My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Christine Amsden's bio on GoodReads mentions this phrase, "great speculative fiction is about real people defining themselves through extraordinary situations." This is exactly what she has done with Cassie. Surrounded by all things paranormal, Cassie doesn't have any extraordinary abilities. Her being normal is the strange part which leads to some quirky situations in the book.
This a book with a lot of soul in it. Some writers you can feel when it's just a book to them and some you know have bled their emotions into each scene. Christine Amsden is in the latter category for me. Despite the laughs and background romance, Cassie's longing is felt by the reader in the same way you see a little child sitting at the corner of the playground because he or she is 'different.'
The family dynamic in the book gives a whole new meaning to "a dysfunctional family" and it's easy for the reader to become hot and bothered by their actions. This is the beginning of a solid series for young teens and adults. Well-written, imaginative with a whole new take on para-normal. Must read.
Disclosure - As a Quality Reads UK Book Club member, I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I received no monetary compensation for my book review. This review is based on my thoughts, opinion and understanding of the book. This book review does not reflect the opinion of other book club members.
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