Thursday, April 23, 2015

Review Bone Dry by Cady Vance

Sometimes it isn’t as easy as choosing right or wrong.
Sixteen-year-old Holly Bennett is a comic book nerd, a con artist, and a shaman. Most days Holly wishes she could trade in her power of spirit communication for something more useful--like fireballs or Wolverine claws. She knows spirits aren't exactly Casper the Friendly Ghosts. They're dangerous beings from Lower World who snack on human life, and messing with the magic from their world is an express ticket to big trouble. But when a shaman sticks her mom's mind between their world and ours, Holly becomes the unexpected breadwinner in the family. She uses her burgeoning shaman powers to set up fake hauntings and "banish" the so-called ghosts from her wealthy classmates' bedrooms. For a fee, of course.

When actual spirits start manifesting, Holly discovers that other shamans have come to town, summoning life-sucking spirits for their own ends. And the newcomers may just hold the clue Holly's been looking for--the one that can release her mom's mind from its Lower World prison. With the help of both a cute web comic artist and her partner-in-con, Holly plots to take them down, throwing her into a whirlwind of speedboat getaways, breaking and entering, and astral projections into the spirit world. And as her mom's mind slips further away, Holly has to fight to save her, and the rest of the town, before they get sucked into Lower World permanently.

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My Review & Thoughts
Cover: Mysterious as the story line! 
Genre(s): Young Adult, Teen, Paranormal...mixed with romance

"Is our friendly, neighborhood ghostbuster in action again?"

Wow! This book was a surprise from the very first few pages! It had my attention and even had me looking in the dark corners at night. (Haaa-wimp) It was mixed in with a problem that needed to be solved, action, and secrets revealed! It was a bit dark at times with paranormal spirits and spells cast. 

Holly is a 'rookie' shaman, ones who can summoning and banish spirits! She's been coning people in high school with her pal Laura, who also is a shaman. Holly's mother went on an assignment and came back cursed that puts her in a blank mind set and is eating her life away. Holly is determined to find the shaman who caused this to her mother but it leads to very dangerous territory that can risk her own life. Not only does Holly have to worry about her mom, but shaman's in town are engraving ruins in all the neighborhood houses. She is called upon with her talent to banish the spirits. Shamans are not to happy with Holly's interference and don't take it lightly. 

Holly was a very likable character! She was snarky, leading heroine, and knows how to hold her own. Mixed in with humorous personality but also sneaky as "cat-woman", Holly definitely was a fun character to go on this mystery with.

"Jason Harris taught me how to fake-faint when we were kids, but that would still leave me here where things were weird. Maybe I should make a timely exit to the bathroom. And then crawl out the window." - Holly 

Love interest definitely surprised me in that I kept anticipating something to happen...I though the author might throw in a wild card and had me questioning Nathan's intentions! It was not heavily focused on making a love connection the center of the story which I think was best due to Holly's predicament in the story. At times I was like wait, there's people chasing you but your daydreaming of Nathan!!!! I do think Nathan character needed more development in feelings for Holly. Being in Holly's POV, don't know much of how Nathan fell in love with her. The end was very fast in wrapping the story up and maybe a bit to quick for the reactions I was expecting from characters. 

This book was very well written with a unique story and had me spooked to read at night! It was fast pace with obstacles coming in left and right for the heroine. Overall, it was a very different Young Adult paranormal read I've read so far. I don't come around to many books with the leading lady throwing around chicken bones!!! 
Recommended Read!
Possible cliffhanger for another book in the series! 
Received book for a honest review! 

"They live in a place called Lower World, and it's like a plane of existence right on top of ours. We're their food, and we need to stay calm. Somehow fear is like a lifeline or something. They do things to freak us out, and that's how they on us." 

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