I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Losing Logan by Sherry D. Ficklin
Narrator: Tara Millette
Series: Losing Logan #1
Published by Sherry Ficklin on July 10, 2014
Genres: Paranormal Romance, Young Adult
Length: 6 hours 16 minutes
When I picked up Losing Logan, I expected to cry. It’s a book about loss and death after all. But I didn’t cry much. I did laugh, though. A lot. Somehow Sherry D. Ficklin managed to write a book about loss, love, and finding yourself with a lot of humor – including a fair amount of my favorite snarky kind – without ever making light about death. No wonder I liked Losing Logan so much!
"What if the one thing you never meant to hold on to, is the one thing you can't let go of?"
Normally finding a hot guy in her bedroom wouldn’t irritate Zoe so badly, but finding her childhood friend Logan there is a big problem. Mostly because he’s dead.
As the only person he can make contact with, he convinces Zoe to help him put together the pieces surrounding his mysterious death so he can move on. Thrust into his world of ultra popular rich kids, Zoe is out of her element and caught in the cross-hairs of Logan’s suspicious ex-girlfriend and the friends he left behind, each of whom had a reason to want him dead. The deeper they dig to find the truth, the closer Zoe gets to a killer who would do anything to protect his secrets. And that’s just the start of her problems because Zoe is falling for a dead guy.
First off, I loved that Zoey – the main character – was irritated with Logan most the time. She wasn’t crying over his death, because a part of her was still pissed that her childhood friend had left her behind for the popular kids. It wasn’t intentional on Logan’s part – Zoey’s dad died and her mom pulled her out of school for a couple years. When she came back, things had changed. And Zoey doesn’t fully understand that she’s holding a grudge – but man is she! So she wants Logan GONE! Of course she’s the only one who can see him, so if she wants him gone, she’ll have to help him figure out why he’s stuck here.
And helping him leads to a couple great story lines. She has to figure out what happened to Logan, because he doesn’t remember a lot of the events leading to his death. This ends up turning into quite the (unexpected for me) mystery. I really had a blast trying to figure out how Logan died!
The other side of that is Zoey needing to cozy up to Logan’s friends – the popular kids. Enter one of my favorite plot devices – THE MAKEOVER. I know, its been done every which way, but its so fun to see the seemingly boring, not so popular, not so pretty girl become interesting, popular, and beautiful – especially when its really just a change in attitude and some better fitting clothes.
Zoey’s make over is made oh so much better because of her best friend Carlos. Did I mention he’s gay? I liked that Sherry didn’t make him ridiculous or over the top flamboyant as sometimes happens – he has his giddiness over shopping and FINALLY getting to dress Zoey up right, but that doesn’t mean he has to be “flaming”. Carlos is a balanced, complex character going through his own things – like falling for a guy and introducing him to his family. He’s a great friend to Zoey and a fantastic addition to the story.
I think I would have loved Losing Logan in any format, but the audio was really good. Tara Millette did a good job giving the characters unique and appropriate voices – including the guys.
I was trying to figure out why – after clearly liking everything so much – this was four and not five stars for me. I think the ending was the reason. Obviously I can’t explain without giving away A LOT but I wasn’t a fan of the last chapter. It wasn’t BAD but it also wasn’t quite right for me. *shrugs* It certainly didn’t spoil Losing Logan for me!