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Playing Hooky (Paranormal Investigations #1)

3.77  ·  Rating Details  ·  163 Ratings  ·  98 Reviews
A witch, a wolf man, a murderous love potion … Who knew playing a little hooky could be so dangerous?

Emma is that spunky girl-next-door who loves adventure and finding trouble, but life at the University of Alaska Anchorage leaves no room for fun.

It's Valentine’s Day and her 21st birthday. Just another college day - full of classes and more homework than is humanly possib
ebook, 1, 100 pages
Published January 21st 2013 (first published January 17th 2013)
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Veronica Morfi
Rating: 3/5

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.*

Playing Hooky is the first book in the Paranormal Investigations series. This is a very short story about Emma and Jason. On Emma's 21st birthday Jason decides it's about time he shares his secret world with her. A world filled with magical creatures, elves, dwarves and many more. Together they visit the Circus and get tangled up in a search for one of the missing creatures.

This was a short and amusing story. I really e
On Emma's 21st birthday she just wanted to hit the snooze button but when her best friend shows up she knows she is in for an adventure. Jason is about to reveal something about himself and the doors it opens to Emma and it will leave her completely enchanted.

For the first time since they were old enough to date both are single, but what would happen if they began to date? The question is out there but both Jason and Emma are entwined in another adventure that reveals a betrayal neither saw comi
May 13, 2013 Cindy rated it did not like it
Shelves: read-in-2013
I think my first problem with this one was that Playing Hooky was too short. I already know I don’t like short stories, but I decided that a novella was worth a shot. From the synopsis it sounded like something I would really be pulled into, but unfortunately, Playing Hooky turned out to quite annoying and I barely got through it.

For starters, I had a problem connecting with Emma and Jason. I was also annoyed with their conversations, because half the time they spent talking about past events as
Tracey (YA Book Addict)
May 10, 2013 Tracey (YA Book Addict) rated it it was amazing
I hope she likes it. The place we're going. Today, I'm bringing her deeper into my life than I ever have before. I'm laying all my cards on the table, revealing all my deepest secrets.

Except that I love her.

Wow, this book was so different to others that I have read lately or probably anything that I've ever read. Imagine a fairytale filled with adventure and the throw in a nice yummy dose of New Adult steaminess and what you have is Playing Hooky.

It's Valentines day and Emma's 21st birthday.
Dana Cuadrado
Aug 13, 2013 Dana Cuadrado rated it really liked it
*** This Review was Originally posted on my blog DanaSquare REVIEW I received this book for review purposes all opinions are my own ***

Playing Hooky is an exciting and fun paranormal adventure between two best friends that have a lot of chemistry! I haven't read a book that combines so many paranormal aspects into one book in a long time and add to that this is a novella! I have no clue how Rita Webb fit all of this action into a novella length story.

I loved Emma and Jason the main characters t
Curse of the Bibliophile
Jan 22, 2013 Curse of the Bibliophile rated it it was amazing
Sometimes being normal is vastly over rated!

This book sends you on a whirlwind adventure into all things supernatural. The book was fast paced and full of twists and turns keeping you on your toes at every turn of the page. The imaginative writing really made me feel as if I was part of this magical new world. It is a unique new story that will have you eagerly turning the pages to find out what happens next.

Not only is this book filled with interesting creatures and tons of adventure it also ha
This was a quick, light, fun read and I'm looking forward to more in the series.

Emma and Jason have been best friends for years, since they were little children. They enjoy the same adventures and share a stubborn nature. They are also attracted to each other but neither has worked up the courage to admit it. Emma is afraid that if things go wrong, she'll lose not only her boyfriend but her best friend while Jason has hesitated in part due to a big secret. Now, he shares part of that secret with
Aug 17, 2013 Kriss rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
What you think is inside this book, is not...

How could I turn this down? She is going to school at UAA (University of Alaska, Anchorage). At least I assume so since that is the only college in Anchorage. I had to totally giggle as I read this and dove straight into the read. I asked to be part of the tour after helping with the graphics and falling in love with everything I kept hearing about it, and first off? This is a book you will not want to judge by it's cover.

Wait you say? The cover is be
hmmm...this is going to probably be short.

I would like to state because it has been misinterpreted before, 3 stars means i like it, it does NOT mean i did NOT like it? Kay so before ya'll go and attacking me I DID LIKE THIS...its just... well I will get to that later.

Song choice: "Too Afraid to Love You" by The Black Keys

First thoughts: Well this is a novella and on the page count for amazon its only 69 pages so taking that in consideration this was a short, easy, fun read. There were things t
Jan 07, 2015 Tina rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book. I loved the whole concept of a circus filled with mythological creatures of all shapes and sizes. The descriptions were so vivid that I felt I could just reach out and touch them. The authors brought them to life for me. Amazing!

The "human" characters were brilliant as well. I love the playful banter between the two lead characters, Emma and Jason. I found myself giggling out loud on more than one occasion.

The two worlds were intertwined seamlessly and made this a w
Heather McCubbin
Fast paced and magical!

A story that grabs you from the start and keeps you reading and wanting more! I agree with another review that a bit more surprise is needed when magic is discovered. I am off to read the second one in this series!
Aug 25, 2013 Valerie rated it really liked it
Very good, yet short read. Would of loved if the author had explore in more detail but a good job nonetheless.. ;) Emma just an ordinary young lady is taken out and about for her 21st birthday by her closest friend Jason. Jason has decided to begin to come clean on who he really is.. and unlike most girls Emma didn't seem as shocked as I would of thought. Emma is introduced to a bunch of mythical beings and seems enticed by it all. An adventure is started as the two of them must find a missing s ...more
Lenore Kosinski
Mar 04, 2013 Lenore Kosinski rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle, recommended
Cute and quick little read. With short stories, it can be hard to get sucked in b/c you have to just go with their assumptions...the author tends to just jump right in. Like how easily Emma believed everything about the new world. It worked for me and I let it go, but my major complaint was with her sister....I don't know if the author will delve into it more in later stories, but I would spend a little more time being shocked about that whole turn of events if I were Emma....
Bella Doerres
Feb 25, 2015 Bella Doerres rated it it was amazing
Playing Hooky by Rita J Webb and T J Webb

Emma is off to college and getting used to her new college life. It is all so normal and so different for her. She is soon to learn that old friends show up and when he is almost the boy next door that you have secretly cursed forever it could be good or it could be bad. Jason and Emma have always been friends and she was used to his unusual ways but he was about to spring on her something so different that her world was going to change forever. Emma alw
"Playing Hooky" by Rita and TJ Webb is book one in the Paranormal Investigations series, a series about Emma and Jason who've grown up together. Emma has always been up for the all the adventures that Jason has taken her on, so when he shows up at her door on her 21st birthday with her sister Angelina, she's shocked. Jason might've been a little shocked too by catching Emma braless in tank and her panties, as is witnessed by his eyes bugging out. LOL. Jason has a magical day planned for Emma, so ...more
Merissa (Archaeolibrarian)
I received this book from Xpresso Reads in return for a fair and honest review.

This is a short but sweet introduction to Emma and Jason, best friends forever and secretly in love with each other. I don't like insta-love, never have and probably never will but we don't have that at all here. Instead we have a long friendship, with them happy in each other's company, doing things that they both like doing. Perfect!

Except that it is Emma's 21st birthday and Jason whisks her away to show her some se
Jan 20, 2015 Louisa rated it it was amazing
Absolutely loved this book, couldn't put it down.

Romance, Adventure, Magic and Unicorns what more could you ask for

Its Emma's 21st Birthday and nothing special is planned that is until her best friend in forever Jason shows up to take her on an adventure like no other. He surprises her with a trip to the circus but its no ordinary circus its filled with all kinds of magical creatures including unicorns and a siren. The real adventure begins when the siren is kidnapped to before a love spell. The
Michelle Willms
Jan 17, 2014 Michelle Willms rated it it was amazing
Shelves: paranormal
Playing Hooky by Rita and TJ Webb

Playing Hooky was a sweet, whimsical story that hinted at a budding romance between Emma and Jason. On Emma's 21st birthday, Jason showed up to take her on an adventure. Adventures of one type or another have been traditional for the two; they've been best friends since Kindergarten. Emma didn't expect Jason this year, though, since he had a girlfriend the last she’d heard. However, Jason is single and has come to take Emma on the adventure of a lifetime, introdu
Kelly Hawkins Solomon
Dec 20, 2014 Kelly Hawkins Solomon rated it it was amazing
It's a fantastical story that will suck you in. Excellent start to a new series. Emma and Jason are old friends and Jason is going to take Emma out for something special as it's her 21st birthday. Just when she thinks she knows Jason she is shown a fantastical new world. Her curiosity gets the better of her and she embraces this new world. She and Jason go to investigate a missing Siren from the circus and meet more fantastical creatures along the way. And wait until you find out who is behind t ...more
Denise Van plew
Jan 21, 2014 Denise Van plew rated it it was amazing
This is just what was needed for a refreshing and enjoyable snack of reading pleasure. First time reading this author and was not disappointed to say the least. I have been following this author because she does write paranormal and I do so enjoy the genre. Hooky- just the word alone brings back memories of fun times that it is associated with the word. In this I met Emma who is in college and getting ready for the day when in pops her sister with her best friend Jason to celebrate her 21st birt ...more
Jennifer Schultheis
Jan 22, 2015 Jennifer Schultheis rated it really liked it
Shelves: mnp
I received this book as a gift in exchange for an honest review.

Playing Hooky by Rita Webb will take you on a magical journey full of adventure and mystery. This book is book 1 in the Paranormal Investigations series and it will leave you wanting more. Rita Webb developed a well-written story that will leave readers intrigued by her characters. This story revolves around Emma and Jason. Now Jason and Emma have been best friends forever, but they definitely have more than friendly feelings betwe
  ღ☆ღ  Brenda
Ahhhh,What fun filled characters.These characters will leave you wanting more.This is a fun filled adventure story full of mystery.

Emma turns 21 and her best friend Jason takes her out for a night full of fun.Having tickets for a circus Emma is all ready for another one of Jason adventures.
He's taking her to a circus like no other.A fairytale circus,full of fairytale creatures.They everything from unicorns to dwarfs.Emma makes a bet with a grumpy dwarf and the adventure begins.They must find a
Roxie Wojcik
Jan 16, 2014 Roxie Wojcik rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Paranormal & Romance Fans
Recommended to Roxie by: Facebook Giveaway
OH.MY.GOODNESS. This may not have been a long read, but it absolutely, positively, has been one of my favorite reads!! I was completely enthralled, couldn't put it down...and then, oh crap, it was over! Over?? There has to be more ~ just has to be! Some books drag and you think, will it ever end...hello to ~ please don't stop. Playing Hooky is one of those books you never want to end.

It is a paranormal love story about two college aged sisters, Emma and Angelina. Super hot Jason (or at least he
Maghon Thomas
I loved this short and sweet little story! It's so fun, as you meet Emma, a college student, who finally finds out the secrets behind her best friend, whom she's in love with, races to save a siren, whom she never believed existed, and almost becomes her sister's enemy. Oh boy! Oh and it's her birthday on Valentine's day :)

Emma is hilarious. But she's also just a human who will make you love her on the spot. You can't help it. She's also in love with her best friend, but she won't lose him, so
Susan Griscom
Jan 29, 2013 Susan Griscom rated it it was amazing
Absolutely enchanting! I got so caught up in this novella I almost forgot about fixing dinner, in fact, it didn’t get started until 7 pm last night. I did not want to stop reading this book. There is so much action packed into this story it could easily have been a full length novel without any problem.

It’s Emma’s 21st birthday and her lifelong friend since kindergarten, Jason, shows up to show her a good time. He takes her to a circus and introduces her to all his strange friends, friends she n
Stephanie Cover2CoverBlog
May 06, 2013 Stephanie Cover2CoverBlog rated it really liked it
Background: Emma and Jason have been friends, best friends, since they were kids. Now they are in college, single at the same time, and it is Emma's birthday. It just so happens that Jason has showed up to give her a very special and magical day.

Review: This was a very cute novella, only about 100 pages long so it was a quick and easy read. Emma and Jason are adorable together, all embarrassing moments and tension. The story was cute too, it is Valentine's Day and they must figure out who is try
GENRE: New Adult Fantasy
THEME: Romance, Magic
RECEIVED: Publisher

Playing Hooky follows Emma on her 21st birthday, as always she’s excited to spend this day with her best friend Jason on some sort of adventure. But Jason has a special day planned for her that she’ll likely never forget.

Emma is a typical college girl; she’s not perfect and seems to be the total opposite of her pretty and perfectly sweet sister. But her friend Jason, likes her for who she
Yvonne (The Shadow Realm)
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This was a really fun and extremely quick read. I loved it. The banter between Emma and Jason was incredible and there were many laugh out loud moments. As per previous birthdays, Jason takes Emma on an adventure that she'll never forget. He brings her in to a world that she never knew existed. I loved all the different creatures that were featured. I was really curious about Jason too. I'm pretty sure I know what his deal is but I'm looking forward to finding out more in the next
May 09, 2013 CCAM&GZM rated it liked it
"NO, NO, NO. You can't fall in love with me," Emma whispers in my ear.
"Too late."

Like many other readers, I saw the cover (niceee!), read the description, and snatch the book.

In short, the book is SWEET!

It is the story of a friendship that turns into something else and more profound. But if Jason (by the way, you’ll love him) takes chances and muster his courage to step beyond their sincere friendship, Emma is afraid that she could lose everything: Jason, his love and his friendship. For now
Apr 17, 2013 ReadingDiva rated it really liked it
**Originally posted at ReadingDiva's Blog

MINI REVIEW: Playing Hooky is a short, sweet & entertaining Paranormal read. The story is fresh and different, mostly because it is not just about vampires. The plot is entertaining, Emma and her best friend Jason were put in charge of finding a Siren who was presumably lost or kidnapped for her blood. The adventure starts when Emma & Jason embark into an hunt to find and save the Siren, while trying to discover who is behind the disappearance. Wh
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Leaving the house to go to school, I had schoolbooks spilling out of one hand, the other holding my place in a Nancy Drew novel, and bunny slippers still on my feet. My mom was a wee bit upset.

I haven't changed much. Still always have a book (or two) in my hand or creating stories in my head, and although I don't have any bunny slippers, I love writing in my jammies and snuggly slipper socks.

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