Sunday, 19 August 2012

TEEN: Unrest - Michelle Harrison

Release Date: 26/04/12  
Seventeen-year-old Elliott hasn't slept properly for six months. Not since the accident that nearly killed him. Now he is afraid to go to sleep. Sometimes he wakes to find himself paralysed, unable to move a muscle, while shadowy figures move around him. Other times he is the one moving around, while his body lies asleep on the bed. According to his doctor, sleep paralysis and out of body experiences are harmless - but to Elliot they're terrifying. Convinced that his brush with death has opened up connections with the spirit world, Elliott secures a live-in job at one of England's most haunted locations, determined to find out the truth. There he finds Sebastian, the ghost of a long-dead servant boy hanged for stealing bread. He also meets the living, breathing Ophelia, a girl with secrets of her own. She and Elliott grow closer, but things take a terrifying turn when Elliott discovers Sebastian is occupying his body when he leaves it. And the more time Sebastian spends inhabiting a living body, the more resistant he becomes to giving it back. Worse, he seems to have an unhealthy interest in Ophelia. Unless Elliott can lay Sebastian's spirit to rest, he risks being possessed by him for ever, and losing the girl of his dreams...  

Michelle Harrison is a sickening talented author, the writing grips you from the start with the author having a great understanding of not only what her audience wants but delivers it with ease. This title, featuring Eliott, a boy who was involved in a car accident that left him dead for two minutes, has been having recurring nightmares where he awakes paralised or not even within his body and seeing spirits. Not sure whether he’s going mad or if he has a mystery to solve, its an adventure that will keep you guessing throughout. All in, this title is a cracking change to what Michelle has achieved before, but add her usual style of twists, turns and characters that you feel that you really get to know as well as enjoy spending time around and you’ll find that this tale passes quite quickly. All in a wonderful read and definitely an experience for the reader, especially if you read it late at night with just a book light. Magical.

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