a magic dark and bright

She meant to help a ghost…not unleash a curse.

Amelia Dupree hasn’t seen the Woman in White since the night her brother died.

The ghost seems to have disappeared from the woods surrounding Asylum, Pennsylvania—that is, until Charlie Blue moves into the creepy old MacAllister House next door. Amelia can’t help liking him, even though she spent her childhood thinking his grandmother was a witch. And she definitely can’t ignore the connection between his arrival and the Woman in White’s return.

Then Amelia learns that the Woman in White is a prisoner, trapped between the worlds of the living and the dead. Devastated by the idea that her brother could be suffering a similar fate, Amelia decides to do whatever it takes to help the Woman in White find peace–and Charlie agrees to help her.

But when Amelia’s classmates start to drown in the Susquehanna River, one right after another, rumors swirl as people begin to connect the timing of Charlie’s arrival with the unexplained deaths. As Charlie and Amelia uncover the dark history of Asylum, they realize they may have unleashed an unspeakable evil. One they have to stop before everything they love is destroyed.

I received a free copy of this book via netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

I loved the start of this book, it was engaging and inviting, but it just got a little mixed up and confused as I kept reading. It was like the author could not decide the genre or storyline and mixed a few up and hoped for the best. Well it didn’t quite work.

I saw on other reviews that people did not like the insta-love in this, but I didn’t find it too bad. I think with the ages it kind of worked it was slow enough that the start was just attraction.

The characters were good but not sure they all work together. It’s hard to see Amelia ever dating Ben. I also think the adults were a little over protective of names for the teenagers especially since I cannot see why.

I think I would try the author again but not sure I would read the second book in this series.

3 stars out of 5