⭐⭐⭐⭐💫4.5 out of 5 stars
The first quarter of the book revolves around our main character, Hailey, and the kidnap / murder of her older sister. The two girls are incredibly close; the elder, Holly, delays her departure for college by a year so she and her younger sister can go to college as freshmen together. (Who does that?!? I couldn’t wait to get away… which just goes to show that these two girls must have an extra special relationship!) While the bond between the sisters is important, as are the despair & loss Hailey experiences after Holly’s death, that portion of the book kinda trudged.
Once Hailey leaves for college, however, the story picks up. Rapidly! I loved the quirky atmosphere of Bear Towne University. One must maintain a certain level of just-roll-with-it-ness when we, along with Hailey, learn that Bear Towne is a specialty college. What do they specialize in? Why, the paranormal, of course! The students are a mix of humans and… let’s just call them “others.” I positively adored how easily Hailey adapted to her strange new surroundings. She’s a fish out of water and her sunny disposition was endearing.
Amidst all this, Hailey also has the attention of two men(?), both vying for her attention and her heart. It’s a classic young adult trope, but with some wonderful twists. Soul-wrenching life & death, anyone? If you’re anything like me, you’ll find yourself switching from Team Asher to Team Fin and back again quite often. Both men have some serious issues, none of which are resolved by the end of the book.
The supporting cast of characters is phenomenal! Hailey’s roommate is a banshee renounced by her family because she cannot perform a death-wail. Hailey has a poltergeist following her around, but instead of causing mischief he wants to style her hair. Say what?? But it totally works!
There is a cliffhanger ending and I really, really hope the next book is rapidly forthcoming. If cliffhangers are a turn off, you might wanna shelve this one for a bit. At the end of the day, however, it’s a definite must-read! It’s got just the right mix of paranormal, magic, humor, and budding romance. Great for Y.A. readers and adults alike.
**I received a copy of this book from the author which I then chose to voluntarily review**
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