Sunday, March 6, 2016

Title:       Sisters of Blood and Spirit [The Sisters of Blood and Spirit, book 01]
Author:   Kady Cross
Rating:   ★★★★★
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What a fascinating person Kady Cross must be! First she comes up with one of my favorite steampunk series, Steampunk Chronicles; now, she comes up with this fascinating new series.

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.

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.

I don't like reading ghost stories with the exception of those in magical mysteries, but the synopsis just grabbed at me.

I wanted to know Wren and Lark and how they handled being together and yet apart. I wanted to know how Wren could handle being somewhat a part of the world and yet not quite.

I got that and more. The bond between the two reminded me of the closeness my second sister and I have, because we've been roommates for a long time, and I've known her for 28 years. I cannot imagine living without her, and I was definitely able to relate to the protectiveness that Wren felt towards Lark.

I got so much more than I expected, with a dash of sweet romance between Lark and Ben, although I badly hope Lark and Mace had gotten together instead. I love how Ben had the guts to call out Lark for her bitchiness, and wasn't afraid to be so upfront with his feelings. *sigh*

I admit I got a little scared reading through what Lark did fighting with the ghosts. And this is just the beginning. The ghosts keep calling Lark and Wren some terms that makes me think they have magic in them. And Nan, their grandmother, has some secrets, I bet she does.

But what I liked best about the Sisters of Blood and Spirit is that it was filled with action without being too gory, and thrilling without being too horrible that will keep me up late at night, waiting for the monsters to get me. However, it did instill in me more awareness for spirits in certain places!

Sisters of Blood and Spirit ended with the introduction of an interesting character I hope we get to read more of in the next series. And I'm so glad I only stumbled upon this series last week because the sequel is coming out at the end of the month, and I wasn't sure I could wait a whole year for this!

If you're into paranormal and ghosts and family secrets, try Sisters of Blood and Spirit for a spin. :)