Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Review - Beautifully Broken
Thirteenth Daughter. Heritage Witch. Demon Slayer.
They say every town has its secrets, but that doesn’t even begin to describe Whispering Pines. The townsfolk are a superstitious lot and the mystical disappearance of a local teen has everyone murmuring about a centuries old witch’s curse.
Sixteen-year-old Shiloh Ravenwolf is a heritage witch from the Broussard family, a family both destined and cursed. When she takes a summer job at Ravenhurst Manor, she discovers a ghost with an agenda. That’s where she meets the new town hottie, Trent Donovan, and immediately becomes spellbound by his charms. Yet she is determined to discover the connection between them.
Finally, Shiloh's met someone who is supercute and totally into her, but Trent may be the next victim on the supernatural hit list. And Shiloh is the only person with the power to save him. Complicated much?
It sucks to have a destiny, especially since Shiloh would rather spend her summer being a normal girl who worries about clothes and boys, not the supernatural. But she’s never been normal, and the stranger things become the more her own magical senses awaken.
With cryptic messages from a pesky wraith, she will begin to understand the mysterious significance of the strange mark branded on her wrist and decide how much she's willing to sacrifice to protect the other teenagers in town.
Unfortunately, for Shiloh, not all ghosts want help crossing over. Some want vengeance.
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A really enjoyable book if you are looking for a thriller with paranormal suspense elements. The author has weaved together a interesting story involving witches, demons, ghosts and haunted houses. Be prepared to stay up late when reading because you wont want to put it down.
The characters are well developed and fun to read. You really care about what happens to Shiloh and how she learns to deal with her special talents. She has normal teen issues, like not fitting in. But she has great self esteem and accepts who she is.
I only had a couple of small problems with the story and they mainly centered on how teens kept disappearing but the only thing done is the town sets a curfew. Even when things happen at the house, the town seems to just shrug it off.
The house does seem to play a large role in the story as well. And even after it is over it seems to still have plenty of secrets left. Im looking forward to finding out more in future books.
Its not easy weaving together all these elements and making the story still flow and make sense. And in this case the author has done it skillfully. I am looking forward to more books about Shiloh, her friends and the mysteries and secrets of this house and town.