May 21, 2012

Review: Blue is for Nightmares (Blue is for Nightmares #1) by Laurie Faria Stolarz

"I Know Your Secret . . ."

Stacey's junior year at boarding school isn't easy. She's not the most popular girl at school, or the smartest, or the prettiest. She's got a crush on her best friend's boyfriend, and an even darker secret that threatens to ruin her friendships for good. And now she's having nightmares again. Not just any nightmares – these dreams are too real to ignore, like she did three years ago. The last time she ignored them, a little girl died. This time they're about Drea, her best friend who's become the target of one seriously psycho stalker. It started with weird e-mails and freaky phone calls. Now someones leaving Drea white lilies – the same death lilies that have been showing up in Stacey's dreams. Everybody thinks it's just a twisted game . . . until another girl at school is brutally murdered. There are no witnesses. Worst of all, no one has a perfect alibi. With everyone as a potential suspect, Stacey turns to the one secret weapon she can trust – the folk magic taught to her by her grandmother. Will Stacey's magic be strong enough to expose the true killer, or will the killer make her darkest nightmares come true? 

This book was a pleasant surprise for me. These characters are dealing with teenage issues on an adult level. The main character uses spells to aide in her journey not to fix the problems for her. Very commendable! She is a unique young lady with psychic powers who is also a very normal teenager with teen problems to deal with. I liked the courage and determination of her personality. Her friends are what she treasures most in her life. I feel her young tragic life & past make her a well rounded person. The supporting characters have very different personalities which make them a very unique, close knit tribe. They off-set one another perfectly. The private school setting only adds to the semi-freedom for this group to figure out what is going on. In the end they do a wonderful job of righting some very serious wrongs. I can not wait to continue this series. A very good book.

Publisher-Llewellyn Publications
Reviewer Rating: 4 Stars
Reviewed by~Mechele

~Thank you to the Time Bandit for the donation of this book to the Read for your Future book program!~

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