- File Size: 2509 KB
- Print Length: 123 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: February 6, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01N4WQ7ZX
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,265,621 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Reborn: Daughter of Darkness Prequel Kindle Edition
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Not generally a fan of cliches she does like her best gaming bud's (Jeremy) attitude that "those who game together, stay together". It is no surprise that her utopia is owning her own store in order to escape the daily grind. Having been fired that fateful day, the most liberated she'd ever felt in that job is when she told her boss (Mr. Shorty) to learn to "...do it your damn self". Walking out she'd never held her head that high. For her BFF Gaylin its a sign to follow her dreams and use the inheritance of her mum's home as collateral to open a gaming store. Zee first met Gaylin in elementary school before her mum had sent her away.
Their friendship hit it off again from where it was left when Zee moved back (to Blackwood) after just over fifteen-years away. Gaylin has one of the best attitudes Zee's ever met. Which is why she hopes through constant contact that some of it will rub off on her through osmosis. Zee has never met anyone quite like her BFF, who after being pushed down the stairs back when they were at school she thanked the assailant for not breaking her leg? The only one to know Zee's deepest secret, Gaylin is close enough for Zee to have told her about the lifelong dreams of dying. They seem to have been set off in greater frequency since Zee had moved back. That is until that Friday night when she awakens from her dream to find she's lying wet on the sand and EMTs are telling her she drowned whilst saving a man.
Zee lives with her yellow coloured Labrador Retriever. Despite being abandoned Thunder has thrived since coming to live with her. Not long after arriving back in Blackwood she discovered him thin, malnourished and frightened, living as a stray on the streets. Fighting and wrestling for a pat and a scratch Zee is never able to hold out long, as Thunder assumes his role as master of the house. With affection it didn't take long for him to bounce back and he never judges her when things go wrong. Although not much of a guard dog, he leaves Zee to check out strange noises alone, he does keep her occupied and seems to enjoy her talking to him.
Often whimpering at the late night noises, Thunder doesn't seem to much like their resident ghosts. Zee became aware of them the first night she moved back into her late mum's home. Leaving her to feel silly at checking and her presumption of the cause. But given the events that followed after going to bed when no cause could be found, perhaps the sounds aren't so mundane. After all, the following morning despite the pain and soreness in her body and the wet shoes, Zee still thinks it was all a dream. Even though her neighbour confirms that she too was listening to the music played on the piano around midnight the night before, music Misses G compares to the kind of song her late mum would play, Zee still doesn't grasp the supernatural at work; especially seeing only her mother and grandma were the musicians - she can't play.
Spratlin is a gorgeous gamer with tone in all the right places and is rare in her world. She'd met him the day of her sacking when she'd scooted off during her lunch break to pick up a new game. In between plans of playing at the arcade and then going for a movie, Zee sees a young girl moving into the line of a car going to fast and instinctively rushes to stop the young girl from being run over. Shooting up in bed on Sunday morning she quickly grabs her head from the stabbing pain she feels. Checking her wrist where a straight line was burnt into her flesh yesterday after the dream about saving the drowning man, there's a second line parallel to the first. Thinking to check in with Spratlin to see if he remembers what happened, she goes cold, dropping her phone, when his reply indicates her enquiry's a cruel joke: he'd witnessed her desth the day before.
As Spratlin's short glass of scotch on the rocks rattles with the tinkering of ice its not from any swirl of the glass that the noise is produced. Having managed to convince him to meet with her, they both pause as they try to wrap their minds around what has occurred. If nothing else, Zee's managed to get him back to her house and bonded with the first person to know her gift. As Spratlin manages to confirm the few things Zee remembers, and as she pours the necessary second drink, she finally realises the truth: and proceeds to tell him its not the first time she's died. Perhaps through preparedness it comes to be that as Zee was on the outside of Blackwood for much of her life, to the residents of Blackwood strangeness isn't so unique. Perhaps her mother sending her away had more utlilty than it has ever seemed to Zee.
As prequels go Reborn sets the scene well. Working to explain, whilst still leaving some mysteries shrouded, the ways in which Zee comes to know her inborn gift. It also opens the doors to the significance of the setting. Fast pace and interesting characters makes the novella quick and enjoyable to read, completing the most fundamental purpose with ease: to intrigue readers into wanting to see where the series will go. Zee, Gaylin, Mrs G, Spratlin, Jeremy, and even Alexa and her plus two all sure to make a mark. The love interest and triangle, the BFF, the trustee sidekick, the older mentor, the heroine and first foe; the cast is now set. Already there's questions to solve and a subtext recognised even if Zee hasn't seen it yet. Thus, all the necessary ingredients of capturing the followers to make the new burgeoning series a success. I'm already looking forward to Daughters of Darkness #1 - Witch Wanted, and pleased to have found a new author with the ideas and style I like to read.
The characters are well written and the plot it just convoluted enough to keep you interested. I enjoyed it greatly. I don't tell much about the story in my reviews you get that from the cover if I tell you too much why buy the book?
All I can say is that it is a very good read, fast paced but not rushed, there are your good people and the really really rotten ones, you might even say their evil. One girl sacrifices her needs for others and grows stronger from it. She has a large band of friends who always have her back, and a deadly enemy, or three. And that's all your getting out of me on this story.
Buy it, read it. You will enjoy it. I know this because that is my gift.
It was well written too.