Lisa McMann does it again

Hi all,

It’s March 31st already? (Well, it is in New Zealand anyway.)

Where did the month go? In fact, with Easter school holidays imminent, where did the first school term go?

We’re looking forward to dragging DH to The Hunger Games in the first week of the school hols. He’s the only member of our family who hasn’t read the books, so it’ll be interesting to get his perspective on the movie because he won’t have all the “baggage”, i.e. expectations from having read the books.

Speaking of books: I’m sure I’ve mentioned before that DD enjoys reading a bit of horror. So when she told me about Cryer’s Cross by Lisa McMann (author of the NYT bestselling Wake trilogy), a book featuring a couple of missing teens who–without getting too spoilery–aren’t found “in time” , I immediately pegged it as a horror and decided I didn’t want to read it. Period. End of story. (You know, the whole being a mom and hating reading stories where bad stuff happens to kids kinda thing.)

But DD wasn’t about to give up. She begged. She pleaded. She cajoled.

Jacian is sooo hot, she said. And Kendall is awesome. And they’re soooo good together. And it has a really great ending…. well, except for what happened to those two missing kids of course. And you read the Wake trilogy and you loved it, remember? Please read this? You’ll like it, I promise!

So I gave in. Anything to get some peace. And I gotta say, it was a fantastic story.

I know from the Wake trilogy that McMann writes a gritty kind of story with a kind of a bittersweet ending. Cryer’s Cross is no exception. But instead of the horror that I was half-dreading, I got a suspenseful story with a really heartwarming romantic thread running through it. I rooted for Kendall and Jacian all the way–wasn’t sure they’d make it, but was thrilled to bits and totally satisfied when they did.

Warning: this is not your normal paranormal YA, and Kendall, the heroine, is not your normal paranormal YA heroine. She has OCD and although she manages her condition, there is no magical “cure”. One of the things I liked most about this story is that although Jacian saves Kendall, by the time he found her, she’d already pretty much saved herself. And it was her OCD that made her different enough, and strong enough, to fight and choose to live.

I’d normally give you the blurb for this book, but IMHO, neither the inside cover blurb, nor the back blurb, did this book justice. Both, combined with the cover of the hardback edition I read, made the story look and sound like a horror, which it definitely is not. So instead I’ll quote Alyson Noel’s cover quote: “Eerie, gripping, totally addictive.” Yeah. What Alyson said.

Interestingly, when I searched out a cover graphic of Cryer’s Cross to include with the post, I found the cover of the hardback edition I read, plus another cover for the paperback that for me, screams YA romance. Here are both covers:

Not hard to figure out which one I’d have happily plucked from the library shelves and given a second look, is it? *g*

One more thing: in the interests of full disclosure, this story is written in present tense from Kendall’s POV. Now I don’t have a problem with present tense when it’s done well, and McMann always does it well. So please take a chance, because reading about Kendall and Jacian and seeing their relationship develops throughout the story is totally worth it!

Here’s my March reads:

  • This Side of the Grave by Jeaniene Frost
  • Unlocked by Courtney Milan
  • Heart of the Wolf by Terry Spear
  • Fury (OtherKin) by Anya Bast
  • One Grave at a Time by Jeaniene Frost
  • Tranquility (OtherKin) by Anya Bast
  • Clockwise by Elle Strauss
  • Holding the Cards by Joey W. Hill
  • Catch Me If You Can by Nina Bruhns
  • Cryer’s Cross by Lisa McMann
  • Storm Born (Dark Swan 1) by Richelle Mead
  • Thorn Queen (Dark Swan 2) by Richelle Mead
  • Absolute Boyfriend 3 by Yuu Watase
  • I Now Pronounce You Someone Else by Erin McCahan
  • Personal Demons by Lisa Desrochers
  • The Catastrophic History of You And Me by Jess Rothenberg
  • Iron Crowned (Dark Swan 3) by Richelle Mead
  • All You Desire by Kirsten Miller
  • Absolute Boyfriend 4 by Yuu Watase
  • The Space Between by Brenna Yovanoff
  • Perchance to Dream by Lisa Mantchev
  • Bumped by Megan McCafferty



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One Response to “Lisa McMann does it again”

  1. hunger games is amazing!!! :)