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.
Teenagers who have super powers, a missing sister, and a Twilight-esque setting perfect for that mystery/fantasy combo. The good thing about what they did with this book is that instead of an eye-rolling romp through yet another of the same old clichés the writing actually created something inventive and discussion worthy. It’s start off with a slow build and I had some severe reservations about why seemingly caring people would not care a loved one went missing but it all gets explained in a decent way.
There is something humorous and adventurous about how they guide you through their story to discover what happened to Laurel’s sister and what is going on with her peers. Despite the fantasy quality there is still something realistic and down to earth about the plotline that is detailed so the settings and people pop off the pages.
That slow build I mentioned definitely goes into overdrive and climaxes with well outlined action and emotional consequences I didn’t see coming to form the perfect conclusion. I really loved how many scenes could have just been more clichés trotted out to appeal to the masses but were written so much better with depth and care to woo the reader. There are characters you will bond with, love, hate or wonder how they manage to tie their shoes just because they irritate you meaning you have a great recipe for character development the way it’s supposed to be.
The twists interspersed are dripped in just enough to keep you engaged and the various issues presented are perfect feeder for book clubs and discussions with your teen who might just open up if you shared a book and a meal.
It should be interesting to see if this is just the first in a new series or a standalone because although most of the book is wrapped up quite tidy there is a little wiggle room left to carry on a bit of the story that was left in cliffhanger mode.
Thank you to Netgalley and Geek & Sundry for allowing me to review this!
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