From Harlequin: Wren Noble is dead—she was born that way. Vibrant, unlike other dead things, she craves those rare moments when her twin sister allows her to step inside her body and experience the world of the living.
Lark Noble is alive but often feels she belongs in the muted Shadow Lands—the realm of the dead. Known as the crazy girl who talks to her dead sister, she doesn’t exactly fit in with the living, though a recent suicide attempt and time in a psych ward have proved to her she’s not ready to join her sister in the afterlife.
Now the guy who saved Lark’s life needs her to repay the favor. He and his friends have been marked for death by the malevolent spirit of a vicious and long-dead serial killer, and the twins—who should know better than to mess with the dead—may be their only hope of staying alive.
Sisters of Blood and Spirit by Kady Cross (Harlequin TEEN) is a story told in dual personalities: Lark, who is alive but has never really felt at home among the living, and her ghost twin sister, Wren, who was stillborn and longs for life. But like the sisters themselves, the two halves together make for one powerful whole.
The voices of Lark and Wren are incredibly strong and individual. I had no problem distinguishing between the two narrators. Lark is darkly funny and a bit bleak; Wren is adorable, taking pleasure in life’s everyday occurrences, but can also be quite twisted. Both have a definite edge.
In Sisters of Blood and Spirit, Cross has created a fully-developed ghost world parallel to our own and I had no problem completely immersing myself in it and believing in its rules and history. She takes elements of ghost/paranormal lore (such as salt being good for protection) and weaves it into her own unique tale.
I love that Cross wasn’t afraid to be dark, even disturbing, and yet still be humorous. She had me shivering with goose bumps on one page and laughing out loud on the next.
This was my first Kady Cross book but it definitely won’t be my last. I can’t wait to see where this story goes and how the sisters’ relationship continues to evolve as their connections to the world of the living and of the dead grows. Sisters of Blood and Spirit is a darkly delightful read that I highly recommend. It will chill you right to your funny bone.
♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ (4/5 hearts)
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