Monday, March 5, 2018

Wraith by Angel Lawson


BLURB: Freak. Weird. Crazy. These are the names tossed around seventeen-year old Jane Watts by her fellow classmates. But things aren’t always as they seem. Sometimes there’s a reason for talking to yourself in the hallway at school. Adjusting to her new home and school after an abrupt move, Jane wants one thing in life—to be like everyone else at school, but that’s hard to do when you’re the new kid. Although she does manage to make one friend, Evan—he’s sixteen, charming, and protective. Everything a girl could want in a best friend…with one minor caveat. He's dead. Caught somewhere between life and death, Evan is tied to Jane and the living world unable to complete the journey to the other side. She thinks he’s here to be her friend, to take care of her, and that’s why no one can see or hear him. That is until a new boy shows up at school after a rumored stretch in Juvie. Connor can see Evan and he’s not convinced the ghost is being completely honest. From his own experience ghosts tend to need something from the humans they connect to and Evan, despite his arguments isn’t any different. Jane is resentful of Connor’s intrusion but realizes soon enough he’s right. Evan has secrets about his past and not only did his life end tragically but members of his family are still in danger. Jane must face her fears and battle Evan’s human demons to free both of them.


MY REVIEW: This is a good, solid book. The characters are interesting and flawed, complete human beings. It's a paranormal romance, but the romantic partners are not what you would usually expect from the genre. This book is more on the darker side, and explores what it might be like for a teenager who can see ghosts. Ghosts who need help to cross over to the other side. It definitely focuses on what might be the repercussions to such a person's personal life, and the effort to have some kind of normalcy in spite of it.
This book does not shy away from the reality of what it means to be 'different' from the people around you, but t's not all doom and gloom. The romance is sweet, with just a little heat, and the couple are adorable together. You can really feel how hard it is for Jane to let herself trust in someone else. Let herself be loved. But if you're looking for something light hearted, this is not the book for you. Be prepared to deal with situations like abuse, mental instability, and murder. If you enjoy something a little more on the darker side, but still with some shining spots of hope, you definitely want to read Wraith.

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