Saturday, October 24, 2015

Be Not Afraid by Cecilia Galante

Marin sees other people's pain and not in a metaphorical sense.  When she looks at people she can see their pain in colorful shapes on their bodies so she avoids looking at people as much as possible.  Marin especially avoids Cassie who invited Marin to her house several months ago and then used her in a bizarre ritual of some sort.  Marin's anonymity ends on the day Cassie stands up in class screaming and tearing her nails across her face, all while pointing at Marin.  No one is sure what has happened to Cassie who is getting worse by the hour but Cassie's brother believes that Marin might hold the answer.  When Marin goes to see Cassie she sees something in her she can't explain, something that she has never seen before.  Worse, it seems that thing sees Marin in return.

This book is not for the faint of heart!  If you haven't guessed (you would soon anyway) Cassie is possessed and Marin might be the key to exorcising her.  Very well written and not entirely just horror.  Both girls have darkness and pain they are trying to handle.  Something different from the usual flock of YA lit.