Beware the Wild (Book 2)
Ever since Sterling saved her brother from the swamp, things in Sticks have been just a little bit stranger, the Shine has been just a little stronger, and the ghost sightings just a little more frequent. But for Candy, nothing has changed. She still can’t see the things her friends Sterling and Abigail see.
Candy knows she has the power to repel the Shine – they learned that when the swamp took Phin – but she doesn’t understand why she’s the only one who can’t see it. After a desperate attempt to change that, though, the ghosts in Sticks start coming out in droves. And folks soon learn that Candy has the ability to send them away.
Then the King family arrives. Their father is a producer on a ghost hunting show that wants Sticks – and Candy – to be the subject of their latest venture. Candy wants no part in it, but the Kings are pretty insistent. Plus, they seem to know an awful lot about the Shine. Candy strikes up a hesitant friendship with new classmate Nova King in the hopes that she can answer some of Candy’s questions about the magic surrounding Sticks. But Nova isn’t willing to share information freely. She wants something in return. Something only Candy can offer.
This follow up to Beware the Wild takes readers back to Sticks and the characters of that previous tale. This time, however, readers are given a story from Candy’s perspective.
Like its predecessor, I liked Behold the Bones but, again like its predecessor, there was something missing in the development of the story. The narrative felt thin as a whole, like there were pieces missing from the story, and Candy herself came across as flighty and confusing. The creepiness factor did save this one a bit, but I wanted to love it and just couldn’t.
3/16 Becky LeJeune
BEHOLD THE BONES by Natalie C. Parker. HarperTeen (February 23, 2016). ISBN 978-0062241559. 368p.