That Acari Girl by F. Jay Vai
Genre: Contemporary, Mystery/Suspense, Fantasy, Young Adult
Length: 265 pgs
Age Recommendation: 14+
Heat level: sweet
Rating: 3 Stars
Review by: Sorrel
At the vast country estate of the wealthy Le Fay family, Sophia is running out of time. If she doesn’t uncover the truth by the end summer, she will lose everything she loves. The old blind woman had warned her, Sophia knows something is coming. But the Le Fay children, who are forced to spend every summer at the estate, have closed ranks and are too scared to help. They say the darkness in the woods that steals children is only a fairytale, but Sophia has seen it with her own eyes. She has seen the footprints on their bedroom floor, and she has seen the shadows between the trees watching her little brother Max.
Charlotte Le Fay offers her help, but Charlotte demands a price that few are able to pay. Lachlan Le Fay says he’s on Sophia’s side, but there’s something lurking in his eyes that attracts her, and also scares her at the same time. In the highest tower of the house, Magnus Le Fay grows more and more insane, as his black magic, and his family’s secrets begin bubbling to the surface. Sophia’s uncle Victor refuses to believe her, but he comes home late at night with blood on his hands and seems loyal only to the Le Fays.
But they have underestimated Sophia Rensayer. They don’t understand that she is willing to lay everything on the line. And even if the power that burns in her blood isn’t enough, Sophia will lay her very life down knowing that she cannot afford to lose.
Warlocks, dragons, witches, secret societies and of course, magic.
That Acari Girl is a story involving Sophia and her brother Max. When their grandmother becomes sick they are sent to live with their uncle Victor. Upon arriving Sophia notices that there is a lot about their family that they don’t know. Learning these secrets will not only scare her but will cause her to lose her childhood innocence.
Sophia’s mother died right after her baby brother’s birth. Though they lived with their grandmother I found the bond beautiful and unique since Sophia not only represents a mother figure but a father figure as well to young Max. This is often the case in the real world when both parents are absent and it lent some reality to the story.
The mystery and suspense part begins straight off which is wonderful to read. However, there grammatical were mistakes that were difficult to get over. The plot line held my interest, so I took in the errors and kept reading.
This is a really nice read for any young reader since this contains minimal amount of intimacy (meaning to say there are only kisses). It’s written on a young reader’s level but could be enjoyed by older readers, too.