by Christy Sloat
Series: The Visitor's Series #1
Published by Anchor Group on June 2012
Genres: paranormal, supernatural, young adult
Source: Reviewer Purchase
Some secrets should never be revealed... Brylee Branson begrudgingly made the excruciating move with her family from the warm sandy beaches of California to small town living in New Jersey. As if she wasn't miserable enough, they've moved into a creepy old house that everyone in the area claims is haunted. Brylee dismisses the idea of ghosts and hauntings, until she begins to see and hear things that can't be explained... Brylee has no choice but to seek the help of new friends to unlock the secrets of this place she now calls home. But some secrets should never be revealed. Can the teens find a way to release the spirits imprisoned within the walls? Or will the curse claim them, too?
I’ve always been a huge fan of the supernatural… Give me a good ghost story and I’m hooked! Did I mention that the story is set in New Jersey? I’m a Jersey girl born and bred so I was exited to see a story that takes place here. When I started reading it, I almost felt like it was a little too YA for me. The main character kept talking about her crush Ethan that she was leaving behind in California. I kept asking myself “Why is this relevant?” Thankfully my question was answered in the form of the plot. Very nicely done! Brylee was a solid character. Thank God she wasn’t one of those annoying, whiny teenagers because I would have thrown the book into next week! Ephraim and Lynley were great too and I wonder if I’ll get to see more of them in book two…and I mostly mean Ephraim :0).
I’m usually good at predicting the ending while I’m reading. It’s almost like a contest with myself to see how much I can guess by the end of the book. I was stumped the entire time. I didn’t know how it was going to end and wow was it a whamy! I don’t want to say it ends in a cliffhanger but it does. The story ends satisfactorily but you need to continue reading to see what happens. I would definitely recommend this book to everyone!
This is one of those books you don’t want to read at night…in the dark lol. I swear you will hear shit! I just finished a really creepy scene and set my kindle down on the nightstand where I always leave it. When I woke up, I reached over to continue reading and my kindle was gone! I was looking everywhere for it. On the floor, behind the nightstand and even in the boxes on my bookshelf. It was no where in sight. I lay back down, defeated, and see my kindle sticking out of the blanket at the foot of the bed. It gave me the willies! How did it get there? It is quite possible that I was sleep walking again but that’s an eery coincidence LOL.
Christy Sloat is a Southern California native who now lives in New Jersey with her husband and two daughters. She believes that reading is a passion and it should be embraced. She is literally obsessed with reading and tries to fit as many books in as possible. She has a very active imagination and she encourages her daughters to find theirs. Christy hopes to inspire them and others to use their creativity for the use of good. When she is not writing, reading or being Mommy, you might be able to find her at a bookstore scouring the shelves.
Look for her recent titles The Many Lives of Avery Snow, Ianni, The Unraveling of Avery Snow and The Brown House.
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