Ever Near by Melissa MacVicar | ARC – Book Review #101

18039168Love is ever near. But trouble is never far.

Nantucket Island is haunted, but only sixteen-year-old Jade Irving knows it. Ignoring the disturbing spirits isn’t an option, because one dwells in the enormous historic home she shares with her newly blended family. Jade is finding it more and more difficult to explain away Lacey’s ghostly, anguished tantrums, especially with Charlie, her gorgeous, almost step-brother, living right across the hall.

When a power-hungry ghost hunter tracks down Jade and blackmails her, Jade’s secret teeters on the edge of exposure, and her entire future hangs in the balance. If anyone finds out Jade can talk to ghosts, her life will be forever changed.

Can she save herself, free Lacey, and hang on to her tenuous connection with Charlie? Or will everything she ever wanted slip through her fingers?

I was given a free copy of Ever Near from Red Adept Publishing in exchange for an honest review. In no way was the review hindered or falsified.

The main aspect that drew me into Ever Near, is that there was the prospect of ghosts. And on that front, the story did not disappoint. In the story there’s a ghost who is creepy, and unforgiving, and just plain ol’ crazy town. I liked those parts.

Other than that, I found the story to be a huge let down. I didn’t think that MacVicar focused enough of the story on one thing. Instead the story is going in; what i think, multiple ways. There’s the way of her romantic love, and then the way of her parents and that whole situation, and then the whole ghost thing and what that entails.

Im getting over the whole step-sibling love-thing, to be quite honest. I find it quite annoying. I can appreciate those two characters separately. Together though? It makes my skin crawl.

Jade’s relationship with her parents is strained. Her mom is getting married and usually gets what she wants, which leaves Jade somewhat in the dark and untrusting of her mother. We don’t get to see too much of her dad. Instead we saw more of her step-father, Mike. Which makes sense, since they’re all under the same roof. And then there’s the relationship with her grandparents. You can easily tell that Jade loves her grandparents, and they her just as much; if not more. And I loved seeing her grandma. Jade’s grandma is a huge part of her life, and you can easily see that in the book.

Now the ghost aspect. The ghost parts in this novel are great. MacVicar really pays attention to the details, and where the ghosts lie is easily where the heart of the story is. Reading about the ghosts through Jade’s eyes is like seeing them live, right in front of you. There was so much detail pertaining to whenever a ghost was around.

Jade has a lot of trouble with these ghosts. Over the course of the book, we see Jade being accustomed to them and even anticipating them. Jade learns quickly what to do, and when things get out of hand is when the book really starts lifting off the pages.

Thank you for reading my review!

Adele

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