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Token of darkness
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2010
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  Booklist Review

After waking from a damaging car accident, Cooper finds himself haunted by a mysterious girl he can only assume is a ghost. Samantha doesn't remember what happened, and Cooper doesn't know why she is with him, but both are pursued by malevolent shadows that others cannot see. Estranged from his football friends because of his injuries and this new strangeness, Cooper relies on two acquaintances Delilah, a witch; and Brent, a telepath to help him figure out where Samantha came from. Helping Samantha, however, may be more dangerous than any of them realizes. Cooper's appeal as the clueless, traumatized do-gooder and the mystery regarding Samantha's origin keep the pages turning. There's an unexpected twist to Samantha's true nature and the reason for her link with Cooper, but the explanation is rushed and the resolution not particularly convincing. Fans of Atwater-Rhodes' paranormal teens will enjoy this tale of elemental powers and body swapping, but others may wish for more follow-through.--Hutley, Krista Copyright 2009 Booklist

  Kirkus Review

Ever since Cooper woke up in the hospital, the result of a mysterious multiple-car pileup, the former high-school football star has been followed everywhere by twisting, menacing shadowsand a cute, easygoing ghost named Samantha. As much as Cooper wants his normal, popular, pain-free life back again, Samantha would be happy to live with any human form. With the help of fellow students Brent, a telepath, Delilah, a flirtatious cheerleader and sorceress, and their 26-year-old mentor, Ryan le Coire, "heir to the most powerful human magics in the Western Hemisphere," Cooper pieces together the details of the car accident and learns the origins of Samantha's form. Despite his new friends' initial distrust, Cooper and his ghost may achieve at least part of their wishes. Although her characters remain flat and the concluding explanation resolves rapidly, Atwater-Rhodes's quick read will entice her long-time fans and those of the supernatural with its suspense, the possibility of romance and magic that's easy enough to understand. (Supernatural romance. YA) Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.
Summary
Cooper Blake has everything going for him--until he wakes from a car accident with his football career in ruins and a mysterious, attractive girl by his side. Cooper doesn't know how Samantha got there or why he can see her; all he knows is that she's a ghost, and the shadows that surround her seem intent on destroying her.<br> <br> No one from Cooper's old life would understand what he can barely grasp himself. . . . But Delilah, the captain of the cheerleading squad, has secrets of her own, like her ability to see beyond the physical world, and her tangled history with Brent, a loner from a neighboring school who can hear strangers' most intimate thoughts. Delilah and Brent know that Cooper is in more trouble than he realizes, and that Samantha may not be as innocent as she has led Cooper to believe. But the only way to figure out where Samantha came from will put them all in more danger than they ever dreamed possible.
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