Author's Name: Lucy Hallowell
Genre: Contemporary (LGBT)
Stage of Completion: Some polishing done
Preferred Critique Style: Straight to the Point
Cat or Dog: Dog
Coffee or Tea: BOTH
When Holmes Academy trades intellectual curiosity for censorship, first-year students Elspeth Fairfax and Robin Hardy fight back with an underground library. Facing expulsion if they're caught, they smuggle banned books into the school to hide in plain sight.
Before they get their library running, the school's librarian is murdered. In a school willing to ban books to placate a powerful family, the girls rush to discover what secrets lead to murder.
It's not the only mystery Elspeth is trying to unravel. As she develops feelings for Robin, she wants to figure out if Robin returns her growing affection.
As of today I am a co-conspirator.
Fighting back was Robin’s idea but getting in trouble, pissing off my parents enough for them to get the school to ban all these books, that part was all me. But Robin doesn’t need to know that this is all my fault.
My parent shouldn’t be surprised. If there is a better way to raise a liar than having my parents I'd like to hear it. They could train spies for the CIA. Smile and hold the knife behind your back. If I took Latin I could translate it for a family crest. They'd love that, actually.
The library is a strange place to stage a fight but this is the spot we’ve chosen. Robin works Saturday nights at the library and the upperclassmen love her for it. She doesn't look up when I get to the counter. She bites the side of her thumb and looks around the library instead of at my face.
"Hi," she says.
"Anyone else working tonight?" I already know the answer.
"No." She flicks her eyes to a girl watching a moving in a study carrels. I roll my eyes.
"She's not going to bother us," I say and step around to the other side of the desk. Robin walks off and returns with a chair for me. It's one of those heavy wooden ones with the school crest on the back in gold. My family has half a dozen in the rec room at home. They’ll buy one for me when I graduate. If I don't get expelled.