What worked: Loved the quirky voice of this paranormal tale where Parker breathes life into a small Louisianan town that is filled with swamp ghosts, a magical tree, and local lore on the 'Shining'. Candy's life consists of her two BFFs, Abigail and Sterling and her extended cousins who look out for each other. There's also a couple other guys in her school that show their attraction to her in different ways. The dialogue, with it's Southern slang, is punchy and adds to the charm.
The lore and paranormal stories are woven throughout and it takes a few incidents like the new family that moves into town, for Candy to makes sense of a nonsensical rhyme.
Another huge plus is this story doesn't dwell on a romantic angle--yes, there are a few hints of it--but it's mostly a coming of age story where Candy needs to come to terms with her own part of the supernatural occurrences.
Fast-paced Gothic paranormal tale that mesmerizes readers with its atmospheric spooky charm complete with swamp ghosts and a magical tree. A must read for fans of BEAUTIFUL CREATURES.
2. Loved the voice which is filled with Southern charm and quirkness