I received this book in exchange for an honest review.
K.W Benton’s Over Cast, is a delightful addition to the Young Adult Paranormal space. The precocious fifteen year old G.J hits the right note for her age as she veers between sophisticated references to Da Vinci’s Vitruvian Man and fumbling awkwardness in her attempts to assimilate to a new school mid-year. Adding to G.J’s challenges are the double upheavals of tragically losing her mother and moving from Louisiana to Washington State. Benton’s narrative addresses the loss of a parent compassionately while having some fun with the ‘language barrier’ between the southern state and the Pacific Northwest.
And, since this is fantasy, G.J’s life is further complicated by the fact that she has supernatural powers that routinely get her in and out of trouble. At the center of the story is G.J.’s attempt to grips with her increasing abilities while attempting to keep them hidden. In the process, she also discovers that her new neighbors have secret abilities of their own. In fact, there are so many ‘extraordinary’ people in this small town one does wonder how it hasn’t made it onto Youtube. Although certain aspects of the book are predictable – the local ‘mean girl’ who decides to make G.J her next victim, the clueless High School Principal – overall the story is a charming and enjoyable read. I look forward to the next installment in the series.