Saturday, March 22, 2014

Westward to Strange by Ray Litt Review

Title: Westward to Strange
Author: Ray Litt
Age Group: Teen/Young Adult
Genre: Horror
Series: Dark Water, book one
Star Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
The bottom line: Spooky, dark, and unpredictable, I really enjoyed Westward to Strange--a deliciously different horror novel that had me frantically turning pages! Wonderful!

This book was given to me by the author in exchange for an honest review.

Lula has always been drawn to the moon and the ocean. Having lived in Water's Edge her whole life, she notices strange things beginning to happen near the water: A mysterious boy named Morgan has appeared, she's hearing music, and her dreams have begun to grow steadily more frightening and vivid. Realizing that there must be a mystery with all this, Lula finds herself trying to delve into mysterious disappearances--and realizes that she may be more involved with Morgan and his secrets, more than she could've ever imagined..

What I enjoyed:
-I liked Lula's narration, and Lula herself, a strong, hilarious main character that I really related to--I was definitely rooting for her all the way
-The mystery was a huge part of why I liked the book--it unfolded beautifully and I couldn't guess what was about to happen--I was constantly guessing, especially with the White Horse
-The spooky, creepy atmosphere that is Water's Edge--it was dark and mysterious and utterly scary at some points
-I love the way mermaids were woven into the plot, more killer than cutesy--it was great
-The vibrant cast of characters that surrounded Lula, particularly Jake, Sarah, and Cass

What could've been better:
-At times the pacing was too quick for me and it made it a little hard to keep up, even after breaks
-I wish I had learned more about Lula's family, particularly about her father--the circumstances surrounding his death were sketchy, even after they were explained
-The ending fell a little short for me

I really enjoyed Westward to Strange! Anyone looking for a creepy, supernatural thriller should pick it up! Next on deck: The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness!

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