Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Ever Lost

22383818New town, new school, new ghost.

Jade has a dedicated boyfriend, an overprotective mom, and a full scholarship. Uprooted from Nantucket, Jade is installed off-island at her dad’s new house so she can attend snobby Layton Academy. Leaving Charlie behind is sheer torment, but living with her father has plenty of dangerous distraction—in the form of a terrifying spirit haunting her new school. Hottie classmate Mateo Fernandez can’t see the ghost, but he knows its story. He’d like to know hers, too, but Jade still misses Charlie, even though distance seems to be changing him.

With support from Mateo and the mysterious Noemie, Jade commits to helping the agonized spirit cross over. As she delves into the ghost’s past, the disturbing secrets Jade learns draw her into a deadly confrontation with a desperate man. If she can’t play his demented game, the spirit’s harrowing fate could become her own.

*May Contain Spoilers*

In Ever Lost, the second novel of the Secret Affinity series, Jade has been forced to move in with her dad away from Nantucket, her friends, and her boyfriend. Angry and alone, Jade starts her new school with a ghostly greeting. She knows she has to help the ghost as soon as possible so that she can have a normal life at the Academy, but Jade's having trouble remembering exactly what her Grandmother taught her to help them move on. Not that the ghost would leave without completing his unfinished business.

Jade's character has grown since the the first book. She's still the typical in-love, little bit selfish, teenage girl, but she isn't as moody. And because of what she can do, Jade has to be careful when it comes to sharing her secrets. Readers will enjoy the new location and the new characters, especially Mateo. The love triangle created is a little off because Charlie seems to be becoming an angry semi-controlling boyfriend, which will have readers leaning toward Mateo. Jade's bravery and strength as a medium has definitely grown. That was something I wanted in the first book and I'm glad to see the character evolving. Young adult readers will be intrigued by the continuation of Jade's ability and connect well with her experiences as a new student and as a teenager. 

The story line begins after Jade's move away from Nantucket. She begins school and promptly discovers the ghost of a teacher who committed suicide earlier that year. However the ghost keeps rambling on about how he didn't do it and how it wasn't his fault, pushing Jade to pursue a murderer. The plot was nicely paced and entertaining, not to mention frightening at times. When Jade gets into trouble toward the end, I didn't agree with everything she did but I understood why she chose those specific actions. Readers who enjoyed the first novel will no doubt enjoy this installment as well. 

Rating: 3.5/5 Cups


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