Guardian of the Dead
by Karen Healey
Review by Gayle Surrette
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers Hardcover ISBN/ITEM#: 9780316044301
Date: 01 April 2010 List Price $17.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /
Eleanor "Ellie" Spencer has been sent to boarding school on New Zealand's South Island as her parents take a well deserved vacation celebrating her mother's recovery from cancer. School is okay but Ellie isn't used to so many rules and seems to be majoring in getting in trouble. She made friends with Kevin almost immediately after she arrived and while they'd never met before they've become best friends. Of course, her parents would be nervous if they learned that the area around the school is experiencing a rash of murders that have been called the "Eyelash Murders". Soon, Ellie learns that there's more going on than murder, the old myths have come alive and want to return the island to the old ways. From official release/information:
Product Description: Seventeen-year-old Ellie Spencer is just like any other teenager at her boarding school. She hangs out with her best friend Kevin, she obsesses over Mark, a cute and mysterious bad boy, and her biggest worry is her paper deadline. But then everything changes. The news headlines are all abuzz about a local string of serial killings that all share the same morbid trademark: the victims were discovered with their eyes missing. Then a beautiful yet eerie woman enters Ellie's circle of friends and develops an unhealthy fascination with Kevin, and a crazed old man grabs Ellie in a public square and shoves a tattered Bible into her hands, exclaiming, "You need it. It will save your soul." Soon, Ellie finds herself plunged into a haunting world of vengeful fairies, Maori mythology, romance, betrayal, and an epic battle for immortality.
(Source: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers)