I enjoyed this book so much. It has my favorite young adult setting - a private school. It has a gothic feel about it, the school and town have secret...moreI enjoyed this book so much. It has my favorite young adult setting - a private school. It has a gothic feel about it, the school and town have secrets, there is a graveyard and just a mystery to the place. It has a strong female lead character who still acts female. It has a hot guy (actually several). It has devious bad guys. Add to all of that a fast-paced plot and to me you have an excellent book.
Phe is a great character - she is trying to figure out why her sister wanted to go to Devenish Prep before she died. She also wants to know why she and her sister were having the same dreams. Now that her sister is dead and her parents are deep in their mourning, Phe heads off to Devenish Prep to track down the answers. I love that the cliques aren't the main thing in this book - cliques are obvious but not in a Gossip Girl/The Clique kind of way. This story is more about the mystery and Phe finding out who she is than about the social interactions.
The mystery is great - every time I thought I had something figured out, a curve ball was thrown my way and that kept me guessing through the book. I liked finding out little by little about the town, the school and it's inhabitants. It had a kind of Blue Bloods feel to it while remaining completely different.
If you love young adult novels with a paranormal twist you will like this - but be prepared, this isn't your average light young adult novel - this is a little darker and more serious. It's a clean book, I don't remember anything being outstanding as something I wouldn't want my 9-year-old to read (though he is too young for this book).
So check it out - if you like the more serious YA books then this is one for you. I am looking forward to the series continuing and will snap up the next book as soon as it comes out (at least I am assuming it will be a series, while the ending tied everything up nicely it still appears there is more to come.)(less)
Cute and easy to read is how I would sum up this book.
With that said, did I like the book? Yes I did - it was entertaining and I enjoyed reading it....moreCute and easy to read is how I would sum up this book.
With that said, did I like the book? Yes I did - it was entertaining and I enjoyed reading it. I felt it was confusing at first but once I got a handle on the characters it was much easier to read. I felt I did get to know Angela, Maddie and Zoe. All three were confronted with situations they had to work out themselves. They were frank about things and typical friends. It's tough in a threesome of friends, someone always feels they are on the outs, but I like that Angela, Maddie and Zoe try and work things out.
It's a fun book and I enjoyed the fact it was written in texts and IMs. I didn't live in that world in high school but it's fun to read about it now. And it's funny that the one thing that I liked about it also irritated me in a way. Reading a book only in texts and IMs also made me feel like I wasn't part of the action. The reader always finds out about things after they have happened and then the parts of the stories slowly unfold as the characters don't want to talk about it and one of the friends has to pull it out of them. But it was still a very enjoyable story and I plan on continuing reading this series and learning more about these three girls.