Published: June 8th 2010 by Bloomsbury USA Children's Books
Rating: 3 Stars
When Emma Vaile's parents leave on mysterious business trip, it gives her the perfect excuse to be a rebellious teen. Throw some parties, get a tattoo (or maybe just a piercing), and enjoy the first few weeks of her junior year. Then her best friend stops talking to her, the cops crash her party, and Emma finds herself in the hands of a new guardian--her college-age "knight in J.Crew armor," Bennett Stern--and on a plane to his museum-like mansion in New England.
After enrolling at Thatcher Academy, Emma settles in by making friends with the popular legacy crowd. But she can't shake the strange visions that are haunting her. She has memories of Thatcher she can't explain, as if she's returning home to a place she's never been. Emma doesn't trust anyone anymore--except maybe Bennett. But he's about to reveal a ghostly secret to Emma. One that will explain the visions . . . and make Emma fear for her life.
Delibrarie (Nichole) Review:
I felt like this book had so much potential and the basic story line was really interesting, but I felt like it fell short of that potential. The main character was fun and believable, but her situation was what I found unbelievable. I felt like the author needed a reason for her to be taken across the country and so she forced it to happen, but I had some trouble believing that a teenager would go weeks without hearing from their parents and not freak out or call the police. And I wanted just a little bit more from the ghost story part. Although I loved meeting the ghosts and hearing their stories and the fight scene at the end was great. If you love some teenage drama and a good story about ghosts then I recommend this to you because even though it wasn't my favorite, it could very well be yours! Just be warned, it's a series so there is more to come!