Thursday, October 30, 2008

Enchanting Review: LilyDale: Awakening

Paranormal YA
ISBN# 978-0802796554
256 Pages
Paperback—Available Now

Rating: 4 Enchantments

After the unexpected death of her mother, Calla finds herself spending a few weeks in Lily Dale with Odelia, her unusual grandmother who she barely knows. But that's not the oddest thing, she soon finds out Odelia is a registered medium and Lily Dale is filled with people just like her. But that’s not even the weirdest part, it seems that Calla herself might just share her grandmother’s gift as a medium and soon she finds herself embroiled in a mystery; and wondering if her mother’s death really was an accident or was it something more, something her newfound gift can uncover?

LILY DALE: AWAKENING is an interesting take on a psychic teenager. With Calla’s life turned upside down, finding herself in Lily Dale with the grandmother she barely knows, Calla’s forced to come to terms with a lot of things. Like trying to figure out the bits and pieces of the argument she remembers her mother having with Odelia years ago, the same fight that kept Odelia out of their lives until the funeral. And when Calla realizes she might just share the same gift as Odelia, can she help a grieving mother find her missing daughter? Or will she end up in danger herself?

I really enjoyed LILY DALE: AWAKENING. Calla is an interesting character, fighting to adjust to her new surroundings and the fact her grandmother can see the dead. And maybe she can do, given she’s sure she saw something out of the corner of her eye, let alone when the woman appears at the door, asking to see her grandmother. What Calla first thinks of as a rude teenager, standing in Odelia’s flowers couldn’t be a real ghost could it? I loved Odelia, she’s just a really great unique character. I look forward to reading the second book in Ms. Staub's LILY DALE series.

WENDY CORSI STAUB is a best-selling writer of adult fiction, regularly appearing on the USA Today and New York Times best-seller lists. She grew up near the town of Lily Dale, and has had personal experiences with psychics in the town. Her adult best-seller, In the Blink of an Eye also took place in Lily Dale. Wendy lives with her family in Katonah, New York. Visit her Web site at

Enchanting Reviews
August 2008

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