Review: Cicada by Belle Whittington

Cicada by Belle Whittington
Series: Cicada (Vol 1)
Release Date: September 13, 2011
Publisher: CreateSpace
Pages: 220
Source: ebook provided by the author

Summertime for Blair Reynolds and her friends had always been carefree and fun…until the summer they happened upon something that was not human. As they band together in a fight for their lives, Blair’s true love becomes something more than human. Something unnatural. And their survival depends entirely upon their ability to keep a secret.

Cover/title: Wow. Colorful. Immediately drew my attention the way the girl was posed.
Review:WARNING: Spoilers are in this preview.

I loved the preface to this book… “So, I ask again. Can you keep a secret? If not, put aside this story. Throw it away. Burn it. Tell no one what lies between the covers of this book. But if you can keep a secret, proceed with caution. And tell not a soul.” My hubby and I took a trip last year to southeast Texas, to the great piney woods during the hot summer days and nights where this story took place, and as I read, I felt like I was THERE again. The author did a fantastic job of creating the setting for this story and reading it at night spooked me out.

A time of celebration in a small town turns into a mystery that Blair, her brother, and friends want to solve as weird things start happening. First, an unusual building “appears” in town. Then, a crop circle is spotted in her grandpa’s pasture. While riding four wheelers, the teens spot an object in the sky hovering over the crop circle. What can all these clues mean? Noticing an unusual spot in the trees within the crop circle, they decide to check it out and find a large pod with a creature inside, growing. Although the group disagrees on whether or not to kill or save the creature, the final decision is to hide it at a local storage shed. Besides trying to figure out what type of creature they’re harboring, Blair’s worried about her brother. His behavior has changed, for the worst, and he’s stopped shaving, bathing, and doesn’t seem to care about anything anymore. Since they lost their dad and Andrew’s twin, Blair and her brother have been each other’s support.

When Blair’s best friend, Everett, first sees the hatched creature, he’s shocked. It looks just like HIM. While everyone is confused, it seems that the creature had imprinted him when they first located It. It begs them to keep It safe from the ones who would harm It. Unbeknownst to the others, the creature talks to Blair telepathically. Adding even more confusion are the weird dreams she keeps having. As the story continued, the action picked up as the creature was indeed in danger, as well as Everett. When Everett is the one tortured and almost killed, the creature passes on energy to help him heal. Soon though, Everett doesn’t need his glasses to see, nor does he need his crutches to walk. He starts dressing differently and acting cocky. Blair’s entire world has changed: her nerdy, geeky boy friend is now her boyfriend, but what is he? Her brother no longer tells her his secrets and is leaving to travel around the country on his motorcycle. Her best hope for finding answers lies in her dad’s study and when she starts poking around, the mystery gets even more bizarre. On their honeymoon, her dad took a picture with a cocoon high up in a tree, just like the one the creature was found in. WHAT was her dad involved with?

A tale with a lot of twists and turns that will keep you wondering…book two will be called Firefly.

Quote:  “After a quick shower, I snuggled into bed and wished that it was possible to never have to fall asleep again. Nightmares had become the specter that haunted me in the recesses of my mind as I plunged into the darkness of slumber. That afternoon was no exception. I was helpless in my fight to stay awake and sank into a deep sleep.”

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