Author: Liza O’Connor
Genre: YA, Suspense, Coming of Age, Sweet Romance,
Publisher: Decadent Publishing
Length: 63,700 words
Having been diagnosed with cancer, Cass Goldman decides to opt out of any futile medical care and end her life. While she has some thoughts on afterlife, she never expects to reincarnate into the body of a seventeen-year-old girl named Casey Davidson.
When she awakens in a hospital, Cass discovers two disturbing facts: One, she is now inside the body of a troubled teenager, and two, the former owner of this body committed suicide, but only Cass knows that. Everyone else believes Casey has survived, but suffered a complete memory loss. Cass has two choices: to take on Casey’s life and turn it around, or to confess the truth about her reincarnation and end up in a mental asylum. Given this second chance to life, Cass decides to take on the future life of Casey—the frightening ghoul-faced teen with short, black, spiky hair.
Every person around Cass has an ulterior motive and discovering the truth of Old Casey’s life is more complicated than the “new math” she is forced to learn in school. In addition, Cass has to contend with raging teenage hormones and the prior crimes of Old Casey, which she might not remember, but everyone else certainly does. However, her biggest frustration concerns her feelings for her father’s rugged security specialist who sees her only as a teenager and doesn’t want to explore the mutual attraction between them.
Will her second chance at life prove to be worth the struggles she has to overcome?
Upon settling down on the toilet, Cass noticed the floor to ceiling mirror facing her and screamed at the sight of the creature within it. Short black hair spouted about its head, black circles surrounded both eyes and fell like triangular knives down the cheeks. Black lips, stretched in horror as if in a nightmare. Pulling up her pants, she moved closer to the mirror.
She was a ghoul, an honest to God ghoul!
The door crashed open and her father stared at her, fear and panic clear in his eyes.
She touched her face. “Please tell me these aren’t permanent.”
His panic remained a second longer as her words filtered into his brain and then he pulled her into his arms. “Don’t worry, we will get them removed—if you want to…”
“If? Oh, I definitely want them removed,” she said.
How can I turn around my life if I look like the walking dead from a low-grade monster movie?
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. Now this being said, I have to tell you I signed up for this, then avoided for almost two months reading the story. I considered skipping the review entirely. I thought I’d signed up for a YA book, and when I read there was going to be a may-december relationship, I honestly thought I’d been cheated. So I was going to avoid, but when I give my word, I give my word. I finished reading the entire book and needed to write the review. While I have moral issues with the whole may-december relationship, this book was A: Awesomely good and B: I couldn’t stop reading it. I was so invested in Cass, and uncovering what happened to Casey. I’d skip chapter one entirely as I read that months ago, but this morning I started on Chapter two and kept reading from there, not stopping.
Because of Casey’s issues, I get loving the 30 year old hunky guy who protected her. Her father was absent. Her mother is cray (I misspelled crazy on purpose, using internet jargon), and her butler is suspicious. I found the end slightly over the top and un-neccessary overload of her life sucked as a teenager. But it was in the wrap up.
I’d so recommend this book to anyone looking for different. Is high school like this school at all? Heck no. But Casey survived hell itself in this story, and the story unfolds like a good mystery. I haven’t read one of those in a while, but my author took me on a whodoneit and whodonewhat journey. I had to know what happened next. Great author, and so different than what I normally read. I wouldn’t classify this as YA. The woman is 80 years old though she was inserted into the 17 year olds body. To me this is more adult fiction in itself, but since I’m an adult, I have no issues with this. If you want to read a good book, this one was surprised me.
About the Author:
I live in Denville, NJ with my dog, Jess. We hike in fabulous woods every day, rain or shine, sleet or snow. Having an adventurous nature, I learned to fly small cessnas in NJ, hang-glide in New Zealand, kayak in Pennsylvania, ski in New York, scuba dive with great white sharks in Australia, dig up dinosaur bones in Montana, sky dive in Indiana, and raft a class four river in Tasmania. I’m an avid gardener, amateur photographer, and dabbler in watercolors and graphic arts. Yet through my entire life, my first love has and always will be writing novels. I love to create interesting characters, set them loose, and scribe what happens.
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