When sixteen-year-old Celia Macarty’s father is killed in Afghanistan while serving his country, her mom packs them up and moves them to New Orleans where her husband’s family lives. Celia doesn’t know this side of the family and is trying to adjust to meeting these people for the first time. They seem stuffy and uptight – which is making getting to know them even more of a challenge. While trying to settle into a new school, Celia begins making some friends. Tilly, a practicing witch and Donovan, the son of a police detective, seem like people she can have fun with and really get to know. She hadn’t made any permanent friends in the past because they were a military family that had to keep moving around constantly, so this is a welcomed change for her. But on Halloween, really crazy things start happening to the city and Celia meets Luc for the first time. The odd thing is that Luc is a ghost that takes solid form at night. It seems that moving to New Orleans is turning out to be more interesting than Celia originally thought it would be. What are some of the bizarre things that happen to the town? Who is this Luc fellow and what does he want from Celia?
What a great YA story penned by Ms. Snyder. I enjoyed the storyline and I really loved getting to know Celia and the other characters. I felt an air of mystery the entire time I was reading it because there were so many twists and turns I wasn’t prepared for. One of the best features I liked about this story was that it was an “Active Fiction” title – which means that it’s a new e-reading experience in which the reader can pick different pathways to lead to different variations of the storyline. It reminds me of the “Pick Your Pathway” books that were on the market many years ago. I’m eager to read more of these “Action Fiction” stories because I like altering the storyline from time-to-time. Overall, this was an enjoyable story for me.
When Celia’s father is killed in Afghanistan, she moves with her mother to New Orleans, the city where her father grew up. Struggling to adjust and haunted by troubling dreams, Celia finds comfort in new friends like Tilly, a practicing witch, and Donovan, the son of a police detective. On Halloween, bizarre supernatural occurrences rock the city. Celia meets the mysterious Luc and finds a letter, over a hundred years old, addressed to her.
The paranormal repercussions continue when Celia learns that Luc is the restless spirit of a young man murdered in 1854, only able to assume solid form at night. And then, to her shock, Celia finds that the letter, which describes the suspected murder of a man in 1870, contains uncanny parallels to the present-day death of Abel Sims, a homeless veteran.
With help from Luc, Tilly, and Donovan, Celia races to solve the murder—and the mystery of the letter—using both magical and forensic clues.