Author: Moira Fowley-Doyle
Genre: YA, Paranormal
Series: None. Standalone
Publisher: Kathy Dawson Books
Release Date: August 18, 2015
Source: Egalley from the publisher through Netgalley
I received a free egalley of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This in no way affects my review.
Alright, this one was a little iffy for me. Here’s your synopsis from Amazon:
Every October Cara and her family become inexplicably and unavoidably accident-prone. Some years it’s bad, like the season when her father died, and some years it’s just a lot of cuts and scrapes. This accident season–when Cara, her ex-stepbrother, Sam, and her best friend, Bea, are 17–is going to be a bad one. But not for the reasons they think.
Cara is about to learn that not all the scars left by the accident season are physical: There’s a long-hidden family secret underneath the bumps and bruises. This is the year Cara will finally fall desperately in love, when she’ll start discovering the painful truth about the adults in her life, and when she’ll uncover the dark origins of the accident season–whether she’s ready or not.
1. This book started out really strong for me, until the paranormal stuff kicked in.
I really enjoyed the first half of this book. I loved the characters and the friendships and Cara’s mom. It was all great, until you got to the point where they find the ghost house. There is a slight paranormal vibe through the whole book (the accident season in general, plus everyone thinking Cara’s best friend Bea is a witch) but it just got weird when that happened. A lot of it seemed out of place and that it was just thrown in to make it more…interesting? I don’t know. It just didn’t feel right for me.
2. I was really intrigued by the accident season.
So every October, Cara’s family – her, her sister Alice, her mom Melanie, and her ex-stepbrother Sam – suffer accidents. They range from cuts in the kitchen to near drownings. When accident seasons are really bad, someone in their family dies. The accident season has claimed Cara and Alice’s dad, their uncle, and their grandfather. It’s been a superstition in their family for as long as Cara can remember. I had to keep turning pages to see how this would all be explained to me. That is honestly the first thing that sucked me in and it was kind of weird when it was all explained. Actually, now that I’m thinking more about it, it wasn’t really explained. There are “dark origins” that the synopsis talks about, but those only happen for parts of their lives – not their entire lives. Is it paranormal? Is it psychosis? Is it repression? I honestly still don’t know.
3. I really liked the friendship aspect of this book.
Cara admits in the first part of the book that she has a group of close friends that consists of Bea and Sam. She likes it this way. She grew up with Sam and Bea has been her best friend for most of her life. Bea is a little quirky. She reads tarot cards and everyone thinks she is a witch. I mean, come on, that sounds like an awesomely interesting best friend. Anyway, the three of them share this unbreakable bond that really got to my feels. Granted, it didn’t get to me enough so that I felt much for them, but I liked seeing the way they changed through this story.
4. I feel like I’ve been extremely negative so far, so let’s go for a positive here.
I rated this book high. I know it doesn’t seem like it from reading my last two points, but I honestly enjoyed this. I finished it in less than 24 hours and I liked the story so much that it sucked me in. The characters – while under developed – are extremely interesting and likable. The story is interesting because who has a month of accidents to look forward to every year? I just had to get to the end to see what was going on. And don’t even get me started on Elsie (I don’t want to spoil this for you) which was probably the biggest secret in the story!
OVERALL: 3.5 stars! This was lacking in a lot of areas for me but for the most part, this was a quick and entertaining read! I didn’t need to think too much and I really enjoyed how fast paced this all was. If you feel like giving this a try (which I think you should) click the link below to pre-order! This comes out on August 18, 2015!