A tropical island full of secrets. Two Victorian ghosts, trapped for eternity. And a seventeen-year-old girl determined not to be next.–GoodReads
Eulalie Island should be a paradise, but to Addie Spencer, it’s more like a prison.
I love September, it means the end of summer is in sight and spooky reads and those with autumnal feels are abound. I get super excited lol. BUT this book is even better, it is not only a spooky read, it’s set on a tropical island with Victorian ghosts.
Please start imagining ‘best of both worlds’ playing now.
This is definitely spooky enough in all the right ways that I sometimes don’t get when reading this genre at the YA level. But also the MC was convincingly written for her age. That means sometimes I certainly got annoyed with her until I, as an old crone, remembered her age and then it all made sense lol.
We have a girl forced to go on a honey moon with her mom and stepdad and facing the possible loss of her dream due to an accident that saw Addie briefly die. Instead of the boring and slightly awkward trip she expected, Addie is confronted by an island with white flowers slowly changing colors and the appearance of a ghost or two. Not to mention the midnight rendezvous with a handsome boy who talks about the island loving Addie.
Addie may enjoy the sight of a handsome boy but even romantic midnight meetings don’t deter her from figuring out why the ghost, now two ghosts, are stuck on this island and she’s not convinced the island’s love for her is a good thing.
There’s a lot of pieces and we get to see Addie collecting them as she tries to puzzle it all out. I seriously sat down and read this in like three hours if that gives any indication as to how it just captures your attention.
The pacing is great, I loved all the elements that Lesperance gives to this to make it truly unsettling. Creepy flowers, insects, unusual birds, mysterious boys, ghosts who are more than just pale spirits, and the fact that it feels as if it’s all inching toward a cataclysmic ending.
The writing style really envelopes you and I loved the creepy vibes. I don’t know how much I can say in this review without giving anything away by accident so just know all this:
-Great writing style
-Spooky vibes are 15/10
-Mysteries and twists enough to appeal to all
-Dark Victorian meets modern day on a tropical island
-Pulls you in
4.5/5 Cups of coffee from me! I would highly recommend putting this book on your spooky TBRs/TBRs. Thanks so much to the publisher and NetGalley for an eARC in exchange for my honest review.