Author: Carrie Jones & Steven E. Wedel
Series: Stand Alone?
Published: September 13, 2011 by Bloomsbury
Source: Around The World Tours
Description: 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.
I Give This ...
I hate to say it, but I think I need to step away from Carrie Jone's books for awhile. I just haven't enjoyed anything I've read as much as I want to. It leaves me feeling really disappointed. I actually really liked several elements in this book, but the overall plot just wasn't for me.
I think I had the hardest time connecting with the characters. They were forgettable. Their instant love connections didn't really work for me either. I did like that they seemed to have the dreams in common. It was an interesting and different way to connect them. I also liked the way they interacted with each other and their families. Seems to be the first paranormal type book were the couple aren't hiding from their families. In fact, the both of relatively normal home lives even though they are both minus a parent.
One thing I really did enjoy was how the Native American culture and traditions were woven into the story. It reminded me of another book I've read that is very similar. I enjoyed how the "monster" in the river feeds off of emotions. It can effect those around him and it's interesting to see how others react to it. I also enjoyed the rituals described that Alan goes through.
I hate that I didn't like this more. I'm not sure if it's how the story was put together or the characters that through me off. It was just average for me.