On Thursdays I'm going to take time to step back and just share my thoughts on things related to reading. Sometimes these may be my thoughts or thoughts I've gotten from my students. It depends on the Thursday. It depends on the topic. It depends on the week!
There’s something about the new guy at Crossroads High . . .
Most sixteen-year-olds have friends. Aden Stone has four human souls living inside him:
One can time-travel.
One can raise the dead.
One can tell the future.
And one can possess another human.
With no other family and a life spent in and out of institutions, Aden and the souls have become friends. But now, they’re causing him all kinds of trouble.
Like, he’ll blink and suddenly he’s a younger Aden, reliving the past. One wrong move, and he’ll change the future. Or, he’ll walk past a total stranger and know how and when she’s going to die.
He’s so over it. All he wants is peace.
And then he meets a girl who quiets the voices. Well, for as long as he’s with her. Why? Mary Ann Gray is his total opposite. He’s a loner; she has friends. He doesn’t care what anyone thinks; she tries to make everyone happy. And while he attracts the paranormal, she repels it. For her sake, he should stay away. But it’s too late. . .
Somehow, they share an inexplicable bond of friendship. A bond about to be tested by a werewolf shape-shifter who wants Mary Ann for his own and a vampire princess Aden can’t resist. Two romances, both forbidden. . . doomed. Still, the four will enter a dark underworld of intrigue and danger. . . but not everyone will come out alive. .
This was a pretty good book. I expected it to follow the usual pattern I've seen lately with the boy sharing a secret, the girl being drawn to him, they fall in love. Interstingly it didn't completely follow that pattern! It had a bit of a different take. I liked Aden, and I found the four souls who lived in him amusing. I liked how they bickered with Aden and with each other. I couldn't imagine trying to live with that going on in your head! It really made me feel for Aden. The story also contain quite a bit of mystery that held my interesting. When the whole story was finally revealed I was suprised - not having guessed it all before.
I did have some issues with the book. Mary Ann is suppose to be smart, but she did some pretty dumb things I felt. It was hard to believe she would do some of the things she did. Also, there was a ton going on in this book, especially towards the end. I began having a hard time keeping it all straight. I don't know if more needed to revealed sooner, so I had more time to work it out in my mind OR if it should've been kept for the next book. It just seem, at times, like a bit much.
Final thought: I enjoyed it - it wasn't "wow the best book ever" but it was a good read.
Best stick with you image: The description of the wolf that follows Mary Ann.
Best for ages: 14+ One of Aden's souls likes to say some rude things that may not be best for younger readers.
The second book Unraveled is set to come out in September. I'll be interested in reading it.