**c/o Red Adept Publishing via Netgalley**
Title: Ever Near (Secret Affinity Book #1)
Author: Melissa MacVicar
Synopsis:Love is ever near. But trouble is never far.
Nantucket Island is haunted, but only sixteen-year-old Jade Irving knows it. Ignoring the disturbing spirits isn’t an option, because one dwells in the enormous historic home she shares with her newly blended family. Jade is finding it more and more difficult to explain away Lacey’s ghostly, anguished tantrums, especially with Charlie, her gorgeous, almost step-brother, living right across the hall.
When a power-hungry ghost hunter tracks down Jade and blackmails her, Jade’s secret teeters on the edge of exposure, and her entire future hangs in the balance. If anyone finds out Jade can talk to ghosts, her life will be forever changed.
Can she save herself, free Lacey, and hang on to her tenuous connection with Charlie? Or will everything she ever wanted slip through her fingers?
Rating: 3 stars
Review: Reading this gave me a serious case of deja vu from reading Meg Cabot’s Mediator books. Teenage girl sees ghosts that aren’t friendly, and she hides it from her new family and the guy she fancies.
Despite that though, I relatively enjoyed this book. I’m up for reading anything involving two stepsiblings falling for each other, and in this case, even I fell in love with almost-step-brother Charlie. He’s sweet, and caring, and despite that we didn’t get a lot of initial development of their relationship, except in flashback moments, I genuinely grew to like the relationship between Charlie and Jade.
It was a good read but I probably won’t read the rest of the series, or recommend it to others because even though I liked it, it isn’t one of my top reads, and it’s not particularly remarkable or unique.