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Publication Date: March 2011
Short synopsis (Goodreads): A haunted castle, a handsome young man dead for four hundred years, one heck of a scary portrait of a witch, and a treasure hunt -- not to mention a princess for a roommate! -- all await 15 year old American girl Caitlyn Monahan when she earns a scholarship to a French boarding school.
There are secrets behind the stone walls of Chateau de la Fortune, buried for centuries along with the mystery of who killed Raphael, the charming ghost who visits Caitlyn at night. But as Caitlyn unearths the history of the castle, nothing scares her as badly as the secret she learns about herself, and the reason she was chosen to come to the Fortune School.
And nothing breaks her heart as badly as falling in love with a dead guy.
My Review: This was a good book. I liked it. Not a re-read by any means, but good. It was a little predictable but kept me engaged nonetheless. The characters were a little flat, but had their good moments.
One of the things that made Caitlyn real for me was the eye twitch she developed after traveling and when under stress. Made her more real. Raphael was good, but there could have been more substance. My heart did race a few times thinking about ghosts, but overall it was a happy ending (that came a little too easily) but a feel good read overall.
I do really like the cover though. It catches the idea of the book perfectly!
A short review, I know, but no need to pontificate if the point is gotten across.