Author: Jennifer Archer
Published: April 5th, 2010
Pages: 383 (ARC)
Rating: 5 flowers
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 its 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.
My Thoughts:THROUGH HER EYES is a captivating story that mixes paranormal and contemporary aspects together creating a truly unique premise.
On Goodreads it says that the book will come out in hardcover and is 240 pages. But I really hope that is a mistake since the ARC is exactly 383. I can't imagine the story being a page less!
The Prologue is amazing enough to capture the readers attention, it sure got mine! The characters are well-written and realistic. I found myself really relating to Tansy in different ways. Her family moves around a lot so she never stays in one place for more than a year.
The setting itself was spot on. I have lived in the Texas Panhandle for most of my life so Jennifer Archer definitely does an awesome job when it comes to introducing the setting to her readers.
Jennifer Archer's writing is absolutely beautiful. I found myself immersed in the story because of the very detailed writing. It is almost poetic. The plot was another thing I loved and the way that Archer switches to the different time period (Henry's) is brilliant. I don't want to give too much away since the book doesn't comes out for another 6 months but I will say that you definitely do not want to miss out on this book or more from Jennifer! Read it as soon as you can!
This is Jennifer Archer's first young adult novel but she has previously published more than 10 adult books.
(Be looking out for my full review closer to release date!)
AVAILABLE APRIL, 2011