By: Dan Jolley
Publisher: Graphic Universe
Publication Date: August 2012
Reviewed by: Deb Fowler
Review Date: January 2013
Staci Glass was always seriously messing up with people. It seemed the more she would try to please anyone it “always irritated the heck out of someone else.” Inevitably whenever she snitched at least one person got big time mad at her. Oh well, at least she had her best friend, Faith Kellerhalls, to depend on ... that was until the three musketeers interfered. Karin, Morrow, and Sofia were big time geeks who invited the two of them to a mysterious “séance at the fairground.” Staci hedged because she wasn’t into that “magic stuff,” but Faith decided to tag along to see what would happen.
It turned out that a lot more would happen than Staci could ever imagine, including losing her best friend. Faith just kind of disappeared off the radar and wouldn’t respond to any of her calls or texts. When she asked Mr. James for help, he simply said, “You can either try to learn more about it ... or keep your distance from it.” It got even creepier when Morrow claimed they were going to head to the Museum of Natural History to “commune with the ancient spirits of the Inca.” A séance was one thing, but breaking and entering were quite another.
Safe distance? It was dumb, but Staci decided to go, and it wouldn’t be long before she’d regret her decision. They were looking at a mummy in a case. “It says he was sacrificed 500 years ago. They left him to freeze to death on top of a mountain ...” When the cops arrived the girls ran, but when Staci went back to get her purse she was confronted by a “reanimated Incan mummy.” Things spiraled from there and she found herself actually falling for this hot reanimated Incan. “Your friends,” he claimed, “are dabbling in the same secret magic I was. Dangerous energies that no one can control.” Would Staci be able to stop them before disaster struck and the magical powers upended civilization?
This is the exciting and creepy tale of Staci Glass, who is falling for a “reanimated Incan mummy.” In this graphic novel panels are created in the typical black and white manga style. The mummy, who is an Incan named Pachacutec, has to help Staci undo some big time evil magic her friends got themselves messed up in. Of course she begins to fall for him because her “boyfriend is a monster.” The plot is fast-paced, exciting, and has just the right amount of tension to keep young readers moving along. The novel is aimed toward younger readers, especially reluctant ones with its simple, but high interest plot.
Quill says: If you have a youngster who enjoys a bit of paranormal with a bit of quirky romance, this is one series you may wish to consider!