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"Wheeler, Arkansas, 1907. When their father descends into madness after the death of their mother, Verity Pruitt and her little sister Lilah find themselves on an orphan train to rural Arkansas. In Wheeler, eleven-year-old Lilah is quickly adopted, but seventeen-year-old Verity is not. Desperate to stay close to her sister, Verity indentures herself as a farmhand. But even charming farm boy Abel Atchley can't completely distract her from the sense that something is not quite right in this little town. Strange local superstitions abound, especially about the eerie old well at the center of the forest. The woods play tricks, unleashing heavy fog and bone-chilling cold...and sometimes visions of things that aren't there. But for Verity, perhaps most unsettling of all is the revelation that her own parents have a scandalous history in this very town. And as she tries to unearth the past, sinister secrets come with it--secrets that someone will go to violent lengths to protect...."-- Publisher's description.
Publisher: New York : Tor Teen, 2020.
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2020
ISBN: 9781250224736
Call Number: TEEN FIC GOO
Characteristics: 336 pages ; 22 cm
Bib Control Number: 1148588


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lgmosher Nov 19, 2020

There's two sides to this book:

The story, that makes you want to keep reading and know what's going on and who you gunna have to punch...

Then there's the execution. Which made you feel like you were swimming in mud to get through it.

The story was terrific. I think it was wrapped up nicely, though a hole was left here and there. As well as things just popping up.

Like the love potion. It was just like BAM all of a sudden we have all kinds of juju without warning. It has hinted at such but kept it to simple superstitions.... Nothing like, actual effective.

Now the writing style just drew things out unnecessarily. It felt like it took forever to get through this book. It was a slow burn. So slow that the "creepy" parts weren't so creepy because you mind was going in and out of focus trying to get through.

But the story makes up for it if you can get through it.


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