Lucy Satin has always seen things, always talked--since she was able to talk--to the wispy white spirits that floated around her. Her family, who think she's insane, take her, at the ripe age of 5 years old, to a lunatic asylum. Now, 12 years later, with the help of Takis, an altogether different sort of spirit, and fellow inmate Seth, she has escaped and is running for her life.
My thoughts: Alistar has created an incredibly troubled heroine. Lucy meets with one catastrophe after another, and you will find yourself rooting for her the whole time. The ending, though, was completely unexpected, leaving me shocked and trying to puzzle out whether I liked the book or not. It's complex. I was forced to question everything I had just read. Alistar is a good enough writer to make it work. Did I feel betrayed? Definitely. My first instinct was something like Ralphie, in A Christmas Story, when he finds that his mysterious secret message from Little Orphan Annie was really a crummy commercial. In fact, while I didn't toss the book across the room, not wanting to break my Kindle, I probably echoed Ralphie's words.
However, I've continued to think about the story, the characters, the setting. So I have been alternating between liking it and not liking it, and just flat can't decide. I'm giving it 4 stars out of 5 just because I haven't been able to let the story go. That's the hallmark of a good writer and an intriguing story. I'll definitely be looking for more books by Alistar.
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