But it doesn't surprise me at all that Eileen Cook's latest release fits into that category. It's kind of strange being all fangirly with one of your friends, but that's just the kind of relationship I have with her. She's a great person all around, hilarious, I love hanging out with her, and her writing blows me away.
Pick up this book. You will love it too.
And it's not just me that thinks this book is awesome. Here's what others are saying...
"Thrilling and creepy, super sexy, and so very hilarious." --Lisa McMann, bestselling author of the Wake trilogy
“Ideal for readers who like their stories supernatural but their dream guys human.” –The Bulletin
“Spine-tingling setting….Isobel’s sass and her steamy romance with her new stepbrother will help readers race toward the dramatic conclusion.” --Publishers Weekly
“This blend of paranormal romance, murder mystery and quirky, coming-of-age narrative offers tasty moments….Cook gives readers a fast-paced plot, a likable narrator, and interesting characters.” -Kirkus
"Isobel, all snark and sharp edges covering some intense vulnerability as she continuously checks in to see if she has crossed into mental illness (as her father did when she was young), is a compelling narrator."- Horn Book Magazine
About the Book:
Isobel’s life is falling apart. Her mom just married some guy she met on the internet only three months before, and is moving them to his sprawling, gothic mansion off the coast of nowhere. Goodbye, best friend. Goodbye, social life. Hello, icky new stepfather, crunchy granola town, and unbelievably good-looking, officially off-limits stepbrother.
But on her first night in her new home, Isobel starts to fear that it isn’t only her life that’s unraveling—her sanity might be giving way too. Because either Isobel is losing her mind, just like her artist father did before her, or she’s seeing ghosts. Either way, Isobel’s fast on her way to being the talk of the town for all the wrong reasons.
About the Author:
Eileen Cook is a multi-published author with her novels appearing in six different languages. She spent most of her teen years wishing she were someone else or somewhere else, which is great training for a writer.
You can read more about Eileen, her books, and the things that strike her as funny at www.eileencook.com. Eileen lives in Vancouver with her husband and two dogs and no longer wishes to be anyone or anywhere else.
And a quick interview with Eileen Cook:
1. Tell me about your book in seven words or less.
Ghosts, love, fear, courage, challenges, family, and creativity.
2. Other than your main character, who's a favorite character of yours in your novel and why?
Hard question, I tend to love them all. In this case Richard, or as Isobel fondly calls him, Dick, was fun to write because he was such a jerk. However, I did fall in love a bit with Nathaniel. Who doesn’t love a handsome brooding boy who has a giant house on the ocean complete with a library and a ghost?
3. What's one piece of writing advice you would give to aspiring authors?
If this is really what you want to do then don’t give up. This is a very hard business, but if you keep pushing forward, keep learning, keep reading, keep writing you can do it.
4. What did you write when you were a teen? Did you journal? Write poetry? Write overly literary or emotional stories? Or avoid writing altogether?
I always loved writing, although I was terrible at finishing things. I must have had a thousand books and stories that I started and never completed. I did keep a journal. It’s interesting to read it now because I almost don’t recognize the person I was then. Perspective changes everything. Turns out my parents weren’t nearly as mean and heartless as I thought they were.
5. What's the last book you read that you really loved?
One of the very best things about being a published writer is that you get a chance to get a sneak peek at some books. I recently read two that I’m raving about- the first is Never Enough by Denise Jaden (You may have heard of her) and the other is The Right and the Real by Joelle Anthony. People should keep their eyes peeled for both of these books in 2012.