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Dead River Hardcover – April 9, 2013
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From School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up-Kiandra Levesque's father has kept her away from bodies of water ever since her mother killed herself in the river near their New Jersey home. Now living in Maine, Ki, 17, skips prom to go on a white-water-rafting adventure with her boyfriend, her cousin, and an annoying travel companion. As her group tells ghost stories, the teen has visions of the deaths of the individuals in the legends. She also begins seeing the spirits of those who died in bodies of water, and as she gets closer to the river, she hears voices. During her first journey on the Dead River, she is pulled out of the raft by something supernatural and is saved by Trey, a ghost from one of the stories. Ki, it turns out, is a "Mistress of the Waters" and has great magical powers. Trey warns her to leave the river, but she stays when another ghost, Jack, tempts her with seeing her mother again. Sticking around and kissing Jack costs Ki her life. Her mother is able to bring her back from the dead, but only at a great sacrifice of her own powers. Ki then uses her abilities to return Trey to the living as a romance between them sparks. Balog tells a unique story providing supernatural romance fans with plenty of adventure, paranormal mystique, and angst.-Adrienne L. Strock, Chicago Public Libraryα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
About the Author
CYN BALOG fell out of the raft on her first, and only, trip down the Dead River. She is the author of Starstruck, Sleepless, Fairy Tale, and Touched. Cyn lives in Pennsylvania with her family.
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Ki, the main character, had a vivid voice that immediately drew me into the story. The dialogue throughout was quite amazing as well. Even if the dialogue didn't have a character tag, I would have been able to discern who was speaking. The atmosphere in the book was perfect for the story. This isn't really a horror story -- and isn't marketed as such, I believe it's a 'paranormal' YA -- but I was impressed with the scary storytelling aspects of this book.
On top of the great writing, there were twists and turns I did not see coming. And I was satisfied with the ending, though I would have liked to see more of it. I wasn't ready to say goodbye to the characters yet. But, I suppose, all good things must come to an end.
This wasn't the book that I thought I would be reading, but it was written so beautifully, and everything was brought to life that I didn't mind. It was told from first person POV which I love, but Cyn Balog can write really well in first person. Ki's voice felt genuine and real, and she never said more than what needed to be said. Sometimes you get a writer who rambles in the first person which can be annoying. I felt everything wrapped up nicely so another book is not necessary to feel a sense of completion. Although if there is another book, I would read it in a heartbeat.
I thoroughly enjoyed this and will be picking up other books by Cyn Balog.
And B.) she hates water. You see, her mother committed suicide by walking into the Dead River and drowning. Oh, and every time she is near any body of water she hears voices in her head. And after so many year of quiet, yes, the voices are now back. And seeing the dead is just another added bonus, or minus. Whatever ;)
The idea of this book was certainly interesting, but I don’t know that the execution was that great. For starters, there was too much going on, and yet, the mythos of the Mistress of the Waters and her kingdom was confusing AF! I mean, I didn’t understand the rules of this undead world. More explaining and a little more detail was needed for me to completely comprehend what the heck was going on. Plus, the payoff was no good for the build up we got. It kinda fell flat for me.
I loved the creepy setting and the creepy ghosts we met, but I wouldn’t say it was horror. Which is unfortunate ‘cause I love me a good horror story. I would say this is more of a thriller, which isn’t a bad thing either. And the characters themselves were fine, but there was no true deep connection there so I found myself not really caring for them all that much.
Dead River had a weird world with tons of potential, had it been explained a bit more, but had an amazingly creepy setting that almost made up for it. Almost.
Having to sneak off from her overprotected father to spend time with her boyfriend Justin and BFF Angela, Kiandra can't wait to get away. What she finds on this trip ends up being incredibly close to what her father had always been so scared about. It wasn't some exciting white water rafting trip. It's a trip that ends up explaining things from the past. Things about her mother, who died suddenly and this has always left Ki curious. This isn't the only thing she finds out. There are secrets happening right behind her back, and with it, comes new beginnings and final endings.
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