Author: Aprilynne Pike
Series: Charlotte Westing Chronicles (Book 1)
Publisher: Harper Teen
Release Date: 29th April 2014
Charlotte Westing has a gift. She is an Oracle and has the ability to tell the future. But it doesn't do her much good. Instead of using their miraculous power, modern-day Oracles are told to fight their visions—to refrain from interfering. And Charlotte knows the price of breaking the rules. She sees it every day in her wheelchair-bound mother and the absence of her father. But when a premonition of a classmate's death is too strong for her to ignore, Charlotte is forced to make an impossible decision: continue following the rules or risk everything—even her sanity—to stop the serial killer who is stalking her town.
This is definitely not my normal type of book, I wouldn't usually ever pick this sort of book off the shelf, but as it is Aprilynne Pike I wanted to give it a go as I love her books.
Charlotte is an oracle, she can see the future in visions. She has no control over them but she always tries to resist them. Her aunt has been training her since she was 6, do not let them come, do not close your eyes. But as the visions get stronger Charlotte finds it harders to fight them off, so when she sees a vision of a classmate being killed, she has to decide whether to ignore it like she's been taught or try to change it.
This book is very well written and very quickly draws you in, I wanted to know more. I was so intrigued, the beginning really makes you wonder what is happening and then sets up the world of the story very well.
Although a litle bit creepy and gory in places which would usually have me slamming the book shut and running away, I was so invested in the story that I couldn't stop reading and I had to know more.
I sat down with this book with the intention of reading for about an hour before I got on with my housework, but 3 hours later I was still sat there just finishing the book.
Aprilynne Pike has a real way with words and is a fabulous storyteller. I am definitely a fan of her work and will be looking out for the next book by her.
This is the perfect read for this time of year, spooky and make your blood run cold but still totally addictive.