Strange Girl by Christopher Pike

Strange Girl is a paranormal love story that is recommended for mature teens, high school and up. It begins with seventeen year old, Fred Allen, walking home from school and spotting a girl at the park, kneeling in the grass and plucking at a few scrawny daisies…He marvels at how she’s “kind of strange.”

The writing style is simple, easy to read  and envelopes the reader into a timeless tale of two star-crossed lovers. However, there is a supernatural twist to this tale. There is a mystery that the reader will hope to unravel as it is told through the first-person narrative of Fred. The more Fred falls in love with Aja the more we want to discover who Aja is without destroying her. Aja, who seems to heal people’s emotional and physical wounds, a girl who seems to illuminate love and peace in every sense of the word while never speaking more than a few words at a time.

Strange Girl is full of heart and suspense. Existential questions of faith tug at Fred as he tries to solve the mystery of who Aja is, and why she is doing the things she does… And yet, as Fred gets closer to learning who is the girl he loves, the more unanswered questions come up. This haunting story leaves the readers hoping for the answer to neatly present itself, however only the reader can answer what it means for themselves.

Highly recommended for teens who enjoy mysteries, paranormal romance, suspense and fantasy!

 

Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson

Walk on Earth a Stranger is written by Rae Carson and is a fast-paced tale filled with suspense, adventure, heartache and hope.

The story takes place in the mid 1800s and begins with Lee Westfall, who has the magical ability to “witch” gold. Meaning, she can sense when and where gold is present, whether it is tiny gold pebbles down a river steam or a large nugget hidden in a cave. Her parents teach her to be wise and careful with her gift. However, this blessing is also a curse as horrific events force Lee to head West, where gold has been discovered.

Through first person narration, readers are hooked into Lee’s journey from Georgia to California. This is an excellent historical read, highly recommended!