Pagan is just the average high school girl, the only thing that could mark her out as being different is being able to see the dead. Until she see’s one soul who actually talks to her and she soon finds herself falling for him even though she doesn’t know who he is.
The story itself is interesting, although I am reluctant to call it supernatural, it doesn’t steep itself into the supernatural world heavily, that just seems to be an added extra that can sometimes appear for Pagan to comment about it. The is a fair amount of drama and action to be had in this book, there isn’t really a dull moment to be had which makes it a pleasure to read.
I find it hard to believe that Pagan decides to just go out with a guy that she claims to not like and not really attracted to, she even says that she didn’t feel safe around him at the beginning and yet she just hops into a relationship with him anyway? She is a smart girl, she shouldn’t just be in a relationship with this guy because of how he looked at her.
Dank could be an interesting character but he was more in the background for the whole book and instead we just have Pagan obsessing over him, or maybe it’s lusting over him?
One problem that I do have is the names, Pagan, Dank and Lief. Why? I could, kinda see why Pagan was give a unique name, the author could easily claim that it was due to her mother being an author. However Dank and Lief? No. Miranda and Wyatt are pretty common names, not as much as say Sarah or John for example but still.
Another problem is when the four of them, Pagan, Lief, Wyatt and Miranda saw the car accident before them and Pagan started to freak out about it all – not one of them thought that it might have something to do with the accident she herself had in her own car a while ago? (I think it was probably only a month or two since her accident, there is not real time-line to go by in the book). So her friend’s worried about her going crazy and not taking the traumatic events that happened before her eyes, none of them thought ‘maybe it’s a close reminder that she could have died a few months back?’
There are a few niggles in the book, Miranda should be Pagan’s best friend, yet we see that Lief is always there to see her, is appearing to be closer to her than her best friend, which I found a bit odd, considering a best friend would be there for you regardless of men that either of you have and since Miranda has known Pagan since they were little it would make more sense for her to be worried and protective of the other and keeping a close eye on her. This of course might just be me, but Miranda being Pagan’s friend for so long it would seem that she would view her as a sibling of sorts.
Apart from the few niggles that got to me while reading this book it is a good read, there are some minor mistakes, particularly one when Pagan says her mother began to look like her mother again only to repeat it a sentence later. The mistakes aren’t all over and it doesn’t really take away from the reading experience.
A definite Young Adult book with a sprinkling of supernatural.