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The Shepherd (YA Paranormal) [Kindle Edition]

Travis Luedke
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Skate punks, kleptomaniacs, clairvoyant visions and reincarnation...

THE SHEPHERD is unlike any other Young Adult novel you have ever read.

For me, Mike Evans, a skate punk living in a white-trash trailer park, high school blows.

My dad's an out-of-work drunk. My ex-girlfriend avoids me like the plague. My best friend, Anita, won't keep her hands off me...then there's Moses Lake's champion wrestler. The a-hole is waiting for an excuse to beat my face into the skate park concrete.

Worse, my visions of grisly death are back again, and if I tell anyone what I've seen I might actually cause these terrible events to happen.

I'm in way over my head, and Natasha? The girl I rescued from a hit-and-run? The girl who's stalking me nightly and climbing through my window? There's something seriously wrong with that girl.

"A young adult, paranormal, romantic, bizarre and addicting story, and I could not put it down." - Stephanie, The Boyfreind Bookmark

"The Shepherd is different, unique, feels real and fresh and does not follow the usual boring and repetitive ingredients that YA books tend to have." - MissDevora, Lovers of Paranormal reviewer

"Travis has captured the look and feel of high school perfectly, teenage angst, cliques and first loves. I felt like a fly on the wall taking in all the drama of high school again." - Jackie, Goodreads reviewer

Sharp, witty, dark and gritty, The Shepherd is a paranormal thriller for all ages. Get your copy of this thrilling urban fantasy – paranormal suspense novel from New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Travis Luedke

Product Details

  • File Size: 4049 KB
  • Print Length: 179 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Travis Luedke (September 27, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00FK37LZO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #459,853 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant! Creative! This is why I read... October 1, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Let's start at the end, because in one word I can sum up the entire book, especially the ending, BRILLIANT! The Shepherd by Travis Luedke was like nanny-camming its characters! From the dialogue that was completely uncensored male teen, to the cliques, to the games girls will play, I felt like I was reliving high school drama! Okay, I didn't know a Nadia, who, I will say was a uniquely fresh character, but my inner teen was picking up on that "high school" smell, the emotions, the Who's Who attitude and the skaters vs jock thing until my skin was almost vibrating!

Mike has had visions, of course he doesn't go around talking about it, his life is depressing enough with having to deal with a depressed, unemployed, alcoholic father, who was pretty much emotionally absent. Enter Nadia, a young girl who Mike nearly runs over with his car. She is mysterious, quirky, and there is something about her that connects with Mike. What he feels for Nadia is big brother-like, but is this strange girl looking for more? Who is she? Where did she come from? Why does she act like she has known Mike before? Does she mistake him for someone else? Too many strange and awful things are happening and somehow Mike is part of it all, but Nadia is the key.

From the fumbling romance Mike finds to his sense of responsibility towards Nadia, Travis Luedke keeps the tale going at breakneck speed, with page after page of new twists and revelation. Through it all, each character had a necessary role to play, cameo appearance or not, that added to the realism, allowing the fantasy to weave its way in, captivating me to the end!

The Shepherd is one of those books that called for a breather at the end so I could return the control of my brain to reality!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Shepherd needs her flock October 2, 2013
By tassy
Format:Kindle Edition
I received The Shepherd by Travis Luedke as an ARC for an honest review and I have to say I can't be more honest than say it's BRILLIANT! Travis has stuck his neck out and delved into new territory with YA Fantasy and come out smelling of blood, well roses actually. He has nailed teenage angst firmly on the head and created a wonderful fantasy to lighten the mood.
Mike is dirt poor, lives in a trailer with his alcoholic Dad and has only skateboarding and a few close friends for an outlet for his troubled life. The biggest trouble Mike has to deal with is his visions which always come true and these visions aren't the woopeee-we've-won-the-lottery kind, oh no, they always show death or serious injury. This basically screws Mike up until he meets a strange young girl, Nadia, who saves his life on the road, but she is struck by a car and badly injured, so bad she might die. But she doesn't die, in fact Mike takes care of her in his bed. When he wakes up she's gone. All that's left is a bloody mess to remind him she was real.
Mike goes through the motions of life until he finds the girl stalking him. They become inseparable and Mike's fortune slowly takes an upward turn. Mike falls in love with a gorgeous Latina girl, Anita, which brings more problems than he could ever imagine - problems that soon spiral out of control. His visions become more vivid and deadly with consequences that could destroy Mike. He is only sixteen, but must face an unknown future where his very life hangs in the balance, dangling by a thin thread known as fate. Can he solve the mystery of his visions, discover the true identity of Nadia and keep the love of his life?
You will have to read this FIVE STAR YA Fantasy to find out and I can assure you, you won't be disappointed. I highly recommend this amazing novel.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bizarre and addicting! A must read! October 5, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
I am pretty sure by now that I know Travis Luedke's writing will never disappoint. This book is a young adult, paranormal, romantic, bizarre and addicting story and I could not put it down. Travis Luedke has a way of capturing my interest and keeping it! From start to finish, I did not know what was going to happen next with this book. It was a crazy adventure and I just wanted more and more. Every twist, every turn and every single thing about this book just kept me intrigued.
Mike Evans has led a semi-normal life, or so it appears. He has great friends and a part time job and everything about him seems so normal. But Mike had those visions. He saw things, things that were going to happen. He didn't know why and he didn't know when but, they always happened.
One day a tragic accident happens and with no one around, he is left to rescue and help the girl in the hoodie. But she won't let him take her to the hospital though he knows she needs serious help. She knows that Mike is the one that can help her. Mike's phone doesn't work and he has no alternative than to load her into his car and drive for help. She insists that she does not need to go to a hospital and he is all the help she will need. So he does what she wants despite knowing that she needs immediate medical attention. He takes her home and tends to her wounds and the next morning she is gone. What? She was in no condition to move, Mike would wonder if he was having a nightmare if it weren't for the bloody bandages and bedding in his room.
That would not be the last Mike sees of her though. But he has no idea why or where she came from. The girl in the hoodie was a great mystery, but Mike didn't seem to mind having the new friend in his life.
And then there is Anita.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars An interesting and creative story!
This is the first book I have read from this author. I bought this book as part of The Shadow Box set after reading a snippet of this book. Read more
Published 18 days ago by Sharilyn Dickerson
4.0 out of 5 stars A good YA paranormal read with intrigue, action, and suspense.
*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.*

I have seen some of Travis Luedke's books on Facebook and Amazon and worried that they weren't my kind... Read more
Published 26 days ago by I Feel the Need, the Need to Read book blog
5.0 out of 5 stars Evocative and Intriguing!
This dark YA Paranomral Thriller is easily enjoyable for adults. Mike Evans is an intriguing hero, with issues and responsibilities many kids don't have to cope with. Read more
Published 1 month ago by M. E. Wilson
5.0 out of 5 stars A Dark, Contemporary YA Funhouse
Travis Luedke is an interesting writer. You might know him from his “Nightlife Series,” which celebrates vampires. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Steven Ramirez
5.0 out of 5 stars Ah Natasha, she will leave an impression.
I’m not even sure how to start this one. Once again Mr. Luedke has managed to captivate me with his great writing, a wonderful cast of characters, and a fabulous story. Read more
Published 5 months ago by T. W. Barton
4.0 out of 5 stars Just too much fun
The Shepherd by Travis Luedke was such a fun read. Action, adventure, suspense and mystery all rolled together. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Marsha Jeanne Thalleen
5.0 out of 5 stars How old is the author anyway???
A teenage boy's life is turned upside down when his car stalls on the highway and a girl saves his life. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Nat's Book Nook
5.0 out of 5 stars A Compelling Read
I vetted this book before offering it to my teenage daughter to read. It's definitely for the older teenager, but The Shepherd has a young voice and portrays a real understanding... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Best YA paranormal I've read in a while
I have to start off by saying I can't remember the last time I enjoyed reading a YA novel so much. In fact, this is probably the first one I've read in a long time that I didn't... Read more
Published 13 months ago by LBAS Book Blog
5.0 out of 5 stars Luedke's Shepherd is Diamondz
Yeah, this review's title is my attempt to use skater slang. It doesn't quite fit me but it does fit this slick, fun, and enjoyable book so read on... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Leigha Craig
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More About the Author

Travis Luedke is a NY Times & USA Today bestselling author of urban fantasy and paranormal romance, best known for his violently sexy NIGHTLIFE SERIES. Travis can be found catching a third degree sunburn in San Antonio, Texas, while arm-wrestling a bottle of red wine. Though often defeated by merlot and shiraz, he never gives up the fight.

As the author of the Nightlife Series novels, Travis lives very vicariously through his writings. He invites you to enjoy his macabre flights of fancy, but be warned: The Nightlife Series is violent, sexy, and occasionally violently sexy.

Find Travis at the following locations:

Social Media Hub
The Nightlife Blog
TW Luedke Blog
Twitter or @TWLuedke
Twitter or @NightlifeNovels
Facebook author page
Facebook Nightlife Series


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