They say every town has its secrets, but that doesn’t even begin to describe Whispering Pines. The townsfolk are a superstitious lot and the mystical disappearance of a local teen has everyone murmuring about a centuries old witch’s curse. When sixteen-year-old Shiloh Ravenwolf takes a summer job at Ravenhurst Manor, she discovers a ghost with an agenda. That’s where she meets the new town hottie, Trent Donovan. But Trent may be the next victim on the supernatural hit list, and Shiloh is the only person with the power to save him. Complicated much?
After receiving cryptic messages from a creepy wraith and frightening threats from a demon, Shiloh finally begins to understand the mysterious significance of the strange mark branded on her wrist. Now Shiloh must decide how much she’s willing to sacrifice to protect the other teenagers in town. Unfortunately, for Shiloh, not all ghosts want help crossing over. Some want vengeance.
Review: Being the thirteenth daughter has some serious drawbacks for Shiloh Ravenwolf, especially in the darkness. From the beginning of this story, the descriptions of the creatures that haunt Shiloh were incredibly descriptive and reading this book at night had me jumpy. Shiloh knows that she has the potential to force the dark creatures away, sort of like going to her happy place in her mind, but over time, her ability to do that just isn’t working. Her parents aren’t much help. Her Mom’s self-centered and her dad is caring but not overly involved. She has relatives who might be able to help but they’ve been missing from her life for years. Friends can’t help because they don’t really understand either.
As teenagers start to disappear from the small town, rumors are rampant that it has something to do with the return of a local family who own a home that is supposedly haunted. Shiloh is fascinated with old home architecture and applies to be an intern at the home in question, which also happens to be the home of a hot teenage boy. Things are happening in the home, though, bad things.
As a flirty romance starts between Shiloh and the hot boy, she’s befriended by someone who helps her discover what her true purpose is and how to harness her power as a witch and fight the demons that plague her town. What he can’t help her with is what troubles her the most. Why are her relatives arguing when they do meet? Where are the teenagers disappearing to? Why does the suicidal scar on her arm throb at times?
A good read with many twists and turns for fans of young adult paranormal with a touch of romance. Book two, Moonlight Mayhem, released on July 3, 2012.
Favorite Quote: “For as long as I could remember, I’d heard whispers in the shadows. Dark, twisting shapes that chilled my blood. Slithering through night, the images flickered, green skin, crimson eyes, sharp claws illuminated even in the dark. Sunlight meant the difference between life and death.” Page 1