Monday, April 25, 2011
Blue is for Nightmares by Laurie Faria Stolarz
"I Know Your Secret . . ."
Stacey's junior year at boarding school isn't easy. She's not the most popular girl at school, or the smartest, or the prettiest. She's got a crush on her best friend's boyfriend, and an even darker secret that threatens to ruin her friendships for good. And now she's having nightmares again. Not just any nightmares – these dreams are too real to ignore, like she did three years ago. The last time she ignored them, a little girl died. This time they're about Drea, her best friend who's become the target of one seriously psycho stalker. It started with weird e-mails and freaky phone calls. Now someone's leaving Drea white lilies – the same death lilies that have been showing up in Stacey's dreams. Everybody thinks it's just a twisted game . . . until another girl at school is brutally murdered. There are no witnesses. Worst of all, no one has a perfect alibi. With everyone as a potential suspect, Stacey turns to the one secret weapon she can trust – the folk magic taught to her by her grandmother. Will Stacey's magic be strong enough to expose the true killer, or will the killer make her darkest nightmares come true?
This book was part of a YA reading challenge I am in. Stacey Brown is an interesting character. She isn't the typical popular girl or perfect person. Stacey is a multidimensional character who practices witchcraft, but at the same time is dealing with her own teenage problems in terms of relationships and school. I found that Stacey seems to rely more on her own thoughts and premonitions than witchcraft. I feel as though it is her own quick thinking that gets her where she needs to be. This was definitely a page-turner. The story is well thought out and provides insight into the character as well as those around her. Stolarz created a novel that keeps you reading which is great since this is the beginning of the "Blue is for Nightmares" series. I recommend this for anyone interested in the mysterious YA novels.