Author: Lisa Cach.
Published: March 31st 2011.
Sort: Stand alone.
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.
“Foolishly romantic, yeah, sure, maybe: but she’d rather have dreams of Prince Charming than the reality of Mr. Wrong.”
And that’s exactly what Caitlyn Monahan, a fifteen year old girl, does.
She feels stuck in her own life. Her mother died when she was only four and she has the feeling that her dad and step mom don’t understand her. Her mother left her a tarot card: the wheel of Fortune. So when she earns a scholarship to a French boarding school called ‘Chateau de la Fortune’ it feels like fate. But there’s more behind it than she could ever imagine.
Caitlyn always had these nightmares with ghostlike people in it: The Screechers. Her dreams are becoming even stranger when she arrives at Chateau de la Fortune and that’s how she meets Raphael. He is the only one who can see her and she must help him to find ‘the heart.’ When she has so many nightmares, she decides to stay awake and study in the library. That’s how she meets another girl, Naomi, who quickly becomes one of her best friends. When Caitlyn finally tells Naomi and Amalia about her dreams, they want to help her. That’s when the real ghost story starts, but it’s not a freaky, scary one. It’s about losing and finding love. It’s about the discovery that ghosts can be humans after all.
Lisa Cach did a good job in writing this story about De Medici, Templars and witches. Caitlyn is fifteen years and you will notice that sometimes, but overall; she was nice. I especially liked Naomi. She could be a little snappy and that was a great touch.
The love story between Caitlyn and Raphael.. don’t get me wrong: I think that everybody is capable of falling in love no matter how old you are, but they were only fifteen and nineteen years old. It’s not that there was burning passion or deep feelings, so I didn’t really felt the connection. I liked the ending and the writing style was pleasant, but I expected more from this one. It would have been better if Caitlyn was a bit older.