PJV Quickie: I loved this. Absolutely loved it. This is the first book in The Parish Mail series – full of ghosts, mystery and suspense as well as letting the reader have an active part in the story.
Author: Kira Snyder
Series: Parish Mail #1
Type: Young Adult Paranormal
Published: January 11th 2012 by Coliloquy, LLC
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“When Celia’s father is killed in Afghanistan, she moves with her mother to New Orleans, the city where her father grew up. Struggling to adjust and haunted by troubling dreams, Celia finds comfort in new friends like Tilly, a practicing witch, and Donovan, the son of police detective. On Halloween, bizarre supernatural occurrences rock the city. Celia meets the mysterious Luc and finds a letter, over a hundred years old, addressed to her.
The paranormal repercussions continue when Celia learns that Luc is the restless spirit of a young man murdered in 1854, only able to assume solid form at night. And then, to her shock, Celia finds that the letter, which describes the suspected murder of a man in 1870, contains uncanny parallels to the present-day death of Abel Sims, a homeless veteran.
With help from Luc, Tilly, and Donovan, Celia races to solve the murder—and the mystery of the letter—using both magical and forensic clues.”
Celia: As main characters go, Celia was a pretty good character. She trusts her friends and seems to always be on the lookout for adventure.
Tilly: The quirky best friend. I love Tilly! She’s that one character we need in all books just to spice them up a bit. Her uniqueness makes her so lovable.
Donovan: The other friend. He seems to be a good addition to the trio. I’m not entirely sure what to think about him, or many of the male characters, to be honest.
Luc: A ghost. He’s cool. Ha, get it? No? Well, he helps Celia and her friends along the way, but has to disappear by dawn. He is a key part to the story.
Sloan: I thought I might mention him, although I didn’t notice him much. He is a very confusing character; he helps the group but then turns on them, only to help them once more. Like I said, confusing.
Peyton: Your typical American-High-School popular girl. Although, there is something about Peyton that makes her very much different from the rest.
This book is a kind of ‘choose-your-own-adventure’ story. I believe the outcomes are similar but it is fun to have an active part in the story, especially as it is a mystery.
It is a mix of quite a few genres; mystery and paranormal themes, for example.
The characters are completely unique. There may be some of the typical cliché characters, but they all have twists to their personality and person that make them so very different.
I absolutely loved this book. I can’t wait to re-read it again and choose different options! Although some parts were a little off-putting on the terms of all the different options and everything, it was an interesting read and I have given it four stars.