At the beginning of this year, I entered an Instagram giveaway and won a copy of Mikki Noble’s book, Piggybacker. It several months to get my act together and read it, and even longer to gather my thoughts to write a review. One thing is for certain: I adored reading this.
Everyone thinks Marley tried to take her own life, except for Marley. When her mother sends her to a youth center for troubled teens, she starts hearing the voice of a boy who claims he was murdered and begins questioning her own sanity. The voice is Gavin, a seventeen-year-old boy who promises Marley he can help her find the truth about what happened the day she supposedly tried to kill herself–if she completes a resurrection spell in the next four days. The task seems simple: complete the spell, then she and Gavin are free. But a powerful, unseen force is determined to stop her, and soon Marley finds herself following clues from the universe to find ingredients for the ritual to save herself and her newfound friend, and most of all, to find the truth about what really happened that day.
Bursting with a cast of capable characters and vivid world building, Piggybacker fulfilled my mythology and magic loving sides. The only fault that I could find in it was that around the two-thirds mark, the story felt a little disjointed for fifteen or so pages. Other than that, I could spend weeks in the world Ms. Noble has built. I am eagerly awaiting the second book, and I rate this four out of five starts.