Released: April 21, 2009
Description: Alexis thought she led a typically dysfunctional high school existence. Dysfunctional like her parents' marriage; her doll-crazy twelve-year-old sister, Kasey; and even her own anti-social, anti-cheerleader attitude.
When a family fight results in some tearful sisterly bonding, Alexis realizes that her life is creeping from dysfunction into danger. Kasey is acting stranger than ever: her blue eyes go green sometimes; she uses old-fashioned language; and she even loses track of chunks of time, claiming to know nothing about her strange behavior. Their old house is changing, too. Doors open and close by themselves; water boils on the unlit stove; and an unplugged air conditioner turns the house cold enough to see their breath in.
Alexis wants to think that it's all in her head, but soon, what she liked to think of as silly parlor tricks are becoming life-threatening--to her, her family, and to her budding relationship with the class president. Alexis knows she's the only person who can stop Kasey -- but what if that green-eyed girl isn't even Kasey anymore?
My Review: Wow. I picked this up at TBF, having never heard of the author. I ended up reading the whole book in two days because it's so fastpaced.
The characters are a little off, but that's part of their charm. They don't quite feel like people you could know in real life, but it helps maintain a small distance from the story, which isn't about things that happen every day in real life. (Though they are, of course, possible.)
This book started off pretty relaxed. It was a little odd, but it seemed more like an average story about a teen who didn't quite fit in than anything else. Slowly, though, things started getting weirder, and it eventually snowballed at what quickly became an alarming rate. By the end stages of the book, I couldn't put it down because it was moving so fast and furious.
As a side note, I'll just say that I've lived in a haunted house, but it was never THAT bad.
When I got this book, I didn't check the date, so I thought that it was fairly new. It turns out, it's several years old, and there are now two sequels! I'm definitely going to try to find them and read them now.
Katie Alender is great, and anyone who likes ghosts and paranormal books should definitely check it out.