Review: Ghost Crown by Gates & Keel

Ghost Crown by J. Gabriel Gates & Charlene Keel
Series: The Tracks (# 2)
Release Date: June 5, 2012
Publisher:  HCI Teens
Pages: 441
Source:  Publisher

A priceless mystical treasure, a dark secret order, and a vengeful fallen angel—forces collide as the battle for Middleburg continues . . .

For gang members Raphael and Ignacio, plans for the homecoming dance are almost as harrowing as their recent victory against the demonic forces that threaten their town. Despite their tentative alliance, a fight breaks out between the preppie Toppers and the goth Flatliners when Topper girl Aimee shows up at the dance with Raphael, the rival gang’s leader. In the midst of an all-out rumble, the homecoming queen discovers a supernatural power that causes a potentially deadly catastrophe. Meanwhile, a charismatic half-angel, half-human arrives in Middleburg with plans to steal Aimee from Raphael.

To add to the bizarre circumstances surrounding the town, real-estate moguls begin buying up most of the Flats and evicting the tenants. These mysterious men seek a priceless treasure prophesied in ancient Chinese writings and will stop at nothing to find it. But Raphael and his friends vow to get to it first and use it to reclaim their homes.

As Raphael and the Flatliners and Zhai and the Toppers hone their supernatural abilities and search for the treasure, Aimee begins kung fu training, intent on using her new skills to locate and rescue her mother. When she discovers that the elusive treasure may be the key, the race to find it intensifies.

But there are others who seek the treasure too, and they have the power to reduce all of Middleburg, and perhaps the world, to ashes…

Review: Making the comparison to West Side Story isn’t a stretch. This series just adds in there a dash of magic and the paranormal. Ghost Crown, is book two in The Tracks Series and is packed with action that leaves you griping the covers until your knuckles turn white. Written in such a manner that one feels as tho they are right there in the middle of town with all the action.

Young love, stereotypes, friend or foe? An ending that sends the reader to the computer to search for the release date of the next book. 
What happens when the side of the tracks you live on, dictates your “status”? Are the good people of Middleburg what they seem?

This is a series that doesn’t disappoint. An awesome read for anyone that loves a little supernatural action tossed with some romance. There is a character for everyone to connect with, to grow with. Someone to feel as though, UGH . . I’ve been there (age doesn’t matter when reading this series). Could you read book two without having read book one? YES. Would you feel a little lost? YES . . . but soon thing do sort out.  I would highly recommend grabbing both copies and settling in for a paranormal ride like none other.