The Appearance of Annie van Sinderen by Katherine Howe

The Appearance of Annie van Sinderen by Katherine Howe
The Appearance of Annie van Sinderen
Katherine Howe
Young Adult, Paranormal, Mystery, Historical Fiction
G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
September 15th, 2015
My local library


It's summertime 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.


I'm familiar with Katherine Howe's books (read three, liked 2, 1 was 'meh' for me), so I was hoping this one would be solid. And it is. And part of what I enjoyed about it is that Howe's books each have a distinctive voice and pacing (as well as, of course, concept, narrator, and setting). She's clearly talented enough to be a bit of a chameleon, though magical realism is a uniting thread among her novels.

Things I really liked about this story: 

Things I didn't care for about this story

I did adore the Author's Note. I always adore an Author's Note, especially when they have something intelligent to say and/or information to impart regarding the historical setting. The Author's Note made me want to know Katherine Howe, so we could go out for coffee and scones and talk old houses and great books.

One note: I listened to this as an audiobook, and it was well narrated (especially Jesse Bernstein, who read Wes' narration).

Rating: B

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