Author: Jennifer Archer
Hardcover, 240 pages
Expected publication: April 5th 2011 by HarperTeen
Special Note: ARC Review
Sixteen-year-old Tansy Piper moves with her grandfather and her mother, a horror writer, to the setting of her mother's next book--a secluded house outside of a tiny, desolate West Texas town. Lonely and upset over the move, Tansy escapes into her photography and the dark, seductive poems she finds hidden in the cellar, both of which lure her into the mind and world of a mysterious, troubled young man who died sixty years earlier.
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Every ghost has a story to tell
The last place Tansy Piper wants to be is stuck in Cedar Canyon, Texas, in the middle of nowhere, with a bunch of small-town kids. But when her mother decides to move to the desolate West Texas town, Tansy has no choice but to go along. Once there, Tansy is immediately drawn to the turret of their rickety old house, a place she soon learns has a disturbing history. But its the strange artifacts she finds in the cellar--a pocket watch, a journal of poetry, and a tiny crystal--that have the most chilling impact on her.
Tansy soon finds that through the lens of her camera, she can become part of a surreal black-and-white world where her life is intertwined with that of mysterious, troubled Henry, who lived in the same house and died decades earlier. It seems their lives are linked by fate and the artifacts she found, but as Tansy begins spending more and more time in the past, her present world starts to fade away. Tansy must untangle herself from Henry's dangerous reality-- before she loses touch with her own life forever.
This was one deliciously creepy read. I seriously love a good ghost story and this one delivers. It's been a while since I've read a true young adult (YA) haunting story, so it's a rare thing in YA. The main character, Tansy, did get a little whiny at times, but it wasn't enough to super annoy me or anything, and I would say that was really the only flaw I found when reading this one. The plot was on point. It kept me engaged the entire time and I just had to know what happened to Henry (the ghost) and how their fates where intertwined as described on the summary on the back of the book.
The ending was AWESOME! It totally expands things and I really can't say much more because I'll slip up and give it away. I will say that I am sad that this is a stand alone novel, so you definitely will get all your details at the end. No lingering cliff hangers like most YA novels that turn into series with this one.
Add this one to your to-be-read list ASAP! :)