It’s a child’s toy—what could go wrong? While playing with a spirit board, two sorority sisters summon the vindictive spirits of three women brutally murdered by a psychopath. Join Logan, Kacie, and the rest of the Orion Circle as they delve into the disturbing events of the past to find the key to freeing the spirits. But this isn’t any ordinary haunting. These ghosts were banished before, and now they have returned more powerful than anyone could have imagined. Anger breeds hatred and hatred leads to darkness—these phantoms are on the verge of losing their last spark of humanity and becoming completely lost to the shadows. Can Logan and Kacie convince the tortured souls to embrace the light and move on, or will the spirits succumb to the hypnotic pull of evil, leading to an eternity of torment and suffering?
My Rating: 3½/5 stars
Round two of The Orion Circle finds the gang knee-deep in a sorority house mess. After playing with they thought was a children’s toy, two sorority sisters inadvertently unleash three seriously nasty spirits that have been tied to the house since their brutal murder in the 1970s.
Logan is dispatched to the sorority to house assess the situation and quickly discovers he is well out of his depth and needs some serious back-up. The spirits are unlike anything Logan (or the Orion Circle) have ever encountered. The long-dead sisters are beyond angry, they are likely the most powerful the group has ever faced, they have been banished from the house once before, and they are hell-bent on revenge. To make matters even worse, the strongest of the three vengeful spirits had (and has) the ability to read negative emotions and thoughts. Her ability to manipulate other’s thoughts and exploit their fears coupled with her ability to move (read: throw!) large objects wreaks havoc on the group causing both mental and physical injury.
In order to permanently fix the sorority house’s ghost problem, the Orion Circle must harness all their collective powers and convince the three angry apparitions to cross over into the light. For two of the three spirits, it is surprisingly (like way too surprisingly) easy to convince them to cross over but the third takes considerably more skill, effort, and cunning. As the group delves deeper into the deaths of the three sorority sisters they discover how truly heinous the crime was. Between the manipulation, the drugs, the betrayal, and the brutality, it is no wonder the girls are angry and vengeful. By the time the group is able to solve the problem, the sorority house has been destroyed, loyalties have been tested, old friendships re-forged, and premonitions of future darkness and danger spoken.
The Bottom Line: Round two of The Orion Circle series fell into the dreaded sophomore slump for me. Just about everything I liked in this read also had a serious negative side. For example, I like Kacie and Logan but there are a lot of other members of the Orion Circle I am interested in learning more about. Daniel, Blake, and Raven are at the top of the list and though they got some time off the bench in this read, they still played second fiddle to Kacie and Logan. I like the basic premise of three sorority sisters haunting their old home but the explanation into their murder was too much of reach for me and their end felt quite anticlimactic. I really hope Twisted Sisters is just a sophomore slump and not an indication of what’s coming for the series as a whole. There is still a great deal of potential and a great number of characters waiting to be tapped which is why I am hopeful future books in the series will rise like a phoenix out of the slump.
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