Author(s): Carrie Jones & Steven E. Wedel
*I received this book free of charge in exchange for an honest review*
Reading level: Young Adult
Hardcover: 320 pages
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens (September 13, 2011)
Aimee and Alan have secrets. Both teens have unusual pasts and abilities they prefer to keep hidden. But when they meet each other, in a cold Maine town, they can’t stop their secrets from spilling out. Strange things have been happening lately, and they both feel that something-or someone- is haunting them. They’re wrong. Despite their unusual history and powers, it’s neither Aimee nor Alan who is truly haunted. It’s Alan’s cousin Courtney who, in a desperate plea to find her missing father, has invited a demon into her life-and into her body. Only together can Aimee and Alan exorcise the ghost. And they have to move quickly, before it devours not just Courtney but everything around her.
First lets talk about that amazing cover! As you all know, I am the first to admit when a cover is the main reason a book captures my interest. When I first saw this cover unveiled, I just knew I would end up reading it without even knowing what the book was about. Then when I read the summary, I was curious to find out how two authors were going to create a wonderful story.
With the story revolving around two points of view, a heavy dose of Navajo heritage and lore, and a basis of paranormal suspense, this book should have been a hit for me. Who can go wrong with seeing a story unfold from both characters perspective and some creepy paranormal thrown in? Well, this book was wrong for me. I felt both characters were sort of dull together with no real sparks to keep me interested. I did love how the authors involved the Navajo traditions and tried to make the relationship work, but at times it felt to forced. I just couldn’t seem to get in the romance groove for this couple.
While the creepy paranormal was a great factor for the book, it just didn’t balance out the parts that left me uninterested. I applaud the efforts though of both authors in trying to make a book work was a joint project. That alone is a great accomplishment in writing a book. I just wish that the story would have excited me as much as the cover did.
Okay book, but it left me wanting more! 3 STARS