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ROSES ARE RED, VIOLETS ARE BLUE. IF YOU HURT US, WE'RE COMING FOR YOU.Moxie meets Female of the Species in this powerful, thrilling, and deeply resonant novel about a secret society of girls who plot...
ROSES ARE RED, VIOLETS ARE BLUE. IF YOU HURT US, WE'RE COMING FOR YOU.Moxie meets Female of the Species in this powerful, thrilling, and deeply resonant novel about a secret society of girls who plot...
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  • ROSES ARE RED, VIOLETS ARE BLUE. IF YOU HURT US, WE'RE COMING FOR YOU.

    Moxie meets Female of the Species in this powerful, thrilling, and deeply resonant novel about a secret society of girls who plot revenge on the men who hurt them.

    The enigmatic Black Coats have been exacting vengeance on men who have hurt girls and women for years. The killer of Thea's cousin went free, and Thea has just received an invitation to join the Black Coats' balancings—acts of revenge meant to teach a lesson. Justice for Natalie has never felt so close.

    But as the balancings escalate in brutality, Thea's clear-cut mission begins to unravel and she must decide just how far she is willing to go for justice.

    Because when the line between justice and revenge is paper thin, it's hard not to get cut.

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  • Colleen Oakes is the bestselling author of books for both teens and adults, including the Queen of Hearts trilogy and the Wendy Darling saga. She lives in North Denver with her husband and son and surrounds herself with the most lovely family and friends imaginable. When not penning new books, Colleen can be found swimming, traveling, reading, or advocating for adoption and literacy. Visit her at www.colleenoakes.com.

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  • Kirkus

    December 1, 2018
    A grieving teen joins up with a sophisticated vigilante sisterhood.Austin, Texas, high school junior and talented runner Thea Soloman is still grieving after the murder of her cousin and best friend, Natalie. When Thea is invited to join a secret group called the Black Coats, she finds new meaning. Thea and her teammates are trained to take vengeance on men who have wronged women and gotten away with it, with the promise of exacting revenge of their own. Thea becomes consumed by the Black Coats and also finds love with handsome fellow student Drew Porter. But soon the dangerous missions, called Balancings, blur the line between justice and torture, and Thea soon discovers the Black Coats are much more than they seem. Readers must suspend disbelief to allow for the existence of a decades-old secret society of teen harbingers of vengeance who have largely managed to get away with so much for so long, but this satisfying feminist tale is so fierce they likely won't care. Thea is biracial (her mother is black and her father white), Drew is white, and most supporting characters, except for one Black Coat of Middle Eastern descent, are assumed white. Oakes (War of the Cards, 2017, etc.) asks readers to seriously consider the sometimes-destructive nature of grief as well as justice, vengeance, and the many moral shades of gray between the two.An explosive thriller that is all too timely in the #MeToo era. (Thriller. 13-18)

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    December 1, 2018

    Gr 8 Up{amp}mdash;Mindy McGinnis's The Female of the Species meets Ally Carter's "Gallagher Girls" in this thriller with deeper themes about grief and justice. Thea Soloman's junior year has been spent running track and grieving for her cousin Natalie until she gets a mysterious invitation. The secret group is called The Black Coats. They are dedicated to the punishment of those who hurt women and they want Thea as a trainee. In return for participation in Balancings, which range from blackmail to beatings, Thea is promised justice for Natalie. As she is drawn deeper in the group, she learns that the Black Coats are not what they seem and that justice is never simple. Thea has a chance to make things right, but not without giving up knowing the truth about Natalie's murder. This is a perfectly paced thriller, even stronger for Thea's grief remaining real and present despite the continuous action. Thea is a complex protagonist who has a clear and relatable motivation, making it much easier to buy into the secret society of women vigilantes. The female friendships far outshine the rather quick-moving romance, easily the weakest part of the book. While there is a fair amount of violence, it's present to serve the plot and themes rather than for shock value. VERDICT This timely page-turner has a strong hook and will not sit on shelves for long. Recommended for all libraries.{amp}mdash;Elizabeth Saxton, Tiffin, OH

    Copyright 2018 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

  • NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author Chanda Hahn
    Praise for Queen of Hearts: "Oakes continues to weave literary magic as she pulls you down the rabbit hole into a Wonderland like you've never read before."
  • Publishers Weekly Praise for Queen of Hearts: "Fans of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland will enjoy the twists Oakes gives to familiar characters. Heart-stopping action makes the pages fly, and Dinah's struggle to stay true to herself amid impossible expectations resonates."
  • Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books Praise for Queen of Hearts: "Every good villain deserves an origin story, and Oakes offers a fascinating glimpse into the mad queen's complex and heartbreaking past. The novel offers some wonderful reinventions of Carroll's classic, and fans of Alice's more sinister elements will appreciate Oakes' macabre touches."
  • Kirkus Reviews "This satisfying feminist tale is so fierce... An explosive thriller that is all too timely in the #MeToo era."
  • ALA Booklist "There is fun to be had between the action-packed training sequences [and] dashes of romance, but Coates' main message is about trauma, abuse, who deserves an opportunity for redemption, and who gets to decide... Enjoyably over the top, with some great ethical questions to explore."
  • School Library Journal "Mindy McGinnis's The Female of the Species meets Ally Carter's "Gallagher Girls" in this thriller with deeper themes about grief and justice. A perfectly paced thriller...this timely page-turner has a strong hook and will not sit on shelves for long."
  • Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books "The Black Coats provide[s] pure satisfaction with the idea of fighting back against misogyny and sexism... a relevant read in the #metoo era."

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