By Ekta R. Garg
May 8, 2013
Rated: Borrow it
Young adult author Kat Kirst diversifies her portfolio by offering readers Between Night and Mourning: Four Ghost Stories. Fans of Kirst’s work know already about her ability to construct a compelling tale. In Between Night and Mourning, Kirst deviates from her normal fare by stepping into the paranormal world.
The book contains four stories. In “Extreme Web Surfing,” a teen’s best friend dies a gruesome death. When the teen thinks his friend has contacted him from beyond the grave, he has to decide whether to listen to his dead friend’s messages or ignore them. In “The Boy in the Rain” a young girl begins a relationship at the age of seven with a special friend only to meet him much later in life, when she learns that he’s more than a figment of her imagination. The third story, “The Fields,” relays just how far a pet’s loyalty extends when its owner lands—literally—in a “do-or-die” situation. The last story, “Acceptance,” tells of a girl’s special inheritance from her grandmother and how she undergoes the eventual receptiveness of that gift.
Because of the subtitle on the book, readers will most likely guess how each story ends. Predictable endings aside, Kirst’s talent still shines. She builds solid storylines and characters in each tale, although readers might wish they’d gotten a chance to spend some more time with all the characters. Each story could have benefited from some more character development, but in fairness to Kirst the genre almost requires quick treatment of characters and plotlines alike so the charm of the telling won’t wear off.
I really enjoyed Between Night and Mourning and recommend it to Kirst’s fans and those new to her work while we wait for her next novel to release.
What the ratings mean:
Bookmark it!–Read this book and then buy it and add it to to your own collection. It’s definitely worth it!
Borrow it–Check this one out from the library; it’s a worthy read, but think twice before spending your hard-earned money on it.
Bypass it–Free time is precious. Don’t spend it on this book!