by Michelle Sagara is Book One in her 'Queen of the Dead' young adult series. Typical for Ms Sagara, the book centers around a young girl who is tested by tragedy and continues to display a strength of character and maturity far beyond her years. The contrast between the very teen-like situations and the unconventional solutions employed to solve the increasingly complicated non-traditional problems being presented gives this story fascinating twists. There's a great scene that involves Emma intervening to make sure that her friend Michael has the seat that he feels comfortable in...by bopping the offending kid on the head with her book. The reader is given an insightful perspective on the tricks that can be employed to provide comfort to someone who requires consistency in his life and the advantages of being able to distill life into its essentials. Emma and the rest of the eleventh graders (and pseudo-classmates) provide a fascinating look at the potentials available in youngsters who are on the cusp of adulthood woven in a mesmerizing tale of loss, ghosts and strength. I anxiously await the next in the series. My Amazon review is at this link under ELF2060. As always, a 'yes, this was helpful vote' is greatly appreciated.
Also recommended is Ms Sagara's 'Chronicles of Elantra' series which starts with Cast in Shadow