Shadow Maven Series
Genre: YA Paranormal Fantasy
Release Date: March 31, 2014
Publisher: Altwit Press
Goodreads Rating: 3.98
My Rating: 5.0
Chira Kelly thought she didn’t need anyone…until she met Ben.
Because of one ugly rumor, Chira lives as an outcast at her school. Which is fine with her, because she works better alone. Always has, always will. And at least she has her one and only true friend, Tasha.
When Tasha insists that they join a group to visit a possibly haunted abandoned old schoolhouse, she's wary, but joins her friend. Because of that decision, their lives are in jeopardy as a malevolent spirit targets the group. Tragedies and accidents pick them off one by one, and Chira finds herself drawn to the one person who can see the truth. But can he protect her?
My Take On The Book:
A ghost story with a bang! Finally, one that I can really get into. I love movies with hauntings and ghost, even the ones with possessions but I have yet to read a good book with these elements… till now/ And while there isn’t a ton of ghostly action, the ghosts and there stories do play a big part of this story right down to the book title.
The cover while beautiful is beguiling, as I read the book I realized this book was less about the romance of the 2 main characters then it was about righting wrongs and self discovery. But it did have a nice healthy dose of character chemistry and butterflies. Ben and Chira are sooo cute together is their innocence.
Ms. Creeden hooked me from the first line… any opening unlike any other and you are instantly drawn into the world of The Shadow Maven Series. Usually while I read a book I enjoyed as much as this one, I wonder where the male POV is or vice versa but in the case of ‘First Impression’, I loved the use of one singular POV. You discovered this world, all its faults and all its characters through Chira’s eyes… Observant ones if you take the time to notice. And truth be told, to those wishing for Ben’s POV keep in mind that, being in his mind would completely ruin the book and its intrigue… there would be no mystery.
This is definitely a book I would recommend and if my stack of paperbacks wasn’t so ridiculously large and if I had a proper place to put them I’d definitely want this in paperback…oh who am I kidding lol I want in paperback regardless of my space issues :D. But any who, there is nothing in terms of books that I have read and enjoyed that I could compare this to so you lovelies are just going to have to take a leap of faith and get the book and read it for yourselves. It has everything most people look for in a good book, great writing, relatable characters, solid story, romance, chemistry, humor, tragedy and mystery.
In simple language, Pauline Creeden creates worlds that are both familiar and strange, often pulling the veil between dimensions. She becomes the main character in each of her stories, and because she has ADD, she will get bored if she pretends to be one person for too long. Pauline is a horse trainer from Virginia, but writing is her therapy.
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