Title: Nine Candles Of Deepest Black
Author: Matthew S. Cox
Category/Genre: Young Adult Paranormal
My Star Rating: 5/5
She saw it coming. She knew it would happen―but no one believed her.
Almost a year after tragedy shattered her family, sixteen-year-old Paige Thomas can’t break free from her guilt. Her mother ignores her, doting on her annoying little sister, while her father is a barely-functioning shell. He hopes a move to the quiet little town of Shadesboro PA will help them heal, but Paige doesn’t believe in happiness anymore.
On her first day at school, a chance encounter with a bullied eighth grader reawakens a gift Paige had forgotten, and ingratiates her into a pack of local outcasts. For weeks, they’ve been trying to cast a ritual to fulfill their innermost desires, but all they’ve done is waste time. After witnessing Paige touch the Ouija board and trigger a paranormal event, the girls are convinced another try with their new fifth member will finally work.
Once the darkness is unleashed, it’s not long before they learn it will give them exactly what they asked for―whether they want it or not.
Remember that movie from the nineties, Now And Then with Christina Ricci and Thora Birch? This reminded me of a twisted, creepy, suspenseful version of that. From the very beginning I feel for Paige and her turmoil. There were so many important secondary characters I thought it might get to be too much to keep up with, but each one is developed so well I had no trouble at all remembering who was who. I adored the relationship between Paige and her sister, Melissa. I would say this book teeters on the edge of 'paranormal' and 'horror'. I'm a big horror fan, and a HUGE paranormal fan, so this was a perfect read for me. So well done!