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Through Her Eyes by Jennifer Archer
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Aug 04, 2011

really liked it
Read from August 02 to 04, 2011

I am surprised at how much I enjoyed this supernatural/mystery YA novel. Tansy Piper, 16, has just moved for the upteenth time due to her mom's desire to write her successful horror novels in locations that inspire the dark moods of her writing. This time they end up in a rundown creepy Victorian house with a turret outside Cedar Canyon, Texas, a small town in the middle of nowhere. The house is rumored to be haunted by the ghost of teenage Henry who committed suicide 60 years ago. Tansy also lives with her aging grandfather who is now rendered almost mute due to dementia. Tansy's mom picked this house for their new home because she found a picture of it in Grandpa's belongings and found out he used to live in Cedar Canyon.

Right away the house's atmosphere is unsettling for Tansy and she rebels against the current move, yet when she finds mysterious belongings that she thinks belonged to Henry, her outlook changes. She finds a crystal pendant and his journal with melancholy poems that seem to speak to what she is currently feeling. How can this be when he died 60 years ago?

Tansy starts to see things around her that no one else can see and worries that she is losing her mind. Then she places Henry's crystal pendant next to an old photograph and it lights up and transports her to the time and place shown in the picture. In this past world, Tansy gets to see Henry and her grandpa as young men and finds herself increasingly drawn to this world where her grandpa is alive and vibrant. Mystery surrounds Henry and his death and Tansy wants to know if it could be impacting her grandpa today so she spends more and more time in the past world looking for answers. Yet, each time Tansy goes back in time, that past world becomes more colorful and her current world starts to lose its colors.

Can Tansy figure out the mysteries of the past without losing her future?
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