Possessed by Kate Cann

41611762Lynn: What is your schedule like – crazy busy or have you got a little time? Before you pick up Possessed (Scholastic/Point 2010) or recommend this to someone make sure it’s the latter because this is one of those deliciously addictive books that you won’t be able to put down. Trust me, you’ll be staying up past midnight telling yourself you’re going to read just one more chapter…well maybe two more because they’re short. Before you know it, you’ve gobbled the whole thing down and it’s going to take major doses of caffeine to keep you from sleeping at your desk the next day.

Rayne Peters feels so trapped in her tiny noisy London apartment she wants to scream and run. She’s trapped between her whiny mother and her tense relationship with her controlling boyfriend. “Sex hung over their relationship like a great bird of prey, waiting for its time.” When she sees an advert for a waitressing job in a country manor far from home, Rayne seizes her chance and runs, telling her mom the job is just for a gap year and she’ll be home every weekend. Rayne revels in the quiet, the isolation and the privacy. But Rayne senses that there are huge forces at work at Morton’s Keep and something ancient wants to keep her there.

Cann’s atmospheric tale blends supernatural terror with an intensely sympathetic coming of age story. Rayne is a vividly developed character and her struggles to define herself are deftly drawn. Two gorgeous boys add palpable sexual tension heightening interest. The result is irresistible. You’ve been warned – clear your calendar, sit back and enjoy.



About the Author:

Cindy Dobrez and Lynn Rutan are Booklist reviewers and middle-school librarians who have chaired both ALA’s Best Books for Young Adults and the Michael L. Printz Award for YA Literature committees. Follow Bookends on Twitter at @BookendsBlog. You can also find Cindy at @cdobrez and Lynn at @482april.

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