Blurb (from Goodreads):
Ever since Samantha Winthrop's mother moved them to Lacuna Valley, supposedly in search of better weather, the list of strange questions she has no answers for has been growing out of control.
Does her little sister, Violet, have the ability to make things happen just by "praying" for them? Are Sam's dreams really predicting the future? Is she destined to marry the boy she just met, and what is the mysterious orb that he's guarding? Why does she get the impression that there are dangerous creatures watching from the woods?
While Sam should be focusing on answering those questions, there is one other that makes them seem almost irrelevant: Is her mother planning on killing her and Violet?
My rating: 3.25 of 5 stars
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to author Faith McKay.)
16-year-old Sam is starting at another new school, her family moves around a lot! The thing is it’s for really bizarre reasons too, like the weather!
Sam can’t wait to turn 18 and get out of her parent’s house, and not just because of the constant moving, but because her mother beats her.
Strange things are going on following their latest move to Lacuna Valley though, her sister Violet makes things happen by praying for them! Even huge things like making it rain in the desert, and Sam’s dreams seem to be coming true. Then there’s the way that people keep asking them why they moved here – as if moving there is a bad thing.
Things really begin to turn weird after Sam finds her grandma’s diary though, and the prophecies she foretold. Can Sam really dream the future? Can Violet really make things happen just by praying for them? And who is the boy who guards the orb?
This was a good start to a YA paranormal trilogy, with some interesting ideas regarding the supernatural.
Sam was an interesting character. She didn’t really believe in things unless she saw them with her own eyes, and she wasn’t ready to just accept whatever destiny someone else had in mind for her. I was shocked by the way her mother treated her though, and how willing she was to accept that treatment! Having your head smashed into a wall is not the sort of treatment you should willingly accept from anyone never mind your own mother! It did annoy me a bit that Sam didn’t stick up for herself more, especially when she had a younger sister that her mother could have turned on too!
The romance in this book was quite light and a little strange at times! I don’t want to give too much away, but Sam at first had no interest in the love interest at all, and then seemed to suddenly love him! Quite a quick occurrence, but I suppose you can’t argue with fate!
The storyline was okay, and the book did have an ending, even though not everything was tied up – this being book 1 in the series.
Overall; a good start to a new YA paranormal trilogy.
6.5 out of 10.