Wren Noble is dead—she was born that way. Vibrant, unlike other dead things, she craves those rare moments when her twin sister allows her to step inside her body and experience the world of the living.
Lark Noble is alive but often feels she belongs in the muted Shadow Lands—the realm of the dead. Known as the crazy girl who talks to her dead sister, she doesn’t exactly fit in with the living, though a recent suicide attempt and time in a psych ward have proved to her she’s not ready to join her sister in the afterlife.
Now the guy who saved Lark’s life needs her to repay the favor. He and his friends have been marked for death by the malevolent spirit of a vicious and long-dead serial killer, and the twins—who should know better than to mess with the dead—may be their only hope of staying alive.
Wren has literally grown up with Lark, she was still-born. She never “crossed over” the way a lot of ghost stories portray. Lark had a really tough childhood, her own mother was jealous that Wren communicated with Lark and not her. The book starts the first day of school for Lark after a stay in a psych ward for her suicide attempt. She was always the crazy girl and now she is living with her Nan after her mother decided it was too hard to be around Lark. And the only person who knows the details about her suicide is Mace, who actually saved her life, and surprisingly enough he has never told anyone. (really liked that about him and how it bothered his girlfriend Sarah who is automatically jealous of Lark because of their shared past.) Mace, Sarah and a few of their friends ended up at an abandoned asylum and have been targeted by an evil spirit. The teens have been “marked” by the evil spirit in the form of physical wounds that can only be seen by Wren and Lark. And now Lark, and Wren, have been tasked with tracking down this spirit and dealing with it in order to save their new friends lives.
The alternate perspectives gave a thorough storytelling experience. The ability for Wren to take over Lark was not unpredictable but the way that the girls could use this made for a unique dynamic. The addition of Kevin, the medium that can actually hear Wren, and an interesting romantic aspect added an unique element.
This book me intrigued by only its cover, it’s absolutely gorgeous! And after reading the synopsis I knew I had to read this. I loved that no matter how different the girls are there is one huge thing they share… their love for each other. If I had to list all the things I loved about the I would probably have a 3 page bullet point presentation complete with pictures and graphs.
There are only two things that made me feel like something was missing. I would have liked to know more of the history of the girls growing up and the ending was so abrupt that I felt like there was more to be told.
Release Date 3/31/15