*** I received this book as an Arc through netgalley in exchange for my honest review.
Author: Helena Echlin and Malena Watrous
Publisher: Geek and Sundry
Genre: Teen fiction, paranormal, fantasy
Fifteen-year-old Laurel Goodwin wakes up to find her older sister Ivy missing from their Airstream trailer in the Oregon redwoods. A recurring nightmare convinces her that Ivy was abducted, but no one takes her dream seriously, including her mom. Laurel, a loner, has to learn to ask for help, and Jasper Blake, a mysterious new kid who shares her love of old books, quickly becomes her ally. Together they find their quiet town holds a deep secret and is the epicenter of a dark prophecy.
Laurel soon learns that her worst enemies, mean girls Peyton Andersen and Mei Rosen, are developing powers that she needs to find and save Ivy. With time running out, Laurel realizes that power doesn’t always take the form that you expect. And once she learns to look beyond her snap judgments, she develops an unexpected gift of her own.
I’ll be up front with you: this isn’t the type of story I normally read. I’ve been known to close books midway through and never finish them at the first mention of the paranormal or supernatural. It’s just not normally my cup of tea (until I read the Gone series by Michael Grant! That series made me realize I need to branch out more! You can read my review on those books here.)
So needless to say, I was skeptical when I was first approved to read this arc. I wasn’t sure what I was getting into. But something I really appreciated was that the story gave you some time to warm up to the fact that certain people have supernatural powers and it is weird at first to the characters in the book too. They aren’t all automatically accepting of this fact at first and some are very skeptical about it. It didn’t just throw the powers in your face right off the bat; it eased you into that plot point and let you accept along with the characters that this was the present reality.
I have to say that I loved the writing of this book. I know it’s an Arc and probably not in it’s final form grammar and spelling wise yet, but the writing and structure of the story flowed really nicely.
There are a few things about the story and maybe some of the characters that didn’t sit quite right with me, but they were small things that I am honestly being too picky about and aren’t even worth mentioning. Really just stylistic choices to be honest. Another reason I didn’t give it a 5 star rating was because I found a few of the plot twists a little predictable. I still enjoyed them, but I already knew what was coming.
Overall, I found this to be a nice, easy read. I read this book in just over a day and a half and if I didn’t have kiddos running around, I could’ve read it in one sitting. I would recommend this book if you are looking for a captivating story and easy read. I can’t tell if this is going to be a stand alone or if it will be part of a series. The ending was left open enough where there could be more to the story but it was also wrapped up enough for me that I would be ok if it was a stand alone novel. Bottom line: it didn’t end with a gripping cliff hanger.
This title is being released on October 3rd of this year so make sure you keep an eye out for it!