Thursday, 6 March 2014

Losing Logan Review

What if the one thing you never meant to hold on to, is the one thing you can’t let go of?

Normally finding a hot guy in her bedroom wouldn’t irritate Zoe so badly, but finding her childhood friend Logan there is a big problem. Mostly because he’s dead.

As the only person he can make contact with, he talks Zoe into helping him put together the pieces surrounding his mysterious death so he can move on.

Thrust into his world of ultra popular rich kids, Zoe is out of her element and caught in the cross-hairs of Logan’s suspicious ex-girlfriend and the friends he left behind, each of whom had a reason to want him dead. The deeper they dig to find the truth, the closer Zoe gets to a killer who would do anything to protect his secrets. And that’s just the start of her problems because Zoe is falling for a dead guy.

If you believe the publishing world, paranormal fiction – be it Adult, YA or MG is dead.  If you listen to the reader, you’ll know that it isn’t anywhere near dead and WILL NEVER BE dead.  But Logan Cooper sure is.  Welcome to the world of Losing Logan by Sherry D. Ficklin, whose debut novel Extracted (a steampunk, time travel affair) was published in December of last year. This is Sherry’s first foray into the YA contemporary world and what an entrance she’s made with this book.  Losing Logan is a FUN book and thoroughly entertaining.  Yes, there’s murder, a killer on the loose and some unfortunate, untimely deaths but there’s also a lot of laugh out loud material in the form of witty banter between main characters Zoe and Logan.  You see the thing is, they rub each other up the wrong way and have done since they stopped being friends back in junior high.  But as luck would have it, now Logan is dead, Zoe is the only person who can see and talk to Logan so she’s kind of stuck with him.  At least until they figure the whole mess out of how he died in the first place as he can’t remember and something is a  The deeper they delve, the more dangerous things become and Zoe is at risk of not only losing her life, but her heart too.

Zoe is the sassy and sarcastic narrator in the book.  She’s smart for sure but not smart enough to keep her big mouth shut which means that besides her cat, her gay best friend Carlos is her only friend.  She’s not mean, she’s just honest and really, not everyone can handle the truth.  Especially high school students. 

Logan is (or was) Mr Popular who has a lust for life. Well, until he died.  We learn about him through Zoe’s eyes and he’s more than a match for her.  His best friend Kyle Bruno has always had a crush on Zoe but has never quite worked up the nerve to ask her out, until Logan suggests that it would be a way for Zoe to penetrate the popular crowd and find out what really happened to him.  But, as it happens, Kyle is a pretty decent guy and I had a little soft spot for him throughout the novel.

Losing Logan is a highly entertaining read with plenty of laugh out loud moments and witty dialogue mixed in with a bit of mystery, romance and thrills.  I couldn’t turn the page fast enough to find out what happened next and I enjoyed every minute of it.  This is a standalone novel that will quench that paranormal thirst you’ve had for a while so go on, take a sip.

Losing Logan is published on 6th May, 2014.  To find out more about Sherry D. Ficklin and her books, please click here to visit her website.

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