Monday, July 21, 2014

Book Review: Constructing Marcus

Synopsis (via Goodreads)

Sixteen-year-old ghost hunter, Emma Hoffman thought that moving into an old Victorian was going to be awesome– ghosts galore.

Much to her delight, she discovers that the house is haunted—not by a ghost, but by a construct (a spirit created to be a servant). As she gets to know Marcus, the construct, he asks her to help him avenge his maker and find her killer. Emma’s not too sure this is a good idea, she’s a ghost hunter after all, not a detective, but she agrees to help him anyway.

While trying to discover more information about the killer, Emma begins to have feelings for Marcus- feelings she isn’t ready to admit. Then the sorcerer who killed Marcus’s maker shows up at Emma’s house with an insane plan to capture Marcus and absorb his power- Emma isn’t having it. Marcus is hers.

When the killer performs a spell that begins to steal Marcus’s life force, Emma risks losing him. It’s a race against time for Emma to figure out how to stop the sorcerer and his spell before Marcus fades away and disappears from her life forever.

I love a good paranormal story. Jeepers creepers, let's read!  DeVor doesn't disappoint, with her twist on a haunted house. I found myself rooting for Emma from the very beginning. A teenage girl moving to a new town, she has to start from the beginning. Lucky for her that school hasn't started yet, because she's got her hands full at home. 
In addition to the everyday teenage woes, Emma has to cope with a distant father who is a doctor and a fragile mother with an eating disorder. Even though she's got more than enough to deal with, her curiousity propels her to learn everything she can about Marcus. 
I enjoyed reading this book and hope that this ends up being a series. If so, I've got some ideas about what's going to happen next - and I need to know if I'm right!  If you're looking for an engrossing summer read, pick this one up!