I’ve read a couple of this author’s YA books and liked them a lot -they were a pair of heist stories, and I always like a good heist. This one…I’m not quite halfway and seriously considering quitting. Premise: the secret societies at Yale are all real and do real magic, and a young woman who can see ghosts is recruited to the watchdog society. It was a little slow to start, but it was going fine once I got into it, and then there was a really horrifying scene made so much worse for the fantasy elements, and shortly after that there was a really gross scene, and I’m just not sure. It’s on the horror side of fantasy – not creepy-scary, but maybe a bit body-horror scary. Maybe I’ll see how I feel about it in the morning.
Update: I kept reading and found I couldn’t put it down. Nothing else as horrifying or gross happened and the action picked up. It ended with a setup for the next book, but it’s not a cliffhanger and could work as a standalone.
Update 6 months later: I was reminded of the horrifying scene, and I am horrified all over again and NOT in a good way. I wish I hadn’t remembered it. I don’t feel good about this book. Definitely not for me.