The Secret of Spruce Knoll by Heather McCorkle
Series: Channeler #1
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Pages: 338 (paperback)
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Following the tragic death of her parents, Eren Donovan moves to Spruce Knoll to live with an aunt she’s never met. Little does Eren know the entire town of Spruce Knoll is filled with “channelers”—a magical group of people who immigrated to the small Colorado town when they were driven out of their own lands.
Channelers are tied to the fate of the world. As the world slowly dies, so do they—and they alone have the power to stop the destruction of Earth. Soon, Eren learns she not only lives among them, but she is one. When she meets local boy Aiden, his charm convinces her that being a channeler may not be all bad though.
As Eren and Aiden’s relationship develops, so too does a mystery in Spruce Knoll. The town holds many secrets—and many dangers. It soon becomes apparent that the untimely death of Eren’s parents was no accident and that her life might be in danger too. Only time will tell if Eren can embrace her unwanted power and protect the only family she has left
I had a few issues with this book but ultimately, the intriguing plot and unique paranormal elements kept me engrossed from beginning to end. Some phrases were used too often for my taste and too much was unveiled through dialogue. The romance felt right but didn't move too quickly. I look forward to seeing it progress through the series. The mystery isn't much of a mystery but I turned page after page waiting to discover how the conflict would be resolved. I enjoyed the action at the end of the novel. At the end we get a complete resolution but Ms. McCorkle does a great job of introducing characters that make me want to return to discover what's next. The channeler aspect really sets this one apart but I definitely want to know more. Overall, a satisfying read.
P.S. It upsets me a bit that Eren's ancestry and description in the book is not reflected in the model on the cover. Or maybe "mocha" means something different to me than everyone else.