Saturday, July 21, 2012

The Unquiet (arc) by Jeannine Garsee Review

The Unquiet
Author: Jeannine Garsee   
ISBN: 1599907232 (ISBN13: 9781599907239)
Release Date:
July 17th 2012
Format : Paperback
Pages: 400
Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Paranormal,
Contemporary, Mystery, Ghosts

Sixteen-year-old Rinn Jacobs has secrets: One, she’s bipolar. Two, she killed her grandmother.

After a suicide attempt, and now her parents' separation, Rinn and her mom move from California to the rural Ohio town where her mother grew up. Back on her medications and hoping to stay well, Rinn settles into her new home, undaunted by the fact that the previous owner hanged herself in Rinn's bedroom. At school, her classmates believe the school pool is haunted by Annaliese, a girl who drowned there. But when a reckless séance goes awry, and terrible things start happening to her new friends—yet not to her—Rinn is determined to find out why she can’t be "touched" by Annaliese...or if Annaliese even exists.

With the help of Nate Brenner, the hunky “farmer boy” she’s rapidly falling for, Rinn devises a dangerous plan to uncover the truth. Soon reality and fantasy meld into one, till Rinn finds it nearly impossible to tell the difference. When a malevolent force threatens the lives of everyone she cares about--not to mention her own--she can't help wondering: who should she really be afraid of?

Annaliese? Or herself?

My Thoughts on the Book
Who would have thought a ghost teen book could actually be scary? Not only do people begin to act weird, there is even death in this book. I did really enjoy this book, and yes, a story focusing on ghosts is a first for me.

Corinne, or Rinn to her friends, is our main character of this book, and she isn’t like most girls you read in Young Adult books. You learn that she is actually bipolar and has to take medication for it. She puts her past behind her to start afresh at her new school. With her medication, she acts like a normal teenager and even makes friends right away. When she’s off her meds, she really does change. I did as my mom about bipolarism, as she does have something similar to it. She did confirm that once a medication is given, you have to keep taking it your pills, because it will never get better. This is shown in the book when Rinn goes off her medication. She begins to become reckless again and starts to hear things. Rinn's character is believable because of this unfortunate reality.

Nate is your everyday popular boy. He’s not a jock, but he is in the school’s band. You know right away that Nate isn’t shallow, staying with Rinn even when she told him her whole story about how she’s bipolar and what happen three months before. He sticks with her even when he wanted to have nothing to do with the ghost.

There were a few other characters that made the story run, each following their own character typecast. Meg, Tessa, Lacy and Dino are the key secondary characters. Meg, Tasha and Lacy are all from the popular group. They meet Rinn and each react in a different way towards her. Lacy was the brat of the group, mean to everyone that she doesn’t like. Meg is happy and is a good friend at first. Tasha is the daughter of Rinn’s mother's friend from long ago. Dino is an outcast of sorts. He did weed and would always try to get Rinn’s attention even when she wanted nothing to do him.

The romance is quite normal. Rinn is reluctant to fall for Nate at first, but over time she does start to like him. In turn, Nate doesn't run from her, or think any differently of her when he finds out about her problems. Nate seems drawn to her because she's a new face in the small town, someone interesting in monotony. They begin to date soon after meeting each other, and he becomes the only one that she can trust with her plans about the ghosts. They do appear to be right for each other, as their relationship grows over the span of a few months, and Nate doesn’t care much about Rinn’s condition.

The plot is new and quite interesting to me. It's very easy for a book about ghost hunting to become comedic and campy, but the author did a good job in making this book exciting. That being said, it was a bit slow in the development to the main plot line. I enjoyed reading the book, ready to find out what will happen next and which character the ghost will effect badly next. What I also liked was how the story also had a background on Rinn explaining her past and why her and her mom moved away from California.  They also explained why the ghost appeared and how she’s connected to the parents of Rinn and her friends.


It took me a while to figure out that if the picture is of a girl laying upside down so that her hair fell into the water because of the way the image is it looks like the girl is trying to surface the water. This effect is cool in the way that it gives incite to some details of the book. I do love the placement of the title and author's name on the cover. It's placed well and what I like is that the author's name is different but it doesn't hinder the title of the book.

It's a great paranormal book about ghosts, if you like this type of thing I do recommend taking a look at this book.

4 out of 5 Howling Wolves

1 comment:

  1. Sounds like a great book! I'm glad you liked it. Thanks for stopping by my blog and entering the giveaway! =)
    ~Shelby @ Gobs and Gobs of Books