Audience/Genre: Paranormal, Young Adult.
Publication: April 9th 2015 by HarperVoyager.
Something is wrong with Esmé.
Kicked out of school in New York, she’s sent to live with her grandmother in a small Appalachian town. But something is wrong with the grandmother Ez hasn’t seen for years; she leaves at midnight, carrying a big black bag. Something is wrong with her grandmother’s house, a decrepit mansion full of stray cats, stairs that lead to nowhere, beds that unmake themselves. Something is wrong in the town where a kid disappears every year, where a whistle sounds at night but no train arrives.
And something is wrong with the cute and friendly neighbor Ez’s age with black curls and ice-blue eyes: He’s dead.
I read because I want to escape reality for a while and live vicariously through a book. I like Young Adult books because of the innocence there and finding love and family. I liked it all wrapped up. This book was that. The story is cute. The concept was good. I usually don’t like dead people’s romance with the living because dead is dead but this worked okay.
Ezme and Firecracker are sisters. They have moved to New York when Firecracker was old enough to take care of them both. They used to live with their Grandmother after their parents died. Then because Ezme isn’t doing so well in school, according to her sister, Ezme gets shipped off to her Grandmother’s house. But after some events, when Grandmother comes to pick her up at the train station she doesn’t see Ezme. Ezme is invisible but alive. She can see and hear and talk with Ghosts but can’t be seen by the living. Ezme doesn’t know what to do.
She meets Clara and Tom who are adopted siblings that are ghosts. They become friends and they help Ezme and Ezme learns how to help ghosts. But when she meets Tom and Clara’s father, the StationMaster, she realizes that the dead aren’t all nice. He is evil. He can hurt you. He can hurt the living. He tries to kill Ezme, many times. Time is ticking and Ezme has to find a way to get her Grandmother to see her and how to become seen again and solve the mystery of why she is like this and why all these children are missing and dead in her Grandmother’s town and save her own life and her sister’s and Grandmother’s.
I liked the mystery. I liked the writing style. I found myself confused sometimes, but was able to just go with it and finish the story. I liked the characters and the good vs. evil. I liked how her family was able to become closer and come to terms that their family has a gift of seeing, hearing, talking, or sensing ghosts. Each of them possessing a different gift.
So I liked it. But I felt something lacking in the story every time I found parts of the story that was so confusing that I didn’t know what was going on. I wished the writer had spent more time on the story to fix some of the holes in the story. I wouldn’t mind reading more of the authors writing.
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