A car accident leaves Erin Rocheford, a seventeen-year-old hockey player, fractured, disfigured, near death. Not only has her future career in the NHL been erased, but when she's finally released from the hospital, she can barely walk, her thoughts stumble into each other, and people grimace when they see the scars crisscrossing her face.
Erin's parents decide that a vacation in Florida, on an island of palm trees and pirate lore, is just what she needs to recover. But in her post-traumatic state, Erin is vulnerable to attack, to a ghostly invasion, and to a further fragmenting of her troubled grey matter. Soon after arriving on the island, a tale of an odd English pirate and his feisty captive-a story of defiance and decapitation-weaves itself into her mind. Erin will need to call upon every reserve in her hockey-toned body to keep from falling apart altogether, to fight back against a vengeful spirit, and to protect her star player-the one boy who can see beyond the scars.
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Reviewed by Kim Anisi for Readers' Favorite Mosaic by Deborah Jackson is the story of teenager Erin, once a jock and ice-hockey player, now a disfigured girl that is just learning how to use her body again and how to deal with the stares people give her when they see her scarred face. Her parents have taken her and her sister on a vacation to Florida to help her with her recovery. Little did they know that the events there would be anything but relaxing. After Erin first meets Carlos and his "gang", runs off, is chased by Carlos, and they discover a skeleton, the "fun" is only just beginning. Flashbacks to memories of other people disturb Erin and even make her look different - and Erin is not amused that she has to deal with additional problems. As if being disfigured from an accident and incapable of doing her sport wasn't enough! While I did not find that Mosaic by Deborah Jackson was really that much of a horror story, I enjoyed reading this book as it was easy to relate to the characters and either like or dislike them. They were very believable. The only thing that bored me a little were the flashbacks and references to ice hockey, but that might just be me because I thought there could have been less of it. Apart from that, the plot kept my attention and I think the author managed to really address her target group (young adults, most likely the category of under 20-year-olds). I am a bit out of the target group but still enjoyed it as a relaxing read with some excitement thrown in.