My Rating: 4 / 5
I liked this book, I would recommend it for anyone who likes YA, mystery and maybe a little bit of paranormal.
Caryn Alderson may be a psychic medium, but she can’t predict her own life. She’s totally blindsided when she discovers her boyfriend has cheated on her. Her best friend Annabeth attempts to jump-start Caryn’s stalled love life by introducing her to Gary Riddell, a fellow college freshman who can talk to ghosts. To paranormal groupie Annabeth, their abilities make them the perfect match. Unfortunately, Gary’s acting career and Caryn’s love of journalism clash when Caryn writes a hatchet piece about Gary’s acting abilities, and then publishes it in the campus newspaper. Dating is definitely out!
Then the two of them are asked to help the campus Ghost Stalkers club investigate a haunting at a local farmhouse. Caryn and Gary must combine their offsetting paranormal skills to locate more than just ghosts.
The description underplayed the depth of this book. It was good with a strong main character who is passionate about her journalism.
Gary Riddell is equally passionate about his acting. Pamela Wood-Jackson’s depiction of busy, always on the move college students was 100% accurate. Gary juggles work, school and his passion for acting. I like how Gary is so in love with Shakespearean theater and he never lets life get in the way of his acting.
Similarly Caryn is strong headed and a passionate, dedicated journalist. She gives up the precious commodity of sleep in order to write articles and get them out first thing the next day. Not many people are that dedicated and passionate. It also helps that she is a psychic, getting flashes of future events.
I also loved the character of Uncle Omar. He is funny and always there for Caryn when she needs him. Annabeth is fun and loving, who pushes Caryn to be more outgoing. Wood-Jackson’s characters are complex and unique, making the story the well-rounded novel it is.
The story itself was intriguing and easy to read. It was a lot deeper and more exciting than I was expecting. I am good at predicting endings (maybe I’m also psychic) and everything came together perfectly.