Title (Don't You) Forget About Me
Author Kate Karyus Quinn
Age Group: Teen/Young Adult
Star Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
The bottom line: A strangely beautiful, creepy little book, I thoroughly enjoyed (Don"t You) Forget About Me--a highly satisfying story, with a creepy premise, sympathetic characters, and evil magic--highly recommended!
This book was given to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Welcome to Gardnerville: a place where no one gets sick, nobody ever catches disease. And the best part? Hey, you get to live forever. But every fourth year, the same magic that guards its people from illness demands sacrifice for such a paradise. The teens of Gardnerville become infected with strange, frightening urges: often ones that are deadly. Skylar's sister, Piper, led her classmates into a jump that cost them their lives. Desperate for answers and trying to find her way back to her sister, Skylar realizes she must face the demons of the past if Gardnerville is to be saved..
What I enjoyed:
-The creepy but beautiful prose of the novel
-I loved the premise of this novel--an evil town that kept its residents alive for many years, but every four exacts a wicked price for that support--it was new, different, and was really creepy
-Gardnerville itself, all sweet and perfect on the outside but rotten to the core, like a poisoned apple
-Skylar, the young woman who wants nothing more than her sister--I really felt for her, though it was a tad unsettling that she was hardcore stoned for most of the book
-Piper, the mysterious older sister that is like living sunshine, but hiding much deeper things
-I loved the twists and turns of this novel--it grabbed me by the throat and held on tight
-Skylar's mother and Wills
-The creepy reformatory
-I loved, loved, loved the ending--it was beautiful, satisfying, and heartbreaking
What could've been better:
-At times the pacing really suffered because of the main character's tendency to get high--I understood the reason, but it really slowed the story
-I wish it had said more about the past fourth years, as they played such an important role in the story
Overall, I really, really enjoyed this book! Highly recommended for horror junkies and fans of creepy paranormal novels! Next on deck: The Fairest of Them All by Carolyn Turgeon!