"I think we ought to read only the kind of books that wound and stab us."
- Franz Kafka
Summary (from the author's website): A monster's out there... Only one girl can stop it. But will love get in the way? It's a difficult time for fifteen-year-old Savannah Grey - she's settled into her latest foster placement, but her body is acting oddly. Then other strange things begin to happen. Birds behave erratically; gusts of wind blow leaves so fiercely they seem to lure people away. And Savannah discovers she has supernatural powers. Only new boy Reece Gandolfo thinks Savannah's powers are a special gift. No wonder she's attracted to him. But there's another force that wants to lure Savannah from safety into danger... Savannah Grey was quite the read. Fast-paced and action-packed, there was never a moment when I felt like I could stop reading. Cliff McNish's writing is flawless, and you can't help but get sucked into this amazing, amazing book. I've been a fan of Mr. McNish ever since reading The Doomspell Trilogy, and I had high expectations for Savannah Grey; I'm glad to say Mr. McNish didn't disappoint! Savannah's 'voice' is so genuine - it's hard to believe her narrative was written by a male! Also, there are so many dimensions to this story - a monster isn't just a heartless, evil creature, and the love interest isn't who they appear to be. The author did a great job with characterization and developing the relationships between the characters - you can really feel the bond developing between Savannah and Reese at a steady, realistic pace. I like the fact that although there was a romantic element in this novel, the entire story wasn't solely based upon the romance. The characters still had issues to deal with, and 'being together' wasn't the ultimate goal - survival was. Another element of the story I really enjoyed were the passages detailing the evolution of the Ocrassa - it was a refreshing change from the stories where you are simply presented with an antagonist without knowing why they do the things they do. Overall, I give this book 4.5 / 5 stars, and I definitely recommend you pick it up if (like myself) you've been in a little bit of a YA rut lately. Looking forward to more from the author!