Sisters of Blood and Spirit (Sisters of Blood and Spirit #1)
Published: Mar. 31, 2015 (Harlequin Teen)
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Review source: copy provided author in exchange for an honest review
Reviewed by: Margaret
Rating (out of 5): 4 stars
Lark and Wren Noble are twins. They’re nearly identical except that Lark is platinum blonde and Wren is a redhead . . . and a ghost. Lark has just returned to school after a stay in a mental institution following a suicide attempt. The other students thought she was crazy for talking for her dead sister before that ordeal and she’s even more conscious of their scrutiny now. So when a group that includes the boy who saved her life reaches out and tries to befriend her, she doesn’t trust them even though they believe her.
It turns out they need Lark’s and Wren’s expertise to help them with their own ghostly problem. Some of the friends snuck onto the grounds of an abandoned mental hospital and were attacked by a powerful, homicidal ghost. Their injuries allow him to influence them and siphon their energy. Lark and Wren agree to help stop the ghost before he kills their new friends, despite having some serious reservations. I felt like the old, abandoned asylum was a bit of a cliché, but it effectively creeped me out anyway. (I would not recommend reading those scenes right before bed.)
The bond between the twins and their relationship with the spirit world, however, was something I haven’t seen before. The girls are stronger when they work together and can do things that neither should be able to do but they don’t know the extent of their powers and have been learning as they go. By the end of the book though, they’re starting to research the history and mythology of twins like them and I’m really curious about how that will develop.
I also liked the relationships and potential love triangles developing between Lark and her would-be Scooby gang. That part of this book will definitely appeal to Buffy fans. (Lark even busts out some fighting moves!) I’d be happy to see this group get into more trouble together, which would also give Lark and Wren the opportunity to explore their powers some more.
This is my first Kady Cross book, though I’m a big fan of her alter ego Kate Locke’s adult series Immortal Empire. I think I’ll definitely have to give some more of her YA a try while I wait for the sequel to Sisters of Blood and Spirit.
Sexual content: kissing, attempted rape