Author: Natalie C. Parker
Series: Stand Alone
Published By: Harper Teen (October 21, 2014)
Source: ARC Copy Provided by the Publisher (in exchange for an honest review)
Genre: YA Fantasy
My Rating: 4 Stars!
It's an oppressively hot and sticky morning in June when Sterling and her brother, Phin, have an argument that compels him to run into the town swamp -- the one that strikes fear in all the residents of Sticks, Louisiana. Phin doesn't return. Instead, a girl named Lenora May climbs out, and now Sterling is the only person in Sticks who remembers her brother ever existed.
Sterling needs to figure out what the swamp's done with her beloved brother and how Lenora May is connected to his disappearance -- and loner boy Heath Durham might be the only one who can help her.
This debut novel is full of atmosphere, twists and turns, and a swoon-worthy romance.
This year seems to be my year for trying the unusual, the bizarre, and the strange. I have loved some of those reads and some of them, not so much. But the fact is, either way, I have loved trying them and trying something that wasn't the norm. After all how do you really know what you like or dislike unless you try it?
And I admit, for a lot of them, I have been drawn to the setting more than anything else. There is just something to be said about a good creepy read set near the heart of New Orleans. The bayous fascinates me and all the myths and hocus pocus that goes with it.
Would I like to live there? No actually I am too big of a chicken for that but yes I would love to go there and take it all in. The sights, sounds, smells...the pure magic of it's history so until I can one day go there, I settle for a good solid read there instead.
And that is what I go in this story. A good slightly bizarre and slightly creepy read that takes place on the bayou or well, a really creepy swamp at any rate.
This story was completely unique and fun and yes I will say it again, creepy. The unknown factors were so well done with just enough mystery and intrigue to keep you guessing and turning the pages not knowing what was going to happen next and an all most fairy tale like thread to the story that hinted at something more, something magical.
Sterling was a great character. One who showed a lot of growth throughout and I think that is why I liked her so much. I am always all about the growth.
This was an exciting and enchanting read that I quickly devoured in one sitting and perfect for this time of year.
*All thoughts and opinions are my own and were not influenced by the author or publisher. I was not compensated for this review.*
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