Author: Sean Cummings
Publication: October 2, 2012
Publisher: Strange Chemistry
Rating: 3.5 out of 5
15-year-old Julie Richardson is about to learn that being the daughter of a witch isn't all it's cracked up to be. When she and her best friend, Marcus, witness an elderly lady jettisoned out the front door of her home, it's pretty obvious to Julie there's a supernatural connection.
In fact, there's a whisper of menace behind increasing levels of poltergeist activity all over town. After a large-scale paranormal assault on Julie's high school, her mother falls victim to the spell Endless Night. Now it's a race against time to find out who is responsible or Julie won't just lose her mother's soul, she'll lose her mother's life.
Thoughts:In a matter of a days, Julie's world gets all kinds of twisted, literally. A poltergeist attacks a neighbor's house that she just happens to stop by and from there things just get more extreme and dangerous. She is an adept (witch in training) still learning under her mother about magic and she longs to prove she has the capabilities to handle things on her own. She just never expects that her mother getting injured would give her that opportunity to be in the spotlight. Julie is in for the challenge of her life as she learns about her heritage and begins to see her best friend, Marcus in a new light. If only she had to time to sort through all these confusing feelings. As she fights against time and the evil out to get her, she discovers that those you trust the most can be your worst enemy.
Fast paced and action packed this has the potential to be an interesting series. The focus is not so much on the romance but Julie's friendship and family relationships. I like Julie, she has spunk, wit and determination that is great to see in a female protagonist. Marcus, her best friend, has substance and though he feels there exists a scientific explanation for everything; he takes to Julie's life in stride and several possible concussion-worthy occasions. Gotta love a trooper. Overall, the story is good and the characters are cool. This is a nice start to a new series, looking forward to more to come.