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Prowl (Prowl Trilogy #1)

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Seventeen-year-old Mackenzie Smith is sent away to spend a boring summer at her grandma's. But then she meets Wesley. He tells her exactly what she wants to hear and has information about her past that no one else knows. It's almost like he can read her mind.

Only Wesley isn't who he seems.

By the time Mackenzie discovers his true identity it may be too late. She's in too de
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Paperback, 216 pages
Published January 20th 2012 by Createspace
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Sarah

“That night I dreamt of Rhiannon’s Ouija board. A black creature with large sharp talons emerged from the board. His eyes were dark red like the color of blood and his teeth were sharp like razor blades.”



This was a YA paranormal/horror story, about one girl and a vengeful spirit.

Mackenzie was an okay character, but she was a bit harsh on her mother. So what if her mother didn’t want to talk about who Mackenzie’s father was? She was doing her best as a single mother, and Mackenzie didn’t apprec
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Terri ♥ (aka Mrs. Christian Grey)
Aug 22, 2012 Terri ♥ (aka Mrs. Christian Grey) rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Terri ♥ (aka Mrs. Christian Grey) by: RI&R
Shelves: reviewed
Quick review:

Cover: Love the blue
Rating: PG-13
Thumbs Up: 3.5
Overall: It was an easy interesting read
Characters: Well done.
Plot: Troubled girl finds acceptance in the least likely place.
Page Turner: Yes
Series Cont.? Sure
Recommend: Yes
Book Boyfriend: Isaac

SUMMARY (50 words or less)

I found this to be an easy read even though the time frame confused me a bit at times. The themes that this book brought to life are so real for many young women. Although it has strong Christian religious themes,
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Michelle
This was a captivating novel and to my delight, very well-written. Even though I typically don't like supernatural stories all that much, I thought it would be fun to read a story that is young adult in tone and yet has a different perspective than is often seen in popular culture. Instead of making witchcraft and the occult look enticing and fun, this story shows how serious dabbling with the dark side can be. It also shows the only way out is though Jesus. I loved that.

When it comes to demoni
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Courtney
At first Mackenzie is angry that she has to spend her summer at her grandma's house until she breaks up with her boyfriend and decides this will be the perfect way to escape her problems with boys. Little does know that grandma lives right next door to a hottie! She is instantly drawn to the boy next door but hesitates getting to know him because of his religion. She also meets grandma's other neighbor and this girl introduces her to far more dangers than she had at home with boys! She meets Wes ...more
Alexia Purdy
What an awesome story! I read through it pretty quickly, especially since lately, it takes me forever to get through books. Kenzie is a girl with a past, longing to start over when she spends the summer at her Grandma’s house. What she finds besides friendship and answers to her heritage, is a darkness that clings to her soul in more ways than one. Can she overcome this demon of sorts? Or will this be the end of her, literally?

This has some Christian themes in it and I think that the story inter
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Crystal
I Have received this book thanks to the generous providers from "Read it and reap" along with the author who allowed a select few copies free to read.

I would have to say i generally enjoyed Prowl. At moments where Mackenzie and Haley her close friend talk, it feels like the way a regular young teen would talk. Although setting this aside i like how it would involve the subject of religion of good and evil; But it was a bit "predictable" on how the story would turn out. Along those lines i thou
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Lisa Lorraine-Eneqvist
I loved this book! The characters drew me in and I could not wait to see what would happen next! I read it on my flight to Kansas and will read Entice on the way back! I can't wait! The man next to me will try to talk to me. . .or read over my shoulder. . .Will keep you posted!
E. Bard
Prowl is very much a Christian YA novel and as one, I think it would be very well received among teens in Christian reading clubs. It is a quick read that is well paced. There is a strong message throughout; but there is also enough story and character development to keep a teen reader engaged. The story is carefully thought out and for Christian teens, I would recommend it and probably give it four stars. However, as just a novel (without the message)I would probably rate it as only okay. Outsi ...more
Ashley
I got this book free to review, Please know that this is my honest review.

Im sad to say I didn't really like this book much, Im not against Christians or christian literature as I grew up in a christian household and hold a lot of the same values and beliefs, buttttttttt this book was a little too preachy for me.
I feel like the author didn't have to be so blunt in her comparisons of good and evil. It was clear from the very start that this book would be a battle between the two sides, and ther
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Valerie the bookworm
I had trouble with this book. I had no idea it was going to go into God/Christian themes. I thought I was reading another paranormal romance, which I love. It was the opposite of what I am used to, although I guess by definition it still does represent paranormal.

There is very little romance in the novel. It seems to start off in that direction, and then veers away from it until the very end. It seems that the romance is just there to promote a Christian agenda. I also do NOT like the implicati
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Miranda
This is such a good story. If I had to pick one thing that I disliked about it, I would say that it's too short. I would have loved if the relationship between Kenzie and Isaac was more developed, as well as the friendship between Kenzie and Rhiannon. Kenzie is so lost, and easy to relate to because of that. She represents every fear and insecurity that so many girls, and boys, have. Isaac is the quintessential hero. While it is ultimately Jesus, and Kenzie calling upon and believing in Him, tha ...more
Aria
ORIGINAL RATING - 3.5

Prowl is A paranormal romance by Amber Garza.First of all I would like to say the cover is AWESOME. Love the Electric blue.

This book starts with Mackenzie Smith going to her grandmother's for the summer. What happens there is the rest of the story.

Kenzie has some problems which are self-destructive .She keeps reasoning why she is doing so, without actually thinking about the repercussions. She meets the cute next door neighbor Isaac, And starts hanging out with him. She also
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Erfa Tahir
First of all, I would like to thank Shut Up & Read for offering me this ebook to review. Thanks guys, you make me feel privileged! :)
Now, to the book:
From my rating you can see i didn't like it much. And I swear I wasn't biased just because I'm not a Christian, but no, this book didn't mean much to me. Which is sad, because I read the review and really liked it. The first few pages were promising enough. I seriously expected a good plot to unfold once Mackenzie left for California.
And then
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Abbie
Mackenzie was an okay character, but she could be quite annoying at times.

This wasn't a bad read, but I did feel bored quite a few times while reading it. It just couldn't keep my interest all that well, and it dragged at times because of it.

Overall, Okay read, but I hope the next book is better.
Heather
Prowl is such a powerful and Amazing story !! I'm so glad I read this book and feel the message pull at my heartstrings.You will go through Mackenzie journey through facing evil and redeeming herself with GOD. The Author characters were believable, down to earth, also in to real life situations. Not to many people really believe in good and evil, God or Satan. Or that you have a choice to choose between the two. I do.Mackenzie will meet people in her life that will change everything she thought ...more
Amy
Fantastic!!! it's really mysterious at the beginning but then the storyline starts unfolding and you'll never believe what happens next! i got so caught up in this book i couldn't put it down! I can't wait to read the next book to see what happens next and how much deeper things will get!!

Mackenzie goes to stay with her grandma for the summer to escape her life back home.. when she becomes friends with the girl next door she delves into the supernatural and awakens a spirit who wants to do her
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Tee loves Kyle Jacobson
First I would like to say I received an ARC Copy of this book as part of the Prowl Series Tour.I am so excited to be a part of this tour. I have to say that this series started out as nothing I expected. This is a story of about a girl Mackenzie AKA Kenzie who is on a mission to find out who her father is and where he is. What she gets is definitely not what she bargained for.

Kenzie is sent to live with her grandmother for the summer. She is not thrilled that she has been whisked away to her gra
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Anne (Angel Anne Reviews) Nelson
Firstly I’d like to thank Author Amber Garza for the opportunity to read this wonderful book. I had won “Unveil”, book three as a first reads, then realized that it was part of a trilogy. I contacted Amber to see if I may get copies of books one and two so I could read the trilogy together… she graciously sent them to me that same day.

Excited to have the whole trilogy (Prowl Trilogy), I set off to reading away, to enjoy it I went. I feel it’s only fair , that if I have been given the opportunit
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Kim Justice
Jun 08, 2012 Kim Justice rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Everyone
Shelves: reviewed
My Review:

This book was filled with questions, heartache, angst, such mixed feelings. It took me back to when I was a teenage girl from a broken home myself. I knew who my mother was, knew her, but was not raised by her.

Mackenzie's situation was different but still I remembered some of the questions and actually felt some of the angst that she goes through.

Author Amber Garza's style of writing in this book was awesome. I read the book within a three day span.

Her characters were believable, do
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Melanie
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Prowl was such a great read! I read most of it in one day and found it to be very interesting! I didn't expect there to be so much supernatural elements in Prowl, but it definitely made for an intriguing read.

Mackenzie Smith dealt with so much! She grew up without a father, deals with cutting, and when she visits her grandmother for the summer, she meets Rhiannon who introduces her to witchcraft... tha
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Mandy Sickle
I read this book as part of the blog tour for Amber Garza's trilogy Prowl. Mackenzie who prefers to go by Kenzie is spending the summer in Sacramento with her grandmother. Right away she meets the cute boy next door Issac and the goth girl across the street Rhiannon. Each one befriends her in their own way. Rhiannon is a practicing witch who can read aura's, and can sense that Kenzie also is gifted with powers. Issac also takes Kenzie out on a few dates even though she has sworn off men after a ...more
Frances
Wow!! This one actually sent chills down my spine. One's I hadn't felt in a long time...

I was a little skeptical at first about this book because: first, I don't really like to read mystery/suspense, when I read I want to be taken to a happy place, life's too filled with sadness already, why spend time reading about it. And second, because of the nature of this book, simply put I believe in everything that happens to Kenzie, I know that it's real, thus it made me nervous about the possible deliv
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Kari
Sep 11, 2012 Kari rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Victoria
**4 Stars**

I received this book through a read-2-review in the Young Adult Reads group.

MY OVERVIEW: Wow. This is a book I wish I had when I was going through a rough spot in Jr. High. The book brings spiritual warfare to life. I have only ever heard it/read it in the metaphorical sense, but reading it in the physical sense makes it really hit home.

PROS: Kenzie was an amazing character. I felt her pain and happiness right along with her. She was written in a way that would make a lot of people
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Amber Garr
Kenzie’s life has been anything but easy. There’s a rocky relationship with her mom, a wild side that has worn her down, and an incident with a boy that encourages her to make a change. Prowl is the first book of the trilogy where we meet Kenzie briefly at home with her friends before she is shipped off for the summer to stay with a grandmother she rarely sees. While there, she encounters two different people who represent the extremes in her life. Amber’s writing style had me wrapped up from th ...more
Ashley
I read "Prowl" by Amber Garza and all I can say is, wow! Great book! It was a great non-fiction read with a theme that I would say was about secrecy, family bonds, and beliefs. The author painted a great picture of a developing teenager that is trying to figure out where her beliefs lie and what exactly to believe in.

The summary could be best described as a teenager going to visit Grandma for the summer. While it's looking like it's going to be mundane summer, it is anything but. With an introdu
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Jessica
At first when I open this book and started reading it I thought it would be pretty good. Then after I continued I felt a negative tone when they talked about auras. Then all of a sudden they started talking about God in Christianity. That is when I realized I was reading a book that was all about hidden Christian propaganda. I skip to the end of the book to confirm what I believed and I was right this isn't a supernatural young adult fiction book it is a Christian fiction book. I would be totall ...more
Emily
I had no idea that this was a religious-y type of book. I've never read something like this, but I really like it!

This book made my eyes pop open wide trying to read fast to see what would happen next! I read this in an hour or two without stopping!

I really liked Issac, but in the beginning, I thought he was evil. I mean, he didn't like Rhiannon and Rhiannon didn't like him! That's suspicious to me! Is one of them evil? Why do they hate each other? We learn why in the end though!

The one thing I
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Jacqui
I really enjoyed this book, it was well written and extremely suspenseful. There were several paths the books could have taken, I am glad Kenzie saw the light. It is really cool to have a book that expresses christian views. It is not common to have a christian book that contains such things as witchcraft and spirits. To have the demons that a lot of people face, like drugs, premarital sex, and aggressive behavior, be linked to the devil given it is given a face and I think it makes it easier to ...more
Tera Jenkins
I found this book to be very interesting and a different story from any that I have read before. Although most of the time I was able to guess what was happening before it did.

The reason I rated it a 4 vs a 5 is because there were a few things that didn't quite flow for me. Sometimes it felt like answers were convenient. I did find some things that editing must have missed in the book, but that is really only if I am going to be picky with it.

Overall, I'd be interested to see where the 2nd book
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Shannon
I was enjoying it until it turned into a feel-good religious novel. This book is definitely something you'd see on a church's summer reading list or the teen section of christian book stores. Not that religious views make a book terrible, I just feel it was a little sneaky to slip it in there at the end so that the reader's too invested in the story to put it down. I'm amazed that out of all the reviews I read, no one mentioned that it is a christian novel. I actually think this book may be miss ...more
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Prowl Trilogy (4 books)
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