The First of Another Series
Pages: 387 pgs.
Finished: Nov. 15, 2009
First Published: Aug. 25, 2009
Genre: YA, paranormal
Victoria didn't have time to play.
Reason for Reading: The plot drove me to choosing this one. Plus, I'll admit the cover also attracted me.
Acquired: I received a review copy from Random House Canada.
Summary: Five children disappear from their homes, all ten years old. Five years later they all arrive at an elite New York high school with a governess in charge of them. They are all beautiful, brilliant or athletic and soon take over the school with their popularity. They each have a special talent such as stopping time, reading minds, etc. and they'll do anything to get what they want including making deals with the devil.
Comments: I absolutely loved this book so much! I really didn't know what to expect when I went into it as I have been avoiding reading any other reviews and it just surpassed all my possible expectations. The five teenagers range in temperament from nasty and backstabbing to shy and lonely. The governess is the real villain in this story and I was just tickled that she shared my name, Nicola. I don't come across my own name in literature all that often so that was fun for me. The story is amazing. I can't say much as it's best to find it all out on your own. The story slowly unravels itself chapter by chapter and has a very unexpected twist at the end which really brings home the dangers behind the classic story of selling one's soul to the devil. There's nothing I did not like about this book; the characters, the plot, the pacing, the theme made a brilliant reading experience for me which I was sad to see come to an end. The ending is satisfying and I heartily recommend this tale of greed, evil and redemption.
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