Review: Wraith by Angel Lawson

Publication Date: February 7th,2012
Format: Kindle Copy
RATING: 4 out of 5 Stars
Freak. Weird. Crazy. These are the names tossed around seventeen-year old Jane Watts by her fellow classmates. But things aren’t always as they seem. Sometimes there’s a reason for talking to yourself in the hallway at school.
Adjusting to her new home and school after an abrupt move, Jane wants one thing in life—to be like everyone else at school, but that’s hard to do when you’re the new kid. Although she does manage to make one friend, Evan—he’s sixteen, charming, and protective. Everything a girl could want in a best friend…with one minor caveat.
He’s dead.
Caught somewhere between life and death, Evan is tied to Jane and the living world unable to complete the journey to the other side. She thinks he’s here to be her friend, to take care of her, and that’s why no one can see or hear him.
That is until a new boy shows up at school after a rumored stretch in Juvie. Connor can see Evan and he’s not convinced the ghost is being completely honest. From his own experience ghosts tend to need something from the humans they connect to and Evan, despite his arguments isn’t any different.
Jane is resentful of Connor’s intrusion but realizes soon enough he’s right. Evan has secrets about his past and not only did his life end tragically but members of his family are still in danger. Jane must face her fears and battle Evan’s human demons to free both of them.

I’m always downright giddy when I find a self-pubbed book that I truly enjoyed. And considering Wraith was a freebie when I got it, I say it’s a shame that this book hasn’t really garnered enough attention.

Jane’s reputation in school hasn’t really been stellar – all thanks to a little freak out in the past that involved her and a certain imaginary friend. What she didn’t know at the time was that fact that her imaginary friend, Evan was actually a ghost who was killed by his mother’s abusive boyfriend. After accepting her ability to see spirits, she’d come to appreciate Evan’s presence. Who wouldn’t? Evan was protective, kind, caring and pretty much her only friend, not to mention, he looks pretty awesome for a ghost. But when the school delinquent made known that he could see Evan too, Jane was determined to deny Evan’s existence. It turns out, Connor’s stubborn resolve to help Jane face the reality that Evan was stuck for a reason was founded. He helped them out before.

Jane soon realized that Evan wasn’t happy at all and that he needed to do what he needed to do in order to move on.

Wraith has a very simple storyline, but its simplicity was what got me hooked. I read purely for enjoyment, regardless of how basic the plot is and I honestly read this book in a little less than five hours. The writing was non-convoluted, straightforward and very genuine. Angel Lawson’s take on the ghost story was something that we’ve probably heard of before but what I enjoyed the most about this book was her characters. They were simply real and relatable outside of the whole ghost story. While Jane was a bit of a struggle to like at first, I grew to like her once she got past her reluctant revulsion to Connor.

Evan’s story really struck deep and his desperation to help his family was palpable though not obvious. The family’s struggles were a bit too real for me as it dealt with the vicious cycle of abuse. I always find those stories a bit difficult to get through. I get easily frustrated with the characters’ inability to break the cycle. I tend to question everyone’s weaknesses and though I know that I can’t tell these charactes how to live their lives until I have experienced it first hand, I still get angry.

Verdict: Wraith is a fantastic ghost story from a newbie author. Although her writing is far from perfect, her story was good enough that it would distract you from the slight imperfections. Reading Wraith was a smooth-sailing experience, and though it lacked the goosebumps-inducing ambiance, I’ll argue that there were more to this story than just seance and things that go bump in the night. The romance between Jane and Connor was sweet if not a little short. I’m hopeful that the author will write more about these two mediums in the future because I felt like she didn’t really end the story. I’m definitely keeping Angel Lawson in my author radar!

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