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Young Adult Fiction 289
Our Crooked Hearts
(Updated: February 11, 2022)
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What worked: Mesmerizing paranormal where dual timelines of secrets convey into a nightmare. I'm usually not a fan of stories that jump back and forth in time, but this one works. Readers first meet seventeen-year-old Ivy when her boyfriend Nate nearly hits a mysterious woman on the road. What's strange is she feels familiar to Ivy, but she's never seen her in her life. Or so she thinks. One thing is certain. Life in Ivy's home is filled with secrets, including a huge one that her mother has.

The story jumps back and forth from the perspective of Ivy and Dana, her mother, some twenty-five years ago. Readers learn that Dana's secret involves darkness from her days as part of a group of friends who practiced spells and dark magic. Dana's secret not only involves something sinister she did as a teen but to Ivy as well.

Haunting and chilling this paranormal thriller will keep readers under its spell as Ivy searches for her missing mother and a secret that will have serious ramifications.

Fast-paced with spooky tellings that not only involve dark magic but betrayal. A betrayal in the past that comes back to haunt Ivy and her mother. There are a number of animal sacrifices that are a little gruesome and incantations throughout.

The Craft meets Charmed this thriller will cast a hypnotic spell on readers until the very last page.
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