Lindsay Cavanaugh has a lot more emotional baggage than most teenagers. There’s HER school work, boy trouble, mother’s death, mental breakdown (need I continue?)…and then there’s CELIA’S trouble past, horrific death, and vengeful desires. You see, Lindsay is possessed all thanks to a little snotty rich girl named Mandy. Campus prima donna and bitc…witchy wonder, she gets what she wants, when she wants it…usually. This year, things are changing. The spirits that possess the girls of Marlwood seem to be losing their grip on their hosts…with frightening consequences. For every moment they are free of these entities, there are two fold as many that leave them lost, confused, and at times, unable to control their own bodies…and what they do. This high stakes game is about to come to a less than quiet end. Who will win is anyone’s guess…just remember, winner takes all.
First off let me say, this is definitely one that you need to read the prior books before delving into…trust me. In fact, once they are all out (as this one releases next week), I’d recommend reading them one right after another. There is a certain mindset you need to be in, in order to fully understand and follow what’s happening. It’s not that it’s unclear, it’s more that because of the circumstances presented, both the storyline and dialogue bounce around between the possessed and the possessor which can leave you feeling a bit muddled if you’re not mentally prepared.
Just when you thought you had everyone figured out…BOOM….something else happens that makes you wonder if you were coming or going. Those that seemed crazy may not really be and those that inspire trust…well, we all know about the quiet ones (oh wait…that would include me then…ummm….O_O). Lindsay finds her inner strength. Mandy shows her sweeter side…who even knew she HAD one. Miles unearths a shred of decency that on him is rather off-putting and shudder-worthy (and yet still swoon-worthy at times). In a nutshell, a mixed bag to say the least.
Story wise, we are greeted by a blast from the past in many ways; revisiting (mentally) the time before and after Lindsay’s mother passed away, dealing with the fallout of the events that followed, and tackling the feelings hidden beneath her hardened exterior that made her a beacon for Celia when seeking a “host”. The flashbacks from Celia also take on a life of their own forming into something more tangible than shadows and mist…though I’d watch out for that mist (I’m just sayin’…); something that true nightmares are made of.
Is “a-character-whose-name-will-be-revealed” behind the final flowery finding or is it something more sinister? It lets your imagination run wild (and work overtime) with possibility, a nice touch indeed. It’s a great YA story with a strong paranormal cast that is sure to get your ghost…so to speak. The message is one about facing your past, not being afraid of your feelings and finding the strength to discover who you really are. Is it “scare your socks off” scary? Not to me, but readers reactions do tend to vary. It DOES however have a fabulous creepiness to it that doesn’t let go…even after the final page. Careful you don’t walk away from this story with more than you bargained…. (muwhahahaha!)
Recommended reading for YA fans of the middle to teen and beyond age range. This book is set to release this month from Razorbill Books, so be on the lookout on a bookshelf near you. Review copy courtesy of author Nancy Holder and Erin, her assistant. (THANKS!) For more information about the author and her extensive body of work, visit her website, or follow along on Twitter.
Why? *gasp* You don’t know? That’s the day that this title is celebrating its book birthday! *grabs party hat and confetti* Its ALSO the day that we find out who will be enjoying this series from where it all began….book one. Oh…didn’t I mention? It’s CONTEST TIME! Okay, so I know I didn’t mention it…was just curious to see how many would read the post without the initial announcement of a contest. If you’re reading this, you passed! *claps madly in your honor* Anywho…back to “CONTEST TIME”!