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Spirits Rising (Spirit Caller Series Book 1) Kindle Edition
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The protagonist of the story is Rachel. She's a lovely protagonist - not superhuman, beautiful like a model and thin like a rail. She's down-to-earth, has a few kilos she needs to lose, has a crush on a man who's taken, and she can't fight the supernatural side all on her own. Plus, her Christian neighbors in her small town think she's a witch and tape flyers about going to hell on her door and don't want her near their kids.
She's wonderful. I love her. She's a real person, with weaknesses and faults, and she doesn't pretend to be someone - or something - that she's not. She's not above asking for help, cursing or drinking to forget her problems. But she's also human in a very good way - sensitive to kindness, touched by others' problems, funny in her own snarky way and self-critical. Honestly, she's one of the big strengths of this story, which, while not very long (it's a novella, but it's book 1 in a series, so there will be more!), it paints a world so vivid you feel like you've been living there for years.
Exactly this, the vivid world-building, is the story's other big strength. This is achieved not only through the use of colorful, three-dimensional secondary characters, who have their own problems, sense of humor, beliefs and lives, but also through a deep knowledge of the place where the story takes place.
If you're like me, then you enjoy stories which take you places and make you feel like you traveled there. If you've never been to Newfoundland in Canada, then this is your chance to get to know the place.Read more ›
Spirits Rising is a novella, making it a rather short read. But that doesn't mean it isn't something that shouldn't be read. However if you are looking for a supernatural romance story of the type that is incredibly popular at the moment, this one is not for you. While Rachel does have a man she pines over there are no romantic relations between her and the man so if you are after romance then this isn't the book for you.
If however you are after ancient ghosts of Vikings and natives to the land threatening Newfoundland while Rachel does her best to attempt to send them back to their peaceful rest with the help of a feisty old woman then perhaps you'll find something of interest within Spirits Rising's pages. I know I did. With a mixture of faiths, prejudice and danger this book kept me on my toes over the several attempts Rachel made to right the wrong the son of a man who despised her had done. There is enough substance within this book's short amount of pages to make a very enjoyable, albeit quick read, and one that I am looking forward to seeing being made into a series (as I believe the author plans to do). I am sure there are more interesting tales in Rachel's future and I look forward to reading them.
This book is about Rachel, someone who can sense and banish the dead. She lives in a small town full of Bible pushers and one day, a teenager decides to raise the dead. Too many dead.
Don't get me wrong, I like Rachel. I think she's sarcastic and funny and Mrs. Saunders, the old lady who has been like a second grandmother to her, steals every scene she's in. But the big problem with this book is that nothing really happens. What we see in the first few pages is what we get for the rest of the book. I got tired of Rachel not being able to banish the dead multiple times, tired of her non-relationship with David, and tired of the father of Manny screaming that Rachel is a witch and demon lover over and over.
While it's clearly written and has a couple of promising characters, overall, to me, the book lacks punch and staying power.
This isn't your typical paranormal romance story. Rachel isn't a super powered warrior who does battle with spirits. The guy she likes is definitely unavailable, as in he has a steady girlfriend already. But what you do get is well developed characters and an awesome setting.
Set in rural Newfoundland, the story doesn't have that big city feel of most paranormal series. The people know each other and help when needed. That can only happen in small towns where people have a chance to get to know their neighbors, even if they don't necessarily get along.
I enjoyed the "slower" pace of the setting. It helps to focus attention on the characters. I would read more in this series.
Returning from her Mexico trip and catching up with her elderly neighbor, Mrs. Sauders, Rachel receives a phone call from a young man for help. Thinking he needs a ride home, as she offers to do to all young adults if drinking, but learns the boy of a local Deacon who doesn't much like Rachel has a party in his basement that he didn't throw. Vikings drinking, who are ghosts...in the flesh.
We start with Rachel returning home to Newfoundland after her getaway trip to Mexico, getting away from an unavailable boy she has feelings for, and meet her witty elder neighbor Mrs. Saunders. In the beginning of eleven pages we meet Rachel and Mrs. Saunders and learn much about them and the small town they live in.
The quiet town of Wisemen's Cove has quite a history and people who believe the lore and history. This little town seems to have ghosts every where with the history of this land. We have flesh ghosts making an appearance, and the people seeing these flesh ghosts react as normal and pitch in to fight then mention the ghost they once saw. All going back to the history of the land you learn about, it's old and has been through a lot.
Rachel is talented in that she senses and sees the dead. She escaped to this small town in Newfoundland to, in hopes, escape from the dead she sees, only to find herself even deeper in paranormal than she expected. She just wants to be accepted and normal. Rachel doesn't think she's found that here, since she gets lots of hate mail in the religious front. She is "sensitive in the paranormal" and people think her a witch or devil worshiper and such. But, just maybe, Rachel will find a home and friends when she least expects it.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Picked up the first two books of this series as part of a bundle and love them! I'll be reading everything else by this author now.Published 1 month ago by Tina Fry
I don't read a whole lot of Urban Fantasy but I'm down for anything free and have heard good things about Ball so I decided to give this one a try. Read morePublished 4 months ago by chris
Give this book a chance - I didn't really get caught up in it until a couple of chapters in and then I couldn't wait to read more!Published 6 months ago by C. Heness
Quick, almost mindless read. The writing is good and is a short work to spend a couple hours on, in between your larger reads. Read morePublished 8 months ago by T. Clayton
The power of the spirit world and the power of faith all come together in this short novel based in NFLD. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Waynekind
Not very long and the story seems to start in the middle, but an interesting twist on spirits. Needs some work, but worth reading.Published 22 months ago by Gail Hodges
This book was very interesting. It had a good story plot held my interest. If you like ghost shows, you will enjoy this book as I did.Published 23 months ago by Donna Thomas
While it seems well-written, I was not in the mood for this kind of fantasy. I couldn't get into it, so I will read it again later.Published on May 14, 2014 by Amazon Customer
I want what to expect when I started reading the book yet it was really cool when the Vikings and In f Ian's came into the story. Read morePublished on April 8, 2014 by Sandy
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