Mysterious lights have flickered above Crownsville for as long as Mia can remember. And as far as she's concerned, that's about the only interesting thing to happen in her small town. Read more...
Mysterious lights have flickered above Crownsville for as long as Mia can remember. And as far as she's concerned, that's about the only interesting thing to happen in her small town.
That is, until Sol arrives. Mia's not one to fall for just any guy, but she can't get Sol--or the brilliant tattoo on his back--out of her mind.
Then Mia's brother goes missing, and Mia's convinced that Sol knows more than he's sharing. But getting closer to Sol means reevaluating everything Mia once believed to be true. Because Sol's not who Mia thought he was--and neither is she.
- ISBN-13: 9781442434554
- ISBN-10: 1442434554
- Publisher: Simon Pulse
- Publish Date: August 2012
- Page Count: 483
- Reading Level: Ages 14-UP
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2012-06-25
- Reviewer: Staff
Seventeen-year-old Mia Stone has seen the strange lights that haunt her rural Nebraska town, but she doesn’t suspect that they might have something to do with a string of child kidnappings. When Mia’s 10-year-old half-brother, Jay, becomes the latest victim, Mia turns to gorgeous new student Sol. Mia thinks that Sol knows more about the kidnappings than he is letting on: his back is tattooed with the same strange bird that she has seen on her brother’s ankle. When the lights reappear, Mia makes the drastic decision to embrace them, uncovering Sol’s secrets and the truth about Mia’s family. The strange nature of the lights will hook readers, though debut author Walsh doesn’t draw out the mystery, revealing a magic-filled alternate world early on; oddly, Walsh chooses to call the city Mia arrives in Bordertown, invoking (intentionally or not) Terri Windling’s fantasy metropolis. Expository information about Bordertown and the world of Brakaland weighs down the second half of the book, but it remains an intriguing fantasy adventure. Ages 14–up. Agent: Nathaniel Jacks, Inkwell Management. (Aug.)