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Publication date: February 23, 2016
Pages: 368Source: ARC
The most dangerous curse is the one that lies within.
Grandpa Craven kicked it the day I was born.
The premise of Behold the Bones was something different than what I tend to read and very intriguing. I could not put the book down! For as long as the Cravens could traced back on their family tree, they have been cursed. When one Craven was born, one must die. The Craven Curse. An unforgettable curse, when Candy had the yearly reminder of her beloved grandfather's death. A curse with a great personal consequences to Candy when she received devastating news about her future, discovers a strange connection to a mystery cherry blossom tree in the swamp and hauntings were being reported all over town as the towns folklore came to life as ghosts. To make matters worse . . . Candy could make the ghosts go away. And she was caught on camera. The last thing she wanted was to be the star of a reality ghost TV show. Escape the Craven family curse and the small life in Sticks, Louisiana were the only plans she had on her radar.
Without thinking, I jump to my feet and hold up my hands. "Mad Mary Sweet!" I cry. "Stop!"
But, of course, she doesn't stop. Shrieking, she rushes straight into my hands. She's cold. so cold against my skin, but then she vanishes like fog. - page 131
The setting of Behold the Bones was real, the story took place in Louisiana -- I felt transported. The characters were alive and had a great dynamic. The pacing was just right for the story. The story did not feel rushed or draggy. I absolutely loved Parker's style of writing! The Southern colloquiums were so authentic and this was the first time I have read a story set in the south. I actually felt as if I were in the south with the characters (Beautiful Creatures was also one had real southern air).
Heath urges caution, saying "Maybe we shouldn't," but I wave him off. Girls can get away with more rudeness than boys. So long as I remember to use wide eyes if I get stopped, we won't catch much trouble. - page 74.
All in all, I recommend Behold the Bones with great enthusiasm! Parker's first novel, Beware the Wild has been expressed to my Wishlist.
Candace "Candy" Pickens - Her character was definitely my favorite. She was real, fiesta and a "take names" sort of character.
"Nice to see you, too, Candy," he answers. You can always tell a decent boy from a dangerous one by the trail of their eyes cut during conversation. Heath's eyes are unwavering, they promise stability and honesty and roses on Valentine's. - page 70
Natalie C. Parker grew up in a navy family in which having adventures was as common as reading fairy tales. Though the roots of her family are buried deep in southern Mississippi, she currently lives in Kansas with her partner in a house of monsters. Beware the Wild is her first novel.
***Check out Natalie C. Parker's website for more information about her and Behold the Bones: HERE