A Murder of Magpies

 
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A Murder of Magpies
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October 28, 2014
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Winter in Black Orchard, Wisconsin, is long and dark, and 16-year-old Vayda Silver prays the snow will keep the truth and secrecy of the last two years buried. Hiding from the past with her father and twin brother, Vayda knows the rules: never return to the town of her mother’s murder, and never work a Mind Game where someone might see. No one can know the toll emotions take on Vayda, how emotion becomes energy in her hands, or how she can’t control the destruction she causes. But it's not long before her powers can no longer be contained. The truth is dangerously close to being exposed, placing Vayda and her family at risk. Until someone quiets the chaos inside her: Ward Ravenscroft. He has always been unwanted. To cope, he numbs the pain of rejection by denying himself emotions of any kind. Yet Vayda stirs something in him. He can't explain the hold she has on him—inspiring him with both hope and fear. He claims not to scare easily, except he doesn't know what her powers can do. Yet. Just as Vadya and Ward draw closer, she finds the past isn't so easily buried. And when it follows the Silvers to Black Orchard, it has murder in mind.

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Creepy in a good way
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I was blown away by how much I loved A Murder of Magpies by Sarah Bromley. It’s “Wuthering Heights” meets present day Wisconsin.

Sixteen-year-old Vayda Silver’s life is full of secrets: the truth about her mother’s death, the terrible deeds her twin brother Jonah might do, and even worse, Vayda’s own dangerous powers as an empath. Jonah expels energy and Vayda collects it. If she’s not careful Vayda’s capable of rupturing every light bulb at school. No wonder she and Jonah are social pariahs.

The one guy who isn’t wary of either Silver twin is Ward Ravesncroft, who has his own past to hide. After years of surviving with his junkie dad, Ward is now living with his sister Heidi’s family–minivan, baby, doggie, and all. Ward’s penchants for foul language, ditching school, and crafting metal sculptures in the front yard don’t exactly fit in with his sister’s perfect life.

But as Vayda and Ward become closer, Jonah grows increasingly out of control. The family curse that haunts the twins is paradoxically their worst enemy and only defense.

Watch out for the end on this one, because it is full of surprises. A Murder of Magpies is so creepy it will make you want to turn on every light in the house.
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