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I absolutely LOVE the cover of this book! That is what first drew me in. It reminded me of an Alice in Wonderland theme which as everyone knows, is a pretty dang awesome theme! Not untill after I finished reading the book did I realize she was holding the gift in her hand. Overall I give this cover a 4 out of 5 stars.
Four kids that have birthdays on the exact same day all get invited to a new shop that just opened up. The shop brings them in by saying they have a birthday present for them. The shop keeper, Ava-Kaya, is very mysterious and cool. Harley, Teaghan, Brock, and Gianna were the 4 high school students invited to the shop but only three out of the four show up. One of the kids tells her that Gianna is a very busy girl and she doubted she'd ever claim her prize. It is very odd though because Ava-Kaya says,"She'll get it whether she wants it or not.".Ava-Kaya tells them that they have been given the gift of "trading". They each receive a box that is able to get rid of people. She calls it trading and when you put a piece of the person's hair in the box and then recite the little spell. The next day, they are gone forever. They just dissapear. The kids are all very skeptical. Ava-kaya tells them a story about what happened on this land . It's "bad land" and a cult was massacred. They say that hell spit them back up and then they became the shadows. The town is called Shadow Pines. Creepy! Anyways, the following school week, Gianna finds the box in her locker. It just appeared there. That's when things got scarier. This book is dark and mysterious but very good! So there are two points of views, Harley and Teaghan. Harley is a trouble maker. But her mother was murdered when she was younger. They don't know by who. Her father remarried a terrible mean woman named Amy and they had a baby. Amy pretty much makes Harley's life hell. But as you get farther into the story, you start wondering if it's really her doing it all. Harley also has an abusive boyfriend named Nash. *SPOILER* Teaghan gets picked on and laughed at by basically almost everyone. So she has a tough life. She is the first one to use her box. Ava-Kaya also said that once one of them used it they all had to use their boxes. Creeeeeppppyyy!!! So Teaghan takes advantage of this gift and whenever someone upsets her she uses it. So people start dissapearing. At the end of the book after they've all used their boxes, they try to return them to Ava-kaya. Unfortunately. she tells them that they must hold on to the boxes until it is time to pass it on. *SPOILER OVER* The book ends when a new character is introduced and starts rambling about stuff. Overall, the book was very good! I could not put the book down because I was so interested in what was going to happen next. I'm very excited for the next book! I really want to know where these boxes end up. Plus I'm very interested in the Brock and Harley realtiionship that started to develop a bit. I can't wait for the next one!!