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Blurb (from Goodreads):Candace “Candy” Pickens has been obsessed with the swamp lore of her tiny Louisiana town for . . . forever. Name any ghostly swamp figure and Candy will recite the entire tale in a way that will curl your toes and send chills up your spine.
That doesn’t mean Candy’s a believer, however. Even though she and her friends entered the swamp at the start of summer and left it changed, Candy’s the only one who can’t see or feel the magical swamp Shine. She’s also the only one who can’t see the ghosts that have been showing up and spooking everyone in town ever since. So Candy concentrates on other things—real things. Like fighting with her mother and plotting her escape from her crazy town.
But ghosts aren’t the only newcomers in Sticks, Louisiana. The King family arrives like a hurricane: in a blur and unwanted—at least by Candy. Mr. King is intent on filming the rumored ghostly activity for his hit TV show, Local Haunts. And while Candy can’t ignore how attracted she is to eighteen-year-old Gage King and how much his sister, Nova, wants to be friends, she’s still suspicious of the King family.
As Candy tries to figure out why the Kings are really in town and why the swamp that had previously cast her aside now seems to be invading every crack in her logical, cynical mind, she stumbles across the one piece of swamp lore she didn’t know. It’s a tale that’s more truth than myth, and may have all the answers . . . and its roots are in Candy’s own family tree.
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
“Every year, before they wish me happy birthday, my family hauls me to a backwoods graveyard to remind me that I, Candace Craven Pickens, killed my own grandpa.”
This was an okay story about a girl who seemed to have magical ties to a swamp.
Candy was a character who knew her own mind, and wouldn’t let other people change it. She stood up for what she believed was right, and if she wanted something, then she’d try to get it.
The storyline in this was about how Candy was the only person in town it seemed who couldn’t see the ghosts that kept appearing from the swamp, and what this meant. We got some ghosts, a family intent on filming the ghosts and putting them on TV, and a bit about Candy’s own person problems, which also related back to her odd ties with the swamp, and some strange effects from the ‘shine’ which came from the swamp.
The ending to this was alright, and it was a satisfying ending.
6.5 out of 10