REVIEW by Matt: Wraith (Shadow #1) by Angel Lawson (@MattALarkin)

Freak. Weird. Crazy. These are the names tossed around seventeen-year old Jane Watts by her fellow classmates. But things aren’t always as they seem. Sometimes there’s a reason for talking to yourself in the hallway at school.
Jane struggles with adjusting to her new home and school after an abrupt move. She wants one thing in life—to be like everyone else at school, but that’s hard to do when you’re the new kid. But she does manage to make one friend, Evan—he’s sixteen, charming, and protective. Everything a girl could want in a best friend…with one minor caveat.
He’s dead.
Caught somewhere between life and death, Evan is tied to Jane and the living world unable to complete the journey to the other side. She thinks he’s here to be her friend, to take care of her, and that’s why no one can see or hear him.
That is until a new boy shows up at school after a rumored stretch in Juvie. Connor can see Evan and he’s not convinced the ghost is being completely honest. From his own experience ghosts tend to need something from the humans they connect to and Evan, despite his arguments isn’t any different.
Jane is resentful of Connor’s intrusion but realizes soon enough he’s right. Evan has secrets about his past and not only did his life end tragically but members of his family are still in danger. Jane must face her fears and battle Evan’s human demons to free both of them.

Wraith is the story of a teenage girl who’s best friend is a ghost named Evan. Jane, our hero, is a medium, but she hides her gift because everyone thinks she’s crazy. At least until she meets a new boy at school who also sees Evan.
What I liked:
The premise intrigued me. The idea of a girl with a wraith as a best friend—and I do like that title—compelled me to give it a try. It set it apart from the typical high-school PNR, which I might not bother with. The plot was pretty good and the writing clean.

What I didn’t like:
While I never felt bored, neither did the book ever compel me to keep reading in the frantic page-turning way I love. The writing was fine, but the voice lacked serious depth or uniqueness.

Who I Recommend it for:
People that like YA PNR.

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