This spin-off of Armstrong’s Darkest Powers series falls a little short. The characters seem flatter than her previous ones, and the plot, although interesting, is mostly set up for the trilogy, which may leave readers bored and with few questions answered. Although some may struggle, this is a strong start to a promising trilogy.

Maya is content living with her adoptive parents in a secluded, small-town island. But when her best friend mysteriously drowns, Maya is determined to find out what really happened. Strange things start occurring: like her sudden ability to communicate with animals and an unexpected love interest that leaves her questioning her Native descent — and herself. (HARPERCOLLINS, Apr., 368 pp., $17.99, ISBN: 9780061797026, 12 & Up)
Reviewed by: 
Kelly Brennan