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Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Cryer's Cross by Lisa McMann

"The community of Cryer’s Cross, Montana (population 212) is distraught when high school freshman Tiffany disappears without a trace. Already off-balance due to her OCD, 16-year-old Kendall is freaked out seeing Tiffany’s empty desk in the one-room school house, but somehow life goes on... until Kendall's boyfriend Nico also disappears, and also without a trace. Now the town is in a panic. Alone in her depression and with her OCD at an all-time high, Kendall notices something that connects Nico and Tiffany: they both sat at the same desk. She knows it's crazy, but Kendall finds herself drawn to the desk, dreaming of Nico and wondering if maybe she, too, will disappear...and whether that would be so bad. Then she begins receiving graffiti messages on the desk from someone who can only be Nico. Can he possibly be alive somewhere? Where is he? And how can Kendall help him? The only person who believes her is Jacian, the new guy she finds irritating...and attractive. As Kendall and Jacian grow closer, Kendall digs deeper into Nico's mysterious disappearance only to stumble upon some ugly—and deadly—local history.
Something's not right in Cryer's Cross—and Kendall's about to find out just how far the townspeople will go to keep their secrets buried." -GoodReads.
Simon&Schuster <--click on that link to here an excerpt from Cryer's Cross.

This edition: Hardcover, 240 pages
Published by: SimonPulse
Availability: Ships on or around February 8,2011
Source: Simon&Schuster GalleyGrab

Having never read anything by Lisa McMann I didn't know what to expect from Cryer's Cross, but I was pleasantly surprised. It really was creeptastic. Small town out in the middle of nowhere, teens disappearing, and mysterious messages appearing on a school room desk. Yikes!
Once I started reading, I really didn't want to stop. It was definitely an "Oh my gosh, I have to find out what's going to happen next!" book.

 Kendall's best friend and kind of boyfriend Nico, lives on the property right across from hers, and has been there for her for as long as she can remember. Their relationship has a routine, which is perfect for Kendall and her OCD. Then Nico starts acting really out of it and distant. On the day they were supposed to go check out a college together, he goes missing. 
Kendall was able to get through Tiffany's disappearance with help from Nico, so who is going to help her cope now that he's gone?
Enter Jacian, the new cute guy that is really angry about having to move out into the middle of nowhere.
At first, Kendall and Jacian clash, but then something changes and she starts finding him more attractive than irritating.
But as they get closer, she also gets closer to the truth behind the disappearances and what Kendall doesn't know is she is about to uncover some very deadly secrets.

What I found I really enjoyed was that the story didn't solely revolve around the paranormal aspects. It also really focused on Kendall and her OCD, trying to deal with life after her best friend disappears , and trying not to fall in love with someone else. The creepy stuff was like an awesome bonus. 
Kendall was a very intriguing character. I liked finding out the things she did to control her OCD. 
Jacian and Kendall's relationship was really very refreshing. Kendall was still too hurt over not knowing what happened to Nico to want to be with anyone else and Jacian was too angry about moving there to want to be with her. They didn't even like each other at first and did what they could to not be around on another. Their friendship was gradual. 

I can't say much more about this book without giving anything away, so I would just suggest when it comes out you should grab a copy and read it.
I know everyone keeps saying not to read this at night, but I think that is actually the perfect time to read it. Makes the scary parts of the story even more fun!


  1. Ok, I'm just LOVING the sound of this one. Seriously! It sounds so eerie, and despite a few lackluster reviews, this is definitely still on my radar :)

  2. The cover is eerie and so is the premise. Looks great. I heard a few differing opinions, so I might look into getting it at the library. Thanks for the review!

  3. I just saw that this is on Pulse It!'s (from Simon&Schuster) online reading thing. You can read the whole book for free on their site. There is 57 days left to get it. So go join and read!

  4. I thought the ending was really spooky! The last few chapters almost converted me into a nail-biter lol


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