**spoiler alert** Sometimes I read books so I can find out what authors will be filling my daughter's mind up with someday as a teen. This is one of t**spoiler alert** Sometimes I read books so I can find out what authors will be filling my daughter's mind up with someday as a teen. This is one of them. This is a terrible book. Let me see if I can remember all the ways this book really ruins it. * Supernatural ghost love interest - who she has known a few hours and yet is the love of her life. * Supernatural ghost love interest has ex-girlfriend who is also a ghost and vengeful spirit. Supernatural ghost love interest seems to think nothing of getting this seventeen year old mortal girl involved in this love triangle. * Supernatural ghost love interest is 23 (which 17 vs. 23 is a huge split in maturity) and then 150 years on top of that. * Supernatural ghost love interest is not at all responsible at any point in this book for having an affair with this brother's wife. In fact, there is no evidence AT ALL in this story that the brother's wife was powerful other than being a really persuasive person and beautiful. She is painted as an evil demonic hag when she wants supernatural ghost love interest forever. * Our seventeen year old heroine thinks nothing at any point about her relationship with a ghost, the lack of future or the fact that he was having an affair WITH HIS BROTHER'S WIFE so maybe this isn't the best start of any relationship ever. * Supernatural ghost love interest is constantly running in to save our protagonist. * The little brother is also a professional victim. Why not. * When the affair is found out, two wrongs don't make a right and the brother smothers his son and shoots his brother. Even though I don't agree with infidelity, even infidelity in light of a bad marriage as supernatural ghost love interest's brother was fairly brutish if not abusive, I can concede that 150 years ago was different today. It's hard enough to leave a man in 2014 in this position. It must have been incredibly hard for this woman. However, this is never addressed. Instead, she's just painted as a terrible harlot who tricked everyone into wanting her and then stood around haunting a mansion and drowning one child. * I was sad every moment supernatural ghost love interest wasn't the actual bad guy. I felt like this twist was what the story needed the most to prove the point that when you love someone eternally (after 1 hour in the woods together) the last thing you should really actually be doing is bringing them into this love triangle. I hoped every moment they called Isobel a sorceress that it was actually supernatural love interest who was the conniving bad guy. Sadly, no. * The grandmother is terrible. She's British and practical! Which I guess means she doesn't at all worry or question when something basically destroys the house randomly. * The friends in this are horrible. In fact, Joe the plucky stable boy points this out in the book. What he didn't mention is he can't imagine what he sees in a girl who has friends which she clearly hates. Actually, maybe this does explain her attraction to supernatural ghost love interest. * Joe the plucky stable boy is pretty awesome. He has feelings, but when they are rebuffed, he gives some space. He saves lives! He tries to do the right thing. And when he's told the girl isn't ready and just wants to be friends, he's okay with that. And that would be fine for this book, but for some reason, our protagonist is attracted to him, on occasion, when supernatural ghost love interest is around. I'm not saying this wouldn't be her right, but it's frustrating to read and feel like someone wrote the book without any idea what to do with Joe. * Supernatural ghost love interest is supposed to be gone in the end. But the last paragraph is him showing up at her school as the new kid. And a very tongue in cheek reference to the CW. CW INDEED.
Of all the things in this book, the only character that wasn't the worst character ever was the mother who was deceased, so we only get one or two flashbacks and a glimpse or two at the end. In the flashbacks, she is the mother you wished Elsa's mother was in Frozen. She was caring and practical and put together. She also has the most sense of anyone in this book....more