The first update today is for Rebbekah Ford and Beyond the Eyes, the first book in a three book YA series and published in 2012.
About Beyond the Eyes.
Paige knows evil exists in this world, but she never imagined it would want something from her.
In the small town of Astoria, Oregon, surrounded by deep forest and endless mountains, another world thrives . . . a menacing one where dark spirits dwell in soulless humans. Seventeen-year-old Paige Reed lives in this lush, picturesque setting. She’s not your average teen, though she appears to be. Not only is she heartsick, but she’s been receiving cryptic premonitions from a ghostly voice since the age of four. After she hears a haunting message about herself, supernatural occurrences begin to confuse her.
Nathan Caswell seems to peer into Paige’s soul, evoking a magnetic energy between them they cannot deny. They’re connected. But he’s no ordinary guy. He tracks dark spirits and becomes alarmed when they set their sights on Paige.
When two power-hungry malevolent beings make demands on her, she realizes then the fate of mankind rest in her hands. Her world quickly turns inside out where the impossible becomes possible, and in the end she’s faced with a life changing decision that will not only alter her existence but the world as she knows it.
Can a deeply troubled teen overcome her own demons in order to fight those lurking about? With the past and present colliding, Paige must make the ultimate mortal choice. Will it be the right one?
One of the latest reviews on Goodreads.
Diana Blick rated it it was amazing and Five Stars
This is a great young adult paranormal; it is both fantasy and romance. It is well written and thoughtful, and the characters are well developed and not overly filled with teen angst though there is a bit of teenage emotion. Its premise is not exactly unique nor radically different from others of its kind but certain elements are different and rather interesting such as the “soulless” ones, a spiritual concept that has occurred to me on occasion as an explanation for some of the evil we see in the world. I also liked the concept of dark spirits as opposed to the popular religious idea of demons.
While the “immortals” are nothing new and their making and qualities are derivative of a number of various legendary creatures or supernaturals imagined by others, they are still just a bit different in concept. The author’s use of other legends such as Solomon’s ring were well thought out and fit perfectly in the story. I’m definitely jonesing for book two!
One small word of warning: This series is definitely only for older teens since it does have descriptions of premarital sex. The scenes are tasteful and not overly graphic and occur in a loving and committed relationship context so I would be ok with it for 16 and up, but some parents might be uncomfortable with it.
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Also by Rebekkah Ford
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The next author is Christina Steiner whose recently released children’s book Shimji, The Channel Island Vixen is a finalist in the McGrath House Independent Book Awards: http://www.mcgrathhouse.net/blogs/uncategorized/2017/09/announcing-the-finalists-2/
Shimji, a young Channel Island vixen, dreams to go where no Island fox has ever gone: to the place her ancestors came from thousands of years ago. By talking with a sea lion named Malibu and a seagull named Topanga, she finds the island’s harbor and stows away on a boat headed to the California coast. During her adventure on the main-land, Shimji befriends wild and domesticated animals. She learns from their different ways and thus gains knowledge of the world. Her curiosity satisfied, Shimji longs to return home, only to be discovered by humans. Scientists want to send her to a zoo. Can Shimji escape and find her way back to her island home?
One of the recent reviews for the book
This book is adorable. I purchased it for my grandson who just turned 4 and we read it together as a chapter book. The tale is about Shimji, a Channel Island vixen, who sneaks off to the mainland for a look around the home of her ancestors. She runs into a delightful variety of animals who help her along on her adventure before she decides to sneak back home, a task fraught with some challenges.
Shimji is a sweet character with a courageous and friendly nature, and the animals that she encounters are a hoot with distinctive personalities and voices. The opossums made me laugh out loud, and Blackout, a domesticated cat, is a riot as he explains how he manages his humans. The gulls are pretty funny too. Throughout the book, Steiner weaves in a bit of history about the island foxes as well as information about all the different animals Shimji meets.
A highly enjoyable book for kids with gentle characters working together to help each other. My grandson gave it 5 stars, and I second the opinion.
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Also by Christina Steiner
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Connect to Christina via her website: www.christinasteinerwriter.com
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