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The Witches Lottery: Krystal McLaughlin

Friday, June 17, 2011
Sophia and Drew McKibben's parents are killed in a tragic car accident, they are shipped off to live with an aunt they never even knew existed. Believing that they are moving to a privately owned island just off of the coast of Mystic, CT to live alone with her, they are surprised to find a sort of under-aged bed and breakfast.

When Sophia draws the attention of one of the locals, Falen, immediately. He always seems to know exactly what she is thinking, and to her frustration, everything she does seems to amuse him. When a newcomer to the island brings with him a sense of deja vu, she begins to ask herself the ultimate question: Am I going crazy?

Sophia's world starts to unravel when she notices her own brother acting just as abnormal as the rest of them. When she begins to realize that the life she left behind looks even more bizarre then the one she was forced to leave it for, she's faced with a decision to make: embrace the new life that has been given to her, or drown in the past. Either choice brings with it more secrets and deceptions to unearth. The problem now is that the two worlds may actually be more intertwined than she thought.

Good Reads Summary

The first quality the reader will realize about this novel is the strong characters, specifically the strong female characters.  The first chapter, when Sophia, the main character, sadly informs the reader of her parents' early demise, will tug at the readers heart strings and really pull him/her into the novel.  Sophia and her brother are sent to live with an aunt that they know nothing about; apprehensive, the two are sent to the island and met by the boy who becomes Sophia's love interest.  Sophia has head aches and nightmares, her life couldn't really get any worse.  The reader will follow Sophia's trials into her discoveries of the secrets behind the island and about herself.  This novel is very fast-paced and the events are consistently captivating.  The novel has plenty of sub-plots to add to the attraction; the plot itself is original and fun to read about, but there is room for sequels as well.  The ending is both surprising and satisfying.  This novel is recommended for young adults who enjoy well-written, fast-paced stories.

4 stars

I received this novel for review, but this in no way influenced my review or thoughts on the novel.