(Guest Review) October Girls by Scott Nicholson

Title: October Girls

Author: Scott Nicholson
Publisher: Cinderella Story Press
Format: eBook
Publication Date: September 14, 2010
Overall: 3/5
Source: From author for review.
OCTOBER GIRLS: CRYSTAL & BONE

Five days until Halloween and all hell is about to break loose.

And it’s all Crystal’s fault.

Momma warned her not to consort with the dead and tried to teach her the magic spells that would close the portal to the afterlife. But Crystal doesn’t want to be a trailer-trash witch like Momma. She has dreams of going to community college and escaping the Appalachian town of Parson’s Ford.

Her best friend Bone is only too happy to escape the afterlife and help Crystal break the rules. Bone died too young, and she’ll do whatever it takes to remain among the living.

Then a teen movie maker comes to Parson’s Ford, and he has a very special project in mind: a horror movie starring a real ghost. The kids who watch his movies turn into brainwashed zombies. And to totally complicate matters, Crystal thinks he’s kind of a hunk, and she’s afraid her boyfriend Pettigrew only loves her because of Momma’s magic spells.

Now it’s Halloween, the night when the portal to the afterlife is widest, and somebody’s been messing with Momma’s potions. The fate of the world is in Crystal’s hands, but she hasn’t been paying attention to her lessons. And a mysterious figure in the afterlife is urging Bone to stay loyal to her own kind instead of to Crystal.

The movie is rolling, the creatures are stirring, and the brainwashed teenagers are ready to welcome a new star from the other side of the grave.

Crystal and Bone must overcome drama queens, coffin cuties, and mangled magic if they want to remain best friends forever—but at this rate, forever may not last much longer.

 Jenny’s Review:
This book is about best friends, Crystal and Bone. Crystals best friend Bone died in a tragic accident, but somehow manages to stay as a tweener, able to visit Bonnie in the mortal world. Bonnie is a witch and is struggling to come to terms with that as she wants more for her life than being stuck in a caravan site in Parsons Ford. So then when a teen amateur movie maker arrives suddenly in Parsons Ford, and causes all sorts of problems for Bonnie especially as she thinks he’s a hunk. Bonnie struggles choosing the right boy at first, as her mum put a love spell on her current beau Pettigrew and she thinks he is only with her for that, and then a hunk comes along and charms her with French and compliments. As Halloween draws near things in Parsons Ford start to get out of hand with locals being tricked into following a cult. Bonnie is the only one who can deal with everything that is happening, but she hasn’t been paying attention to her witch studies and is struggling with the spells needed to close the rift. Will she manage it and will Bonnie and Bone come out of the other side still as best friends.
I found this book a good read, and that I did get into the whole story line although I thought it was also very predictable. I liked the interaction between the characters, and found that it was well written.
I did enjoy the mild humor, and the intermingling of the relationships between the characters, as well as the will Bonnie and Bone choose to do right and stay friends and save the community.
Overall I gave this book a 3/5, although I did feel I enjoyed reading it, I found that it was predictable in its plot line. I feel that this book would be suited to the young adult reader, who would appreciate the struggles the main characters are going through.
Jenny
3/5
**Please Note: This review is an honest opinion and no monetary compensation was received.**
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Reviewed By: Jenny Needham