Sunday, 2 October 2011

Banished by Sophie Littlefield (Review)

Genre: Paranormal
Number of Pages: 304
For ages 13+

"There isn’t much worth living for in Gypsum, Missouri—or Trashtown, as the rich kids call the run-down neighborhood where sixteen-year-old Hailey Tarbell lives. Hailey figures she’ll never belong—not with the popular kids at school, not with the rejects, not even with her cruel, sickly grandmother, who deals drugs out of their basement. Hailey never knew her dead mother, and she has no idea who her father was, but at least she has her four-year-old foster brother, Chub. Once she turns eighteen, Hailey plans to take Chub far from Gypsum and start a new life where no one can find them.

But when a classmate is injured in gym class, Hailey discovers a gift for healing that she never knew she possessed—and that she cannot ignore. Not only can she heal, she can bring the dying back to life. Confused by her powers, Hailey searches for answers but finds only more questions, until a mysterious visitor shows up at Gram’s house, claiming to be Hailey’s aunt Prairie.
There are people who will stop at nothing to keep Hailey in Trashtown, living out a legacy of despair and suffering. But when Prairie saves both Hailey and Chub from armed attackers who invade Gram’s house in the middle of the night, Hailey must decide where to place her trust. Will Prairie’s past, and the long-buried secret that caused her to leave Gypsum years earlier, ruin them all? Because as Hailey will soon find out, their power to heal is just the beginning."-Goodreads

My mom's friend brought over this book while I was at school, and told my mom that I should read it, and boy am I glad she did!

I probably had this for about a week and a half, and I did have a little trouble getting into it. This book also reminded me of Beautiful Creatures. The girl lived in a small town, had an evil family member, had special powers, sounds all the same. Thankfully, that was all the similarities these books had.

I really liked Hailey, the main character. She went through a lot of pain and suffering. The only way she knew how to love was because of Chub, the little boy her grandmother "adopted." Hailey had much more responsibility than a teenager needed. Her grandmother was always having clients over to sell drugs, and she had to take care of Chub all on her own. She also had a power that she couldn't understand. All she knew was that she was drawn to heal people when they were hurt.

There was no romance in this book. Which I wasn't too happy about when I first started, but I found to like this book, anyways. Although, I did get a feeling that there was maybe a spark between Kaz and Hailey. Who knows? Maybe there will be some romance in the second book. But if I like a book that has no romance in it, that means that it was PRETTY DARN GOOD!

I loved Hailey's aunt, Prarie. She had never met Hailey,yet she loved her from the very start. I liked the special bond that Hailey and Prarie made along the way. They got closer and closer on their journey. Another thing I liked about Prarie was how she didn't even second guess loving Chub. Prarie also had to deal with the terribleness of Hailey's grandmother, who was Prarie's mother. (So, when I wrote that word "terribleness" I didn't actually think it was a word, but there isn't a red squiggly line, so I guess it is! You can learn new things every time you read my reviews.) She ran away from home, and then had to deal with the grief of her sister's death.

Over all, this book was pretty stinkin' awesome. I wish I could have gotten into it easier, but we can't always get what we want (OH my word, Yo Gabba Gabba is filling my head with poison.) Even with no romance, though, it was amazing, so I definitely recommend this to Beautiful Creatures lovers or lovers of paranormal books! 4 diva crowns!

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