Coming: August 2010
Rating: Really Good
Krystal Bentley is an outsider at her new high school, having just moved to a small Connecticut town. Lately she's been hearing the voice of a teenage boy in her head, and he has become her friend and confidant. The only problem is, he's dead... Ricky Watson was killed a year ago in the alley behind Krystal's new school. The rumor mill is filled with stories of Ricky and his untimely death. Unfortunately, as a ghost, Ricky is unable to investigate his own murder, so Ricky needs Krystal to find the truth and she needs someone to listen. When Krystal befriends Sasha and Jake, both outcasts at her high school, the threesome soon discover that they have more in common than their outsider status. Each has a unique paranormal ability and an unusual birthmark in the shape of an "M." Jake announces that the M must stand for misfits, and so the three form an unusual clique. They soon realize that solving Ricky's murder can help them understand the mystery behind their powers and may reveal whether there are others like them.
Manifest was a really good novel. I love how there were a few twists and turns that I did not expect.
In the beginning, I could not stand Krystal. She was a whiny, spoiled brat who was reacting to her parents divorce the wrong way. As the novel progressed, she progressed. She stopped being so secluded, and started to see that her mother was not the only guilty party. She began to treat her with kindness again. Sasha was great, but a little off. She would be all sweetness and love one minute, and then biting Krystal's head off the next. I enjoyed how she did not succumb to the clicks of her school, and that just because she was a Richie did not mean that she did not want to hang out with other social groups. Jake was a little hard to read. Even now I still feel like I don't really know all that much about him. One of his great character traits, however, is how he always seemed to be there to help Krystal out when she needed him.
I really enjoyed this one. It had romance, supernatural powers, friendship, twists, turns, and mystery. This is one to read.
Manifest will be released on August 1, 2010.
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