by Carly Anne West
Release Date: March 5, 2013
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Genre: YA Paranormal
Source: ARC Goodreads First Reads
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Sophie's sister, Nell, heard voices. She was committed to a mental hospital, escaped, and was found dead six months ago. Sophie is seen as a freak after what happened. Her mom is depressed and she is desperately trying to move on. Especially since she started hearing voices and seeing things in the mirror. Dr. Keller keeps calling wanting to speak to Sophie's mom about her. Does he know she is hearing voices? Will she have to be committed like her sister?
Sophie starts out as a very shy and scared person. When Evan from school shows an interest she wonders why someone like him would be interested in her. Evan's cousin went through something similar to Sophie's sister so together they decide to do a little research and get to the bottom of things. Although Evan having this in common with Sophie was a bit convenient I really enjoyed their relationship. This is when Sophie becomes really strong because she wants to get justice for her sister. She thinks maybe the guy Nell ran off with might of had something to do with it. There are blog posts and lots of info on the internet about others going through this experience. Sophie also goes through Nell's journal which has some interesting clues. I kind of wished that maybe it went to Nell's POV before she disappeared, instead of just diary entries because it felt a bit like info dumping at times.
The paranormal aspect was interesting. It reminded me of The Grudge a bit but I won't say more about it since I thought that was one of the most exciting parts about reading. It is revealed only halfway through so then things become less creepy. I did find the mental institution scary. Sophie in danger of being held there against her will with no way out scares me! Maybe me watching too much American Horror Story: Asylum but that kind of lack of power is pretty scary. Other than that I wouldn't say that this is a super creepy story. I really enjoyed the romance and The Grudge aspects. I read it pretty quickly but I just don't have really strong feelings towards this book one way or the other. I'd recommend giving it a try if it sounds like something you would enjoy.
In one quick movement, his lips are on mine, both soft and commanding at the same time. They move from my uppers to my lower lip, fst at first, then slower as we find a rhythm. Jeff Buckley's version of "Hallelujah" pipes through the speakers with the same kind of urgency as my heart, which thrums inside me. Evan's hands move from my hair to my neck, from my neck to my shoulders, my shoulders to my back.
He pulls away just long enough to find my ear, his lips brushing my earlobe as he breathes into it: "You have no idea what you do to me."