Author: Rebekah L. Purdy
Date of Publication: September 2, 2014
Rebekah L. Purdy’s The Winter People has a very unique fairytale-esque/fantasy/paranormal theme, which I definitely enjoyed. So many elements reminded me of some of my most beloved TV shows and books. The winter people themselves reminded me of Game of Thrones in a way with their white walkers, the whole fairytale aspect reminded me of Once Upon a Time and the ‘bonding’ took me back to my Vampire Academy spirit bound days – this book was quite a journey 🙂 It follows Salome Montgomery, a 17 year old girl who lives with her loving mother alone most of the time because her dad is constantly travelling for his job. She always finds herself spending time with her grandparents, who live just down the street. When they ask her to take care of their house for the winter months while they go on vacation, Salome is scared because of a traumatic experience she had as a child which has left her with a horrible fear of snow and really, winter in general. In The Winter People, readers go on Salome’s personal journey of fear, discovery, loss, love and bravery.
Author: K. R. Conway
Series: Undertow #1
Date of Publication: October 11, 2013
5 HUGE STARS FOR UNDERTOW
Okay so, I went into this book as I do with most books I don’t know much about: with an open mind and expecting a decent read. Boy, oh boy, was I taken aback (in a good way…a really good way) I’ll start you guys off with the Goodreads summary:
Seventeen-year-old Eila Walker’s new home has defied the brutal Atlantic for over 160 years. Abandoned since her 4th great grandmother Elizabeth vanished, the town legend declares that she drowned . . . or was struck by lightning.
Unbeknownst to the town and Eila, however, is that someone does know what really happened to Elizabeth, and he has returned, determined to protect the last surviving Walker from a history of violence.
But what starts out as a quest for redemption, evolves into something more and soon young guardian, Raef, is forced to reveal the truth to Eila. As hidden secrets about their warring
families come to light, Eila begins to realize that she may be their best shot at survival, even if it means following in her grandmother’s fearless footsteps to save her killer bodyguard.
Title: Tortured Souls
Author: Keigh Leigh Wheaton
Series: The Orion Circle #1
Publisher: Sea Dragon Press
Date of Publication: July 29, 2014
Before reading Tortured Souls, I hadn’t read many paranormal books, though I’d like to say that one of my debuts into the genre was a pleasant surprise! To start, I have a short summary:
This book follows a 15 year old girl named Kassandra (although she goes by Kacie and CiCi) who leads a relatively normal life, living with her father, Adam, her brother, Gavin and her super-loving dog, Kodiak. Oh, fairly normal except for the fact that she is clairvoyant meaning she can see and communicate with spirits, both good and, unfortunately, very very evil. Since early childhood, she has recognized her “gift” (as not so much a gift, but a curse really) and shared this information with her parents. That very day, her mother fled the house and never returned – something Adam, her father, will always blame her for. When she starts going on early-morning runs with her longtime crush, the very dreamy and brave Logan, she is introduced into a whole new paranormal world which she had no idea she was living in – The Orion Circle only accepts select and elite individuals. Soon Kacie is thrown headfirst into this world, not really knowing what she’s doing….
Title: The Wicked
Author: Lisa Campbell
Series Order: Wicked #1
Year of Publication: 2013
Length: 299 pages
Before I start the review, I’d like to thank the author of this book, Lisa Campbell, and the First Reads program on GoodReads for giving me the chance to review this book 🙂
Natalie Johnson is a college student who experienced a traumatic event two years ago in a graveyard with her mother. This event left her terrified and had lasting side-effects on her like nightmares and most recently, hallucinations and sightings. Unfortunately, her mother was not so lucky – she was most affected in the incident and is now in an asylum for her condition. The Wicked explored Nat’s journey in coping with the return of a beloved best friend and her ex-boyfriend who happen to be seeing one another. She must choose between them two to help her deal with these recent discoveries and events happening in her life..
Title: Our Souls to Keep
Author: Gary Caruso
Published: April 25, 2013 (originally April 1, 2013)
Publisher: Inertia Publishing
Editions: ebook, paperback
Length: 285 pages
To start off, I want to say thank-you to Gary Caruso and the Lovers of Paranormal group on goodreads for allowing me to read this amazing book for an honest review. To put it simply: i loved it. Now, I have never read anything quite like this book before, but I was instantly hooked after reading the synopsis, even before I began to read the actual book.
Hey! So I originally reviewed this series some time ago when the author of the novels sent me them to review. I decided to post them on here to spread the word because they were pretty interesting and different!