Young Adult, Horror, Native American
Paperback $9.99 (320 pages, HARLEQUIN TEEN)
Two years ago I did a terrible thing. I accused my best friend of being a killer after seeing him kneeling over a girl's body. That moment and that outcast boy still haunt me.
Now my mom is forcing me back to Oklahoma and I can't get White Bird out of my mind. But when I find out he's not in juvie—that he's in a mental hospital, locked in his tormented brain at the worst moment of his life—I can't turn my back on him again.
No one wants me to see him. My mom doesn't trust me. The town sheriff still thinks I was involved in the murder. And the other kids who knew the dead girl are after me.
I'm as trapped as White Bird. And when I touch him, I get sucked into his living hell, a vision quest of horrifying demons and illusions of that night. Everything about him scares me now, but I have to do something. This time I can't be a coward. This time I have to be his friend.
Even if I get lost, as well…
Author Site: jordandane.com
Original, Intense and Downright Spooky! (5 stars)
Two years ago Brenna Nash was the only witness to the murder of one of her popular classmates in Shawano, Oklahoma. The most troubling part of the crime was that her closest—perhaps, her only—friend, Isaac "White Bird" Henry, was the accused murderer. Even living far away can't keep the crime from coming back to haunt her. With her grandmother having passed away she and her mother return to Shawano to clean up and sell her grandmother's house. But in Shawano Brenna finds no one has forgotten the brutal killing and the boy accused of the crime is rotting away in a vegetative state in a nearby psychiatric institution.
Determined to put the past behind her Brenna must seek out a local Euchee shaman and brave the scathing attitudes of the locals who only remember her as the trouble-making daughter of a single mother. Even if White Bird is the true criminal, Brenna can't let this crime go unresolved.
Talk about your page-turner! IN THE ARMS OF STONE ANGELS is one of the only books to ever scare me so bad I couldn't put it down... and need a nightlight to sleep. It takes a lot to surprise me, to pull off a great mystery that I won't unravel beforehand. This book managed to pull it off so well that by the time I realized what was coming it was too late.
One of my closest friends is Native American and she also enjoys YA fiction with paranormal elements. The fact that these two elements are strong in this novel is a big plus. As much as I enjoy other mythologies Native American ones can be really difficult to pull off with sensitivity and authenticity, Dane makes it work. Fans of the Twilight series who loved the werewolf aspects should definitely give this novel a try.
I will say that there are parts of the climax that were quite gruesome and scary so if you're looking at this for a younger YA reader it might be a bit too scary. Older readers who love classic teen horror flicks will LOVE it. Overall, I think this book deserves much more attention than it's gotten. Well written, original, authentic and creepy this is a book I wish I'd had when I was 16 and looking for something to scare me out of my skin. lol I'm definitely looking forward to more YA titles from Jordan Dane!
Gone With the Words
Notes: ARC received via NetGalley.