Candace "Candy" Pickens has been obsessed with the swamp lore of her tiny Louisiana town for . . . forever. Name any ghostly swamp figure and Candy will recite the entire tale in a way that will curl your toes and send chills up your spine.
That doesn’t mean Candy's a believer, however. Even though she and her friends entered the swamp at the start of summer and left it changed, Candy's the only one who can't see or feel the magical swamp Shine. She’s also the only one who can't see the ghosts that have been showing up and spooking everyone in town ever since. So Candy concentrates on other things—real things. Like fighting with her mother and plotting her escape from her crazy town.
But ghosts aren't the only newcomers in Sticks, Louisiana. The King family arrives like a hurricane: in a blur and unwanted—at least by Candy. Mr. King is intent on filming the rumored ghostly activity for his hit TV show, Local Haunts. And while Candy can't ignore how attracted she is to eighteen-year-old Gage King and how much his sister, Nova, wants to be friends, she's still suspicious of the King family.
As Candy tries to figure out why the Kings are really in town and why the swamp that had previously cast her aside now seems to be invading every crack in her logical, cynical mind, she stumbles across the one piece of swamp lore she didn't know. It's a tale that’s more truth than myth, and may have all the answers . . . and its roots are in Candy's own family tree.
This book was so enjoyable! I love the fact that we got a sequel, it was great to learn more about the secrets the Shine was holding, and more about the Shine itself. And we got Candy as a narrator, which was pretty awesome!
This book was creepy and weird, and a bit hazy, you know? There was something going on, both with the town and with Candy, but some of it wasn't as obvious as it was in the first book. Sure there were ghosts and occasions when Candy lost time, but nothing like a sister in place of a brother!
There was something off about the King family. Gage was a bit of a love interest, but there was everything going on with his family. And Nova, she was mean, and awful, and I don't know why Candy kept hanging on with her. Oh, and then Mr. King. Bah!
When everything came together, it made sense. To know that there were other trees like the one that Candy was connected to, that there were other locations with Shine and what Candy's role in it all is, that was interesting! But the cost, that was a bit much, though they did get through it!
This book was unconventional, and I really enjoyed how things worked out, that they got a happy ending and who Candy ended up with! And honestly, I would love a 3rd book with their 3rd friend, because then everyone would get a happy ending, and we would have more time in this world!
Such a fantastic book-Natalie C. Parker is such a wonderful author!
Author: Natalie C. Parker
Series: Beware the Wild #2
Read: February 9th, 2016
Reason Why: Loved the first book, and it's a Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2016 Book, Sophomore Challenge Book and a WoW Book!
Publisher: Harper Teen
Expected Publication: February 23rd 2016