Release Date: September 20, 2011
Source of my copy: publisher
Synopsis (from Goodreads)
It was a beautiful, warm summer day, the day Danny died.
Suddenly Wren was alone and shattered. In a heartbroken fury, armed with dark incantations and a secret power, Wren decides that what she wants—what she must do—is to bring Danny back.
But the Danny who returns is just a shell of the boy Wren fell in love with. His touch is icy; his skin, smooth and stiff as marble; his chest, cruelly silent when Wren rests her head against it.
Wren must keep Danny a secret, hiding him away, visiting him at night, while her life slowly unravels around her. Then Gabriel DeMarnes transfers to her school, and Wren realizes that somehow, inexplicably, he can sense the powers that lie within her—and that he knows what she has done. And now Gabriel wants to help make things right.
But Wren alone has to undo what she has wrought—even if it means breaking her heart all over again.
I just finished this book just a minute ago and I felt unsatisfied with how it ended. No spoiler alert but I thought that we would finally find out what happened to Wren's parents, but we don't. It was the only thing that really irked me about the book especially because the connection between Wren's dad leaving and her mom refusing to acknowledge their powers was there in every chapter. Now that I think about it, I want to know what happened to Gabriel's family as well!
I thought this book was an interesting take on the supernatural and love. It was quite a refreshing take although it did have a bittersweet ending. If someone close to me died so suddenly, I would definitely do what I can to bring them back like Wren, but I wouldn't be as strong as Wren to make it right again. It's like losing them twice! Also, who can predict who or what you're bringing back to life? It may not be the same person you loved. What Garvey does in this book is to realize our deepest wish when someone we love dies and the consequences that could happen with our rash decision.