Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Review: Lure, by Deborah Kerbel

Lure, by Deborah Kerbel
Overall Rating: 3/5

A Victorian garden, a fishing lure, and a ghost named John .
Absolutely nothing is going right for Max Green. His parents have just uprooted their family from Vancouver to the bleak suburbs of Toronto, he has no friends, and everybody at his new high school is ignoring him. To make matters worse, he's in love with an older girl who's completely out of his league.
When Max discovers a local library rumored to be haunted by ghosts, he's immediately drawn to it. With the help of some cryptic messages, he begins to piece together the identity of the teenage ghost and the mysterious chain of events that have connected its spirit to the building for over a century. But just who was John, anyway? Why has he chosen to contact Max? And what does an old fishing lure have to do with solving the mystery?

I know I just said I'd be gone for a little while, but I finished this and felt the need to give it a quick review. So maybe I won't be gone for a while. Who knows. Maybe I just can't stay away from you guys. :p

Lure is a fast paced, interesting story. The cover drew me in from the start, and despite the fact that I don't believe ghosts exist, so did the premise.

The story is told from alternating points of view, between Max and John. I preferred John's parts over Max's, because I felt like this was the only place we really got any story.

I really don't know what to say about it. It was interesting, I held on to the finish, and closed the book feeling relatively satisfied. The novel is about a 16 year old boy, but I still don't feel as though it was a young adult novel, and I think this is why I don't have much to say about it. I think it's more middle grade, probably for readers more 10-13. For that age group, I think it'd be a great read. For an adult you delves in young adult? It was okay.