Who—or what—is stalking the students at Oakhurst Academy?
In the wake of the accident that killed her family, Spirit White is spirited away to Oakhurst Academy, a combination school and orphanage in the middle of Montana. There she learns she is a legacy—not only to the school, which her parents also attended, but to magic.
All the students at Oakhurst have magical powers, and although Spirit’s hasn’t manifested itself yet, the administrators insist she has one. Spirit isn’t sure she cares. Devastated by the loss of her family, she finds comfort with a group of friends: Burke Hallows, Lachlann Spears, Muirin Shae, and Adelaide Lake.
But something strange is going on at Oakhurst. Students start disappearing under mysterious circumstances, and the school seems to be trying to cover it up. Spirit and her friends must find out what’s happening—before one of them becomes the next victim…
This story starts off with Spirit White losing her entire family in a car accident and her finding out that her parents set her up at Oakhurst Academy should anything happen to her. The book follows Spirit as she finds out the truth about who she is, what she is and starts getting used to her new life at Oakhurst. She’s met new friends, she’s starting classes and things are as normal as she can stomach when a student disappears.
Spirit and her friends are starting to pick up on how things aren’t exactly right at Oakhurst. When another student disappears, Spirit and her friends want to know who it is and what’s going on so they take it upon themselves to try to find out.
This book was a bit slow to begin but once the story took off, it did a pretty decent job of keeping me invested in the story. The characters were all good but they didn’t really stand out for me. There isn’t one character in this story that I thought was a really bang up character. They were all good but they weren’t necessarily great or memorable for that matter. I liked them well enough but once I said good bye to them, I was okay with it.
I finished this book with a I’m curious to see what happens attitude then an OMG what’s going to happen next attitude and that’s when I knew that while this book was good, it wasn’t great. The characters were more two dimensional and that was a bummer because for me, if a story has fantastic characters then the story will really take off but that wasn’t the case with this book. I enjoyed Spirit and I enjoyed Loch and Burke but outside of them, I’m afraid I won’t remember much about anyone else in the book.
So while I enjoyed getting to know Spirit and her friends (well Loch and Burke), the mystery surrounding Oakhurst and what’s going on there was a bit of a let down but I’m curious enough about what’s to come for the folks at Oakhurst in the next book so I’ll be reading it, I’m sure.
..and that’s your scoop!
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