35151589 Mercuria by Rayme Waters
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I received a copy from the author for review

Esperanza Bennett, a resourceful fifteen-year-old with an attitude problem, has no choice when her parents decide to move from San Francisco to Mercuria, a wealthy California suburb with the best schools in the state. Her parents can’t afford it and she knows she won’t fit in, but the family needs a fresh start. Soon, Esperanza learns fitting in is the least of her worries. The first friend she meets, Cassandra, seems to be able to read minds and Arden, the troubled heir to the town’s mining fortune and a boy Esperanza can’t stop thinking about, is either a bully she should run from or a savior with a secret. Once Esperanza uncovers the dark history of Mercuria, she races to save the lives of her family and new friends even if her heroic plans might have terrible consequences for her own future.

Review: The first thing you notice about this book is the cover, I mean it’s stunning! But digging a little deeper, the synopsis is what made me want to read this one. A troubled teen, moving to a new town, where strange things start to happen? Yep, sounds like fun!

While this isn’t one of my top favorites this year, I did enjoy it, and loved the mystery and suspense this book managed to portray. The characters were unique, and the story-line had enough twists to keep me guessing! While I wish the plot was more clear, it reads an an good YA mystery, so I guess that’s the best way to describe it. There are definitely some urban fantasy/paranormal vibes going on, but the mystery is what keeps the story moving.

About the Author:
 Born in San Francisco, Rayme Waters grew up in Northern California and the city of Linköping, Sweden. Nominated for a Pushcart Prize and a Dzanc Best of the Web Award, Rayme lives with her family in Palo Alto, California.

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