Be careful what you search for…
Emma Guthrie expects this summer to be like any other in the South Carolina Lowcountry–hot and steamy with plenty of beach time alongside her best friend and secret crush, Cooper Beaumont, and Emma’s ever-present twin brother, Jack. But then a mysterious eighteenth-century message in a bottle surfaces, revealing a hidden pirate bounty. Lured by the adventure, the trio discovers the treasure and unwittingly unleashes an ancient Gullah curse that attacks Jack with the wicked flesh-eating Creep and promises to steal Cooper’s soul on his approaching sixteenth birthday.
But when a strange girl bent on revenge appears, demon dogs become a threat, and Jack turns into a walking skeleton; Emma has no choice but to learn hoodoo magic to undo the hex, all before the last days of summer—and her friends–are lost forever.
Review: For anyone familiar with South Carolina’s Lowcountry, this paranormal book will be a treat. While I wasn’t familiar with the setting of the story, nor the hoodoo magic, there was plenty of background information provided and rich details to the point that I felt that I was there.
Out of the three main characters, Emma was the most interesting heroine who had a lot thrown at her right from the beginning. She shouldered the responsibility throughout the story and tried to save her twin brother’s life with the help of their summer friend, Cooper. As a female heroine, she very rarely felt sorry for herself and constantly had others in mind which I admired. The tidbits of romance between her and Cooper were nice and sweet for their ages.
The twin brother, Jack, wasn’t a character I really connected with. He was an integral part of the story and was in several important scenes but I just never felt anything for him besides sympathy.
Cooper was a character I really enjoyed. He always helped Emma and had her back regardless of what was happening. As they moved from friendship to romance, he was sweet and thoughtful. Besides the little glitch that he’ll turn into a jerk when he turns sixteen, he was perfect.
The only change I’d like to see to this story is that the beginning didn’t give much back story to the three characters and their history. The plot of the story started right at the beginning with a bang but without much to support it. While what was happening was intriguing, I hadn’t yet made a connection with the characters.
I’ll be looking forward to book two from this series!