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Five days before Halloween, all sixteen-year-old Tori has on her mind is vacationing with her family and scoring lots of candy. Her grandmother’s estate, with its Gothic spires and trails that lead out to the woods, holds an unexpected secret: a lantern that lights up for Tori and nobody else. Certain that it’s a ghost or a prank, she investigates further and discovers a mysterious life that shines in the darkness.
This book was such a fun, quick read with such an interesting premise. Tori and her family are visiting her grandmother’s massive plantation home during the week leading up to Halloween. One evening, Tori decides to go out for a walk around the property, and discovers a lantern that seems to respond to her speaking to it by flickering between bright and dim. When Tori brings the lantern up to her parents, they want her to drop the subject and stop going out to see the lantern at night. But Tori’s grandmother helps her to sneak out of the house to unravel the mystery of the lantern.
Without giving away any spoilers, this book told a beautiful story about how being whole as a person isn’t just about having a body with all of its’ parts, but that being whole is also about loving and being loved by others. For being such a quick read, this book had quite a lot to say.
I give this book 4/5 stars. Lantern is free, and you can order it from Amazon’s Kindle store by clicking on the image below:
About the Author:
Chess Desalls is the author of the YA time travel series, The Call to Search Everywhen. She’s a longtime reader of fantasy and sci-fi novels, particularly classics and young adult fiction. Her nonfiction writing has led to academic and industry publications. She’s also a contributing editor for her local writing club’s monthly newsletter. The California Writers Club, South Bay branch, has awarded two of Chess’ stories first place for best short fiction. When she’s not reading or writing, she enjoys traveling and trying to stay in tune on her flute.
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