Series: Darkest Powers
Book #: One
What if you could see dead people? And they could see you?
This book is quite original in its portrayal of the dead and those who see ghosts. The main character isn't a possessed child living in a haunted mansion. Chloe is just your average, insecure, awkward fifteen year-old girl. This made the plot more realistic. It also made it easier to relate to the characters.
Chloe did begin to bother me after the first couple of chapters. To the reader, the truth is obvious; Chloe can see dead people. Chloe refuses to believe this and lives in denial for the first fifteen chapters or so. But a little after I was halfway through, everything changed. The story finally began to really pick up pace. Before I knew it, I was totally addicted to the book. I read every chance I could. I think my friends were getting annoyed with me. One of my book-lover friends actually walked around school with her nose stuck in this book!
While it does take a long time for Armstrong to set the stage, once the you reach the midway point, the story unfolds rapidly. I now realize that the author was building her characters, and that is something I can really appreciate.
Let me make a recommendation: if you should choose to give this book a try (which I highly recommend), make sure that you have the sequel on hand. There's a bit of a cliff hanger at the end. I get the feeling that the second book will be even better than the first, now that the story is rapidly unfolding.