Blog Tour: Supervision by Alison Stine

Supervision by Alison Stine
Published by: HarperVoyager
Publication date: April 9th 2015
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult

Something is wrong with Esmé.
Kicked out of school in New York, she’s sent to live with her grandmother in a small Appalachian town. But something is wrong with the grandmother Ez hasn’t seen for years; she leaves at midnight, carrying a big black bag. Something is wrong with her grandmother’s house, a decrepit mansion full of stray cats, stairs that lead to nowhere, beds that unmake themselves. Something is wrong in the town where a kid disappears every year, where a whistle sounds at night but no train arrives.
And something is wrong with the cute and friendly neighbor Ez’s age with black curls and ice-blue eyes: He’s dead.


 Actual rating is 3.5
 Esmé has a gift that a lot of us wouldn't really want to have. But she was born with it. Now, it is up to her if she uses it or runs away from it.

I really had a hard time reading this book at night. I tried it twice but in both those instances, I had to stop and continue reading in the morning. Something about creeping yourself out right before you go to sleep is seriously something that I had to stop or else I wouldn't be able to sleep at all. The setting of the story also adds to its creepy factor. The train tunnels of New York to the sleepy town a train ride away right down to Esme's very own home with staircases that lead to nowhere and beds that unmake themselves and bathrooms that go back to being unclean. It was downright creepy.

I also love that all the characters in the story have a unique story behind them. Esme, her sister which she fondly calls the Firecracker, their grandmother, the Builder, Tom, Mr. Black, Clara and the Stationmaster. Their is one particular scene in the book that showed the relation between all their stories and that is my most favorite part.

The premise of the story truly had promise. My curiosity kept building up page after page and yet, things got confusing from the moments leading to the end. That is why, the ending for me left me asking myself "Is that all? That's the ending?"

Despite its lackluster ending, Supervision is a good story that would truly keep you awake and wondering.

ALISON STINE’s first novel SUPERVISION will be released by Harper Voyager UK in 2015.

Also the author of three books of poetry: WAIT (University of Wisconsin Press, 2011), OHIO VIOLENCE (University of North Texas Press, 2009), and LOT OF MY SISTER (Kent State University Press, 2001), she has worked as an actor, an artist’s model, a high school teacher, and a professor. She holds a Ph.D. in English from Ohio University, and is an avid urban explorer.
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1 comment :

  1. Haha that's such a bittersweet situation for me, too, I love scary books and reading at night, but they freak me out and then I can't sleep! >.< This sounds like one I would def enjoy! :) Great review, hun!