From School Library Journal
Gr 8 Up-In the small New England town of Captive's Sound, magic has deep, evil roots. Nadia, whose family has recently moved there after her mother left them, discovers this very quickly for she is a witch. Her mother departed before her training could be completed, and now it is up to her and her new friends, Mateo, a tortured boy whose family is cursed with telling the future, and Verlaine, a girl with a mysterious past, to figure out how to stop the magic from destroying their home. But doing so means battling a witch whose own roots in the town go further and deeper than they could have ever imagined. While Gray relies heavily on common tropes in paranormal romance, her story manages to rise above others in the genre with an intriguing history of witches and witchcraft. Though the plot stops and starts, the characters are sympathetic. The ending promises more battles to come, and fans will clamor to know what happens.-Necia Blundy, formerly at Marlborough Public Library, MAα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
High-school seniors Nadia, Mateo, and Verlaine attempt to stop a centuries-old sorceress bent on unleashing the ultimate evil in the beleaguered town of Captive’s Sound. Gray’s latest offering will create a new addiction for her existing fans as well as those soon-to-be fans looking for magic and love in a contemporary setting. This series opener introduces likable characters engaged in a seemingly unwinnable battle, a sweet but complicated romance between two of those characters, and the right amount of backstory about the main characters (the three high-schoolers, plus villain Elizabeth) to hint at exciting possibilities for the future. Aside from her skillful handling of details, Gray also offers a unique take on spell casting, which allows her to create moments of prose poetry every time Nadia performs an incantation. There is a nifty twist at the end that will delight readers getting pumped for the next installment. This one won’t stay on the shelf for long. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: The best-selling Evernight series shot Gray into the limelight; an author tour and heightened media outreach should help keep her there. Grades 7-10. --Cindy Welch