Cathy sees things that are invisible to everyone else. Her new stepbrother’s bizarre behavior. A ghostly little boy. An abandoned house in the woods. But she doesn’t see how they’re all connected. And what she doesn’t see might just kill her. In Luisa Perkins’s new novel, a teenage girl discovers that a young boy’s spirit can shake loose of his body, and she sets out on a daring quest to restore everything to its proper place. Perkins spins an eerie web with her haunting tale, told in vivid, lyrical prose with a dash of romance. Dispirited is a deliciously creepy read that will keep readers turning pages deep into the night.
This young adult dark fantasy has everything I love: ghosts, old houses, magic, romance and good fighting evil. The premise feels so unique and is incredibly intriguing. Author Luisa M. Perkins takes a few basics of ghost stories and turns them on their head to create a fast-paced, fascinating, magical read. And with wonderful characters and a sweet first-love story, it’s a must-read.
I loved the magic of the old house, it’s so imaginative and Luisa’s beautiful, clean writing brought it vividly to life in my head. Cathy is a wonderful heroine and I really appreciated the source of her powers. Oh, and the bad guy – devious and frightening.
A very highly recommended read, both for teens and adults and all lovers of a well-spun ghost tale.
Content note: A few mentions of the bad guy, who inhabits the body of a teen boy, using hard drugs and looking at porn on his computer – no descriptive details.
Luisa Perkins will be here on Monday, February 18 to talk more about Dispirited.
Will you read it? If you have read it, what did you think?