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When Alan, a half-Navajo in touch with the spiritual mysticism of his ancestors, meets Aimee, a gifted psychic in his new high school, they realize they've had precognitive dreams of each other and that they must confront an evil spirit that has been responsible for mysterious deaths in the river... Full description

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Other Authors: Wedel, Steven E.
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Language: English
Published: Bloomsbury Childrens : 2011
Edition: First U.S. edition.
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Aimee and Alan have secrets. Both teens have unusual pasts and abilities they prefer to keep hidden. But when they meet each other, in a cold Maine town, they can't stop their secrets from spilling out. Strange things have been happening lately, and they both feel that something-or someone- is haunting them. They're wrong. Despite their unusual history and powers, it's neither Aimee nor Alan who is truly haunted. It's Alan's cousin Courtney who, in a desperate plea to find her missing father, has invited a demon into her life-and into her body. Only together can Aimee and Alan exorcise the ghost. And they have to move quickly, before it devours not just Courtney but everything around her.

Filled with heart-pounding romance, paranormal activity, and rich teen characters to love-and introducing an exciting new YA voice, Steven Wedel-this novel is exactly what Carrie Jones fans have been waiting for. Meet your next obsession.

Review by Booklist Review

Aimee has dreams violent dreams that may be prophetic. She also has a gift of healing and is terrified that she is a freak or that she has inherited her late mother's bipolar illness. Then a new boy, Alan, who is half Navajo, moves to town, and she discovers that he has similar dreams. Meanwhile, an evil entity that calls itself The River Man has possessed Alan's cousin, Courtney, and, predictably, Aimee and Alan now romantically linked set out to exorcise the dark force. Collaborators Jones and Wedel's genre-bending novel half romance and half horror borrows elements from The Exorcist and A Nightmare on Elm Street and includes a large dollop of Native American lore, which will certainly raise questions of accuracy. While some may find all this a bit derivative and slow-paced until the nail-biting concluding chapters, fans of the genre will find much here to satisfy their, er, obsession.--Cart, Michael Copyright 2010 Booklist

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Review by Publisher's Weekly Review

Aimee Avery has lived in Goffstown, Maine, her whole life, so everyone knows the story of Aimee's crazy mother, who apparently committed suicide, and how Aimee, while pretty, smart, and athletic, maybe isn't quite normal herself. Alan Parson is a half-Navajo football player from Oklahoma whose mother uproots him to live in a place where there isn't even a football team. When Aimee and Alan cross paths, there's an instant spark and instant fear: they've been seeing one another in their terrifying dreams. In waking life, too, friends and family are behaving out of character, strange noises can be heard at night, and the teens are haunted by the presence of a shadowy, supernatural figure that Aimee first encountered during a seance when she was a child. Aimee becomes convinced that "The River Man" has something to do with her mother's death, but could he be a threat to everyone in Goffstown? First-time collaborators Jones and Wedel introduce some chilling machinations, but Aimee and Alan's relationship covers familiar territory, and the slow-burning tension doesn't achieve the true sizzle of horror. Ages 12-up. (Sept.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Review by School Library Journal Review

Gr 9 Up-In Aimee Avery's quiet Maine town, folks have been acting strangely; people seem irritated and fights are breaking out daily. Aimee's friend Courtney has turned into a different person since her father's death. Even Aimee's nice-guy boyfriend, Blake, is acting oddly possessive. When Courtney's cousin Alan moves to town, he also notices the bizarre energy-as well as Aimee. Aimee has always been different, but she has tried her best to fit in. She has been missing her mother terribly since her death and her abilities to heal people with her touch and "see things in her dreams before they happen" weigh on her heavily. Alan is half Navajo and has an understanding of the spirit world. As Courtney slowly becomes possessed by a demon, Aimee and Alan realize that something evil that has plagued the small town for centuries has found a powerful host and is bent on destroying everything in its path. Told in the alternating voices of Aimee (penned by Jones) and Alan (written by Wedel), this tale has it all: an eerie setting, a powerful romance, and a terrifying dark force. In spite of the slightly over-the-top showdown, Jones's fans will devour this one, which, thanks to Wedel, offers a fresh male perspective.-Tara Kehoe, Plainsboro Public Library, NJ (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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CARRIE JONES loves Great Pyrenees dogs, Skinny Cow fudgsicles, and potatoes. In addition to the New York Times bestsellers Need and Captivate and the third book in the series , Entice , Carrie is also the author of Girl, Hero ; Love (and Other Uses for Duct Tape) ; and Tips on Having a Gay (Ex-)Boyfriend . Carrie grew up in Bedford, New Hampshire, where she once had a séance with uber-comedian Sarah Silverman. www.carriejonesbooks.com

STEVEN WEDEL is a high school English teacher, and lives with his wife and children in Oklahoma. He has written adult fantasy novels; this is his first book for young adults.

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