Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Review: Damage by Anya Parrish

Damage by Anya Parrish
Synopsis (Goodreads):
There was a time when I prayed for Rachel to be real--it ended the night she tried to kill me.

When Dani was eight, she fell from a building. No one believed her claim that she was pushed by Rachel, her imaginary friend. It took years of therapy to convince Dani that Rachel was a product of her own mind.

Now fifteen, Dani wants to make it as a dancer. But a deadly freak accident sends her a terrifying message: Rachel is back, she's real, and she'll stop at nothing to kill Dani. Complicating matters is Jesse, the school bad boy who's being stalked by his own invisible childhood monster.

When Dani and Jesse join forces to learn why their tormenters are back, their investigation leads to a horrifying discovery--and the secret that binds them to each other.
My Thoughts: Oh, creepy goodness! Creepy, bloody goodness with fighting and danger and some fantastically hot kisses thrown in. The idea here gives me the shivers and Anya Parrish pulled it off beautifully. A childhood nightmare made flesh and Dani and Jesse have no idea who they can trust with their secrets. *shivers*

I think the biggest thing I liked about this book (besides the idea of creeptastic creatures slinking into reality) is the relationship that blossoms between Dani and Jesse. They're both so socially damaged by their brush with the monsters in their heads that when they find one another, they fit together like puzzle pieces. It was sweet how Dani began to crave Jesse's touch and vice versa. For these two social misfits, it was something they'd never experienced before and it opened up doors to experiences they'd never thought they'd have a chance to dabble in.

Honestly, guys, the creep factor is high here. But it worked. I loved how the bits and pieces came together and Dani and Jesse learned to lean on one another. And the ending? Oh, the ending. Nicely done.

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  1. Oooo, this does sound wonderfully creepy.

    1. It hit the spot as far as the creep factor went. I liked it!

  2. Definitely added to my TBR. That cover alone is enough to make me want to read it, but it sounds deliciously creepy. In a good way.

    1. The cover is great, isn't it? Deliciously creepy describes it perfectly!