Author: Cindy Miles
Publication Date: June 25, 2013
Page Count: 288
Where I got it: ARCycling
Where you can get it: Amazon
How much: List Price 9.99
Format I read it in: Print ARC
Challenge: 2013 ARC Reading Challenge
Amazon lists the target audience for this book as in the 12 and up range. I can see some points where it would be more to the younger end of that range, and some where it would reach to the older end of that range.
Let’s talk about that cover. It is kind of eerie, creepy like, isn’t it? But The blue eyes on Ivy, they reach right into the heart of the reader, touching on your soul and grabbing ahold of you.
This book was immediately fascinating to me. A book about an American girl who is transplanted to Scotland having to change her whole life? Kind of reminded me in a way of The Princess Diaries, to a point. But then, a castle that seems to be haunted, and the spirit boy who becomes somewhat of a forbidden love? I loved it.
I also have to say, kudos to the author for the Harry Potter references. I found those amusing.
The one thing I do have to say, though, is that the ending felt, well, rushed a bit to me. It felt like she needed to resolve it so that it didn’t end up needing to be a series or require a sequel. But I could easily have seen the events dragged out a bit more and this book turned into more than just a stand alone. Don’t get me wrong. I love a good stand alone novel every once in a while, too. But it felt like the resolution was, just, missing something. To this reader, it felt like the author was saying, “Okay, we are at almost 300 pages already, so let’s get this wrapped up and move on.” I think the ending fits, it just could have been, well, more.
For fans of the paranormal, or if you just need a good, sweet ghost story with a touch of romance, you may just enjoy this novel and it would be totally worth picking up.
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