By Alicia Rades
Publisher: PaperPlane Publishing
Publication Date: March 13th, 2015
Format: Kindle Ebook
Crystal Frost has spent her whole life believing she’s ordinary, and her mother has long held the secret of her heritage. When Crystal begins seeing the ghost of a dead classmate, her life spirals out of control. She’s faced with the threat that everyone will find out she’s a freak, as if the struggle to figure out her new-found abilities wasn’t enough pressure. Crystal has to find some way to save the people who have come to her for help all while trying to keep her abilities a secret. Will she be able to fulfill these overwhelming demands while solving the mystery that is the ghost of Olivia Owen?
When it comes to discovering that you are psychic, there really isn’t a worse time than the day that you start your period for the first time. Besides the fact that you get to look forward to monthly shark weeks until menopause, there is the added bonus of seeing ghosts, and the future, and sometimes the past. This is exactly the situation Crystal is in when she starts seeing the ghost of a girl who died the year before.
At first I thought this book was going to be a murder mystery, but when it turned out to be something a bit deeper, I can’t say I complained. Instead of the ghost coming back to avenge her death, she is coming back to protect her best friend from her abusive boyfriend, and I loved it. The fact that their friendship was so close and that Olivia cared about Kelli so much to not be able to move on to the afterlife was a great plot. I love YA books that explore female friendships and the fact that Kelli’s friends, both alive and dead, saw that there was something wrong and wanted to help was fantastic, even if Kelli herself didn’t know how to ask for help.
Crystal was great as a protagonist, and I loved her relationship with Emma. It was supportive and caring on both ends, as Emma accepts Crystal’s admission that she is psychic and Crystal supports Emma through her parents’ divorce. Crystal also gets along well with her mother, who is actually present during the novel and not just when convenient, and her step-father-to-be, Teddy.
The main problems I had with the book were that the story wrapped itself up rather too nicely, the bad guy gets caught and there isn’t much dwelling on the long lasting emotional ramifications of Kelli’s abusive relationship. Also, the writing was somewhat simplistic, as was the plotting, and the ending sets itself up for a second book with a subplot point that seems to be taken way too lightly for how serious it actually is. This leads to another part of the book that I had a problem with: who has a prophetic dream about a little girl getting kidnapped and doesn’t tell their mom’s policeman fiance about it? In fact, Crystal brushes it off with the excuse that she already has enough to deal with at the moment. Excuse me? This is a little kid getting snatched from her bed and you don’t have the time to even mention it? Try again Crystal.
Overall, the book was an enjoyable, if not captivating, read. I will probably read the sequel when it is released as I want to see how Crystal’s future as a crime fighting psychic plays out.
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