Author: Steve Bevil
Genre: YA Paranormal Fantasy / Action Adventure
A black hooded figure suddenly appeared behind her. She gasped and her brown eyes grew wide. Nathan watched helplessly as a small trickle of blood fell from her mouth.
Other hooded figures appeared; their silver swords clutched upright against their chests. Nathan held tight to her lifeless body while trying to fight back the tears that swelled in his eyes. “No,” he cried. “No!”
Nineteen-year-old Nathan Urye is supposed to be having a relaxing summer as a camp counselor but ever since he started having nightmares about a beautiful girl being hunted by flesh-clawing monsters, his life has been anything but normal.
Soon, Nathan discovers that the sleepy college town of Cahokia Falls is far from ordinary when two unexplained deaths rock the town and campus. Who or what is behind the murders? Does it have anything to do with the newly-discovered cave symbol? And what about the spine-chilling campfire stories about ancient tribal beliefs and mystical legends?
For Nathan Urye, things just keep getting creepier and creepier, and now it appears that everyone at camp is in danger…
This book was a great YA fantasy read, and since the protagonist is a boy, I’m confident it’ll appeal to both boys and girls, which is always a challenge in YA, since for some reason, girls seem to read more YA books than boys do. Nathan, the protagonist, is a likeable character. He has a sarcastic, witty sense of humor. Probably not everyone would be able to pull that off, but on Nathan, it works.
Nathan has been having strange dreams about a girl being hunted by creatures from nightmares. He’s convinced it’s just a dream until his childhood friend and nextdoor neighbor tells her about a girl she befriended at college, a girl who fits Nathan’s nightmare image, and who went through something terrible.
While he goes on camp for the summer, Nathan hopes to find out more about the girl, Leah. When it turns out everyone at camp is in danger, Nathan has to make some tough choices.
The writing was great, and it pulled me in from the start. Some parts were a little slow, but overall, the book had a decent pace.
If you like young adult books, fantasy or paranormal reads, then you’ll probably enjoy this book as well.