...as to how and why Holly Black kicks ass, that is.
Holly's rules for other writers, etc. on how to not piss her off:
Don't leave me hanging.
If you set something up, it has to pay out.
Don't set up a girl as a bad-ass and then spend the rest of the book/show/film punishing her for her badassery.
Holly also has a new book coming out.
(dunno when, though)
It's a mystery and a graphic novel. (and, of course, fantasy)
The artwork is done by Ted Naifeh, who also wrote and illustrated Polly and the Pirates.
With that dynamic duo in charge, I think it's safe to say that we can expect a bad-ass girl or two in The Good Neighbors.
(makes mental note to make sure my branch is getting a copy)