The Appearance of Annie van Sinderen by Katherine Howe
Published by G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
Genres: Young Adult, Paranormal
Source: Public Library
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It’s July in New York City, and aspiring filmmaker Wes Auckerman has just arrived to start his summer term at NYU. While shooting a séance at a psychic’s in the East Village, he meets a mysterious, intoxicatingly beautiful girl named Annie.
As they start spending time together, Wes finds himself falling for her, drawn to her rose-petal lips and her entrancing glow. There’s just something about her that he can’t put his finger on, something faraway and otherworldly that compels him to fall even deeper. Annie’s from the city, and yet she seems just as out of place as Wes feels. Lost in the chaos of the busy city streets, she’s been searching for something—a missing ring. And now Annie is running out of time and needs Wes’s help. As they search together, Annie and Wes uncover secrets lurking around every corner, secrets that will reveal the truth of Annie’s dark past. - via GoodReads
I’ve been on the hunt for a spooky story for awhile. I had read Conversion not too long ago. I hoped that The Appearance of Annie van Sinderen by Katherine Howe would deliver on the spooky. It helped that my secret sister Ashley from The Quiet Concert had read it. I didn’t get the spooky I was looking for but i still enjoyed the story.
Without a doubt my favorite parts of the book were during Annie’s flashbacks. There aren’t many fictional books set in the historic United States and even fewer in young adult. The Appearance of Annie van Sinderen focuses on the opening of the Erie Canal in 1825 New York. That being said the pacing really dragged at times and I found it hard to stay engaged. I also felt that some of the characters’ reactions were too over the top and I found myself slightly annoyed by this.
If I had to choose a favorite character I would have to pick Annie. Just because she was the most interesting. If I’m being honest I didn’t really connect to any of the characters. I did enjoy the alternating points of view between Wes and Annie. The pacing in alternation was spot on. The ending was pretty abrupt and left me with a lot of questions.
The Appearance of Annie van Sinderen wasn’t exactly what I was looking for but it was still and enjoyable read.