Author: Saundra Mitchell
Publisher: Harcourt Children's Books
Pub Date: 02/04/14
Top 25: Yes
Convince us to read the book: The author did a great job writing about the struggle of losing a sibling when it was your fault. The author brings in how relationships start to strain the darker your feelings go. Willa (the main character) loses her brother and struggles to find a way to move on and live her life. There is a man called the Grey man, who is said to grant whatever you ask for; everyone thinks he is a fictional being, but Willa soon learns different. Throughout this book, the quiet plot is the delicate dance that the Grey man and Willa do. The Grey man, wanting out of his job, must find someone to take his place; Willa wants her family back, to have everything go back to the way it was before her brother died. The ending was thrilling and unexpected.
Memorable or Forgettable: I have a brother, and to read about a girl who experienced the tragedy of losing him, one that could happen to me, I thought was fascinating.
Cover: I picked the book up because of the cover. The cover reflects the contents.
Age Range: 16 through 18 and up
Quality: 4Q Better than most
Popularity: 4P Broad general teen appeal
Annotation: Ever since Willa's brother was murdered her family has slowly started to crumble. Will she have the strength to save them? Even if the answer is make believe folk tale come to life?
tags: fantasy / urban fantasy / paranormal / gothic / supernatural / ghosts / magic / ya lit