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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Through Her Eyes by Jennifer Archer

Title: Through Her Eyes
Author: Jennifer Archer
Published: April 5 2011
Pages: 240
Rating: 4/5
Summary: The last place Tansy Piper wants to be is stuck in Cedar Canyon, Texas, in the middle of nowhere, with a bunch of small-town kids. But when her mother decides to move to the desolate West Texas town, Tansy has no choice but to go along. Once there, Tansy is immediately drawn to the turret of their rickety old house, a place she soon learns has a disturbing history. But its the strange artifacts she finds in the cellar--a pocket watch, a journal of poetry, and a tiny crystal--that have the most chilling impact on her.

Tansy soon finds that through the lens of her camera, she can become part of a surreal black-and-white world where her life is intertwined with that of mysterious, troubled Henry, who lived in the same house and died decades earlier. It seems their lives are linked by fate and the artifacts she found, but as Tansy begins spending more and more time in the past, her present world starts to fade away. Tansy must untangle herself from Henry's dangerous reality-- before she loses touch with her own life forever.

Review: The story starts off with Tansy meeting the place that will be her new home. All her life she's had to move from town to town because of her mother's work. From the start she feels that this time around it won't be like any of the places she has stayed at before.

Tansy was a character that had to change her ways every time she moved and therefore never really had a place to call home. At the beginning she resents her mother for having moved her from the town that she felt gave her the chance to settle down in. When she arrives at her new house she finds a journey with poems, a pocket watch and a small crystal.

Through the book Tansy realizes that her camera allows her to see to the past and through these images she sees she starts putting a puzzle together that has been there for decades. She gets sucked into these images and soon she must figure out what's real and what are the visions.

The visions she got were made me want to know more about the things that had happened in the past. Every time she had a vision everything felt seemed more real and things starting to make more sense. It followed the last days of Henry and little by little some interesting things from the past are revealed.

This was an amazing book that kept me reading at night and even in class. Jennifer Archer knows how to make the reader feel what Tansy when she's up at night, inside a house that holds many secrets. Even though the ending had it's sad side I also think that it was the best ending that it could have had. It's a book about ghosts that I think everyone would enjoy!

I received this book through a book tour.

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