Tuesday, March 22, 2011

October Girls: Crystal & Bone by L.C Glazebrook

Genre: Young Adult
Publisher:  Cinderella Story Press
Publication Date: 14th September 2010
Stand alone or series: Series
Pages: 191 pages
Book Received from: Author

Five days until Halloween and all hell is about to break loose. And it's all Crystal's fault.

Momma warned her not to consort with the dead and tried to teach her the magic spells that would close the portal to the afterlife. But Crystal doesn't want to be a trailer-trash witch like Momma. She has dreams of going to community college and escaping the Appalachian town of Parson's Ford. Her best friend Bone is only too happy to escape the afterlife and help Crystal break the rules. Bone died too young, and she'll do whatever it takes to remain among the living.
Then a teen movie maker comes to Parson's Ford, and he has a very special project in mind: a horror movie starring a real ghost. The kids who watch his movies turn into brainwashed zombies. And to totally complicate matters, Crystal thinks he's kind of a hunk, and she's afraid her boyfriend Pettigrew only loves her because of Momma's magic spells.
Now it's Halloween, the night when the portal to the afterlife is widest, and somebody's been messing with Momma's potions. The fate of the world is in Crystal's hands, but she hasn't been paying attention to her lessons. And a mysterious figure in the afterlife is urging Bone to stay loyal to her own kind instead of to Crystal.
The movie is rolling, the creatures are stirring, and the brainwashed teenagers are ready to welcome a new star from the other side of the grave. Crystal and Bone must overcome drama queens, coffin cuties, and mangled magic if they want to remain best friends forever-but at this rate, forever may not last much longer.

My Thoughts:
While I did enjoy this book it didn't captivate me as some books do.  The unusual friendship between Crystal and Bones was definitely cool and quite witty at times, but Crystal didn't jump out at me as much as Bone did.  She's stuck in Darkmeet as a Tweener and definitely has her own issues to deal with there and I found Darkmeet more interesting than Crystals world.

The story itself was enjoyable and the writing flowed well.  Written in third person past tense, we get to see this from mainly Crystal and Bone's POV.  I think the POV's work well as we get to see where Bone 'lives' and the scary night creatures and people she's up against.  I also liked how Crystal was from a long line of witches born and bred for a sole purpose but was a bit disappointed that she wasn't very interested in the lotions and potions stuff that her mother creates.

I'm curious to find out what Crystal and Bone deal with next in Dead and Unfriended.

Fave Line:  But lying got easier as life got harder.  If that wasn't in the Bible, it should be.

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