Sep 4, 2012

Book Review: Ghost Crown

A priceless mystical treasure, a dark secret order, and a vengeful fallen angel forces collide as the battle for Middleburg continues . . .

For gang members Raphael and Ignacio, plans for the homecoming dance are almost as harrowing as their recent victory against the demonic forces that threaten their town. Despite their tentative alliance, a fight breaks out between the preppie Toppers and the goth Flatliners when Topper girl Aimee shows up at the dance with Raphael, the rival gang's leader. In the midst of an all-out rumble, the homecoming queen discovers a supernatural power that causes a potentially deadly catastrophe. Meanwhile, a charismatic half-angel, half-human arrives in Middleburg with plans to steal Aimee from Raphael.

To add to the bizarre circumstances surrounding the town, real-estate moguls begin buying up most of the Flats and evicting the tenants. These mysterious men seek a priceless treasure prophesied in ancient Chinese writings and will stop at nothing to find it. But Raphael and his friends vow to get to it first and use it to reclaim their homes.

As Raphael and the Flatliners and Zhai and the Toppers hone their supernatural abilities and search for the treasure, Aimee begins kung fu training, intent on using her new skills to locate and rescue her mother. When she discovers that the elusive treasure may be the key, the race to find it intensifies.

But there are others who seek the treasure too, and they have the power to reduce all of Middleburg, and perhaps the world, to ashes. . . 

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One of my favorite musicals has always been West Side Story and in GHOST CROWN that is what you get along with a whole bunch of magic and the paranormal to keep it interesting.  And it was interesting.

I found that all of the characters were very well developed even the secondary ones though I will admit at times it can be hard to tell just who the secondary characters are.  And there are a lot of characters in this story.  Since I didn't read the first book in this series, I will admit to being lost just who was who in the beginning but that didn't last long simply because they are so well written with their own personalities and goals.  

There was one more thing that was confusing in the beginning was how Nash was called both Nash and Ignacio interchangeably in the same scene.  It felt as though he was different people in that scene.  This almost feels like an editing error that needs to be cleaned up.

The plotline itself was very tight and I loved how all the threads were pulled together in the stunning conclusion though the tale is far from finished.  I know that I will be looking forward to the next book in this series to come up.

This is a young adult and there is some violence however due to the paranormal influences it almost doesn't seem real.  I do recommend this book for readers of all ages who enjoy the paranormal.

I rate this book a 4 and it would have been higher if it had done a better job of standing on its own in the beginning.  

*** I received this book at no charge from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.  All opinions expressed within are my own.


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