July 14, 2011

Review: Cryer's Cross By Lisa McMann

Cryer's Cross
Hardcover233 pages
Published February 8th 2011 by Simon Pulse

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:

     First of all, I have to say that I LOVE Lisa McMann! I was at an author event when I first came across her "Wake" series. One of the authors there was convinced that I'd love the series and would not be disappointed. So I bought the first two. Then I went to another author event and bought the third one. Going on about the first two books with another blogger, a lady comes into the conversation and states Lisa is amazing and her books are too. Too which I agree but that's when I quizzed that lady and it so happens the she is her publisher!!! So of course, she's going to say that about her. But she's 100% correct. I speak to Lisa all the time on twitter and she's so sweet and attentive to her readers.

     Cryer's Cross is a small town with a population of 212. It's a town where everyone knows everyone and they all basically treat each other like family. But one tragedy changed the town's chemistry. It went from a town confident on its people to a town that has become frazzled by the disappearing acts of two of their local teenagers. However one specific disappearance rattles a girl that has enough on her plate with her OCD. The disappearance of Nico Cruz.

     Kendall and Nico were practically born for each other. Wherever Kendall was, Nico was there and vice versa. He was her best friend and her boyfriend. Then one day Nico disappeared just like their other classmate Tiffany. Once again Cryer's Cross came together to search for him. Nico disappearing not only leaves the town unsettled but mostly Kendall. A person with OCD has to have routine. And not having Nico around changes that for Kendall. She has become dependent of Nico's company and presence and now that he's went missing. She is consumed with emotions and uncertainty.

     As days passes by, she works on learning to cope with the loss of Nico. She continues to play her sports and is currently making new friends. But the loss of her bf/bff isn't too far from her heart. Having to see the empty desk next to her in class, she feels drawn to it. She sits and traces the graffiti. But something seems odd about them now. There seems to be new graffiti on it, which is weird because no one sits at that desk. "Please Save Me" is what she hears as a whisper when she sits at Nico's desk. She has to do something. But what exactly will she find is the question.

     As always, Lisa never fails to amaze me. I love her style of writing. I especially love that she didn't make Kendall out to be a freak because of her OCD. She was still a social person with friends at school. Most of all I love Jacian. I believe that he is the one that helps out the most, even if she finds him irritating. I would have loved to have a Jacian in my life as a teenager. Another great read by Lisa McMann! 5 stars! A must read and definite "Good Choice for Reading"

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  1. I remember finishing up WAKE and immediately teling my friend she HAD to read the book, it was so good. I agree, Jacian was a great character in this one, I really warmed up to him and love when that happens. It was great to see OCD in a good light too :)

  2. Sadly I haven't read anything by Lisa yet. I'll have to pick up this one from the library though, thanks for the great review.

    Pages of Forbidden Love

  3. Mel- you right you do have to warm up to him. But I love how he is with her. She needed that in her life.

    Alexa- you have to read Lisa's work. Her "Wake" series is good. It's 3 books "Wake, Fade & Gone" A great series. Love Love Lisa. Huge fan.

  4. I read the WAKE trilogy and loved the unique way that it was written and was so happy when I found at that Miss MccMann was coming out with a new series! I bought this book a few weeks ago and now that I read this review I think I'm going to pick it up! Thanks!!

  5. I loved reading the Wake trilogy and have been looking forward to reading Cryer's Curse. Great review! Can't wait to read it!


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