Series: Rain Cacique
Published by St. Martin's Griffin on December 3, 2013
Genres: YA Paranormal Romance
Sexual Content: N/A
Reviewed by: Libbie
Rain of the Ghosts is the first in Greg Weisman's series about an adventurous young girl, Rain Cacique, who discovers she has a mystery to solve, a mission to complete and, oh, yes, the ability to see ghosts.
Welcome to the Prospero Keys (or as the locals call them: the Ghost Keys), a beautiful chain of tropical islands on the edge of the Bermuda Triangle. Rain Cacique is water-skiing with her two best friends Charlie and Miranda when Rain sees her father waiting for her at the dock. Sebastian Bohique, her maternal grandfather, has passed away. He was the only person who ever made Rain feel special. The only one who believed she could do something important with her life. The only thing she has left to remember him by is the armband he used to wear: two gold snakes intertwined, clasping each other’s tails in their mouths. Only the armband . . . and the gift it brings: Rain can see dead people. Starting with the Dark Man: a ghost determined to reveal the Ghost Keys’ hidden world of mystery and mysticism, intrigue and adventure.
Sometimes when I finish a book, I lean back, close my eyes and revel in the memories. After finishing RAIN OF THE GHOSTS, this wasn’t one of those times. Rather than revealing, I think I looked more like a dog after hearing a high-pitched whistle; the dog is trying to figure out what it heard, and I am trying to figure out what I read.
There isn’t an easy way to sum up RAIN OF THE GHOSTS. It’s told in the first person, but not Rain’s, or even her best friend Charlie’s. In fact, most of the story is told in what appears to be third person omniscient. The first person voice only turns up every now and then, like when the characters cross the narrator’s path, and its so rarely used it’s easy to forget that there’s a narrator until first person is used again. The first few times this happened, I had to stop reading because I thought it was an author error.
I won’t spoil and reveal who the narrator is, but I will say that I can only hope that as the Rain Cacique series progresses it’s explained further because I was head-scratching a lot once the reveal happened. On that note, there are a few elements of the story that would have done with a little more explanation, even if it is just the first in a series. A little mystery is good. Too much and it starts to be a frustrating read.
What I loved about RAIN OF THE GHOSTS was its characters. Rain was a very well-written young woman – on the eve of starting eighth grade – and one I very much wanted to spend more time getting to know. I especially liked her best friend, Charlie. His crush on Rain is adorable as is his ability to roll with the strange things happening around him because of it.
It will take a lot for this series to pull me back in for a second round. I’ve read other series where the first is the weakest link of them all and there is a certain joy in reading along as a writer develops his or her craft, but in this instance there was just too much confusion and too many moments of “wait…what?” going on to leave a lasting enough impression to carry me forward.
RAIN OF THE GHOSTS had me had a definite The Percy Jackson Olympians vibe going – primarily because of the protagonists’ ages, but also because the plot that’s put into motion feels more like a quest than a mystery. Unfortunately the story itself wasn’t as strong or as well-crafted.Series Titles:
- Rain of the Ghosts
- Spirits of Ash and Foam