Author: Carrie Jones
Publication date: UK - 01/02/2010 | US - December 2009
Format: Paperback - 306 pages
Genre: YA - Paranormal
Zara White suspects a freaky guy is stalking her. She memorises phobias and chants them when she's nervous. OK, she hasn't exactly been herself since her stepfather died. But moving to a freezing Maine town to stay with her grandmother is supposed to be the perfect fix - so her mum says.
Except, this plan of sending Zara away to help her stay sane? Yeah, not working. Turns out the stalker is not a figment of Zara's imagination. He's still following her, leaving behind an eerie trail of gold dust. There's something not right - not human - in this sleepy Maine town, and all signs are pointing to Zara.
The first thing that came to mind after finishing this read was the fact that it was over so quickly. I literally finished it in about two hours and I was quite upset about that in a way - I was enjoying it.
I thought the plot of this one was a little odd. It was too simple for my tastes which meant it was entirely too predictable. Literally every single supposedly shocking event was no shock to me since I already knew it was going to happen ever since the first few chapters. I still enjoyed reading it but I felt that I would have enjoyed it a lot more if it weren't so obvious. I am looking forward to what the next book holds in store in terms of the plot though - it may be a lot better.
The characters have to be my favourite aspect of the book. I really enjoyed how cute they all were. Nick was a sweetheart when he wasn't in a temper and Devyn was just adorable. Issie was hilarious and someone I wish I knew in real life - she was really fun and energetic but also enigmatic in a way, I really want to see a lot more of her. Zara, the protagonist, was really quirky. She came through great in the book evident by the fact I took a shining to her immediately. She was very different to any character I've read before so it was greatly refreshing to read her sometimes exasperating one-liners and funny stuff she seems to just blurt out.
Even if I don't think the book fulfilled the potential it does have, I started to really like the author's writing style towards the end. I thought it was confusing and weird at first because I thought I was thrown into the deep end a little bit. However, once I warmed up to how different and sometimes strange the characters were I started to really like it - it was definitely something different.
All in all this was a quick and easy read, especially for the first book in a series. I'm looking forward to reading the next one.
My rating: 7/10
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