Sisters of Blood and SpiritSeries: Sisters of Blood and Spirit #1
by Kady Cross
Published by Harlequin Teen, Harlequin on March 31st 2015
Genres: Young Adult, Urban Fantasy
I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Wren Noble is dead—she was born that way. Vibrant, unlike other dead things, she craves those rare moments when her twin sister allows her to step inside her body and experience the world of the living.
Lark Noble is alive but often feels she belongs in the muted Shadow Lands—the realm of the dead. Known as the crazy girl who talks to her dead sister, she doesn’t exactly fit in with the living, though a recent suicide attempt and time in a psych ward have proved to her she’s not ready to join her sister in the afterlife.
Now the guy who saved Lark’s life needs her to repay the favor. He and his friends have been marked for death by the malevolent spirit of a vicious and long-dead serial killer, and the twins—who should know better than to mess with the dead—may be their only hope of staying alive.
I absolutely LOVED this ghost story!!! I don’t think I’ve ever read a better one 🙂 I will disclaim that statement with the fact that I haven’t read all that many ghost stories. My experience is mostly urban fantasy stories with ghosts as side characters and not really a huge part of the plot.
The world that Ms. Cross created in this book is like nothing I’ve ever seen or read before and is extremely well explained in this young adult story that is both entirely appropriate for teens as well as interesting enough for adults to enjoy.
I was completely engrossed by the strange relationship between Lark and Wren and how it has affected both their family and the school lives. I kept wanting to get back to reading this book! I was surprised by the juxtaposition of personalities and that alone held my interest. Where I thought Lark would be the shy, quiet type and Wren would be a sharp-tongued loner, it turned out to be the complete opposite. These two sisters have been through a lot together and if clues provided in this book pan out, there is even more mystery in store for them in future installments. Note to Ms. Cross: Please write faster.
There actually is a mystery that is the backbone of this story. Several classmates from Lark’s high school, one of them being the boy who saved Lark’s life, have messed around on an abandoned asylum and made a spirit angry with them. They need Lark and Wren’s help to rid themselves of this extremely pissed-off spirit. Because Lark has had to live her whole life being made fun for talking to “air” (in other words, to her sister that no one can see) she is obviously less than willing to help them.
Ms. Cross blended witty banter, teen angst (IMHO, it added to the story!), and young crushes with mysterious characters, fantastic fight scenes featuring wicked supernatural powers and creepy gross… I’m not even going to try and explain some of the imagery Ms. Cross imagined! Dead people, folks! Just lots and lots of dead people…
I flew through reading this and would have read it even faster if only “life” weren’t in the way. This was such a fast paced, gripping read I was almost disappointed it ended when it did because I still had questions (no cliffhangers, though). I hate waiting so long between good books 🙁