I wasn’t sure what to make of this paranormal YA paranormal romance story. Laney is likeable and relatable. She finds herself in the awkward position of being the new girl in Fairy, Texas after her mother marries again. Her step-sister, Kayla, doesn’t like her, and there are odd happenings at her school. She sees things that others do not… Then there is Mason, Josh, and Andrew, who all seem quite interested in getting to know the new girl. And of course, the dead body…
There was enough right and intriguing in this novel to keep me reading. The question: is she the one that they’ve been waiting for to fulfill the prophesy? The way to find out leads to some humorous and some dangerous scenes. There is some violence and sexually suggestive scenes, though no sex. I think that I would have preferred if they were a bit older; Laney is a sophomore in high school.
There are plot twists, and the paranormal element is not the usual options of vampires, werewolves… The beings were not typical. There were a few scenes near the climactic end that seemed a bit anti-climactic to me. It ends in a way that suggests that this might be the beginning of a series. I would be curious as to what happens next as this author seems to have a few more twists for these characters. I’d recommend it for readers of YA paranormal romance. I gave it a 3.5 rating because I didn’t quite get drawn into the story, though it was well-written.
My rating: 3 1/2 *** (out of 5)
I was partnered with Mason Collier, the infamous football-playing, cute, but possibly black-magicky friend-of-Bartlef I’d heard about at lunch. I looked around and saw a guy waving at me from across the room. He was looking at me kind of like he was hungry and maybe I was breakfast. It worried me.
Still, at least I hadn’t been paired up with Kayla. It could have been much worse.
“Okay,” Carlson said. “Go ahead and meet with your partner and plan your strategy.”
Mason and I stood up at the same time and walked toward each other. I was so busy making sure I didn’t trip over any desks that I didn’t see Kayla headed toward me until she was right in front of me. And then she leaned in close to my face and hissed at me. “Don’t get too cozy. He’s way out of your league.”
I rolled my eyes and moved around her without responding. Three days. Three days I’d been in Fairy, and already I had an enemy. And I lived in her house. My life kept getting better and better.
Mason and I met in the middle of the room. Kayla and her friends huddled nearby, watching us.
“Hey,” Mason said.
“Hey.” Nice, neutral word, hey. Can mean almost anything. Or nothing.
“So,” he said, “where do you want to start?”
He was asking me? Where I wanted to start was away from here, where there weren’t any dead boys to trip over.
So much for that option.
Margo Bond Collins is the author of a number of novels, including Waking Up Dead, Fairy, Texas, and Legally Undead (forthcoming in 2014). She lives in Texas with her husband, their daughter, and several spoiled pets. She teaches college-level English courses online, though writing fiction is her first love. She enjoys reading urban fantasy and paranormal fiction of any genre and spends most of her free time daydreaming about vampires, ghosts, zombies, werewolves, and other monsters.
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