The last thing Gemma Pope expects to study in the after-school book club is demon etiquette but that is exactly what she has to do to succeed as a summoner and save her hometown.
Since taking the blame for the car accident that claimed the lives of her twin brother and two of her best friends, she s been seeing things. Dark shadows, opaque, menacing, multiplying.
The clock starts ticking when the local mild-mannered librarian suffers a psychotic break and pulls a gun on her reading circle. People are dying in disasters and wars all over the world. Gemma s dad is getting weird, her classmates are becoming violent, and the darkness surrounding Harrisport is getting thicker.
Does she trust hot English Lit teacher Mr. Flynn or Ian, the mysterious new kid in town, who has knowledge beyond his years and access to other dimensions?
It is only when the gates to hell are opened, that Gemma learns who her real friends are.
Discover what lies just beyond the veil of humanity in the sleepy town of Harrisport.
Two reviews in as many days! And yes, I read this book in like three hours and change. After the bit of a slog that Thief’s Magic was, and knowing that the next several books I’m going to be doing are ARCs, I wanted to pick something that would be fun to read and preferably YA (for the easier read). Although I couldn’t remember what the story was supposed to be about I love the cover and the title just kept calling out to me so I decided to read this.
I read the first 5% at break. I finished maybe another chapter or two at lunch. I finished the rest after work. It was fast, it was breezy, and it was fun. It’s a nice mix of the kind of high school drama you could expect after the unexpected death of several popular students and a magic system that, while nothing radically new, at least had enough flourishes to make it feel a bit fresh.
You can see at least one of the twists regarding the real identities of one of the players coming, but it isn’t too obvious and you’re still not exactly sure of whom is whom on all the major players at the end of this book.
While this isn’t the kind of book that focuses on character development, Gemma is a nice enough MC and the relationship between her and Charlotte feels good and legit; you can buy that these two really are friends. There is a mean-girl/bullying aspect of it, but at least the person behind it isn’t a bitch because the plot demands it, but at least has a reason for it and there is some resolution there which is nice too.
This book doesn’t attempt to reinvent the paranormal YA wheel and it doesn’t need to, it knows what it wants to do and it does it well. If a sequel comes out (as of writing this review I can’t find anything definitive) I’ll definitely give it a look.
Verdict: Buy It