When Stephen is forced to move back to the nowhere town where his father grew up, he's already sure he's not going to like it. Spencer, Michigan, is like a town straight out of a Hitchcock movie, with old-fashioned people who see things only in black-and-white. But things start looking up when Stephen meets the mysterious twins Cara and Devon. They're total punks–hardly the kind of people Stephen's dad wants him hanging out with–but they're a breath of fresh air in this backward town. The only problem is, Cara and Devon don't always get along, and as Stephen forms a friendship with the charismatic Devon and something more with the troubled Cara, he starts to feel like he's getting caught in the middle of a conflict he doesn't fully understand. And as Devon’s group of friends, who hang out in a cemetery they call The Playground, get up to increasingly reckless activities to pass the summer days, Stephen worries he may be in over his head.
Stephen's fears prove well-founded when he learns of Spencer's dark past. It seems the poor factory town has a history of "bad times," and many of the town's oldest residents attribute the bad times to creatures right out of an urban legend. The legend goes that the only way the town will prosper again is if someone makes a sacrifice to these nightmarish creatures. And while Stephen isn't one to believe in old stories, it seems Devon and his gang might put a lot of faith in them. Maybe even enough to kill for them.
Now, Stephen has to decide what he believes, where his allegiances lie, and who will really be his friend in the end.
I loved reading this book so much! It was so creepy, awesome, and yeah, right what I'm coming to expect from a Heather Brewer book, which is great, because it's something that I enjoy, which means that I really need to read more of her books!
So I really enjoyed the relationships between Stephen, Cara, and Devon, they were complicated by things that we slowly were shown, and since it was kinda important to everything that was going on, yeah, that was pretty awesome!
We knew something bad was going to happen, since I kinda doubt that there was two characters named Stephen in the book. Which means that we knew that something was wrong with Devon, but yeah, we didn't get there immediately!
I loved that ending! It was pretty not-good for Stephen, but there were some good things there, that I really enjoyed to read! It wasn't an easy ending, or a comfortable one, but it was a bit better then it could've been, most everyone could've died!
Such a strange and wonderful book, and I enjoyed it so much!
Author: Heather Brewer
Read: July 17th, 2015
Reason Why: Sounded really good! And it's a SAC 2015 Book!
Publisher: Harper Teen
Published: March 30th 2015