The Shadowing: Hunted (Book 1) Adam Slater September 2011 Egmont USA Publishing
Talk about getting that creepy feeling as you are reading!! This book is...moreThe Shadowing: Hunted (Book 1) Adam Slater September 2011 Egmont USA Publishing
Talk about getting that creepy feeling as you are reading!! This book is definitely one that you don’t want to read at night, alone, when it’s storming outside.
Callum has always been able to see ghosts and is beginning to have premonitions. Callum is the kind of boy who knows that he is different and does everything that he can to “fly under the radar”. The premonitions are becoming stronger, the ghosts seem afraid and Callum realizes something is after him. The deserted churches, the creepy graveyards and the howling of a distant animal keeps the story moving at a great pace throughout the book.
I loved that “The Hunter” wasn’t revealed early in the book and it added to the mystery of the story. This character had all the creepiness that I love in a suspense/horror book.
Gran is Callum's grandmother who he lives with. She tends to ignore things that she can’t see or that isn’t practical, but as the story unfolds, you learn that Gran isn’t everything that she appears to be. As the premonitions come true, Gran tells of secrets that have been left untold, but still leave you wanting to learn more.
This is a great beginning to a YA paranormal series by Adam Slater. The only thing is I would have liked it to have been a little longer and played the story out some more….but the Epilogue revealed some things that promises to bring more of that creepiness that I loved so much about this book. This is a great book for males to read as it doesn’t have the “romance” in it that so many YA paranormal books do now. It’s a great beginning and I look forward to reading the next installment.
***This book was provided to me by the publisher via Net Galley in exchange for an honest review. It in no way influenced my opinion. (less)
Picture the southern charm of Charleston, SC. The fern covered grounds, the moss hanging from the trees, the trees so full and thick that they form a...morePicture the southern charm of Charleston, SC. The fern covered grounds, the moss hanging from the trees, the trees so full and thick that they form a canopy above you........ Now picture yourself standing in a graveyard staring at a ghost.
1. Never acknowledge the dead 2. Never stray far from hallowed ground 3. Never associate with those who are haunted 4. Never, ever tempt fate.
My father's rules....I've never broken them.....until now.
Now that you know the rules you have to keep them in mind throughout the story. Amelia is 9 when she sees her first ghost. Her father can see them as well. It's a secret between the two of them, even her mother doesn't know.
Amelia has a pretty interesting job in that she is a cemetery restorer. She has a special talent for restoring old deteriorating burial sites. These sites for various reasons have been neglected or forgotten over the years and she brings them back to life and beauty.
The main character is called in to consult on a case when a body is found in a cemetery she is currently restoring. This is where she meets the dark and brooding John Devlin. Devlin has a past that is slowly revealed in pieces throughout the story and it makes him even more intriguing. You wonder what he hides behind his distant eyes, dark circles and what it is about him that immediately pulls Amelia to him but at the same time instills fear in her.
The characters are well developed, introduced and intertwined perfectly, the background stories are brought out in perfect timing, and the details were wonderfully explained. It is very apparent that the author truly did her research on the subjects described. I loved how details of inscriptions on the headstones were explained revealing rituals, beliefs, and symbolism.
The twists and turns involving all the supporting characters were well done as well. Secret organizations, cover-ups, hidden past transgressions, old money, prestigious universities and the charming south. All woven together perfectly.
The creepiness factor is definitely there with the ghosts... staring in through the windows, the bursts of cold air, the feeling of someone touching your arm and the breath you feel on your neck. Trust me, these ghosts are no Casper...
"Just when sun bids farewell and the moon says hello, between day and night- twilight- a veil is lifted, the unrest sprits rise to roam the land of the living once more…"
***I received this book from Mira via Netgalley for free in exchange for an honest review. It in no way influenced my review or opinion of this book. (less)