Title: Ever Near
Author: Melissa MacVicar
Series: Secret Affinity #1
Publisher: Red Adept Publishing, LLC
Publication Date: September 2013
Let me start off by saying that I am absolutely in love with this book. It has caused me to lose sleep on more than one occasion. I was only willing to put it down when I just could not keep my eyes open any longer. IT. WAS. THAT. GOOD.
This story is about Jade. Jade can see ghosts. She has been able to see ghosts since she was 10 years old. Not of the encounters have ever been exactly pleasant. The ghosts tend to scare her. The ghosts tend to freak out and attack her. Jade has no idea what to do about these encounters or why it happens to her, so she just does her best to avoid ghosts and the places where she has met them. Also, no one else knows that she can see and talk to ghosts. Not even her best friend who was there when she met her first one. Jade has been keeping her ability a secret from everyone. The fear that those she cares about will think that she is a freak and insane is too strong.
Unfortunately for Jade, she has moved with her mother into the Fair Ever estate with her mothers fiance and his two sons. Fair Ever happens to house one very confused and angry ghost. Now that Jade is stuck facing this ghost head on she has to figure out how to deal with her special ability. This is no easy task when the ghost loves to pop up every where, even in Jades dreams. Also, the ghost tends to freak out every time Jade attempts to talk to her - doing weird melty faces, attacking her, etc.
Then to top it all off, she is now living across the hall from a boy she has had a HUGE crush on and he is soon to be her step-brother. Talk about complicated.
I loved loved loved this book. The further into the story I got, the better it was. Melissa MacVicar has a wonderful way with words. Her descriptions are so vivid and the world she has crafted is so beautiful. You cannot help but feel you are there with Jade as she stumbles around trying to figure out how to deal with her complicated life. You cannot help but feel what she is feeling and wishing you were able to help her.
This is a book I will be forever recommending to people who ask me what they should read next. It has found itself a permanent home in my heart along with my other favorite stories.
5 out of 5 well deserved stars
This review is based on an eARC provided by the publisher via Netgalley for my honest review.