Author: Katie Alender
Date finished reading: February 19, 2014
The first thing that caught my eye with this book is the cover. I am guilty of judging some books by its covers and this looked interesting for me. The good thing is, I am also into the paranormal genre making me more excited to read this book.
Dysfunctional is how Alexis was described in the book; she can’t hold onto relationships with anybody – schoolmates, friends, even family. She is definitely smart, but she used that edge to fend people away and stand her ground. Photography is her creative outlet and that is when she started noticing strange things happening. Her sister Kasey is not her usual self and it would be up to Alexis (with the help of new found friends) to save her, or maybe save them.
I’ve read a lot of stories where the heroin is usually rude and anti-social so I had to kind of roll my eyes as I was getting acquainted with Alexis. To my surprise, I liked her! I like the fact that she wants to be real and hates people who tries so hard to be someone they aren’t. I liked how the author gave a back story on why she acted that way with the unfortunate incident of losing her best friend. Kasey was way different from Alexis; she is very dependent but was more social. So it actually came as an astonishment to her family when she began speaking up for herself. I feel bad for their family situation but I’m glad of how it was taken care of in the end.
There are different elements that made this story creepy. Dolls are on top of the list. Isn’t it ironic how toys that were supposed to be cute and cuddly actually turned to be evil? I had to say though that it if a scary factor. The back story involving Sarah showed us how the doll was the start of her losing friends and eventually losing herself. I kind of imagine them together.
There is also possession by the a very hostile ghost who wants to everyone responsible for her death to be erased from the face of the earth. Seeking revenge makes anything possible. That what makes this story more believable for me. It wasn’t just some random ghost trying to scare the wits out of you. Alexis almost fell for Sarah’s trap the last minute! Way to go Shara for helping out.
Although I admit some parts were predictable, I still couldn’t bear myself to put the book down until I was finished with it. The romance was downplayed and it was just perfect! The ending was awesome and I have to agree that Alexis deserved to the good girl. I look forward to reading the next books in the series.
“Just say something real. Everyone just always tries so hard, and it all comes out the same. I just want someone to say something real.”
My Rating: ★★★★