by Kim Baccellia
GENRE: YA Paranormal
Stephanie Stewart is a typical sixteen-year-old girl—she loves hanging out with her friends, going to concerts, and sipping mocha lattes. Yup. Just your average teenager . . . Except for one difference—she can see and talk to the dead. In fact, Stephanie helps dead girls who who’ve been murdered or killed, cross over. Just as Stephanie is getting used to her unique “gift”, her mom stumbles into some dangerous witchcraft that backfires and triggers similar abilities in Stephanie’s best friend Cura, and nemesis Hillary. Stephanie already has enough trouble trying to maintain a “normal” life between school and her cute boyfriend Dylan, who happens to have a supernatural talent all his own. But now she has to help her friend Cura and her “frenemy” Hillary cope with their new-found powers as well as cross over two murdered cheerleaders and battle an evil demon who wants to use Stephanie’s supernatural strengths as a free pass to The Other Side. And she needs to do it all while still getting her term papers in on time. She’s definitely going to need an extra-large mocha latte for this.
Funny how a little thing like a dead chick showing up at a witching ceremony can really clear the room. Or in this case, a condemned sorority building. I’m sure there was a cheesy horror movie idea in there, but I didn’t want to stick around to figure out the ending.
Emily’s screams bounced down the staircase after me like a rubber ball from Hell. I dashed down the rickety staircase, on my mother’s heels. I almost toppled us both the rest of the way after I tripped on a loose board.
Mom yanked me out the front door and we ran to the car. Getting in, Mom quickly pressed a button and I heard the reassuring thwack of the door locks sealing us in. Whew. She gunned the engine of our Toyota Rav4 and sped away. I swear she must have left tire marks.
Neither of us spoke. I knew she had to be pissed at me for trying to “do my thing.” Well, whatever. I was pissed at her for lying to me.
After a few minutes, I peeked at her from the corner of my eye. Her face was a frozen mask that had nothing to do with her bi-monthly trips to the dermatologist. She didn’t look my way or comment on the mess back at the sorority house. They should have realized that they were playing with fire. I mean, it didn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out I was one huge ghost magnet.
This is actually the second book in this series and, while I wish I had read the previous book prior to this one, it still did not take away from my enjoyment; I never felt lost or confused about what was taking place in the story. I do hope to back track and read the first book simply because the character dynamics are so interesting and I’d like a bit more history.
This book was fun and easy to read. Stephanie has a unique gift that she is finally coming to grips with. She feels like an outsider at school but does have a few close chums who usually have her back. I liked that the book is told from Steph’s point of view. We get to feel what she feels as the story progresses. I really enjoyed this book and I do want to catch the next installment of this quirky series.
Reviewed by Laurie-J
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Kim Baccellia has always been a sucker for the paranormal. She blames it on her families’ love for such things as having picnics at cemeteries, visiting psychics, and reading her mother’s copies of the daily horoscope. In middle school, Kim wrote a horoscope column for the school newspaper. It was a huge hit!
Kim’s other published YA fantasies include NO MORE GODDESSSES, GODDESSES CAN WAIT, and EARRINGS OF IXTUMEA. All are available on Barnes & Noble.com and Amazon.
A member of RWA, Kim is currently revising a YA post-apocalyptic novel where a Latina teen questions her cult’s faith. She’s working on a romance set in Tuscany, Italy. She lives in Southern California with her husband, son, and Damon, her pet cockatiel.
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