Tuesday, November 3, 2009
Possessions - Nancy Holder
Buy: Amazon / Indiebound
Summary: (from amazon.com)
The It Girl meets The Exorcist in this chilling, haunted boarding school tale
New-girl Lindsay discovers all is not right at the prestigious Marlwood Academy for Girls. Ethereal, popular Mandy and her clique are plotting something dangerous. Lindsay overhears them performing strange rituals, and sees their eyes turn black. It doesn’t help that the school itself is totally eerie, with ancient, dilapidated buildings tucked into the Northern California woods, a thick white fog swirling through campus. There are hidden passageways, odd reflections in the windows at night, and scariest of all is the vast lake rumored to have captured the ghost of a girl who drowned many years ago.
What Lindsay doesn’t yet realize is that Mandy and her cohorts are becoming possessed by spirits who have haunted the school for two hundred years. Spirits who want someone dead...
And that someone is Lindsay.
Where do I begin with this book?
I didn't like it too much. It was very slow in the beginning and I almost gave up on it when I hit page fifty and I still wasn't very interested in the story and nothing really exciting had happened. By page one hundred or one fifty it had really picked up, though, and the story got a tad more interesting.
Also, I was really looking forward to a good ghost story when I read that chilling summary. However, the book just didn't live up to that summary. It wasn't really that scary. I'm very easily scared and I think I got scared once, and it wasn't even that bad of a scare. It was more of a shock than a scare.
The characters and the setting was the one good thing about this book. They are both described very well. The setting was creepy and it really fit with the tone the book was trying to convey. The characters were also very well described, though most of them seemed very much alike, and there was never really anything that set them apart from each other.
I would recommend that you just get this book from the library instead of buying it if you want to give it a try. Two hearts.