It isn’t until 16-year-old Katy Jessavar is shipped off to boarding school 1,500 miles from home that she finally discovers “who—and what—” she really is.
At Ainsworth Preparatory School, nestled in the mysterious, fog-shrouded heart of Whitfield, Mass., Katy—or, rather, Serenity Katherine Ainsworth—comes face to face with the legacy of the mother she never knew and the powers that have always resided within her. Descended from a long line of great witches, Katy must learn to harness her mystical powers in order to battle the Darkness that threatens the town and the people she’s grown to love. Cochran’s first book for teens will satisfy readers hungry for a little paranormal excitement and romance in a post-Twilight world. The novel isn’t without its shortcomings, though. Readers will likely suffer whiplash adjusting to Katy and Peter’s inexplicably sudden shift from icy exchanges to passionate declarations of love, and for a girl who never knew her own mother, there is far too little exploration of Katy’s relationship with her newly found maternal relatives. That said, there is enough suspense and witchcraft to keep readers turning the pages.
Add a little romance and a few journeys to the spirit world, and the novel makes for a quick, entertaining read. (Paranormal romance. 13 & up)