I feel I should point out that Halloween is a momentous occasion in the Scarlet Knight universe. Four different characters were born on that day. Dr. Emma Earl was born on October 31, 1980, her friend Becky Beech was born a year earlier, parallel universe Dr. Emma Earl was born 10 years earlier, and parallel universe Emma's daughter was born like October 31, 2000. I think I'll go buy an ice cream cake and eat it for them. If you wonder, why that date? I would of course say, Why not that date? I used to know someone in school who was born on Halloween. Me, I'm a sometimes Thanksgiving baby. It's about once every 5 years; I think 2018 is the next time it comes up.
True confession: I've never much cared about Halloween. After about age 7 I really hated the costume thing; I was always afraid of being judged about a terrible costume and thus probably wore a terrible costume as a self-fulfilling prophecy. Plus we lived in a rural neighborhood so trick or treating involved a lot of driving around and you have to worry about stupid rednecks who don't chain up their dogs or stuff like that. It seems more efficient to me nowadays to just go buy a bag of candy for myself and screw the rest of it--except the movies; I like some scary movies.
Now for Halloween it's a ghost story! Written by one of those online "friends" who does nothing for me. What, you think you're better than me with your fancy publishing contract and agent and stuff?
by Jeannine Garsee
Anyway, I'm glad I did win this book because it was a fun read. I
recently read an advance copy of the new Amanda Hocking book that is in
the same genre and I have to say I liked "The Unquiet" a lot more. I
think the primary reason being that the main character Rinn is a lot
brighter than the main character of Hocking's book. That and there
weren't obvious typos and bad writing, just one slight factual error
concerning slasher movie killer costumes.
As I said the plot involves a girl named Rinn. Like so many of these
type of books or movies, Rinn and her mom are new to town. Or at least
Rinn is new to town; her mom used to live here before college. They've
fled La Jolla, California after Rinn accidentally burned down her
grandmother's cabin with her grandmother inside. The main cause for the
fire is that Rinn is bipolar and at that time was off her medication
and thus careless.
In River Hills, Ohio, she figures she'll get a clean start. She even
makes friends with the head cheerleader Meg and her friends Tasha and
Lacy. She also makes friend with the neighbor/landlord's son Nate.
Her new friends introduce her to the legend of Annaliese Gibbons, a girl
who drowned in the school pool about 20 years ago, back when Rinn's mom
went to the school. The pool area is now closed, but Annaliese's
spirit is said to live on.
After Rinn and her new friends hold a seance around Halloween, strange
things begin happening. The lives of Rinn's new friends begin to
unravel and then one dies. Is it Annaliese striking from beyond the
grave? Or is it just that Rinn is having a relapse?
I figured out most of the plot well before the ending. If you're
familiar with either the original or remake of "A Nightmare on Elm
Street" then you might be able to figure it out as well.
Still, as I said, it's an entertaining read that I breezed through in a
few hours. As far as the young adult books I've read it might not be
more or less wall-to-wall action like "The Hunger Games" but it's less
dull and stupid than "Twilight" or that new Amanda Hocking novel I
So I would definitely recommend reading it, even if you weren't lucky enough to win a copy of your own.
That is all.