Release Date: October 28, 2011
Arelia LaRue Book #1
Genre: YA Paranormal Romance
Review Copy Source: Bewitching Book Tours
Sixteen year old Arelia LaRue lives in New Orleans where the music is loud, voodoo queens inhabit every street corner, and the ghosts are alive and well. Despite her surroundings, all she wants is to help her Grand-mere Bea pay the rent and save up for college.I had to contemplate this story for a while before I could think of what to write for a review and I'm still kinda feeling short for words so Im going to do this review a little different then I have done in the past.
When her best friend Sabrina convinces her to take a well-paying summer job at the infamous Darkwood plantation, owned by the wealthy LaPlante family, Arelia agrees.
However, at Darkwood strange things start to happen, and gorgeous Lucus LaPlante insists that he needs her help. Soon, the powers that Arelia has been denying all her life, come out to play and she discovers mysteries about herself that she could have never imagined.
Was the story interesting? Yes. There were some great little twists, imaginative situations and it was easy to get into.
Were the characters easy to follow and like? Yes and yes.
Was the setting likable? Yes I loved the New Orleans plantation setting.
Was the story paced well? uh kinda, there were certain times throughout the story that it tended to be a tad bit slow.
Was Arelia's best friend a total spoiled rich princess that got on my nerves? Y-E-S.
Did you like the ending? No, It didnt feel like the story was ready to end. It was just getting interesting again when all of a sudden the chapter ended and there was no more to read about. It wasn't just cliffhanger-ish but it made the story feel unfinished. It was a really cruddy place to end the book.
Will I read book 2? Maybe, I'm interested to see what happens but not overly excited to pick it up.
I gave it 3/5 stars