Half a life is not worth living.
Probably not a good idea to take advice from your dead twin sister. High school sophomore Trisha Traynor and friends have played the Halloween mirror game for years, the one that’s supposed to show a glimpse of the guy they’ll marry. But no one’s ever seen anything.
Until tonight—when Trisha is gob smacked by the candlelit arrival of her long-deceased twin sister, instead of her crush, Kirk Maxwell.
In a voice and vision that only Trisha can hear and see, Chessie claims to be back on a compassionate journey. Trisha fears she's gone nuthouse crazy. But she nonetheless follows the instructions Chessie outlines in their nightly conversations, until she finds herself stepping across some ethical lines, and probably ending all chances with Kirk.
When a sisterly showdown ensues, resulting in the shattering of the mirror, Chessie’s gone again, and a heartsick Trisha sets about righting her recent wrongs. That is, until she stumbles upon the real reason Chessie had come back and the most important glimpse yet that the mirror could never predict.
PRAISE FOR HALF-LIFE
“Half-Life is a whole lot of fun! An absorbing plot, characters everyone can relate to, and a sweet romance with a drop-dead gorgeous guy. Tina Ferraro’s trademark humor is beautifully balanced with emotional depth in this wonderful paranormal novella. Loved it!” ~ Vanessa Barneveld, author of THIS IS YOUR AFTERLIFE
“HALF-LIFE is an enjoyable, heart-tug of a ride through the special, forever-bond of siblings, the awkward dynamics of family, the challenges friendship, and knowing when to take responsibilities for your own actions…especially in matters of life and death. Of course, there’s also that ever-important first kiss from the boy of your dreams that leaves your toes popping and your life tingling.” ~ Marley Gibson, bestselling author of the GHOST HUNTRESS series
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About the Author
Tina Ferraro been writing since she learned to hold a pencil, and sold upwards of a hundred short stories to national magazines before turning to novels. She is the author of three Random House novels, The ABC’s of Kissing Boys, How to Hook a Hottie and Top Ten Uses for an Unworn Prom Dress, which have received distinctions such as the ABA Book Sense Award and two RITA nominations. Her fourth YA, The Starter Boyfriend, has spent time on Amazon’s Top 100 Lists. She lives in Los Angeles with her rocket scientist husband, two cats and whichever of their three young adult children is in town. When not writing, she enjoys playing Facebook Scrabble, swimming, and chasing coyotes out of her neighborhood. Watch for Tina’s title with Shine….HALF-LIFE which follows Trisha in the days before her 15th birthday, as her long deceased identical twin makes appearances in mirrors to help prevent her similarly early demise.
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For more reviews go to: www.best-of-ya.blogspot.com Trisha and her friends have a Halloween tradition wherein, at the strike of midnight, they hold compact mirrors up to the flame of a candle in the hopes of seeing the faces of their future husbands. Year after year, the only face staring back at them is their own. This year something incredulous happens; the face Trisha sees in the mirror is identical to her own, but it does not belong to herself. She sees Chessie, her twin sister who passed away when the girls were just 5 years old. In nightly meetings that only she can see and hear, Chessie claims to be back on a mission that involves Trisha. Trisha is pretty sure she’s gone crazy, but chooses to follow the instructions her sister has outlined for her in the hopes that it will help Chessie finally move on and gain the peace she deserves. The official synopsis for this book is very misleading and alludes to a much more sinister plot (especially in the last paragraph) than is actually present. I thought this was going to be a lot spookier and more supernatural, but all that really happens between Trisha and her long-deceased sister is that they get together and talk about Chessie’s plan every other night or so. (Unfortunately, she isn’t even a cool ghost with powers because she can’t manipulate anyone or anything) Chessie supposedly has a way to get Trisha and her ex-best friend to patch things up, but in order for this to happen, Trisha apparently needs to start dating a classmate of her choice. The whole plan was really random and didn’t make much sense--it didn’t add up with the ending in my opinion. I just felt that the whole central plot was off and lacked believability. There was not much of a romance aspect either; Trisha lacked chemistry with both of her romantic interests which was disappointing. She has a huge crush on a fellow student, Kirk Maxwell, but the boy she chooses to help her fulfill Chessie’s task is someone completely different and someone she hardly even knows. As expected their relationship went nowhere. Kirk kind of just shows up at random times and “saves” her from situations. He seemed to be into her, but they don’t ever really share any special moments. My favorite aspects of this were the overall message of friendship, honesty, and the familial bond and the fact that it is barely over 100 pages long. Other than that, I feel like this was a cool concept, but was just trying too hard to be something it unfortunately wasn’t.
As an adult, I have to admit I do enjoy reading young adult literature yet, with this book the 108 pages I endured was more than enough. I loath writing reviews on books that I am not fond of but as a reviewer, I have to be honest regarding how I feel concerning the book and how it is written. The blurb of the book gave the idea there was going to be a creepiness factor, for instance, a teenage girl seeing her dead twin sister in the mirror reads an eerie book ahead. The sad fact of the matter is the book contained nothing frightening not even a hang nail. None the less the mother in the book did make my skin crawl since her character is overwritten in the despair department. The prose was light focusing primarily on teenage drama. However, the author did add to the plot a positive point to the story which helped this read a great deal. Even though this book was not my cup of tea I am sure there are pre-teens that will enjoy this book. This book is under the genre young adult which in literature is traditionally written for ages ranging 16 to 25. I think this book falls more under teen fiction, which is written for ages 10 to 15. This review opportunity was through Expresso Book Tours.
Trisha is a teenage girl packed with spunk, lots of corners and still, a big heart. She wants what all girls her age want, to be accepted, but already with the opening scene, it becomes clear that her long-time best friend has her head somewhere else. This is a cute, short, coming of age story. Trisha is trying to please her parents, who are still upset after her twin sister's death years before, while fighting to get her social life worked around. Of course, boys are a big part of this. There's a great relationship between her and her parents, not so far in that it's always rosy, but rather realistic. The mother has troubles dealing with the sister's death and does let it affect how she raises Trisha, and somehow, Trisha has to come to terms with this. Peer-pressure is also a big issue in this story, a problem Trisha has troubles dealing with, especially when pleasing certain people helps her reach goals she and her mother both have set for her. There's a lot of strands to this weave, and that's exactly what makes it so easy to sympathize with. Life isn't clear cut either. The paranormal aspect is cute and pulls at the heart strings. Still, I had felt this could have been built out more. We get to know Chessie a little, but it wasn't enough for me to connect with her. But in a story this short, that's also a tall task to expect. Plus, the ending felt rushed in so far that it wrapped up a little too nicely. But, in general, this is a smooth read which hits on many topics teens will connect with, and I believe they'll enjoy reading this and have no trouble feeling for Trisha. They'll see a lot of themselves in many parts of this story. I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.