Wraith

Rated 4.60/5 based on 5 reviews
Jane wants to be like everyone else at school,but that’s hard to do when you’re the new kid. But she does manage to make one friend, Evan. Everything a girl could want in a best friend…with one minor caveat.

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Words: 69,950
Language: English
ISBN: 9781301667857
About Angel Lawson

Angel Lawson lives with her family in Atlanta and has a lifelong obsession with creating fiction from reality, either with paint or words. On a typical day you can find her writing, reading, plotting her escape from the zombie apocalypse and trying to get the glitter out from under her nails.

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Review by: Caroline Barker on Feb. 28, 2013 :
What a story! I absolutely loved ‘Wraith’ by Angel Lawson. ‘Wraith’ was received by myself gratefully in return for an honest review. And in all honesty, I found ‘Wraith’ to be a refreshing read with some dark and emotional areas. Aimed at an audience for young adults, this novel suits it’s audience’s needs perfectly, but is also quite a nice read for adults alike.

Not too short and not too long, this novel is just right with some great characters. Jane is the main character. At seventeen she is outcast as a weirdo, a freak, for talking to herself and behaving in a strange manner both in and around school. Little do people know that she is seeing and interacting with Evan, a ghost and her new best friend. Jane spends most of her time with Evan and they have a very close bond. However, when Connor begins Jane’s school she is not the only one who can see Evan. And Connor, having had connections with ghosts himself, is aware that Evan may not only be around Jane for her friendship but also needs her assisatnce to help his spirit move on. Whilst Jane is not ready to accept this, she eventually realises the truth, needing to help Evan’s mum and sisters escape from an abusive partner/stepfather-type, John.

The reader really feels sympathy towards Jane as it must be difficult for a young person trying to make new friends in a new town, at the same time as having to get used to a new school, leaving her old friends behind and being laughed at by her new classmates. Jane is very brave and holds her own reasonably well.

Connor, on the other hand, is familiar with the school as he used to attend it before. He has friends and is quite popular as some would prefer not to say a bad word against him due to rumours of his previous delinquent behaviour. He is seen as the bad boy at school, but a stunner and a charmer all the same. He can be quite sweet and he understands the situation that Jane is in with Evan.

Throughout the novel the reader experiences a great deal of doubt from Jane and mistrust for Connor. These feelings twist from one way to the other. The reader is constantly kept on their toes in regard to Connor. But as he’s so hot you want to trust him and hope that he means well.

Evan is a troubled spirit who is trapped as he hasn’t moved on in the spiritual world. He uses his time looking out for Jane and being a close friend to her. Thus, making company for both of them. However, Evan is worried about the well-being of his mother and sisters. He is a character that needs to be mothered and the reader just wants to wrap him up in cotton wool – if that is at all possible – and show him some affection.

My favourite character is Jeannie, Jane’s aunt. She is an artist and a hippy-type character. She seems very flighty and free. When she sees Jane she notices her aura and is aware that ‘death’ is following her around. Jeannie is definitely a character that could grow with this series and play more of a crucial role in Jane’s life by allowing Jane to confide in her. Jeannie is very spiritual with an elderly mother who shares Jane’s gift. I would love these characters to develop more and possibly add more humour and support for Jane.

There are some dark action scenes in this novel, nothing too graphic or terrifying, as Angel Lawson writes these scenes very carefully to target her attended audience. These scenes were great and intense as the reader can do nothing but hope for a great outcome. John, the abusive partner to Evan’s mum is an awful character as you could imagine an abusive man to be. Without spoiling the story too much, there are a couple of times he follows Jane. I would have liked more detail at these points to confirm how he knew about where and when Jane would be. Maybe I missed this but I felt that these scenes, even though very exciting and tense, come upon the reader very quickly without too much explanation.

I think that ‘Wraith’ is quite original, written well and easy to read. There is one scene, involving a key, that reminded me of the film ‘Ghost’ where Patrick Swayze’s spirit character, Sam Wheat, is able to pick up a penny and balance it on his finger towards his living wife, played by Demi Moore. It is really quite an emotional read in both sad and happy ways. I would like to read the sequel ‘Shadow Bound’ which is available now. So until then “later”!
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Review by: Jane Doe on Feb. 06, 2013 :
I have to say, I thoroughly enjoyed this story. I loved the characters, especially Evan.
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Review by: sarah uk on Feb. 05, 2013 :
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Jane can see ghosts. Well, she can see one ghost – Evan

Evan died before Jane even moved to his home town, so she’s only ever seen him as a ghost, this doesn’t bother her though. Since she had an argument with him in the middle of school, everybody thinks she’s crazy, so Evan is the only friend she has.

One day there is a new boy in class though – Connor. He’s gorgeous, but the most surprising thing is that it seems like he can also see Evan. This is the first time that anybody other than Jane has seen Evan, and she’s not sure what she’s supposed to do about it.

After a bit of a rocky start, Jane and Connor become friends, and possibly even more than friends, but Connor says that Evan is hanging around for a reason; there’s something stopping him from crossing over, and Jane must help him finish whatever he needs finishing. Jane isn’t sure about this though, Evan is her best friend and she’s not sure she wants to lose him.

When Jane accidentally discovers that Evan’s mom visits a battered women’s shelter, she knows that she has to do something to help both Evan and his mom though, even if it means losing Evan in the long run.
Can Jane really help Evan and his mom? What trouble will she stir up in the process? And do two people who see ghost make a good pair?


I enjoyed this book, Jane was a likeable character, and Connor was really sweet!

I found it a little odd at first that Jane could only see Evan and not other ghosts, and I also found it a bit odd that Jane was so accepting of Evan. It takes a special sort of person to so easily accept that they can see and talk to a ghost without freaking out.

I felt really sorry for Evan. When it was revealed how he died, and why he wasn’t able to move on it was really sad, and I really wanted Jane to be able to help his mom for him.

Connor was a total sweetheart, and I really liked him! He was very sweet and romantic and chivalrous towards Jane and it was really nice. It was also nice to see how the pair developed feelings for each other slowly, and how their relationship developed.

I liked the storyline in this book, and while part of it was easy to guess and expected, the rest of the story wasn’t, and the smaller details were well thought out.

Overall; a good YA ghost story, with a touch of romance.
7 out of 10.
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Review by: Kate Frost on Jan. 10, 2013 :
A wonderful book. LOVED IT!
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Review by: Michelle Frazier on Jan. 08, 2013 :
Wow! An excellently written story. Once I started reading, I couldn't stop! The characters were believable, the plot was great, I hope to read more from this author soon.
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