Monday, January 31, 2011

Review: White is for Magic by. Laurie Faria Stolarz

Title: White is for Magic
Author: Laurie Faria Stolarz
Publication Date: May 1, 2004
Pages: 301
Genre: Supernatural
Rating: 7/10

 Synopsis from Goodreads: I'm watching you . . .A year has passed since Stacey Brown saved her best friend from a horrible death. Now she's having nightmares again, haunted by ghosts of the brutally murdered . . . and by a crazed stalker. As she desperately casts healing spells, a new student named Jacob enters her world. Beautiful and mysterious, he reveals that he is also having dreams. To stop a killer, they must join together. But can Jacob be trusted? Or will this new love cause her darkest dreams to come true? 

Review: White is for Magic, the sequel to the first book in the series Blue is for Nightmares, is an interesting sequel that continues Stacey's journey as unintentional killer catcher.

I definitely thought this sequel was a little step up from the first book, but again the characters actually distracted me from the plot, and not in a good way. After what they had all been through in the first book, you would think that that experience would either strengthen their relationships, or at least give them a deeper understanding of what the next years of their lives could mean. But no. They completely dismiss the truth and what is in front of them. Ignorance is bliss I guess, but for a friend that is as distraught as Stacey, I would think they would be more sympathetic and knowledgeable, I thought wrong.

Stacey once again finds herself the victim of her own nightmares, but in this book, it is literally. As if having to see your best friend go through such horrible events from what is supposedly the safe haven of your dreams wasn't bad enough, now she has to go and see herself in the same position. And I hate to say it, but she was pretty much left on her own to figure out this one. The trauma is coming back at full force and Stacey feels more than alone. Even her new boyfriend Chad is dismissing her. But a new boy, Jacob, whom trusts her just as little as she trusts him seems to be the alone one that will believe her.

For me the book was like a "Who Done It?" movie. There are so many clues left and right in this book that let you make your own inferences on who you think it is. Each chapter something new is thrown into the bag of clues and you find yourself closer and closer to figuring out the mystery.

Recommendations: All those who enjoyed the first book will love this sequel!

Overall: 7/10

Characters: 5/10 
Plot: 8/10
Entertainment: 8/10 
Ending: 8/10 
Writing Style: 7/10
Cover:  8/10



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