RIFT, by Rachael Craw, Candlewick Publishing


For generations, the Rangers of Black Water Island have guarded the Old Herd against horrors released by the Rift. Cal West, an apprentice Ranger with a rare scar and even rarer gifts, fights daily to prove he belongs within their ranks. After nine years away, Meg Archer returns to her childhood home only to find the Island is facing a new threat that not even the Rangers are prepared for. Meg and Cal can’t ignore their attraction, but can they face their darkest fears to save the Island from disaster?

Out October 2019

368 Pages Approx.


I received this book in exchange for my honest review.

Holy crap on a cracker! This is truly a remarkable book. As I was reading, and clearly I have no idea why, but I kept thinking back on a movie called, Wolf. It’s about spirit-walkers accused of shifting into wolves and killing evil doers of a corporate developing agency bent on destroying communities in order to make more money through corporate takeovers and buildings. A particular ghetto community was in ruins and forgotten. An even darker, more sinister killer… a giant wolf pack that is protecting something…goes on the rampage and begins killing anyone associated with this corporation, or, begins to suspect the truth about what the wolves are. One man, a detective who finds the bodies, tries to solve the case. It’s complicated and deep with hidden Native American spirit-walkers and lore legends, and soooo much more…  I won’t go on in case I spoil things… But I loved it!

Anyway. This book caught and held my attention right up to the very end. It’s a YA novel, magical realism, filled with supernatural creatures, a mystery, a romance, lots of drama and action. The romance part…eh! Take it or leave it. It was just too forced for my liking. But the rest… wow! Love the role of the Rangers! Love the mystery of the rift! Love the suspenseful build of the climax! Love the strength of message! Love the pacing! Love, love, love!

The characters were interesting, fractured and flawed, multi-layered and fully developed. The romance between them was a bit awkward and really quite unnecessary. The secrets of the corporation blew me away, so awesome! Especially, their takedown. A bit of fantasy mixed with reality.

Everything ties up nicely with excellent resolution and I’m so glad I had the opportunity to read and review this book! Now, BUY IT! You won’t be disappointed.

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