Tuesday, 16 April 2013

Absent Review

AbsentSummary: Forever is a long time to be stuck in high school.

Seventeen-year-old Paige is dead, the victim of a freak fall from the roof during Physics class. Now she’s a ghost, permanently bound to the grounds of her high school. It isn’t all bad, she can find out everyone’s secrets, which can be amusing—for a while.
But then Paige hears something that isn’t amusing at all: the
rumor spread by the most popular girl at school that her death
wasn’t an accident—that she supposedly jumped on purpose.
Paige is desperate to stop the gossip, but what can a ghost do?
Then Paige discovers something amazing. She can possess
living people when they think of her, and she can make them do
almost anything. Maybe, just maybe, she can get inside the girl
who’s responsible for the stories. . . and have a little fun turning the tables while she’s at it.

Katie Williams’s second novel is a suspenseful page-turner full of eerie wit and a touch of the otherworldly.

Huge thanks to Raincoast for the advance reader's copy!!!
Rating: ♥♥♥.5  
Review: I'll start by saying that I don't read a whole lot of ghost books so I wasn't really sure what to expect from this book. I was pleasantly surprised, however, at the intriguing story Katie Williams pieced together. 

This is a quick read, easily finished in about a couple of hours - and not just because it's short but because it is a genuinely good book that you don't want to put down! It was way different from what I expected but of course, in a good way. The take on life after death was different from anything I've read before and I found the new angle to be quite refreshing! The added elements of mystery, and brief interludes of suspense kept me on my toes and the overall tone of the novel was one that I found myself enjoying immensely.

I ended up really liking the main character, Paige, but the wide range of personalities in the surrounding characters made the book that much better! Brooke and Evan were great assets to the story with Evan's quiet, yet charming demeanor, and Brooke's straight-forward attitude. The other supporting characters such as Usha and Lucas were also really enjoyable to read about.

I found the ending really surprising - I never would have guessed the outcome! But I actually found that it worked with the story and made for a good end to a good book.

All in all, Absent was an enjoyable read that I would recommend to anyone older than about 13-14. Thanks again to Melissa from Raincoast for the advance copy!