Book Review: Cryer’s Cross by Lisa McMann

Title: Cryer’s Cross
Author: Lisa McMann
Details: Hardcover, 240 pgs.
Published: Feb. 8, 2011 by Simon Pulse
isbn: 1416994815 (ISBN13: 9781416994817)
Reading Level: Young Adult
Received from: Borrowed from my awesome friend Angel

The community of Cryer’s Cross, Montana (population 212) is distraught when high school freshman Tiffany disappears without a trace. Already off-balance due to her OCD, 16-year-old Kendall is freaked out seeing Tiffany’s empty desk in the one-room school house, but somehow life goes on… until Kendall’s boyfriend Nico also disappears, and also without a trace. Now the town is in a panic. Alone in her depression and with her OCD at an all-time high, Kendall notices something that connects Nico and Tiffany: they both sat at the same desk. She knows it’s crazy, but Kendall finds herself drawn to the desk, dreaming of Nico and wondering if maybe she, too, will disappear…and whether that would be so bad. Then she begins receiving graffiti messages on the desk from someone who can only be Nico. Can he possibly be alive somewhere? Where is he? And how can Kendall help him? The only person who believes her is Jacian, the new guy she finds irritating…and attractive. As Kendall and Jacian grow closer, Kendall digs deeper into Nico’s mysterious disappearance only to stumble upon some ugly—and deadly—local history. Kendall is about to find out just how far the townspeople will go to keep their secrets buried. 

My Thoughts:
I was a bit unsure what I would think of this one.  It looks a bit creepy and I was a little worried.  But when my friends loved it I decided I had to give it a try, and I actually liked it quite a lot!   It was creepy, but not too creepy for me.
I’m one of those people that doesn’t like things that are ridiculous.  Like Spoofs are just annoying,  and I like things that could almost be true.   It’s hard to explain because I love paranormal books.  But I like them to feel realistic.  Anyway, I was wondering how this one would be realistic.  And I have to say that I think Lisa pulled it off.  I mean, it was a little off the wall, but it was something different.  And the way everything was explained it almost seems like something that maybe could be believable.  Anyway, it worked for me.  
I liked that the main character had OCD, it was just nice to see something real.  I can’t say I felt a real connection with her, but Lisa’s books seem to be like that.  I think it’s just her writing style is a bit different and although not bad it just makes me not feel a complete connection with the characters.
The best part in this book was the romance.  Although completely predictable, it was sweet and there was plenty of sexual tension to keep me interested and cheering for them.  
Overall this was a unique read, with interesting character’s and an intriguing plot.
I give it 4/5 moons.
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Discloser: I borrowed an ARC of this book from a friend for review purposes.  The opinions expressed are my own.  I was not paid or influenced in any way. 
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  1. I’ve seen this around the blogosphere world so much lately… And I am totally with you, I am not too too keen on scary- but if you say it isn’t too bad I might have to give it a go! Thanks for the great review.

  2. Lisa McMann’s writing style is so unique and captivating! I think either you love or hate it, I belong to the love fraktion!

    I agree with you, it was creepy but not too much! Loved this book!
    Happy Friday!

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