Laurie Faria Stolarz
Silver is for Secrets (Blue is for Nightmares, Book 3)
Llewellyn (1st February 2005)
Nightmares spark a race to fight the future in the third novel of Laurie Faria Stolarz’s compulsively readable young adult series.
Stacey Brown is a hereditary witch spending the summer before college in a cottage on the beach with her friends. She’s had nightmares warning of forthcoming death before, and these ones leave her with nosebleeds and the instinct to protect Clara, who’s staying in a nearby cottage. But it’s hard to save someone who seems dead-set on breaking up relationships whilst playing the ‘I can explain’ game. Clara’s being stalked, and keeps near to Stacey’s group for comfort and safety, but the closer she clings, the more she turns friends against friends and plays more mind games.
Having missed Book 2, White is for Magic, in this series, I don’t see any spoilers in it here, except that it’s when the group met Jacob. But I definitely recommend reading Blue is for Nightmares before this as there are major spoilers.
Amber and PJ are clearly comic relief characters, though they straddle the line closer to annoying than funny. Clara is ingratiatingly frustrating for the reader as well as for the other characters. And though the culprit is predictable, the ending is not. Upon finishing I immediately wanted to read the next in the series, Red is for Remembrance, but unfortunately I don’t have it. So if you can get your mitts on Book 4 straight after this, you won’t be screaming for closure. Much applause for the author for coming up with an excellent cliff-hanger and for not giving a ‘happily ever after’ ending – Laurie Faria Stolarz is my kind of writer.