Saturday, September 29, 2012
Spooked by Tracy Sharp
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Book Info: Genre: Dark Fantasy/Dark Urban Fantasy Reading Level: Young Adult Recommended for: Young adults on up who like a scary story
Disclosure: I received a free ebook copy of this novel from the author in exchange for an honest review.
Synopsis: Sixteen-year-old Lorelei has a special talent. She can steal the deepest, darkest secrets from anyone she meets.
Unfortunately, using her unique power opens a window within her that leaves her vulnerable to the Shadow Spooks, some very nasty creatures from the dark side. So Lorelei has learned to block out the secrets of others, because if the Spooks discover where she is, they will snatch her away and make her wish she were dead.
But then a girl from her high school disappears. Then another. And another. Lorelei might be able to discover who is abducting the girls of Saints Hallow High, maybe even save them, if she uses her unique gift. . .
Can Lorelei stop more girls from being stolen before being taken by the Shadow Spooks? Or will she become one of the missing?
My Thoughts: I read this author’s Leah Ryan series, as well as her novella Camilla, last year and just loved her writing style, so when she offered her new YA novella for review, I jumped all over that. (As a note, links to all those reviews can be found in my current giveaway – link here where links are enabled – which is running until Monday morning, so if you still haven’t stopped by, please do so, if for no other reason than as a handy way to check out the other reviews.)
Like Camilla, this is a perfect story for the Halloween season – it is creepy, spooky, scary and just... wow. It totally kept me reading until I was done. The pacing is super fast, which is necessary for a novella-length story. The only problem I have with this book is, like Camilla, that it is too short and I want more! This book is seriously left open for a sequel or two, so I am very much hoping to see one, or more, because this is one seriously interesting world that Sharp has created.
While I wouldn’t recommend it for more sensitive readers, as it really is quite a scary and creepy story that is almost what I would consider horror (but not quite), I would definitely recommend it to anyone that enjoys a good, scary dark fantasy, especially of the “urban” type, with overtones of the supernatural. High recommendation from this reader!
Extra Bonus Information: I am giving away three copies of this novella on my blog for Samhain, so be sure to stop by between Oct. 22 and 28 to sign up for your chance to win!
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