I received this book for free from the publisher or author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Supervision by Alison Stine
Published by Harper Voyager on April 9th 2015
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal, Young Adult
Source: ARC from publisher
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Something is wrong with Esmé.
Kicked out of school in New York, she's sent to live with her grandmother in a small Appalachian town. But something is wrong with the grandmother Ez hasn't seen for years; she leaves at midnight, carrying a big black bag. Something is wrong with her grandmother's house, a decrepit mansion full of stray cats, stairs that lead to nowhere, beds that unmake themselves. Something is wrong in the town where a kid disappears every year, where a whistle sounds at night but no train arrives.
And something is wrong with the friendly neighbor Ez's age with black curls and blue eyes: He's dead.
I guess I did like this book, even if it was a bit confusing. The premise was really neat. How the ghost world operates, and all that. It was kind of the usual stuff, but also some really neat new stuff as well.
The usual being that ghosts can touch/move objects and each other, but can’t be sensed by most of the living. Also that they remain as ghosts if they have unfinished business and then pass on to the next- and final- phase of existence.
I definitely feel as if this was more of a plot-driven story than a character-driven one. I wasn’t too fond of Esmé, but that may have been because I hardly knew anything about her. There wasn’t that much exposition. And her little love story kind of felt like it was background. It was cute, and sad, but background. As for the other ghosts, well, naturally they were one-dimensional, because they all had that one unfinished thing before they passed.
But I did enjoy the plot. It was a little random, a little confusing, a bit scary, somewhat unexpected, but really interesting. I loved the beginning, how she was completely ignored and didn’t understand why. It was so eerie. I couldn’t figure it out myself until a few days of it, and then I began piecing it together. But even then I was a little wrong (Wong? Wrong? Get it? Haha). Some things were kinda predictable or easy to figure out but mostly I was on my toes. So many new things and aspects of ghosthood kept coming into play. Especially towards the end, when things got really crazy and I didn’t know what was going on until the last second, and even then I was still confused about some things (nothing I probably couldn’t reason out after thinking about it a bit), but mostly I was happy for a resolution. And all the little subplots, too. Although there was one loose tie at the end…Louise.
But generally I think this is a fun quick read, if just for the premise. It’s always fun for me, reading about new takes on the afterlife.