Charity Jones is a 16-year-old engineering genius who’s much-bullied for being biracial and a skeptic at her conservative school in Oak County, California. Everything changes when Charity’s social worker mother brings home a sweet teen runaway named Aidan to foster for the holidays. Matched in every way, Charity and Aidan quickly fall in love. But it seems he’s not the only new arrival: Charity soon finds the brutally slain corpse of her worst bully and she gets hard, haunting evidence that the killer is stalking Oak County. As she and her Skeptics Club investigate this death and others, they find at every turn the mystery only grows darker and more deadly. One thing’s for certain: there’s a bloody battle coming this holiday season that will change their lives – and human history – forever.
Will they be ready?
About the Author
Maria Alexander is a produced screenwriter, published games writer, virtual world designer. Maria is an award-winning copywriter, interactive theatre designer, fiction writer, snarkiologist and poet. Maria’s short stories have appeared in numerous publications and acclaimed anthologies alongside living legends such as David Morrell and Heather Graham.
Maria Alexander’s debut novel, Mr. Wicker, won the 2014 Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in a First Novel. Representation by Alex Slater at Trident Media Group.
When not wielding a katana at her Shinkendo dojo. She’s being outrageously spooky or writing Doctor Who filk. She lives in Los Angeles with two ungrateful cats and a purse called Trog.
Elsie’s Rating – ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
16-year-old Charity Jones has had it tough her whole life. She’s an outsider, not just because she’s bi-racial, but she also has above average intelligence. Pretty much a death sentence if you’re trying to be .popular. Her family picks up and leaves the suburbs of Los Angeles for the suburbs of Sacramento. A hotbed of conservatism, this fish out of water is dumped from the frying pan into the fire!
When Charity starts a support group for people that question God, her popularity which was already on the lowest level of the totem pole sinks even lower and she becomes the easy target for bullies.
Charity’s life becomes even more complicated when her mother brings home, Adian. A runaway, Adian has a mysterious past, a mystery Charity wants to explore in more ways than one. But, when one of her tormentors end up dead and in a particularly brutal way, what comes to light will have Charity questioning even more than the existence of God.
This book is amazing, it’s so difficult to categorize! It’s a murder mystery, a paranormal adventure, a scary monster story and a study in dysfunctional family dynamics. So many teenagers will relate to different parts of this book. Many issues relevant to teenagers are touched upon in this book.
Snowed is definitely for the older teenager. Some weighty issues are dealt with in this well-told novel and there is language. Although this book has holiday elements in it, Snowed can truly be read and enjoyed at any time of the year.
If you want to be that “cool” parent give Snowed as a gift to your teenager. I can definitely see this book as the start of an awesome series featuring Charity and her close-knit group of monster hunters.
I received this book through Net Galley.