Saturday, June 8, 2013

Unhinged by Tempest C. Avery

It all depends on what you're looking for in a YA - if it's romance with a hefty wrench thrown in and then topped up with a little mythology, this could be it. Of course when the story begins there's the obvious problem - Spencer Perry's soul mate boyfriend is dead. And after all, what could be a bigger wrench than hiding and hanging out with your ghost boyfriend in your room because you are the only one who can see him? For months? While everyone else seems to be healing and getting on with their lives? Sure it's a wrench. But then, how about tricking a grim reaper into ferrying you to the underworld to make a deal with the god of the dead and ending up endangering not just yourself and your boyfriend but everyone you care about? And maybe just about everyone else as well? And then of course there's that complication with the god of the dead being quite hot... That's the kind of wrench in the romance that protagonist Spencer Perry is facing. It's also the kind of wrench that makes it a pretty good story. The mythology is just the icing on the story, but I will say that the author twists up the mythology enough to make it a little more unique.

I would definitely put Unhinged with the books I consider to be girl reads, because I really think that's the audience here. And I don't consider that a bad thing, but it might be a mood thing. If you're looking for a romance with appealing characters (yes they're all quite appealing and thankfully the Spencer character isn't a weak dimwit although she does have her moments) - then I recommend it. It's a smooth easy read and I look forward to the next one in the series.