Sunday, August 7, 2016

SECOND VERSE by Jennifer Walkup

Author:  Jennifer Walkup
Publish Date:   10.01.13
Publisher:  Luminis Books
Category /Genre:  YA, mystery, romance
Recommended for:  grades 8 - 12
Grammar/editing:  A – near perfect
Received from:  Jennifer Walkup (in exchange for an honest review)
Tour by:  Novel Publicity
Goodreads:  Second Verse
Date completed: 11.22.13

Description from the publisher:
Luminis Books presents this eerie tale of mystery, suspense, and true love.

Bad things come in threes. In Shady Springs, that includes murder.

Murder Now
Crawford's move to Shady Springs, Pennsylvania, lands her a group of awesome friends, a major crush on songwriter Vaughn, and life in a haunted, 200-year-old farmhouse. It also brings The Hunt: an infamous murder mystery festival where students solve a fake, gruesome murder scheme during the week of Halloween. Well, supposedly fake. 

Murder Then
Weeks before The Hunt, Lange and her friends hold a séance in the farmhouse's eerie barn. When a voice rushes through, whispering haunting words that only she and Vaughn can hear, Lange realizes it's begging for help. The mysterious voice leads Lange and Vaughn to uncover letters and photos left behind by a murdered girl, Ginny, and they become obsessed with her story and the horrifying threats that led to her murder. 

Murder Yet to Come
But someone doesn't like their snooping, and Lange and Vaughn begin receiving the same threats that Ginny once did. The mysterious words from the barn become crucial to figuring out Ginny's past and discovering how their own past is connected to hers. They must work fast to uncover the truth or risk finding out if history really does repeat itself.

  • Second Verse is the winner of a 2013 Moonbeam Children's Book Award. It won the Gold in its category: Young Adult Fiction - Horror/Mystery



What better way to celebrate Halloween than with a séance in the barn on a 200 year old property.  Soon Lange and Vaughn are playing detective, trying to solve an eighty year old murder that is being copied again today with them as they intended victims.  Can they solve the mysteries of the past before they are forced to repeat history?  Their history?

I loved this book.  I was completely engrossed in this story of reincarnation, murder, and secret societies.  As expected, it was a twisting, turning roller-coaster of a story, but nowhere near what I had predicted to find.  This is Ms. Walkup’s debut novel and she is going to be a force in the YA world.  The action was gripping and had me turning the page as quickly as possible. Who did it and why?  You’ll never guess it!


Originally posted 11.22.2013 on my previous website closed that site because I promoted authors and their books

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