Wednesday 5 February 2020


Title: Malice
Author: Pintip Dun
Genre: YA, Thriller, Fantasy
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Release Date: 4th February 2020

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What I know: a boy at my school will one day wipe out two-thirds of the population with a virus.

What I don’t know: who he is.

In a race against the clock, I not only have to figure out his identity, but I'll have to outwit a voice from the future telling me to kill him. Because I'm starting to realize no one is telling the truth. But how can I play chess with someone who already knows the outcome of my every move? Someone so filled with malice she’s lost all hope in humanity? Well, I'll just have to find a way―because now she’s drawn a target on the only boy I've ever loved... 


Pintip Dunn is a New York Times bestselling author of young adult fiction. She graduated from Harvard University, magna cum laude, with an A.B., and received her J.D. at Yale Law School.
Pintip’s novel FORGET TOMORROW won the 2016 RWA RITA® for Best First Book, and SEIZE TODAY won the 2018 RITA for Best Young Adult Romance. In addition, her books have been translated into four languages, and they have been nominated for the following awards: the Grand Prix de l’Imaginaire; the Japanese Sakura Medal; the MASL Truman Award; the Tome Society It list; the Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award; and a Kirkus Reviews Best Indie Book of the Year. Her other novels include REMEMBER YESTERDAY, THE DARKEST LIE, GIRL ON THE VERGE, STAR-CROSSED, and MALICE


5:58 a.m.

Most Obnoxious Boy Alive: Black flannel shirt, sleeves rolled up. Black jeans. White canvas sneakers 

Me: ???
Most Obnoxious Boy Alive: Ur imagining what I’m wearing, amirite? Don’t lovesick girls fantasize bout this every morning? 
Me: Hate to break it to you, Bandit, but the only “sick” I’m about to be is all over my phone. 
Most Obnoxious Boy Alive: Could u plz not call me that?
Me: What? Bandit? But it’s your name. 
Most Obnoxious Boy Alive: Yea, but when u say it, w all ur proper spelling, it sounds like ur scolding me 
Me: What should I call you, then? 
Most Obnoxious Boy Alive: How bout babycakes? 
Me: How about Most Obnoxious Boy Alive? That’s how you’re listed under my Contacts. 
Most Obnoxious Boy Alive: Ur giving me pet names already? Aww, honey oats, that’s sweet. Not sure I’m ready 4 this level of commitment tho
Me: You started it!
Most Obnoxious Boy Alive: Ur rite. I did. Ok fine. 2 eggs over easy. Bacon. Toast. What I’m having 4 breakfast 
Me: Told you already. Utterly uninterested. 
Most Obnoxious Boy Alive: Chrysanthemum tea too. Cuz it reminds me of my khun yai. She used to make it 4 me every morning w loads of brown sugar 

My fingers hover over my cell phone. I can’t bring myself to shut him down. Not now. Because I know from Lalana that “khun yai” means “grandmother.” And…he spoke about her in the past tense.
I remember, too, that Lalana attended a funeral last year. And I’m pretty sure it was for Bandit’s grandmother. 

Me: Of course you would like your tea super sweet. 
Most Obnoxious Boy Alive: I don’t. but that’s how my khun yai liked it, so that’s how I drank it
Me: And that’s how you still make your tea?

Dots appear. And then disappear. And then appear again, as though he can’t decide how to respond. I meant the question as a throwaway, but now I’m gripping my phone like our very future depends on the answer. Finally, his response pops up. 
Most Obnoxious Boy Alive: yea. that's how I still make my tea 

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