Kira Sutherland ~
After a near fatal accident (and getting cheated on by her ‘boyfriend’), and beating up the lead cheerleader (with whom the boyfriend cheated…),and being labeled as having ‘issues’ in her school because she, uhm, sees ghosts, Kira is left with two choices:
Continue her ‘therapy’ (where she’s told the ghost is a hallucination and also gets her legs ogled too often…) Or Go to Starkfield Academy, a boarding school for “Crazies and Convicts” (as the social media sites call them.)
She chooses the latter…
~ Cory Rand ~
Cory Rand has not had an easy life. His mother died in a car accident when he was twelve, and so did his mother’s best friend…sort of. You see, Janice made a promise to take care of Cory just before she died, and so she lingers. Undead. A ghost that watches out for him.
Brought up in an abusive home, Cory quickly falls into a life of disreputable behavior. After his third offense (which was prompted by a girl, as usual – he has a weakness) he’s left with two choices
Be tried as an adult and share a cell with a guy named Bubba (he thinks…) or Go to Starkfield Academy, which Cory is pretty sure is run by vampires. But, hey, at least he’ll get an education.
He chooses the latter…
It’s at Starkfield that Kira meets Cory Rand, a boy with an insatiable Rage who sees ghosts, too. As well as other things, other things from his past, things that confuse him, things like fire and witches and demons.
Things he’s always ignored.
This is a debut title from the author and I thought it was pretty good. I really like the book jacket, and to be honest that was what attracted me to the book. Because of the title I had assumed this would be a vampire story but it kind of wasn’t. The book opens with Kira, she is a teenager who can see ghosts. No one believes her so she chooses not to tell anyone. She keeps having nightmares about fire and when she acts out (well when I say act out, she was overcome with rage and beat up a fellow classmate in a not so good way.) she is given 2 choices, do therapy with the creepy Dr or go to Starkfield academy.
Then there is Cory, with an alcoholic dad who doesn’t really care what happens to him, he is always in trouble. when he commits another offence that could have him sent to jail he is given the option to go to Starkfield academy. Cory has always been attracted to red haired woman and when his gaze locks with Kira’s he now begins to understand why. Soon Cory and kira begin to notice that there is something really wrong with all the students at Starkfield academy. When Kira is invited to meet some of the students in the clearing away from school grounds she is in for a surprise as she finally begins to realize who and what she really is, but will Cory be able to save her on time and will the Rage that consumes him allow him to think clearly.
What did I like? So this book was a bit creepy. I don’t like reading about ghosts and all that but decided to try this one out. The book was talking about a time where it is known that Vampires and witches exist which was kind of strange but I went along for the ride anyway. It took me while to really understand what the voices about KOR! really meant. It all somehow comes together towards the end but even when the story was unfolding I was still a bit confused as to what exactly was happening. The pictures in the book that depict every character were so lovely, it made reading the book a bit more fun because you didnt have to make up the faces for the characters.
But if you can get past all of that the underlying story is one of true love and sacrifice. The book ended with an opening for a possible sequel, I wonder where the author might decide to go with the story.