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Finding Esta: The Supes Series Book One Paperback – August 16, 2013
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A beautiful, well-written tale[..] a modern-day Gothic tale[..]Shah Wharton has such a beautiful way with words[..]
The paranormal aspects[..]are realistic and brutal[..]Vampires, Aliens, Werewolves, Ghosts & other interesting creatures, including super hot guys [..]create one of the most well-crafted alternate worlds that I've read[..]Wharton has a head for detail and the brains to bring it all together[..]can NOT WAIT to read the next book.
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What Esta discovers in that house in Cornwall turns her world upside-down.
Wharton weaves a compelling story that hovers between reality and unreality, repeatedly lulling the reader with a set of assumptions that turn out to be completely false. Parts of Luna's journey reminded me of 'Dark Lover,' the first book in J.R. Ward's shockingly addictive Black Dagger Brotherhood series. Other parts are vaguely reminiscent of other urban fantasy narratives, yet the whole is refreshingly original. It reads like a really good mystery; we find out what becomes of Esta, but only after an extended and fascinating red herring. Luna Dukes isn't like any other paranormal heroine I've ever read, and there are some really fun tweaks to the usual paranormal mythology.
Although two candidates for Luna's love interest appear in this novel, they never compete against one another, and Luna keeps a level head when it comes to her budding passions, even when surrounded by chaos. She's so sensible when it comes to attraction to the opposite sex - it's a refreshing change. Paranormal romance is my favorite genre, but I'll have to wait till at least the second book to see if Luna finds a partner who accepts her on her own terms. If you're not into romances, don't worry - it isn't the main focus of the novel.
Esta begins as an intensely screwed up character who can relate to know one on an intimate level and is addicted to pleasing her critical and passive aggressive family. Chapter four is a great intense interior monologue of transformation experience by her through contact with her "otherworldly" friend. I think what makes this work is that many characters get to their ability to communicate with the supernatural through being "oversensitive". Author Shah Wharton flips that and Esta gets there primarily by being cut off from the real world, giving the book a extra dimension of fright because it's all so schizophrenic.
Author Shah Wharton has such a beautiful way with words that I was disappointed when the story was over. I’m a great fan of the old, horror stories like Dracula, Rebecca, and Wuthering Heights where the young, innocent woman is slowly being driven crazy by those around her. Finding Esta felt very reminiscent of that genre–a wonderfully creepy story perfect for a night snuggled under the blankets. Unlike the older versions, however, this story has many peripheral characters that charm and add dimension to the plot.
The paranormal aspects of this story are realistic and brutal. This isn’t your Cinderella story Sister!! I don’t do spoilers so I can’t really tell anything about the plot but I can say that there are Vampires, Aliens, Werewolves, Ghosts, and other interesting creatures, including super hot guys, roaming the moors. As odd as this seems, it works to create one of the most well-crafted alternate worlds that I’ve read in a long time. Wharton has a head for detail and the brains to bring it all together.
Plus, she writes as if she knows what it’s like to be the outcast, the one who watches everyone else enjoy life. I have to give this five plus stars because I can NOT WAIT to read the next book in this series. I just have to find out what happens with the huge, motorcycle hunk and Esta;)
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