“Wren Noble is dead—she was born that way. Vibrant, unlike other dead things, she craves those rare moments when her twin sister allows her to step inside her body and experience the world of the living.
Lark Noble is alive but often feels she belongs in the muted Shadow Lands—the realm of the dead. Known as the crazy girl who talks to her dead sister, she doesn’t exactly fit in with the living, though a recent suicide attempt and time in a psych ward have proved to her she’s not ready to join her sister in the afterlife. Now the guy who saved Lark’s life needs her to repay the favor. He and his friends have been marked for death by the malevolent spirit of a vicious and long-dead serial killer, and the twins—who should know better than to mess with the dead—may be their only hope of staying alive.”
At first, I wasn’t sure I was going to get along with the book. There was little explanation, but a lot of things were put out for you to automatically believe. After a while, the writing stabilized and I really got into it. The execution of the novel, and the novel itself, was definitely worth it.
I loved the individual characters and I loved their personality flaws and nuances. The relationships within the main group were believable. But mainly, the reason the novel worked, was because of the plotline. The relationships bloomed from a situation of necessity, and then became relationships of choice, which is something we don’t get to see often in YA fiction.
I liked the flow of the book, it’s definitely a good one for fans of Supernatural (Hocus Pocus as well) and other mild horror books. It reminded me a little of My Lunatic Life by Sharon Sala, except Sisters of Blood and Spirit was much better. The book adopts many traditional ghost hunting methods (like iron, and salt.) It incorporates the power of spiritual strength (which many supernatural Ghost hunting stories lack.) The book also had great contrasts of dark seriousness with bits of comic relief. It was Scooby-Doo ish, but in a more mature (slightly gory) way.
Another great point for the novel was the dichotomy of the ghost problem, to the doubts and strengths of Wren and Lark’s relationship. The book addresses their supernatural sisterhood, while portraying realistic struggles between sisters. (Even the mortal kind.)
Overall, I was enchanted by the story style and I will eagerly be awaiting Sisters of Salt and Iron. I highly recommend this novel for anyone looking to enjoy a charming yet gritty novel of supernatural investigation.