by Kady Cross
Series: Sisters of Blood and Spirit (Book 1)
Hardcover: 288 pages
Publisher: Harlequin Teen (March 31, 2015)
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Wren Noble is dead—she was born that way. Vibrant, unlike other dead things, she craves those rare moments when her twin sister allows her to step inside her body and experience the world of the living.Wren and Lark Noble are twins. Only one was never born. Lark has always been able to see Wren, she even lets her use her body to live a little. Yet, while one twin is dying to live, the other only wishes she were dead. When Lark attempts to take her own life she is saved by the new guy who can also connect with the dead. He has a group of friends that have been marked by a demon and they ask Lark to help them free themselves.
Lark Noble is alive but often feels she belongs in the muted Shadow Lands—the realm of the dead. Known as the crazy girl who talks to her dead sister, she doesn't exactly fit in with the living, though a recent suicide attempt and time in a psych ward have proved to her she's not ready to join her sister in the afterlife.
Now the guy who saved Lark's life needs her to repay the favor. He and his friends have been marked for death by the malevolent spirit of a vicious and long-dead serial killer, and the twins—who should know better than to mess with the dead—may be their only hope of staying alive.
The friends were marked while at the abandoned Asylum, known to be haunted. Throughout the story Lark can see these scratches getting worse, but they can only feel the affects of the marks. The demon uses the group against each other to gain the upper hand. Luckily they have Wren on their side. Wren has the connection they need on the other side to battle the demon and free them all from his hold.
This is a book I would recommend to fans of Anna Dressed in Blood. With a similar group of characters to add drama and humor to the story. The story has elements of both horror and romance. Lark is already considered weird as the girl who talks to her dead sister. Along with the resent suicide attempt "making friends" is not on her list of things to do. When it comes to Lark's side of the story there is always an overlying tension, unknown whether she will keep her calm or bail completely. Both Lark and Wren really show a lot of growth throughout the story and both come off a lot stronger in the end.
I found this story to be fun and tense. As a fan of horror stories I felt that Kady Cross did a good job of keeping the story dark and the romance cute and exciting. It is a story that I would recommend to those that like a quick dark paranormal read.