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Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Return to Salem by Mary Suzanne

Return to Salem by Mary Suzanne
Devil Night Two
Publisher: Devine Destinies Books
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Short Story (30 pgs)
Heat Level: sweet
Rating: 3.5 books
Reviewed by Orchid

Lacy dreads traveling to the small town of Salem to testify against the four evil youths of her past. In the back of her mind is the picture of the wooden cross she and her friend were tied to when they last visited Salem. Will there be a repeat performance from the four devil worshipers or will the justice system finally find a way to punish them?

Lacy and Carol had a horrifying experience in Salem a year ago. Now they must return to see justice administered to those responsible. Neither of the teenage girls wants to go back to the town as even thinking about it brings back too many bad memories. Unfortunately the law insists they attend the trial.

Things do not turn out as they expected and events begin to mirror that of the previous year.

Lacy is a strong willed, determined young lady although this only comes to the fore when she is in a dangerous situation. Carol is quite happy to follow Lacy’s lead which pulls them together as good friends. Lacy also has a secret which no one else knows. She has powers which help her to move objects and elements. This power helped them to escape death in Salem the previous year.

Although I enjoyed this book, I did feel some parts could have been handled better. Lacy’s father rushed the girls out of Salem after their ordeal, but now he’s willing to allow Lacy to return with only her boyfriend to protect her. None of the parents of the girls go with them. The only reason for this seemed to be Lacy wanting to be with her boyfriend.

The paranormal aspects are handled well as is the small town “hush things up” attitude. In fact the whole book is a pleasant read although there are no significant highs or lows. The story is a good read if you like things slightly spooky.