By: Shari Arnold
Publication Date: November 17th, 2015
Only Bauer Grant can pull off gorgeous while dead. But staying dead is another thing entirely. When he wakes up at his own funeral, the town of Mystique calls it a miracle, until it happens again. Something is bringing the residents of Mystique back to life, but what? Presley Caine finds herself caught up in the mystery when Bauer asks her to visit him. Presley can’t figure out why the most popular guy in school is so drawn to her. And when Bauer is kidnapped soon after, she looks to Bauer’s brooding best friend Sam, whose dad works for the powerful Mystique military base, for answers. In her quest to discover the truth, Presley’s relationship with Sam deepens, her feelings for Bauer are tested, and it becomes clear that her own mysterious past is somehow connected to these strange events. But is she strong enough to handle the truth when it is finally revealed?
Normally, when someone has a serious case of deadness, they stay dead. Not so in the town of Mystique. And if you are Bauer Grant, already in the position of the town’s golden child, then you are now elevated to all-star status when you pull a Jesus on Easter. And if you are Presley, the new girl who was present when Bauer became reanimated, then you get the shock of your life and pulled into a wicked mystery at the same time.
I couldn’t help but like Presley. She is realistic and not perfect, and she has some deep seated abandonment issues that influence her actions in realistic ways. She is independent and wasn’t about to just go along with the whole “people who were dead aren’t anymore” band wagon that everyone else seemed to be jumping on. And when sweet, adorable Sam shows up and tells her the hotness that is Bauer Grant is asking to see her, she doesn’t go along with it right away. She questions it, and is a little weirded out by it, and I couldn’t have been more proud. However, I felt that she smoother over whatever weirdness Bauer was giving off, and he was giving off A LOT if weirdness, way too easily. He was pretty intense way too fast, and while his reaction is explained later, Presley doesn’t have an excuse for not running, or at least speed walking, in the other direction.
The overall mystery of the book was well plotted, with some twists and a unique reason behind why everything was going so wonky. I am looking forward to a sequel, with more of Sam and Presley in particular and some answers to some gaping questions that were left dangling at the end.
Shari Arnold grew up in California and Utah but now resides in Connecticut, with her husband and two kids, where she finds it difficult to trust a beach without waves. She writes Young Adult fiction because it’s her favorite. And occasionally she takes photographs.
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