Book Review: Wraithsong by: E.J. Squires

Rating: 4/5

Publisher: Createspace

Publication Date: March 5, 2014

Origins:  From Author for Review

Book Links:  Amazon

Synopsis: Seventeen-year-old Sonia is in her senior year when she realizes that she is even more different from her friends than she thought. One day there’s an incident with her and another student, proving she has the same ability to control people as her mom. Though she has had a few similar experiences before, this incident verifies exactly how different she is.

Things really begin to change when Sonia meets a senior named Anthony. Soon she finds herself consumed by him—which is shocking—because she’s just not one to fall in love. Anthony is handsome and mysterious, but that’s not what drives Sonia crazy. While other guys usually fight for her attention, Anthony doesn’t even give her the time of day. And even stranger yet, her ability to control people doesn’t work on him. Little does Sonia know that he keeps a deep secret too, and that that very secret holds the answer to who she really is.

With only a few weeks left of school, horrible things happen: Three of Sonia’s cousins, living in another state, are killed, and Sonia’s mom vanishes without a trace.

Anthony tells Sonia that her mom has been taken to an invisible island called Wraithsong, and that his mother is the abductor. To save her mom’s life, Sonia is forced to accept Anthony’s help and travels with him to find the island, but when Anthony’s mother discovers they are working against her, she sends someone to kill Anthony and capture Sonia.

Review: Sonia has had a strict upbringing, not allowed to date or kiss anyone until she’s eighteen. She knows her mother has the ability to control others, but until one day at school, she doesn’t realize she’s got the same power. Due to her punishment, she has to weed the school garden and there she meets Anthony. She’s drawn to him like she’s never been drawn to any boy before and it drives her crazy. Suddenly strange things happen to her extended family – her aunts go missing and three of her cousins are killed. Anthony knows more than he’s saying and Sonia must find out the truth, especially when her mother disappears.

WRAITHSONG features Sonia, who discovers she is something more than human. Her eighteenth birthday is coming up soon and she can’t wait to be done with high school. At the beginning of the story, she’s trying to find her way through a sticky situation with a bully. I was happy with the way the author handled the situation and effectively furthered the plot without being After-School Special about it. It’s a shock to Sonia to learn about her heritage as huldrefolk and her power. When her mother disappears, she discovers Anthony’s mother has taken her and is also more than she seems. The use of the Scandinavian folklore – Huldras and Huldus – was very original. I liked learning about it along with Sonia and watching her mature into the Huldra she chooses to be. The author created an imaginative and richly detailed world, with emotional depth to the characters. Readers will come to care for and empathize Sonia through her journey. WRAITHSONG is enchanting story which will entertain and tug at your heartstrings.

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