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Review: Dead River by Cyn Balog

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Dead River

Genre: YA Mystery, Paranormal
Hardback: 242 Pages
Publication: April 9, 2013 by Delacorte BFYR


My friends and I are spending prom weekend at a remote wooded cabin on the Dead.

The Dead River.

I thought it was going to be just us.

I was wrong.

◆ A copy was provided by Random House for review ◆

Kiandra lies to her father in order to go rafting at the cabin by Dead River with her boyfriend Justin, her cousin Angela, and Hugo. Kiandra’s father has prohibits her from going near water since her mother waded into the river to end her life. As soon as Kiandra arrives at the cabin, she feels the call of the water pulling at her. Over the course of the trip, she uncovers things about her mother’s death and secrets from the past. She also finds out she is a Mistress of the Waters and has special powers when she is saved by Trey, a ghost who was killed in the 1930s. As Kiandra has more encounters with spirits, she learns that she knows nothing about her mother, and she starts to wonder about her own destiny. She also begins to discover who and what is most important in her life.

Kiandra doesn't know what she really wants and is self-denying. She hates nature and is scared of water. The only reason that she goes rafting is to make Justin happy. On the other hand, Justin and Angela have a lot in common. They both love nature, hiking and rafting. The love triangle between these three characters feels forced. On the other hand, Trey is so sweet and someone I feel is good for her. I would like to see more details about the love relationship between Kiandra and Trey. It feels like they jump from friendship to love.

Dead River is a unique supernatural story of destiny. It is slow to start, but it is filled with interesting twists and turns that engage the reader. Throughout the novel, each ghost’s life and death story resonates with each other. I like how author ties them all together.

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2 comments on "Review: Dead River by Cyn Balog"
  1. I recently came across your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I don't know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog. I will keep visiting this blog very often.

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