Publisher: Moonlight Publishing, Inc.
Release Date: June 26th, 2011
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal
*I received a e-copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
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 witches 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.
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.
I needed a few days to think before I fully reviewed this book. I’m glad I took that time, because after sitting on it for a bit, I’ve moved my rating up from 3 stars to 4. And I will be more than happy to explain why. It’s pretty easy. The story stuck with me. I remember vivid details. And whenever that happens, and believe me it’s rare, I feel like I have to reward the author for creating art that is so lasting and memorable.
The reason why I originally gave it 3 stars? There were some things that I read as a freelance editor that made me cringe. And I was a bit miffed at first. I’ll admit it. I hate when a book makes it to print and there are still errors, structural issues, etc. Let’s talk about those.
Too much telling and not enough showing. Now, this wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t great either. I have seen much worse, but I don’t see that as a compliment. But that’s something that will probable be fixed in future novels as it grows with writing skill. And Sherry is a talented writer and a great storyteller.
The one thing that annoyed more more than anything was Shiloh thinking about Trent. Constantly. Every other page. I don’t need to hear how hot a guy is in a million different ways. I’m not stupid. I get it. And to be honest, it made me like Trent a lot less when he had a silly girl mooning over him constantly. Not sexy. And the thing was, Trent was an *sshole. He was hot, but his personality was not worth mooning over. So I had a hard time connecting to their relationship. I didn’t get it.
And then there was something else that drove me crazy. People died in this book. Quite a few. And left went on way too easily afterward. A girl fell out of the second story window and smashed her head open? Well by all means, let’s drag the body away and an hour later go back to work restoring the house with the construction crew like nothing ever happened. Wait, what?
What I did like? I loved the shades. I thought they were adorable and hope they are in the rest of the books in the series. So cute. Cute demons. Huh? But it’s true. The main demon, I forget his name darn it, was kick-*ss and brilliant. So scary. Was it Isael? Help me in the comments. I loved the setting. Redwoods, fog, the ocean? So atmospheric. It makes me want to move there. Oh wait, I kinda am. Well..further north, but yeah. The story as a whole was extremely creepy and a lot of fun. I am interested to see what happens in the next book. It was memorable. The manor was scary. And I love books about haunted houses and ghosts. So it was natural that I would like it. I am extremely glad I read it.