, the girls wash up on a mysterious island in the Pacific Northwest. Stalked by a mysterious predator and fighting to survive, Liv realizes the island is not what is seems and all the girls will be forever changed. McCauley creates a fast-paced plot with an engaging mystery that will hook readers from the beginning. The story and characters will most likely engage readers who enjoy the fantasy, survival, queer romance, or horror genres.
VERDICT A modern, twisted dark fairy tale, perfect for fans of Krystal Sutherland and established fans of McCauley.

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