Mila Flores and her best friend
Riley have always been inseparable. There’s not much excitement in their
small town of Cross Creek, so Mila and Riley make their own fun,
devoting most of their time to Riley’s favorite activity: amateur
So when Riley and two Fairmont Academy mean girls die under suspicious circumstances, Mila refuses to believe everyone’s explanation that her BFF was involved in a suicide pact. Instead, armed with a tube of lip gloss and an ancient grimoire, Mila does the unthinkable to uncover the truth: she brings the girls back to life.
Unfortunately, Riley, June, and Dayton have no recollection of their murders, but they do have unfinished business to attend to. Now, with only seven days until the spell wears off and the girls return to their graves, Mila must wrangle the distracted group of undead teens and work fast to discover their murderer…before the killer strikes again.
I’d like to thank Penguin Teen for sending me an early copy in exchange for an honest review and a spot on the blog tour.
I already heard great things about this book on social media, so I was definitely expecting a strange and interesting contemporary book about powerful females and some sort of life lesson.
Well, it was powerful, but not in the way you might expect from a female contemporary teen read. (Not a bad thing).
Mila is ultimately thrust into a world where her best friend, Riley, has allegedly committed suicide, though she knows something is up. Her best friend wouldn’t just kill herself. She and Riley used spend their time practicing witchcraft, though nothing really ever happened until Mila decides to bring Riley back from the dead in order to find out what really happened. Unfortunately, she also brings back June and Dayton, who were also murdered.
I loved Mila’s character, but I will admit that I didn’t feel that much of a connection with her. However, it’s not terribly a big issue for me just because of how amazing and one-of-a-kind this book was. I’ve been interested in Wicca myself, thanks to discovering the New Age section at my work. Reading this book definitely has me itching to do my own spells. And no, I can’t say whether or not I believe witchcraft really does exist. Hell, you never know.
I didn’t really like Riley’s character too much, just because I couldn’t see the whole best friend vibe between her and Mila. But, I guess if you are brought back from the dead, you can’t really focus on what you used to do as best friends. I don’t know. I guess I expected Riley to be more grateful to have a bit more time with Mila.
June and Dayton…there really isn’t too much to say about them. I wouldn’t call Dayton a mean girl per say, but June is definitely your typical cliche mean girl that learns something throughout the book. Nothing too surprising for me, but they do add to the plot of the story, especially the ending.
I want to make a bigger point on something else about this book. It totally plays out like one of those Lifetime movies: there’s the mystery element, a little romance and then there is that ONE CRAZY CHARACTER (aka the villain) that just goes CRAZY and PSYCHOTIC. Granted, there is a moment in the book early on where I was able to easily guess who the villain was going to be (hence, the 4.5 stars) but I was total trash for the psychotic episode at the climax of the book. I’m ready for this to become a TV movie or a CW show.
All in all, I highly enjoyed this book and now I just feel like searching for the most highly rated Wiccan books and appropriate candles to perform spells. Though, I don’t think I’d want to bring back the dead. No promises, though.