Title: The Purgatorium
Author: Eva Pohler
Publication Date: December 13th 2013
My Rating: 4 Stars
Seventeen year-old Daphne Janus is floored when her parents agree to let her accompany her best friend to a getaway resort on an island off the coast of California. She doesn’t know her parents have sent her to the Purgatorium as a last-ditch effort to save their child.
Her best friend and life-long neighbor takes her to a mostly uninhabited island with a wildlife preserve on one side and Chumash Indian ruins on the “haunted” side. The resort might be beautiful, the beach pristine, and the views from the headland amazing, but strange things begin to happen that soon have Daphne running for her life. At first she finds the therapeutic games thrilling: the ghosts that visit her room, the dropping elevator, and the kayak incident are actually kind of fun once she recovers from them. But when her horse bucks her off during a trail ride and she becomes lost on the haunted side of the island, it’s not fun anymore, and she wonders if her parents have sent her there to help her or to punish her.
I ended up getting this book because Ben from Benjaminoftomes recommended it on his YouTube channel. I tend to love anything he recommends and that was definitely the case with this book. I really enjoyed this book. It was fast paced and the author did an amazing job with the descriptions. The character development for Daphne was astounding. There is a major change for this character from who she was at the beginning and who she is at the end. I was on the edge of my seat throughout the entire book. I really enjoyed the romance but there were a couple parts at the end where what was happening just didn’t really seem to fit. I guess you could say it wasn’t appropriate in that part of the story. Also at the beginning of this book Daphne kept saying something about how she was feeling about the whole situation and I feel like it should have been left out. I don’t know what it is about those lines but it just made it feel I guess less believable. I know I probably don’t make any sense. Anyways I really liked this book and I can’t wait to continue on with this series.
Have any of y’all read this book yet? If so what did you think about it? Do we have any of the same opinions on it?