Friday, March 27, 2015

Book Review: Four Rubbings by Jennifer Hotes

I received this free ebook exchange for an honest review

Goodreads summary: Halloween. The night the barrier between the dead and the living is as thin as muslin. Fourteen-year old Josie, haunted by the death of her mother, leads her best friends to an ancient cemetery to rub graves. Convinced she will come away with proof of her mother’s spirit at last, the evening takes an unexpected turn as the teens gravitate four ways into the haunted grounds. Set against the backdrop of the rainy Pacific Northwest, four graves will be rubbed, touching off a series of events that will rattle their once mundane lives. From the lonely World War II hero to an accused witch, the people buried beneath the stones have stories that need an ending. The journey to unravel the mysteries leaves the friends wondering if the graves would've been better off left alone. 

This story was very good and written in a way that makes it feel like you are apart of the story. That is what I love about reading stories like this. The story opens with four teens who go to a cemetery to rub tombstones.  They each research their tombstone that they rubbed and see what they can learn from that person and find out that the spirits have some unfinished business. 

The characters were well thought out and how the author grasped the teens' emotions was really good.  
Josie lost her mother to cancer when she was young.  It was her idea to do the tomb rubbings. 
Casey feels like her parents do not notice her and that she is invisible. It is like she is living in the shadow of her older brother. 
Seth parents are divorced because of infidelity and he does not get along with his father. 
Blaze lives with a controlling and outspoken mother.

Each of these characters have a different background but they connect so well. While was reading the story I felt for each character and I could understand where the characters were coming from.

Rating 4 Stars
Recommend? Yes