Thursday, June 24, 2010
Possessions by Nancy Holder
[description from goodreads]
Lindsay is hoping for a fresh start, to get out of San Diego, where everyone remembers when she had her breakdown, and get away to boarding school, even if it is a boarding school as creepy as Marlwood Academy. But Lindsay is happier, and even manages to make a great new friend, Julie. Then, the school's most popular girl, Mandy starts acting super creepy. Rumors abound, but it's becoming more and more clear to Lindsay that something else is at work...something darker and more dangerous than just a houseful of mean girls.
Why wasn't this summary on the back of the ARC? The one on the back- the one I read- gave the ending away. Because I already knew the ending, the entire book was boring to me. But even if I didn't know, I'm not sure that I would have loved it.
There was a nice mystery in Possessions, one with a backstory that is far more interesting than the actual plot of the book. The problem with it, though, is that it moves so slowly. It never seemed like Lindsay made much progress at figuring out what was going on. She spent most of her time freaking out or trying to guess, but it wasn't until the very end that she figured it out. Perhaps it would have been more suspenseful if I didn't already know the mystery's solution, but still. The "mean girl" element made it a bit more interesting to read- there were plenty of pranks, eventful parties, and such- but there's only so many complaints about rich, mean girls that I can read before going crazy.
Because Lindsay is not one of the rich girls, though, she is a bit more easy to relate to. She had an entertaining voice and I liked that she did actively seek out new information regarding the spooky problems at the school. However, I wish there was a bit more given about her past. She mentions her mom and breakdown frequently, but hardly ever gives any new information about them. What she did mention helped me understand her personality and insecurities a bit better, but there seemed to be so much more that she could have shared.
Although I didn't like Possessions all that much, I still gave the sequel, The Evil Within, a try. It was a bit better- more exciting, more twists, and more creepy. However, I still thought that it took an obnoxiously long time to get to the real mystery.
Book details: Razorbill/paperback/$9.99
Source: both books sent by the publisher for review