Reader: Greta H
Author: Saundra Mitchell
Publisher: Harcourt Children's Books
Pub Date: 02/04/14
Top 25: Yes
Convince us to read the book: There were definitely some slower parts in the book, where the writing was a bit flat and bland. Overall, though, Willa's character was believable and by the end of the story had undergone reasonable development. I really loved the ending, and the twist that the author decided to throw in there. It was much different and frankly, much BETTER than what I was expecting, being that for most of the book, I was dreading the idea of it having a typical "romance novel" end. The ending that Mitchell chose to write strengthened Willa in my eyes.
Memorable or Forgettable: Though it is technically a romance novel, which tends to be a genre that I do not delve into very often, I really enjoyed this book. The ending, I think, is what really stuck with me, and the ideas that it left with the reader were strong and meaningful.
Cover: The cover is what drew me to pick it up originally. It accurately reflects the contents of the book.
Age Range: 12 through 18 and up
Quality: 4Q Better than most
Popularity: 4P Broad general teen appeal
Annotation: Ever since Willa Dixon's brother was murdered, she has been struggling with the way her life and family have changed from the ideal picture she had imagined. In addition, a small-town legend about a ghost trapped in the lighthouse seems to have come to life, and has begun to wiggle its way into her mind. As things become increasingly complicated, Willa must find great strength if she is to save her family and ultimately, herself.
tags: fantasy / urban fantasy / paranormal / gothic / supernatural / ghosts / magic / ya lit