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Originally published October 12th, 2013. Re-posted for our TBT Review.
Parrish Mail #2
~Released: February 4th, 2013
~Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal, Mystery, Thriller
Autumn in New Orleans means Homecoming, romance—and murder. When a friend vanishes, Celia believes a desperate letter about an unsolved Civil War-era murder holds the key to unraveling the mystery.
As she searches for answers, Celia enlists the help of quirky witch Tilly, and either all-American boy Donovan or, enigmatic Luc–you get to choose.
As the gang follows the missing girl’s trail, danger turns up on all fronts. A vicious stranger threatens Celia’s family. Celia’s nightmares–about a shadowy, ominous villain–get worse. And a new ghost has appeared: beautiful Angelica, who shares a past with Luc.
It will take all of Celia’s will and wit, and the faith of her friends, to solve an unspeakable crime. And no matter which path Celia takes, she will discover that sometimes the past can come back to haunt you.
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Throughout the Parish Mail series, readers decide which clues to follow to help Celia unravel each mystery. You’ll even get to cast a vote for your favorite love interest. But remember: Choose carefully, or else the killer might just get away.
Kira Snyder is a writer living in Los Angeles. Her television work includes the Syfy Channel shows ALPHAS and EUREKA and the People’s Choice Award-winning vampire drama MOONLIGHT, which aired on CBS. Kira’s plays have been performed at the Williamstown Theatre Festival, the Circle in the Square Theatre School, the Burton-Taylor Theatre in Oxford, England, the Bay Area Independent Theatre Fringe Festival, and Stanford University. Also a game designer with a Masters degree from NYU-Tisch’s interactive media program, Kira has produced games for Electronic Arts, Purple Moon, Microsoft, There.com, the MIT Press textbook Rules of Play, and Yahoo, including EA’s seminal alternate reality game MAJESTIC. She is a proud geek and loves sci-fi and videogames, reading and playing when she’s not writing or designing.
When the opportunity to read Post Mortem came up, I knew I had to jump on it. I've had this book, and it's predecessor- Dead Letter Office- on my TBR list for quite a while. While this book is a sequel, it's written marvelously, catching new readers up on the necessary details from the past story, while diving quickly into this stimulating thriller.
Like any good mystery book, this story has everything necessary to make a suspenseful adventure. Danger, mystery, hidden clues and unsolved crimes propel this intense page-turner. The added paranormal elements- witches, ghosts and magic- create an even more exciting experience.
The characters that fill this fantastic story are captivating, and all have enough secrets to keep you guessing throughout the book. Each one full of surprises, they all help add even more mystery to the story. Celia is wonderful- brave and honest, yet still struggling with insecurities, she is an easily relatable lead character, and a modern-day Nancy Drew. Tilly, the quirky side-kick, courageous and always ready to help Celia, creates an amazing best friend character. Of course, every awesome heroine, needs a couple of guys to choose from. Donnovan vs. Luc- each charming, dashing and courageous, add a little splash of innocent romance to the chill of this thriller.
One of the best parts of this book, is the fact that it's a “choose what happens next,” or “pick your own ending” kind of story. Throughout the book, you choose what happens next, leading the story to one of several endings. The ability to write a complex book such as this, has always amazed me. Kira Snyder does a fantastic job of not only creating a captivating story, but including her readers in the adventure, making this a book you want to read again and again, trying out different choices. Well written and exciting, Ms. Snyder has very successfully created characters and books that I'm sure will entertain readers for a long time to come.
Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and plan on reading it many times. I would recommend this book to any mystery, YA, paranormal, or pick-you-own-ending fan.
*I was given an eCopy of this book, from the publisher (Kaamna), to read in exchange for an honest review.
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