Source: YA Bound Book Tours
Publication Date: December 11, 2015
Five days before Halloween, all sixteen-year-old Tori has on her mind is vacationing with her family and scoring lots of candy. Her grandmother’s estate, with its Gothic spires and trails that lead out to the woods, holds an unexpected secret: a lantern that lights up for Tori and nobody else. Certain that it’s a ghost or a prank, she investigates further and discovers a mysterious life that shines in the darkness.
This is a novella so keep that in mind when you're reading because I got caught up in everything that was going on and didn't notice that I was getting close to the end. The author does a really good job in creating a mysterious and suspenseful air around the characters as Tori tries to figure out the secret of the lantern. The story starts off with Jared, a lantern maker with a prosthetic leg, before fast forwarding to present times.
I read a review that compared the set up of this book to a Tinkerbell/Pinnochio cross and I can kind of see that. Jared has some wooden parts and just longs to be full functioning again and he's stuck in this lantern and has a fairy-like characteristic. To be honest, I didn't really put that idea together but after reading the review, I can definitely see some parallels. Regardless, Chess Desalls creates these really interesting characters that play out their role in the story.
Tori is a teenage girl and she has a very gentle and sympathetic nature. At the same time, she is also extremely courageous in how she maneuvers her way through the story when things get a bit tricky. The overall story just radiates the idea of bringing hope to others and helping them find courage when it seems hard to go on.
This story was fun and fast paced and I definitely wish it could have been longer but overall, I really enjoyed it and can't wait to see more from the author.
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