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In a dinky little town off the coast of Maine, Willa feels lost and without hope in the fall after her brother’s death. She feels responsible for her brother and watches in despair as her family falls apart and feels it is all her fault. Her dreams of marrying her boyfriend and taking up her family’s tradition of lobster fishing dissolve.

A hundred years ago, Grey had become infatuated with Susannah, a wraithlike bit of mist on an island in the middle of the sea. The first time he kissed her, he unknowingly sealed a bargain that she would be freed and he would become the wraith who would be enslaved until either he found someone to take his place or collect a thousand souls. After a hundred years, he has only collected four, and is becoming desperate. In Willa, he sees a chance for freedom.

The coolest part of this book was the lighthouse that Grey lived in, because it changed around however he wanted it to. The rest was rather underwhelming. For example, Willa has random temper tantrums and is steeped in self-pity; nor does she realize what others do for her. Even at the end, where she chooses to save her father, it seems like it is a selfish choice. It wasn’t that bad, but I didn’t like it.

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Author Saundra Mitchell
Star Count 3/5
Format Hard
Page Count 320 pages
Publisher HMH Books for Young Readers
Publish Date 2/4/2014
ISBN 9780547853154
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Issue May 2014
Category Young Adult


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