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For as long as I can remember, I have been told to follow three important rules:1. Always guard my ability2. Never share my secret3. And pretend to be normal. However, those three little rules don’t make my life easier. I still find dead people and deal with strange visions. Not to mention, an attraction to a boy who doesn’t exist. Whenever we cross path’s he mists away liFor as long as I can remember, I have been told to follow three important rules:1. Always guard my ability2. Never share my secret3. And pretend to be normal. However, those three little rules don’t make my life easier. I still find dead people and deal with strange visions. Not to mention, an attraction to a boy who doesn’t exist. Whenever we cross path’s he mists away like smoke on a mirror. He drives me crazy, that Kaff Cooper. As a flock of dead crows fall from the blackened sky, Kaff becomes the only one who can see the truth straight to the dark underbelly of who I actually am. My hands feel the pull to extract the forsaken, the lost, the forgotten. It comes as naturally as breathing and there is no stopping it....

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Where Dead Bodies Lie Reviews

  • Michelle
    2019-03-19 01:56

    **You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: http://bookbriefs.net** Where Dead Bodies Lie is the first in the young adult paranormal/thriller series, called the Body Dowser series. And don't worry, just what exactly is a body dowser will be explained because I didn't know when I started reading either. Basically it is what her abilities are called. What I liked about Where Dead Bodies Lie is that the story and Kat Cazanav's writing draws you in right away. Some stories take a little while to really heat up in excitement, but I never felt that way with Where Dead Bodies Lie. The book starts off right in the middle of the action and within the first couple of pages we get a taste of what some of the Dowser abilities are.Another thing I loved about the paranormal element of Where Dead Bodies Lie is that this ability is passed down through the women in Stella's, the main character, family. But not only does the ability get passed down, but a talisman of sorts also gets passed down. And it was really cool to get to see the talisman work as a conduit for her ability. I don't recall any other young adult books that used this spin on paranormal abilities. I really liked it. Not to mention the fact that I am a sucker for a boarding school setting. Especially when said boarding school is for kids with special abilities and talents.You will become Stella's biggest fan while reading Where Dead Bodies Lie. The story is told entirely from her point of view and the author slips inside her head often, which was great. I loved seeing her world and abilities through Stella's eyes. It also made the book feel more suspenseful. There are plenty of twists and turns and new and unknown things happening to Stella and I found myself right on the edge of my seat along with her.I can't wait to continue this series. It has so much going for it. A great main character, plenty of interesting abilties and paranormal flair, and of course you have to stay tuned to find out just what the heck is going on with the guy, Kaff. (there is no insta love, don't worry!) If you like young adult paranormal, but are looking for a book that isn't like the hundreds of others out there, check out Where Dead Bodies Lie and the Body Dowser series. I think you will be happy you did. This review was originally posted on Book Briefs

  • Booknut
    2019-03-19 23:47

    This review was done as a part of the Where Dead Bodies Lie Blog Tour: http://21stcenturyonceuponatime.blogs...

  • Amber
    2019-03-07 02:02

    I loved this book! Full review coming to Addicted Souls!ARC provided for honest review ( I was neither paid in Benedict Cumberbatch photos or coffee)

  • PaulaPhillips
    2019-03-23 07:00

    Are you wanting a supernatural book where the main character has a power brought down from generations ? For this main character , she has the power of body dowsing - a skill that she inherited from her mother who inherited from her mother and etc. After an incident happens when she is eight, she finds herself shipped off to her Aunt Lily's place - as the only surviving relative and her Dad's sister - Lily doesn't really know a whole lot about the body dowsing business and so begins the start of a troubled relationship with it's good times and bad. What happens next is that she is shipped off to a boarding school for the Elite , where she makes some new friends and attracts the attention of bad boy Kaff. This doesn't turn out good for her though as she collapses one day into a well and dies , and to make matters worse - there is a dead body underneath her and she comes back to life. The MC not the dead body. She is then expelled from the school and shipped back home, where she will spend the next three years being home-schooled and working harder to keep her skill under wraps. Three years pass and by coincidence she finds herself welcomed but not really back into the school she left three years ago and now must face the wrath of the Ice Queens and of course Kaff Cooper once again. This time though, strange things have been happening around the town - people are missing, crows are shrivelling up and dying and all seems to point to her being back and Kaff is being odd, can she get to the bottom of it to help save the town or is something more deadly at play ?Find out in "Where Dead Bodies Lie" by Kat Cazanava - a book that combines historical and contemporary events together with a paranormal/horror element.

  • Emily Maynard
    2019-03-21 02:43

    Stella Marie Monroe, Ella, has a talent that she doesn’t want, and one that seems to bring her nothing but trouble. Ella is a dowser, naturally sensitive to electromagnetic fields . In the past dowsing was commonly used to find water, but it is also used to find minerals, such as gold or ore, such as coal. Dowsing can also be used to find bodies, and it is this particular form of the talent that Ella possesses. She can find objects and minerals, thus leading to her father buying up the claims to “dead mines” for Ella to dowse. On one of those dowsing trips with her dad her “dead body” talent awakens, causing a cave in, killing her father and almost Ella herself. She is left in the care of her father’s younger step sister Lily, who was only college age when 8 year old Ella came to her. She hasn’t had a “body dowsing” incident since her dad died. Lilly gets her into a prestigious school up in Canada, LeMoray Academy. It’s a fancy place, the students are all either brilliant, famous, or nobility. Due to Ella’s high IQ they accepted her for freshman year. Ella travels to the school, but doesn’t make it through the first few weeks before her dowsing ability got out of control on a field trip. She wanders off from the rest of her group when the pretty boy who was talking to her and another jerk start a fight. She walks farther into the forest. Everything goes wonky around her, reality rippling like she was on an acid trip, the world turning from a green and living forest to a burned out wasteland. She falls down a well, finds a body, and is technically dead for a short while before waking up in a half open body bag. She resigns herself to the fact that her ability has apparently returned and tries to do the right thing and tell the headmistress of the school that there was a body out in the woods. No one at the school knew about her talent except for her roommate and best friend Addy, but after the incident with the well the whole story got out. The school expels her, trying to head off bad publicity. She spends the remainder of her high school career being homeschooled by Lily. Fast forward to Ella’s senior year. As before, she hasn’t had a body dowsing incident since she fell down the well. She must return to LeMoray Academy to do a brief stint there in order to have her records completed. They are letting her do a week of community service, then she may return home and apply to colleges with no expulsion on her records and a chance at a full scholarships. Lily tells her that there are a few conditions she has to fulfill: She has to apologize to the Headmistress, and thank the person who performed CPR on her. This confused me, why does she have to apologize? It’s not like she jumped down the well on purpose, and the publicity nightmare than ensued due to her dowsing ability afterward wasn’t her fault. Lily tells her to swallow her pride just for a couple of days and gives her a pair of huge oven gloves, telling her to wear them when she feels “the urge” to block her powers. (Her powers manifest in her hands first)She returns to the town unwillingly, and her ride up to the school never shows up. She ditches the gloves. She tries to walk to the school but has another incident and is found the next day passed out on the beach. This time she had a vision of fingers poking out of the dirt. The Sheriff warns her that people in the town are unhappy with her for all of the attention she drew when she was last there. Ella just wants to do what she has to do and get the heck out of there for good. She re-meets Kaff Cooper, the pretty boy she noticed her freshman year, but only spoke to just before her dowsing/well-dive accident. He’s all grown up now, and very attractive. She has a meeting with the principal, who tells her (snottily, may I add) that she is there to do some filing, clean up some toilets and basically do whatever else crap work they can think up for her to do for a week. Why are they punishing her, I don’t get it. She is to wear gloves at all times. She is not to flirt with any of the boys, even if they come on to her. They’re really treating her like a leper here I don’t know how the adults are getting away with this. She also has to give a lecture about dowsing to the science class, like five minutes past this meeting. She reports to the classroom as ordered, and the teacher leaves. The students goad her into showing them what she can do. She busts a pipe finding a ring that was lost in the room, glass breaks, things fly around the room, and a ghost shows up out of nowhere. This school has more problems than the assholes running it apparently. She passes out. Next thing she knows Kaff is there, telling her that he will handle the explanation to the teacher. When she looks back in the classroom a short while later it is set entirely back to rights, but how?Kaff Cooper is a frigging mystery. He was attractive when Ella first spoke to him back in her freshman year, and he has only improved with time. He has kept to himself for his entire high school career. He’s a rule breaker, but the school won’t kick him out because of his high test scores. He seems to know more about Ella than he lets on, almost like he’s reading her mind. Ella calls Lily (who is now working at a lawyer’s office) and asks her to run a background check on him. She finds that he’s a complete blank, mother and father dead, no guardian, no blood type, no social, no school records other than when he started there as a freshman. It’s pretty obvious that he’s fond of her, even though Ella can’t decide if she likes him or not. She started out blaming him for the whole well incident - if he and the other boy - Fielding (that’s about a prep kid’s name, huh?) hadn’t started fighting she never would have wandered off and found the well. She makes it her business to find out more about him, curious about how he fixed up the classroom. She speaks to his former roommate, who winds up telling her that he saw him disappear once in front of his eyes. She breaks into his room and finds something very strange - the room is just window dressing. He’s not living there. Yeah, there’s trash and a change of clothes there, but the bed has never been slept in - it’s covered in dust, and the little welcome note on the pillow from freshman year is still there. If that wasn’t freaky enough, she finds a crystal pendant necklace. It’s the same one that she lost in the mine collapse when she was 8, when her dad died. While she is in the room she is attacked by some dark entity and Kaff interrupts them, saving her. She runs out of the room, and in the morning cannot remember everything that happened. Whatever Kaff is, dude is not mortal. Meanwhile, you find out that this little town is even more twisted than they let on. They think that they are cursed, and people keep finding dead shriveled crows. Apparently back in the day the people there were big on killing witches. As a matter of fact the well that Ella fell in and died in was where the original gallows were. They would hang the witches, then just cut them loose into the well, they didn’t even bury them. The town’s baker has disappeared, and the school principal and sheriff want Ella to use her abilities to help them find her. There is also an actual storm coming, what they call a hundred year storm. People are boarding things up and preparing. A word or two about this “dark entity that Kaff saved her from: Kaff tells her that “he” is after her. Now that makes me wonder - her mother was taken by some dark entity. She encountered another one (or the same one) in the cave in with her dad just before the avalanche. Kaff tells her that he was there in the cave with her, and kept her safe from the entity until she got out of the rubble. Could he be the spirit of one of the bodies she uncovered in that mine? How did he get in on this at all? Back to the dark entity. She and her grandmother used to walk tunnels under the city she lived in at night, so that Ella could practice her ability. She encountered it there once too, and again when she fell in the well, she got a sense of it there as well. So what is this, for lack of a better word, demon doing trailing her for all of this time? and why did it leave her alone for three years when she was with Lily homeschooling? Is it the same one that took her mother? Kaff begs her to stay inside during the storm, to go to the basement, saying that it’s the only place that she will be safe. He has “made a deal”, he says, to keep her safe. Ella goes to an unlikely source, the biology teacher whose classroom she doused in (and wrecked) earlier. She finds in him a surprising ally, who tells her that her ability is a gift, and not a curse. He agrees with her that Kaff is not mortal and gives her a book that mentions the town they are in. Up until now it was well hidden, and I’ll admit even I didn’t catch on to it - The town doesn’t have a name. He tells her that “A town without a name is a town filled with secrets” and that the town is the only spot in the world with a certain type and strength of electromagnetic field that would allow someone with her ability to access other realities. That’s why she keeps seeing a wasteland when she dowses, it’s another reality. That’s where the crows are coming from too, out of this rift. the reality she’s pulling from is a mirror image of this world. She also learns the secret of Kaff’s past in this book. From this point this book turns into a wild rollercoaster ride to the finish. Once again used wrongly by the adults that should have been protecting her, Ella finds herself in the middle of a deadly storm trying to save her friends and the boy who has come to mean more to her than anyone. She is beset on every side by people who either don’t believe what she is trying to tell them, or are actively trying to hinder her. And don’t forget, there’s this dark entity, this “stranger” that means Ella nothing but harm. You get a good picture of what groupthink paranoia can do to what used to be perfectly reasonable adults. (It’s nothing good…)Despite my obvious confusion with certain plot points, I enjoyed this book. I could easily see it being turned into a movie. I can only wonder where the author will take us next in this series.

  • Megan (Under the Book Cover)
    2019-03-14 23:57

    Disclaimer: I received an e-copy of this book as part of the YA Bound Book Blitz.Where Dead Bodies Lie is the first book in a new series by Kat Cazanav. I was immediately drawn to this title by both the name as well as the amazing cover art. I just couldn't resist finding out what was inside this book! After reading it in just a few hours (honestly, I couldn't put it down!) I am so glad that I took a chance on this and read it!The book begins with a young Stella Monroe in a mine with her father dowsing for treasure. What is dowsing, you ask? It is an ability that allows Stella to find water, and with it, treasures hidden in the ground. Also, dead bodies. While in the mine, Stella gets a bad feeling and suddenly, the mine collapses. She wakes up sometime later with a vague memory of what happened, and without her father. Several years pass and Stella is now 14 and on her way to her first day of high school. Now living with her Aunt Lily, Stella has tried her best to forget the accident that took the life of her father and is trying to live a normal life without dowsing.Unfortunately for Stella, dowsing is in her blood, and it cannot be stopped no matter how much she tries.It's safe to say that nothing goes as planned for Stella and after an incident involving a mysterious boy and some weird black smoke that seems to follow her around, she is forced to leave the school and stay with Lily until her Senior year. After three years away from the school where the incident happened, Stella returns to wipe the slate clean. She wants a normal life, and to do that, she must serve five days community service. But nothing is what it seems, and Stella is dying to figure out the secrets that the town holds.After starting this book, I could not put it down. I was immediately drawn in by Stella's personality, as I felt like I could really relate to the outsider feeling she had. I also really enjoyed the concept of dowsing, which is also referred to as body dowsing throughout the book for obvious reasons. I read all 217 pages in just a few hours and I am already wishing there was a second book!I was skeptical about Kaff at first, and still am somewhat, and don't feel like I could really allow myself to like him as much as I liked Stella. Out of all of the characters, Stella and Kaff were really the only ones who seemed to have any sort of development throughout the book, but that makes sense as they were the main characters. Hopefully as the series progresses, there will be a lot more room for Stella to grow as not only a person, but as a dowser.I did find a handful of small mistakes in the book, such as a missing word or a missing punctuation mark, but it didn't take away anything from the book at all. It all flowed very nicely, and the progression from beginning to end was very smooth and easy to read. I love the amount of detail that the author used, from talking about the dark and cloudy sky to the smells that Stella encounters throughout the book. It was just enough detail to keep me interested, and not so much that it made me want to skip a few pages to get back to the story itself.By the end of the book, I was wishing I still had a long way to go. I didn't want to leave Stella and Kaff just yet, but they were definitely left on a happy ending. I will admit, I did have a completely different ending in mind and was almost hoping that it would go the way I wanted it to. However, I am glad that it ended the way that it did and I am so excited to read the second book when it is released!If you love paranormal YA novels, then Where Dead Bodies Lie is definitely a must read!

  • Stephanie Ward
    2019-03-24 04:37

    4.5 Stars'Where Dead Bodies Lie' is the enthralling first book in a new young adult paranormal series. It follows our heroine, Stella, as she tries to learn and control her growing dowsing abilities. Coming from a long line of dowsers, Stella knows what to expect and how to use her dowsing powers. But then her abilities spread to different areas - specifically the ability to find dead people - as well as getting psychic visions. Trying to act normal when your weird psychic abilities are growing stronger is next to impossible. Add in the fact that Stella has an attraction to a cute guy that just turns to mist and melts away every time they meet - and you've got a mixture for trouble just waiting to happen. Things keep getting weirder and darker - and Stella has no control over any of it. Just how far do her abilities go? What powers does she possess? Will she ever be able to control them - or will they consume her and ruin everything?As soon as I read the description of this book, I was immediately intrigued. I've never read a book about these types of psychic or paranormal concepts and I knew I had to read this book. I have to admit that I had high hopes and expectations for it before I even read a word of the story. Dowsing, psychic abilities, strange guys that turn into mist, and the ability to find dead people? It sounded like pure awesomeness to me and I really hoped that it would live up to my hopes. Luckily for me, it didn't just live up to my hopes and expectations - it blew right past them and kept going. I absolutely loved every single part of this book! Stella is a fantastic main character. She's a regular teenage girl except for the fact that she can dowse and has even stronger (and stranger) abilities manifesting. The story is told from Stella's point of view, so the reader gets to know her character on a much deeper level than usual. Since the writing style was done in first person, the narrative felt more conversational and intimate - making it incredibly easy to slip right into the world the author created alongside Stella, who is very easy to identify with. I liked her right away - from her inner dialogues and her conversations with others, to her personality, attitude, and wit. She's the perfect heroine for the book. I personally love paranormal novels, so when I read that this one had a mixture of paranormal elements - I knew it would be perfect for me. I'm so glad I was right. The world that Stella lives in is just like ours - except for the whole paranormal and psychic aspects. Making the setting believable and easy to put yourself into, and then introducing the strange abilities and occurrences made it easier to accept as realistic or possible than if it was written in some future world or on a different planet. Every part of the book was intricately designed to fit together and to create one of the most thrilling and fascinating books I've read. I think that the genre has gone a little stale, with a lot of the books out there having similar plots and themes. This gem breathes a huge breath of fresh air into the genre - giving it the boost that was desperately needed. I'm so happy that this is just the first book in a series, because it left me wanting more - right after I finished it. I can't wait for the next book to release so I can see where things will go next. I can't recommend this book enough to fans of YA paranormal fiction along with readers who enjoy fantasy and something wholly original.Disclosure: I received a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

  • T.H. Hernandez
    2019-03-12 01:54

    I was intrigued by the premise of this book. The idea of a body dowser was too good to pass up. Stella has the ability to find water with nothing but her fingertips. Her father uses her ability to mine for gold, until Stella's powers dredge up more --dead bodies and possibly something dark from another realm. The cave-in that follows kills her father and almost Stella herself.Stella moves in with her Aunt Lily, who is barely an adult herself, but does her best to raise her young niece. Lily sends Stella to boarding school in Canada to give her an opportunity at a better education. There, Stella meets Kaff Cooper, who's as mysterious as he is good-looking. Creepy things begin to happen in the small Canadian town, and everyone is pointing the finger at Stella.PlotThe story starts off with a young Stella, then jumps forward to her freshman year where she first meets Kaff and unleashes her ability on a school field trip. She's sent back home, being too weird for the exclusive school, and home schooled until her senior year. The school offers to expunge her record, giving her a chance at a full college scholarship, in exchange for three days of community service at the school.The rest of the story unfolds over those three days and it's a lot. Maybe two-thirds of the story take place over a short window of time. The story is almost exclusively plot-driven and it's a busy, twisty plot. There are some things that didn't make sense to me and others that seemed implausible, but for the most part, it's a good, fast ride.World BuildingThe world building is fantastic. Author, Kat Cazanav, paints a dark world that is as gloomy as the stunning cover of her book. Her settings come alive in intense fashion. The world of body dowsing is complex and sometimes confusing, but I think that's okay, because the story is told in first person and the protagonist herself doesn't seem to fully understand it all.CharactersStella is a unique character. She's grim, brooding, and yet likeable, in a Tuesday Aadams sort of way. Kaff Cooper is the most intriguing character in the book. I never quite figured him out, but I want to. Kaff Cooper alone will get me to read the next book.Top Five Things I Enjoyed About Where Dead Bodies Lie1. The settings. The descriptive details the author uses paint a beautiful, dark picture that comes alive in stunning and sometimes terrifying ways.2. Aunt Lily. Stella's young aunt puts her life on hold to become a mother and you never doubt that she's always got Stella's best interests at heart.3. Kaff Cooper. The boy is an enigma, but he can be sweet and he truly cares for Stella.4. Body Dowsing. This was a really creative, unique twist on the paranormal.5. Kaff's Bedroom. When Stella breaks into his room to find out more about the mystery boy, what she discovers gave me the chills.Bottom LineWhere Dead Bodies Lie is a unique twist on the young adult paranormal genre with interesting characters and plenty of plot twists.DisclaimerI was provided with a copy of this book by the author in exchange for an honest review.

  • Shelby Young (The Haunted Rose)
    2019-03-13 05:59

    Cover Thoughts-I really like the ghostly feeling it gives you when you first look at it. It's an eye catcher. Although, the girl on the cover is not how I pictured Ella to look like. Partnered with the summary I am instantly interested to read this book.First Thought-I read a lot of YA Paranormal Romance, and I have never heard of body dowsing. I've read everything from vampires and werewolves to witches and fae, but I have never even considered the idea of Body Dowsers or Water Witches. I am the type of reader who strives to read something uncommon or novels with characters considered not mainstream. This novel screams at me to pick it up and read it. Review-I believe my favorite part of the novel was the originality. I haven't read anything like this before. There was a lot that I was not expecting. It was really hard to put information together sometimes, and because of that I read it in one night. I had to get to the bottom of who Kaff was. Who he really is will blow your mind. I almost didn't believe it. There are so many twists and turns. Honestly, if I was in Ella's shoes there is no way that I would go back to the school that bullied me. Realistically speaking she could have got into college without going back to that nameless town in the middle of nowhere. Even though the book doesn't say it, I believe that there had to be a small part of her that wanted to go back. It wasn't just her destiny. She knew from the beginning that Kaff is important to her even if she blames him for ending her stay at the boarding school. Reading Where Dead Bodies Lie is one of those novels you can think deeply about and find whats beneath the surface. I really wish that there was more information regarding the world that Ella is pulling spirits from. I still have no idea how the ending could have happened. I was left with a bunch of questions, but I'm eagerly waiting for the next in the series. Overall Readability-This is a great novel to get if you enjoy original YA Paranormal Romance. I know sometimes vampires and werewolves can get repetitive but this novel was something new and exciting. After reading Where Dead Bodies Lie I did a lot of research about Body Dowsing and it inspired me to look into something new. My Final Thought-Did not see that ending coming at all. HOW!!!! I have so many unanswered questions. Will they be addressed in the next novel? I hope so.4 out of 5 Haunted RosesYou can view more of my reviews at www.thehauntedrose.blogspot.com

  • Aditi ~ •A Thousand Words A Million Books
    2019-03-09 01:52

    AS A PART OF THE BLOG TOUR: http://athousandwordsamillionbooks.bl...Where Dead Bodies Lie. I don't know where to start, really. The book started off rather brilliantly- and I felt like it was going to be a definite five star review. A child body dowser, who says she should have predicted the things that came next; should have foreseen the events that would change her life forever, but didn't. And the author managed to transport you out of this world and into our protagonist's with ease, all in the first chapter.Then you're taken to the future- where she is going to a new, posh private school.. and everything goes downhill from there.While I knew what was happening on a whole, I did NOT understand the point of these things happening. I was lost, for the most part, and while certain characters intrigued me, and managed to make my opinion go up again, I'm afraid, that at the end of the day, there were just TOO many questions unanswered, too many new ones popping up and too many characters doing things that even I would consider was too unrealistic.I really hoped I would like it, but I didn't. I can only wish that the promise and hope and intrigue I felt in the beginning actually transpired into something more!*Thanks to YA Bound Book Tours and the author for the opportunity to read this book.*

  • Roxanne Kade
    2019-02-23 23:33

    This book was freaking awesome! It sucked me in from the first word and kept me in its clutches until the very end.I’m an avid reader, and there are many books that I love, but there are only a few that have me so enthralled that I stay up into the wee hours, devouring every word, saying “just one more chapter” at the end of every chapter, only closing the book when I’ve reached the end – this book was one of them.The characters are engaging and instantly likeable. Even Kelly and the other hoity toity elitists that attended LeMoray, because they were characters you love to hate. Well written, each had their place and played their part so well throughout this book that the story played out like a movie in my mind. In fact, I would love to see this book come to life on the big screen. I’d be first in line to see it.Kaff *sigh*…Kaff was charismatic and gorgeous, and just everything that turned my insides into a butterfly haven. I loved his bad boy charm, his soulfulness, and his ability to care and love for Ella in a way that stood the test of time.This book was exciting, full of adventure and even some spine-chilling moments that had me looking over my shoulder and jumping at shadows. It was unique and intriguing, with a great plot that was filled with twists and turns. I loved every second of it and cannot wait for more from this series.

  • Ashley Byland
    2019-03-04 04:47

    This book is my usual type of book I like to read, the secret ability was something different that I haven't read before and I was excited to see how it would all turn out. when I started this book, I wasn't disappointed one bit.At first, I was thinking is this a MG book, because the main character is only 14, it isn't until I read more into it that I realized it was a preface to the whole story and was a VERY important part as well. It isn't a MG book at all, but the story needed to start out where it did to fully understand what is happening to the main character. From the start this book hits you right in the feels. It did for me. Such a young girl with such terrible things happening to her, you want to pull for her. When she grows up, that feeling never goes away.Towards the end it started to get very suspenseful and I didn't want to put the book down. I am very very happy there is a book 2 because I do not do well with cliffhangers and I need to know what happens next with each one of these characters. Great read, I loved it!!