Diabolical by Cynthia Leitich Smith
Heaven and Hell collide in Smith’s latest tantalizing installment Diabolical.
Zachary has fallen. He’s fallen far from grace, fallen short in his duties, and if he doesn’t get his act together he’ll end up taking a final fall into that eternal inferno. Zachary maybe an angel belonging to the Order Guardian but he’s not particularly good at it, GA probably isn’t his calling.
So when word comes down that his girlfriend’s bestie is in danger, he doesn’t hesitate to break all the rules. Zachary, Kieren, and Quincie are crashing purgatory’s prep school in hopes of saving Miranda’s best friend Lucy. But the stakes become higher as he realizes that there are a few more souls worth saving attending satan’s schoolhouse, and Zachary isn’t willing to give up any of them without a fight.
It defies all reason in my mind at how under rated this series is. Diabolical like it’s predecessors are more interesting and better written than a lot of it’s more popular shelve mates. Again Smith puts a new spin on the arcane giving limbo a modern update and hell an earthly campus. All of our favorite characters are back plus Smith has added a few new players, that I am hoping will become more of a feature in future installments.
Somewhere between deliciously devious menus and heavenly memos lies Diabolical. It’s a smart, fresh, and witty take on the whole paranormal YA scene and if you haven’t given it a try, you are solely missing out.