Published by Harper Collins, HarperTeen on September 20th, 2011
Genres: Love & Romance, Paranormal, Supernatural, Young Adult
Source: borrowed from the library
It was a beautiful, warm summer day, the day Danny died.
Suddenly Wren was alone and shattered. In a heartbroken fury, armed with dark incantations and a secret power, Wren decides that what she wants--what she must do--is to bring Danny back.
But the Danny who returns is just a shell of the boy Wren fell in love with. His touch is icy; his skin, smooth and stiff as marble; his chest, cruelly silent when Wren rests her head against it.
Wren must keep Danny a secret, hiding him away, visiting him at night, while her life slowly unravels around her. Then Gabriel DeMarnes transfers to her school, and Wren realizes that somehow, inexplicably, he can sense the powers that lie within her--and that he knows what she has done. And now Gabriel wants to help make things right.
But Wren alone has to undo what she has wrought--even if it means breaking her heart all over again.
Wren is mourning the loss of her dead boyfriend, Daniel..Until she realizes she can’t live without him, and raises him back from the dead. Yep, he’s a walking, talking zombie MINUS the insane appetite for human flesh. This is basically the entire plot. The whole book is mostly about her thoughts, and how her friends are mad at her, and her relationship with her sister and her mom.
I wanted to like this book. Really I did. But I was so very bored. Where was her power? How come her mother didn’t help her? I was very frustrated about Wren’s incessant whining about why she couldn’t leave Daniel, blah blah blah. Yes I get that her dad left her, and she has emotional baggage and the fact the she couldn’t live without her first boyfriend. Her decision was so immediate I kind of wanted to throw this book across the wall.
Amy Garvey’s writing is beautiful, her style is fluid and heart warming, but it was wasted on this very story. If you’re looking for a light and quick read in the paranormal genre then this book’s for you.