A haunted castle, a handsome young man dead for four hundred years, one heck of a scary portrait of a witch, and a treasure hunt -- not to mention a princess for a roommate! -- all await 15 year old American girl Caitlyn Monahan when she earns a scholarship to a French boarding school.
are secrets behind the stone walls of Chateau de la Fortune, buried for
centuries along with the mystery of who killed Raphael, the charming
ghost who visits Caitlyn at night. But as Caitlyn unearths the history
of the castle, nothing scares her as badly as the secret she learns
about herself, and the reason she was chosen to come to the Fortune
And nothing breaks her heart as badly as falling in love with a dead guy.
Nice cover, right?
MY RATING: 3 STARS
I think it took me so long to review this because I felt so ambivalent about it. I wanted to like it, but...well...
get me wrong, it's not a bad book. In fact, it was pretty good (I don't
regret spending money on it, at least). But it grossly misrepresented
itself. I thought I was reading a love story with a ghost, and what I
got was a weird, paranormal mystery with plots and subplots and
anti-plots and un-plots and re-plots and a lot of "What the flaming
ostriches is going on here?"
Lisa Cach can write, or I would
never have made it through this. But her descriptions tend to wander off
without adult supervision and I had to skim several paragraphs about
the historical details and layout of Chateau de la Fortune. There are a TON of secondary
characters that probably should have either gotten bigger roles in the
action or been dispensed with. The greater part of the book was so
intricately laid out that the ending felt too easy and fell flat. This
either should have been longer, or had a sequel to go along with it.
that's pretty much it. I really don't have a lot to say about this one.
Again, it wasn't bad, but it just didn't do much for me.
Your humble book nerd,