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Bone Dressing (Bone Dressing, #1)Bone Dressing by Michelle I. Brooks

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I decided to read this as book number two for the 52 books in 52 weeks challenge. I was drawn in first by the author’s promotional tweets where she played off of “The Itsy Bitsy Spider” and “10 Little Indians” that described a girl dealing with past lives and a mysterious “Mr. A” that “tried to steal her breath”. It sounded like something right up my paranormal ally.

The book is, as you may have guessed by now, about a girl who had a past life as a young Texan in love with a half-Mexican, half-Indian. Her parents disapprove of them marrying, but she runs off to do it anyway. In the present day, she’s Syd; a foster child about to graduate high school who has a bad attitude. She spends many of her nights visiting her parent’s grave site. It’s a place where she find a lot of peace and a sense of belonging, something she’s sorely missing in her day-to-day life dealing with an out of line teacher, obnoxious jocks and foster parents she can’t seem to connect with. One night she meets some mysterious people who are on a mission to help her set the past right.

Michelle’s style is almost poetic and full of detail. You feel, taste and see everything the characters do every step of the way. She keeps you invested in them from page one and doesn’t let go til the end. I definitely recommend this to anyone who enjoys paranormal stories.

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