18 August 2011

Review: Cryer's Cross

Who knew a book involving a haunted school desk could be mildly interesting? Was I aware it involved paranormal furniture? Nope, and if I knew, I don't think I would have picked it up. Surprisingly, I'm still glad I did.

I'm a fan of Lisa McMann's Wake trilogy, so when I found out a release of her's passed me by, I had to read it right away. To give a quick synopsis, Cryer's Cross is about a small rural town that begins to have disappearances involving a couple of teenagers. One of those teens happens to be Kendall's sort-of-boyfriend and soon, Kendall begins to hear his voice...through his desk...which Tiffany, the first one gone missing, used to sit at.

The book achieved its goal of being creepy. The voices and the mysterious writing on the desk pulled me in and I was excited to see where it was going. And then it got there. And then I wasn't so excited anymore. I felt like there was so much build up to something that was solved within the last ten pages of the book. Also, McMann makes it clear from the beginning that Kendall suffers from OCD. I thought this was a great character trait (and an important part of the book), but she didn't have to talk about how she was OCD on every page. I got it. Kendall has a disorder. The dialogue could also be a bit awkward and choppy at times, but the book as a whole is still worth a read and it's a really quick read. It only took me two and a half hours. Definitely something to get at the library.


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