Amelia Dupree hasn’t seen the Woman in White since the night her brother died.
The ghost seems to have disappeared from the woods surrounding Asylum, Pennsylvania—that is, until Charlie Blue moves into the creepy old MacAllister House next door. Amelia can’t help liking him, even though she spent her childhood thinking his grandmother was a witch. And she definitely can’t ignore the connection between his arrival and the Woman in White’s return.
Then Amelia learns that the Woman in White is a prisoner, trapped between the worlds of the living and the dead. Devastated by the idea that her brother could be suffering a similar fate, Amelia decides to do whatever it takes to help the Woman in White find peace--and Charlie agrees to help her.
But when Amelia’s classmates start to drown in the Susquehanna River, one right after another, rumors swirl as people begin to connect the timing of Charlie’s arrival with the unexplained deaths. As Charlie and Amelia uncover the dark history of Asylum, they realize they may have unleashed an unspeakable evil. One they have to stop before everything they love is destroyed.
ebook, 261 pages
Expected publication: April 28th 2015 by Bookish Group Press
Amelia is still reeling from the death of her brother and carries a fair amount of guilt on her shoulders in what she believes is her role in the accident that took him from her. She has donned a mask to hide her pain and has become something a recluse to keep people away, until the night Woman in White appears outside her house after a stranger arrives at her creepy neighbors house and her world turns upside down once more.
I didn’t know what to expect with this one, but I was hooked from the first page and found it to be a quick and interesting read with well developed characters and a decent plot line.
The story is told from Amelia’s POV and I actually enjoyed her voice and how she viewed the world around her. Though she is somewhat broken, she isn’t full of the typical teenage angst a girl her age would have, but is more level headed. Yes she has her freak out moments but they are understandable, and again, she is a teenager who has gone through a very traumatic experience. Charlie is a nice, sweet boy who also has secrets but has an easy going personality that I couldn’t help but like him. There is an instant attraction between Amelia and Charlie, but no insta love. Their relationship builds slowly and sweetly with a decent, but not annoying, dose of teenage waffling over just what they are to each other. Leah, Amelia’s best friend, was a fun character and helped to balance out Amelia and Charlie. She is sassy and vibrant and her loyalty to both of them is something I loved about her.
I liked the pacing of the story though some may find it too slow though and the reason is that it does take awhile to find out who the Woman in White is and what she wants. What I liked about it was that we were learning each piece of the puzzle along with Amelia and her friends and didn’t get ahead of them. There was now mass information dump that we had to sort through while the story continued on, and this goes for not only the magical elements but the characters secrets as well. Also, we get to know who Amelia and Charlie are, as well as the town of Asylum itself. The history of Asylum was very interesting. t was based on an actual town and the authors added details really brought it to life and gave a great backdrop to the overall story. While the twists and turns in the story were done well, and I’ll admit most I didn’t see coming, there some things that had me shaking my head because they fell into the realm of “If only you’d done this…” but they moved the story along and kept me turning the page to see how things worked itself out. My one issue, of sorts, is that there were some aspects that didn’t get explained as much as I would have liked, but they didn’t take away from my enjoyment of the story at large and with the cliffhanger of an ending, they just might.
Overall: This is a good debut YA novel and I’ll admit that I’m intrigued enough to see where the author will be taking this story so will be on the look out for the next book.
~ Received an ARC from Bookish Group Press via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review ~
I’m Jenny Adams Perinovic. I’m a twenty-something writer, library assistant and bookworm. I live just outside of Washington DC with my husband, Eric, and our tiny menagerie.
I’ve been making up stories for my entire life, and writing for as long as I can remember. In school, I’d fill notebook after notebook with stories instead of paying attention in class. I spent my nights reading books under the covers with a flashlight, until my mother caught on and took the flashlight away.
Now, I spend my days working as a Circulation Specialist in a library. By night, I write YA speculative fiction about brave girls, the boys who love them, and their battles against dark forces. There’s always a bit of magic, a bunch of kissing, and a whole lot of spine-tingling creepiness. You can read more about my current novels on the books page. I also do freelance design work–you can check out some of my projects here.
Before moving to DC, I graduated from The Ohio State University in 2010 with a degree in Medieval and Renaissance Studies (yes, really) and half of three minors. I love medieval French literature, good books, pretty things, web design, photography, baking, writing, vintage clothes, ballet, and the color purple.