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Courtesy of Teen Book Scene…
You know how it seems like lately that all YA Fantasy novels revolve around the same topics…wolves, vampires, ghosts? Recently I’ve read two new novels that break away from this trend – Cobbogoth and now Cicada, a debut novel from author Belle Whittington. Belle breaks from traditional fantasy/science fiction by giving us a novel about aliens, and it’s freaky.
Summertime for Blair Reynolds and her friends had always been carefree and fun…until the summer they happened upon something that was not human. As they band together in a fight for their lives, Blair’s true love becomes something more than human. Something unnatural. And their survival depends entirely upon their ability to keep a secret.
That’s a pretty bare-bones summary for a book that has so much more. This story is basically a mystery involving a brother and sister, Blair and Andrew. We discover that they have recently lost their brother and father, and details about how they die are teased out until almost the very end. What started out as tragic deaths later has weird ties to the other mystery going on in this story – what the kids discover in the woods. At a graduation party for Andrew, the kids go out on quads where they have an encounter with a spaceship and then much more. How does this all tie in to the mysterious store-front with eerie lights across from the drive-in? How are Blair, Andrew, and their grandfather all connected to what’s going on in the woods? How will Everett, Andrew’s friend and Blair’s secret crush, be effected by all that happens? Belle Whittington has certainly given us a story full of mystery and suspense – and the story will continue in her next installment titled, Firefly.
Post by the lovely Mrs. L.