Published by Diversion Books on June 18th, 2013
Genres: horror, young adult
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Is this the destiny he had come to find?To die in a house of secrets, to discovernot his past but his fate: doomed tospend eternity as one more ghosthaunting the halls of Ravenscliff?Every kid fears the monsters in the closet -- but for Devon March, the monsters are all too real. At fourteen, Devon is sent to live at Ravenscliff, a dark seaside mansion where secrets abound and the dead just won't stay that way. He learns that he is a sorcerer of the Order of the Nightwing, a three-thousand-year-old tradition of mysticism and magic -- the roots of which run deep at Ravenscliff. In a house of mysteries, he'll have to decide quickly who is friend and who is foe, because Ravenscliff's worst nightmare -- the Madman -- is coming back, and he's bringing Hell with him.
I honestly downloaded this book because it contained the name “Nightwing” – nerd girl points for me.
- The writing was very easy to take in without trying to pick apart the world building.
- The opening scene starts with a demon of hell in a closet – spooky and freaky
- I did like the characters, overall. Devon was agreeable, and Cecily, for the most part, was a strong female lead. No issue with character personality
- The storyline was complex with small, twisting threads of other events happening in the background
- The mood was completely awesome. Constant storming in a huge, nearly empty mansion is an ideal setting
- Creepy creepy creepy – done right
- The repetition really beat the reader over the head. It also read as a younger grade novel with the constant reminders of the main plot.
- The main characters were nice, but it seemed that secondary characters were just along for the ride. This was sad, because most of the characters were quite decent
- I wasn’t shocked by the twist. It was almost obligatory
- The pop references – I can understand mentioning some current trends and fads, but it is going to age your novel very very quickly
- The minor plots were great, but it seemed that everything was tossed out on the table for the first book, and not all of the other arcs were tied up. There were just too many questions still left at the end, including the major “Who am I?” question. For the constant repetition, I expected to get some answers, or some clues about the direction. Yes, this is a series, but it was just annoying how it ended. I want to read the next one because I enjoyed it, not because I feel obligated to find the answers.