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Spirits Rising (Spirit Caller Series Book 1) Kindle Edition
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You can't beat the price but even so I felt like it ended way too quickly. It's really more of a short story or novella than an out right novel. There just isn't enough time to really get to know these characters properly and tell a good fantasy story.
While the narrator is lovable and entertaining, the supporting cast suffers, never really feeling like more than genre archetypes. For example one teenage character is described as wearing clothes from two rival NHL teams: The Bruins and the Maple Leafs. It's hard to tell if this is supposed to be some insight into his character or an author who knows nothing about hockey picking two random teams in an effort to say "LOOK AT THIS ADOLESCENT MALE. HE LIKES ATHLETICS." It's never elaborated on and bothered me for the rest of the book as a hockey fan.
Besides that minor nitpicking the rest of the book is pretty good. The narrator's voice is clear and engaging. The book moves along quickly and never drags. It's hard to say it does anything really original but it does UF well. I'll have no problem putting down a few dollars to continue with the series.
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.
It would be unfair to state that the book sucks, though. In spite of the endless parts in which people keep chatting while there is chaos all around, some of the secondary characters are actually kinda interesting. David, for an instance, is so hateful that his blind devotion actually makes him a good character.
Anyway, this is an interesting kind of book to read in one sitting. It didn't hook me up, but it wasn't a complete waste of time.
Although it is a short book, it felt very complete. The backstory was revealed gradually over the course of this and the next book. I really liked the writing style and the setting. Everyone waxes lyrical about Mrs. Saunders and she certainly is a feisty character. The location is almost another character itself. I'm really looking forward to seeing how this series progresses and I would certainly recommend this.