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- Publisher: Something Shiny Press (July 8, 2014)
- Publication Date: July 8, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00LNHH2ZA
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- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #908,523 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Casters Series Box Set Kindle Edition
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This is an exciting, well written series, with painful experiences and unexpected twists. If you're into para-normal/fantasy, this is a series not to be missed.
Review of Book 1:
This was such a great story! It's really awesome when you find a book with a plot that's new and interesting, and this was that book for me. The beginning hooked me right away, and the characters began to feel like friends. I thought I knew the way the story was going to go, but it went another direction and left me breathless with anticipation of what was going to happen next.
These three girls, Alex, Maryanne, and Brooke, all have the kind of lives they're desperate to run away from, and when they discover a way to do exactly that, there's no stopping them. On the outside, they couldn't appear to be more different, but once I got to know them better, I could see just how much alike they really were deep down. I could feel how alone they felt with seemingly no one to turn to for comfort and very little coping skills.
I couldn't blame them for wanting out - who hasn't felt like that at one time or another? I know I have, and especially back when I was their age. The problem with the girls' discovery is they always have to come back where their issues are waiting for them, and the momentary relief came at a cost. I tensed up, knowing this temporary freedom would cause casting to become as addictive as a drug. I knew they'd want to want to do it more and more without caring about the long term consequences, and I was on the edge of my seat wondering when they would have to pay the price.
Who wouldn't want to escape his or her life if it wasn't a happy one? But if it meant you'd have to leave your body vulnerable as well as various other consequences, would you still want to do it? Especially if you didn't even know what the price was? I don't think I would - I'd be too afraid of something really awful happening to me or to someone I care about, even if I was desperate to escape my life for a while. In the long run, I'm not sure it would be worth it. On the other hand, the feeling of freedom would call to me, and that would be hard to resist. I'm sure this is why the girls wanted to keep leaving once they had that first taste of becoming one with the night.
I didn't think I'd like Alex and especially not Brooke. Maryanne was easy for me to connect with from the beginning - she seemed the most like me, someone I could really identify with. Surprisingly, Alex and Brooke grew on me, and I ended up identifying with them in ways I couldn't see in the beginning. The secret hurt and guilt this trio carries around is all the more painful because each is carrying her burden alone. There were times when I just wanted to yell at them to share their secrets with each other! I wanted to tell them it would be better to talk it out so maybe they wouldn't feel so alone.
The ending was done in a way that didn't leave you hanging by a thread as to what will happen next, but it also set up perfectly for the next book in the series, making me want to know what Alex, Brooke, and Maryanne will be up to next. I definitely was happy to not be left with a huge cliffhanger! After the intensity of the last part of the book, my heart couldn't have taken one! Read this book, and you'll see what I mean.
Review of Book 2:
Reading Enter the Night was like visiting with old friends. I read the first one a few months ago, but it feels like it was just last week. I jumped into the story without any trouble at all and remembered everything that happened in the first book without going back and rereading it. I have a really bad memory, too, so for me to remember everything from a few months ago is amazing. This is a vividly written series!
This second book of the Casters Series takes place not long after Comes the Night when Maryanne, Alex, and Brooke arrive back to their dorm at school after break. Each of these girls has pain so deep it's palpable - Maryanne is living with grief and guilt in the aftermath of her baby brother's death, Alex desperately wants to feel safe again after being raped, and Brooke isn't loved by her mother and rebels against authority in an attempt to get her mother's attention. It isn't any wonder that the trio want to cast out and feel some relief for a while.
The problem with their solution is that it's temporary and dangerous as well. With Bryce's family being "Heller" hunters, it becomes more dangerous for Maryanne, Alex, and Brooke to cast out. Sightings of them are being reported all over town, and they aren't being as careful to remain unseen as they were before. Not only all of this is going on, but Maryanne begins dating Bryce, who seems to be preparing to hunt down the "Hellers." As much as I didn't want the girls to have to stop casting out, I also thought it isn't worth their lives.
There was so much emotion from each girl's perspective that just pours from the pages. I can feel their pain as if that pain were my own. The action was so intense that I don't think I could've gripped my Kindle any tighter. The characters are well written, and I have really come to love all three of the girls - Maryanne, Alex, and Brooke. They have their funny moments, their sad ones, and the ones where they're hiding parts of themselves from each other. No matter what, these three girls are always there for each other and treat each other as though they grew up as sisters.
Norah Wilson and Heather Doherty took an original and exciting idea that held a lot of promise and turned it into a story that's highly addictive and action packed. This second book of the series held me enthralled even more than the first one did, and I didn't think that would be possible remembering how I felt during all of the action in the first book. Together the authors took this story and upped the ante with all sorts of new problems and complications the girls must face. I really love seeing the girls work together through these new complications - it's where they get their chance to truly shine.
From the very first paragraph I was engaged to read until my eyes shut.
Alex wakes in an attic, not knowing how she even got there. Her pain and nakedness made her stomach clench. Rejected by her parents she was delivered to Harvell House where all troubled girls, known as bad apples, went to recover.
Alex had no recollection of what the tragic night before had held for her. She was sure that she's been raped by her nakedness and bruising. Someone had surely raped her and placed her in the attic. As Alex searched for clues she found Connie's dairy. A dairy filled with Connie, a girl from this home, on her dreadful journey there.
The struggles and journey in this first part of this series will press you forward to read longer and yearning for the conclusion. Maryanne certainly tries her best to befriend Alex and help her at Harvell House for girls. This house was bought by C.W. and was gossiped as being a leering old man. The strong twist and turns, it leaves you wanting to keep reading each page turning. A must read if you want suspense and wonder how the story ends. I feel truly with this first part of this series, that you need to walk in her shoes to understand her journey. I'm looking forward to # 2 in this series. I thank you, Norah !
Highly recommended to one and all, regardless of age or gender as mentioned.
Roger L. Robinson
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