February 8, 2011

ARC Review: Cryer's Cross by Lisa McMann

Publisher: Simon Pulse (February 8, 2011)
ARC: 240 Pages
Genre: YA Paranormal
Book from Around The World Tours (click link for more reviews from this ARC tour)

From Goodreads. The community of Cryer’s Cross, Montana (population 212) is distraught when high school freshman Tiffany disappears without a trace. Already off-balance due to her OCD, 16-year-old Kendall is freaked out seeing Tiffany’s empty desk in the one-room school house, but somehow life goes on... until Kendall's boyfriend Nico also disappears, and also without a trace. Now the town is in a panic. Alone in her depression and with her OCD at an all-time high, Kendall notices something that connects Nico and Tiffany: they both sat at the same desk. She knows it's crazy, but Kendall finds herself drawn to the desk, dreaming of Nico and wondering if maybe she, too, will disappear...and whether that would be so bad.

Then she begins receiving graffiti messages on the desk from someone who can only be Nico. Can he possibly be alive somewhere? Where is he? And how can Kendall help him? The only person who believes her is Jacian, the new guy she finds irritating...and attractive. As Kendall and Jacian grow closer, Kendall digs deeper into Nico's mysterious disappearance only to stumble upon some ugly—and deadly—local history. Kendall is about to find out just how far the townspeople will go to keep their secrets buried.

CRYER'S CROSS, by Lisa McMann, is a fast-paced and short read that definitely gave me the creeps. I have not read a book in a long time that portrayed scary suspense as well as this book did.

Kendall was a phenomenal character. Her life revolved around the struggle with her OCD but she was able to cope with it. Her family was so supportive, it that was definitely a treat to read. With mild OCD tendencies myself, I truly connected with this girl. Kendall and Nico were adorable together and it broke my heart when he went missing like Tiffany. But through tragedy, Kendall was able to find a connection with another outcast, Jacian (thanks Lisa for the phonetic pronunciation). Jacian and Kendall's relationship was a love/hate one, but very convincing and magnificent to read.

I liked how the town itself was a character. This small farming community was very tight-knit but could also be suffocating. Imagine going to school where all the students could fit into one classroom? Overall this was a great book. I loved getting to know these wonderfully constructed characters and unraveling the disturbing secrets of Cryer's Cross.

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