As if high school isn’t hard enough, Cicely Watson finds herself in the middle of the supernatural world with her life in danger. She figures out her best friend/secret crush, Ander, has a life-altering secret and there is a hidden world she never even noticed. Add in Luke, the new boy at school, and suddenly she’s in a supernatural love triangle. This story takes her through high school angst and into bodily harm.
The book starts off on Cicely’s sixteenth birthday and she has a birthday wish. If only she knew how complicated her life was going to get, she might have changed her wish. Little bits of information make the reader suspicious right away and grab attention. We learn within the first few pages that Ander is hiding something.
The story is written in first person and the characters are well developed. Unfortunately, the perspective changes every chapter which makes it hard to follow. The change in perspective makes it easier to get inside each character’s head, but it slows down the story as the reader tries to remember who “I” represents in each chapter.
Cicely is a strong character. I kept waiting for her to become the emo teenager, but her spunk and intelligence continued to surprise me. It was her unpredictability that kept me reading.
The other main characters, Ander and Luke, were fairly well developed as well. This is probably due to the change to each of their perspectives that gave the reader more insight. The side characters were quirky and interesting and I find myself hoping to learn more about them in a sequel.
Laura Bradley Rede took on a popular genre and managed to bring in a bit of originality. With stories such as Twilight and The Vampire Diaries, this wasn’t an easy task. If you love the supernatural and you like a fun read, then you will enjoy Darkride.
Author: Laura Bradley Rede
Publication: January 9th, 2012; Laura Bradley Rede
Author’s Website: http://www.laurabradleyrede.com/