Cass McKenna prefers ghosts to living people. An outcast at school, she has befriended the ghosts who reside there, and they see everything that goes on there and pass that information on to Cass. No one quite knows how she does it, some think she is psychic, others think she uses witchcraft, most of them agree that she is just weird and Cass is happy that her secret is safe. Until one day she receives an anonymous note in her locker claiming that someone knows how she knows everything that goes on.
Tim is mourning the loss of his mother, and in Cass’s opinion he is using that as an excuse to get the entire school wrapped around his finger. She is surprised therefore when the note turns out to be from him, and what he really wants is help contacting his mother’s ghost.
I felt that while the beginning of the book focused on Cass’s ability to talk to the dead, a lot of it revolved around the social politics of high school. At the beginning we are introduced to Paige, her sister who died four years ago and now spends most of her time in Cass’s bedroom, and Norris and Bitzy, who are spending their afterlife at Cass’s high school. We see a lot of how things work for ghosts and how Cass interacts with them.
Tim is an interesting character, he is quite prepared to ignore his friends judgements and spend time with Cass in order to talk to his mother. Cass was more complicated for me. Most of the time she seems a very likeable character, she takes Norris to the movies and comforts her sister, she also helps Tim to make contact with his mother, albeit reluctantly. However, as much as she claims not to like revealing the unpleasant truths her ghost friends witness to people, she still makes a point of doing it. She often uses them against people to get what she wants, whether this be other students or even her guidance counsellor.
Overall this was an enjoyable book, I liked Megan Crewe’s style of writing. Although I did not always like Cass’s choices I could see why she made them and by the end of the book she had grown a lot as a character. I am hoping we will see more of Cass and Tim, I feel there is more to be told!
I have a real weakness for books about witches and Switching Hour by Robyn Peterman sounded fantastic. Zelda has just been released from the ‘magic pokey’ after serving nine months for running over her familiar with her car, accidentally of course. Upon leaving she is informed that she only has limited powers for the time being and unless she completes the task set for her she will become mortal. So Zelda sets off in her new lime-green Kia with her resurrected cat Fabio and starts the eleven hour journey to her estranged aunt Hildy’s house which she inherited while in jail. However if Zelda was hoping for some time to relax she was very mistaken, within hours of her arrival injured animals begin appearing on her doorstep claiming that she has replaced her aunt as the ‘shifter whisperer’.
As she begins to meet and heal the animals, who turn out to be shifters, she meets Mac, wolf and also insanely hot guy who claims that Zelda is his mate. The chemistry between Zelda and Mac is incredible, but their relationship is also very sweet. Fabio is simply hilarious with his dodgy credit cards and bizarre cooking abilities and the other shifters are fantastic characters who you really start to root for. And then of course there is Zelda, she has a smart mouth and freely admits to being slightly crazy, although with very good fashion sense.
This book quite literally made me laugh out loud, although fairly short it was a very enjoyable read and I hope the rest of the series is just as good.
Angel’s Kiss by Melanie Tomlin really hits the ground running. Angels, demons and all kinds of other monsters are real, hidden for years from the mortals they live alongside, and Helena has just been thrown right into the middle of them.
Starving and freezing Helena takes refuge in an abandoned house and waits for the angel of death to take her, what she actually meets however, is a vampire. Danizriel, otherwise known as Danny, is an angel on Earth who’s job is surveillance. When he arrives on scene he is shocked to find the vampire dead, and Helena still alive. Unsure how she survived or what she might be, Danny begins to explain the workings of the angels and demons and vows to keep her safe from them all.
I liked the twists Tomlin put on vampires, werewolves and the other creatures and Danny’s reasoning that mortals put a lot of conditions on monsters to help us sleep better at night. Most of what mortals believe about these monsters has no bearing on the real things. I did find Danny’s ‘blink and it’s there’ ability a little convenient, whenever Helena questions it he gives the explanation of “angel, remember?” This ability is useful nonetheless, especially for things like doing the washing and creating the odd garden for Helena to explore.
A lot of the book involves Helena exploring exactly what she is capable of, and she certainly is capable of a lot. She really grew as a character and a person throughout which book which was enjoyable to read. This is the first book in the series and it definitely leaves you wanting more!