Wednesday, April 6, 2011
Fresh New Voice of YA- Through Her Eyes by Jennifer Archer
Through Her Eyes by Jennifer Archer
"Every ghost has a story to tell.
The last place Tansy Piper wants to be is stuck in Cedar Canyon, Texas, in the middle of nowhere, with a bunch of small-town kids. But when her mother decides to move to the desolate West Texas town, Tansy has no choice but to go along. Once there, Tansy is immediately drawn to the turret of their rickety old house, a place she soon learns has a disturbing history. But it's the strange artifacts she finds in the cellar—a pocket watch, a journal of poetry, and a tiny crystal—that have the most chilling impact on her.
Tansy soon finds that through the lens of her camera, she can become part of a surreal black-and-white world where her life is intertwined with that of mysterious, troubled Henry, who lived in the same house and died decades earlier. It seems their lives are linked by fate and the artifacts she found, but as Tansy begins spending more and more time in the past, her present world starts to fade away. Tansy must untangle herself from Henry's dangerous reality—before she loses touch with her own life forever."- summary from Amazon
Archer's novel is just a wonderful YA debut. This is a spooky book and gets very creepy as the story goes on. I will admit that I was a tiny bit scared while reading the book, but then again, I'm easily scared.
The characters are fully fleshed out and have their own secrets and motives for how they act, which get revealed as the book goes on. Tansy was a wonderful main character and I really enjoyed reading her story. The voice was compelling, and she sounded very realistic. The setting is also completely realized and is almost its own character, and also really adds another layer to the townsfolk that Tansy meets and interacts with throughout the book.
Overall, this is definitely a book to check out if you're into creepy ghost stories.
FTC: Received ARC via Around the World tours. Link above is an Amazon Associate link; any profit goes toward funding contests.