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The Secret of Spruce Knoll

(Channeler #1)

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  183 ratings  ·  44 reviews
Following the tragic death of her parents, Eren Donovan moves to Spruce Knoll to live with an aunt she’s never met. Little does Eren know the entire town of Spruce Knoll is filled with “channelers”—a magical group of people who immigrated to the small Colorado town when they were driven out of their own lands.

Channelers are tied to the fate of the world. As the world slow
Hardcover, 338 pages
Published November 15th 2011 by Compass Press (first published August 1st 2011)
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Oct 20, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, own
When I read this synopsis of this novel that talks of “channelers” and their fates being tied to the world, I wasn't really sure what to expect, and if I would really get it. I can now say that The Secret of Spruce Knoll is a wonderfully written paranormal novel that is completely original and full of wonder, love and loss.

Shortly after opening it's pages, I was introduced to the town of Spruce Knoll - Erin's new hometown - where people are acting peculiar and not very accepting. Some of them a
Bookish Indulgenges with b00k r3vi3ws
Can I start by saying that I love the name ‘Spruce Knoll’? At first I thought that it was just weird! A place called Spruce Knoll! But by the end of the book -- I love it. Before I tell you why, let me tell you a bit more about the book and the storyline.
The story revolves around Eren and Aiden. Eren, whose parents are recently killed, moves to Spruce Knoll to live with her aunt. Moving from a big city to a small town, Eren was in for surprises. But the basic difference was nothing compared to t
Heather McCorkle
Jul 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Of course I'm biased because I love the characters and have so much vested in them. :-) If you enjoy urban fantasy, paranormal with a different twist, or magical realism then The Secret of Spruce Knoll may be a great fit for you. Full of mystery, danger, magic, and a healthy dash of romance, The Secret of Spruce Knoll aims to entertain. ...more
Aug 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I’ve wanted The Secret of Spruce Knoll since I participated in a live chat with the author, Heather McCorkle. So I dove right into it when I received it in my mailbox. My intuitions about this novel didn't mislead me. McCorkle has penned an incredibly awesome story with amazing characters. McCorkle is a beautiful writer, by that I mean her writing flows with depth and strength and clarity. From the first page, I knew I was in for an intriguing fantasy with Eren and Aiden's story within the world ...more
Christine Fonseca
Jan 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone who is looking for a paranormal thriller that is NOT like the typical books out there
Shelves: 2012-reads
I really like this story. I sort of came to the series in a backwards manner, reading BORN OF FIRE and another Channeler short before finally reading this novel. I was hooked into the world and premise walking in; but it was the characters that kept me hooked. From the first page to the last, I found the character development strong. These are real, flawed, people working through issues that we can all relate to.
Add to that beautiful setting descriptions and a rich emotional context and you have
Linda Gray
Jun 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I love Heather's writing. It's clean and crisp and evocative, and this is a great story! ...more
Nov 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This book was absolutely positively divine! Oh my goodness. My mom introduced me to this book because I was needing a book to read. So, obviously I was going to read it. My mother's recommendations are never wrong. After all she knows my book tastes. I've lived with her for 14 years.

Eren just wants to be a normal teenage girl. But when her parents get attacked by a wild animal and she has to come live with her aunt, everything changes. I connected with Eren right on the spot. Heather did a fanta
May 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
I have had this book waiting on my IPAD for months… I actually won it during a Twitter chat so long ago. When I received it I fell in love with the cover, but for some reason I never got around to reading it… so it has sat there waiting for me.
The Heather contacted me to participate in a book tour for the third book in this series and it gave me the push I needed to read the first two books in the series.
As soon as I finished this book, I was so mad at myself! I just can’t understand how I let
Jessica Subject
Jun 20, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own-it
The Secret of Spruce Knoll is much different than any other YA book that I've read thus far, and that's a huge plus. The characters as well as the world-building are very well developed and engaging. If you are looking for a paranormal YA that doesn't include vampires, I highly recommend this book. ...more
Mundie Moms & Mundie Kids
Spruce Knoll is an incredibly exciting debut with a richly detailed history that surrounds both the town of Spruce Knoll and it's residents. Not only is this scarcely populated town one that would have environmentally friendly people wanting to flock here do to the fact it's residents all live green, but the citizens themselves are elusive, which made me that much more fascinated with finding out more about them, and the secrets their town is hiding. From the moment I opened up Heather's book I ...more
Dec 19, 2011 rated it really liked it
It seems like I've been a little down on paranormal type young adult books lately. So much of it just starts to feel like the same ol' same ol' and while each book tends to have some unique aspect it's still hard for me to feel like I really love the book. So I was a bit worried that this might end up being another so-so read. But guess what?! It wasn't! Yeah, I wasn't completely blown away, but I did really like it.

The book kind of sets off with a bang and sets up a mystery we look to solve th
Feb 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
If I lost my parents suddenly, in a wild animal attack, I sure would learn how to keep my distance. I mean, I would have just experienced someone I love being ripped away. Well, that is exactly how Eren feels as she goes to live with her aunt in Spruce Knoll. But after running into Aiden, an attractive boy with whom she forms a fast friendship, she realizes that forming attachments again might not be so bad. However, with her aunt and newfound "friend" acting so strange, Eren quickly realizes t ...more
Yin Chien 인첸
Aug 06, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Being the first book in the Channeler series by debut author Heather McCorkle, The Secret of Spruce Knoll presents readers with a refreshingly new type of paranormal - one that concerns the Earth and its inhabitants - a magical group of people called "channelers".

In this novel, our protagonist Eren Donovan is a teenager who has recently lost her parents. She has no other choice but to move to a place called Spruce Knoll to live with her aunt. As she learns about her heritage and the different so
Sep 12, 2011 rated it really liked it
When Heather McCorkle first contacted me to read The Secret of Spurce Knoll, I was enamored with the synopsis. Any book that deals with magic in a real world setting takes my heart instantly. Why? Well perhaps I'm a dreamer, but I like to think it's really out there somewhere. Who knows. People like Eren could be living somewhere and we'd never even know it! I digress though. Let's get on to the review!

Let's start with what I really liked about this book. Eren's character was fascinating to me f
Trisha Wolfe
Jun 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing
From the first page, I was gripped and pulled into a town and world full of magic and mystery. Spruce Knoll (love that name!) is eerie and elusive at times. From the way the citizens are green, I mean really green, to their rejection of Eren, I was flipping the pages to discover the secret. The mythology McCorkle created was original and adds an awesome new twist for paranormal lovers. It still boggles my mind thinking on the concept, and I can’t wait to find out more about Eren’s powers and thi ...more
Ali Cross
Jan 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
What a great story this is! One of the best things about it is that I can't think of a book to compare it too. The reason why I love that, is because the story is just so unique. Which is why I kept turning the page! Loved it!

I loved that the characters (even the hot boy) was flawed and not perfect. I loved that the main character, Eren, had issues trusting and letting herself be loved (natural considering what she'd been through - no spoilers from me!)

And, in an environmentally conscious world,
Saba N  Taylor
Jul 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This was a really good story. There was action in every chapter right down to the last chapters! The pace was good, the plot was really entertaining and the characters you could really fall in love with (or really hate, Luke, grrrr.)I'm not a fan of novels that are overwhelmingly romantically themed but this story was worth reading. I love anything that is out of the ordinary and this was out of the ordinary :D Channelers are very interesting and I want to know more about them :D ...more
Jan 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 5-star-books
This was a awesome book too read.
It made me wish I could live in Spruce Knoll.
I could see it all in my head and feel it all in my heart.

I'm no good in giving reviews, I can read the books in english very well but too right reviews in english is bad LOL...

I'm now going too read book 2 ...
Thanks for writing such fantastic books, love you for it ...
Apr 11, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012-reads
Eren's life takes a dramatic turn when her parents are killed in an animal attack, forcing her to move in with her aunt that she never met. Eren's arrival to Spruce Knolls is met with open hostility, that she does not understand. Slowly, Eren discovers Spruce Knolls is unlike any other American town, and she is not like other normal American girls.
Fida Islaih
Jan 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I could relate to Eren being sensitive and nature loving. Like I said about Born of Fire, I think it's cool to feel and see not only your own, but other people's energy. I like that she is an artist. I liked all the small things and big things. Family, jewelry, custody. Those are the only hints I'm giving. You need to read the book, too! ...more
Jun 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I have to admit, I was a little apprehensive about reading this book. From the first chapter I really became intrigued and didn't want to put it down. I am excited about the second book and being able to read more about Eren, Aiden and the life they are starting new. ...more
Gwen Gardner
Sep 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing
A really fun YA novel.
Nata Romeo
Mar 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
loved The Secret Of Spruce Knoll!
I read all of Heathers books and love her writing style.
Her characters are packed with emotions and believable.
I highly recommend this book!
Katie M
Aug 18, 2012 marked it as to-read
ohhhh this sounds good cant wait to read it :)
Feb 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Got it as an amazon kindle freebie. I liked it more than I thought I would. Will definitely read the next book in the series.
Charleann Smith
Mar 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book. Kept me up until I finished it.
Mason Bundschuh
Aug 04, 2011 marked it as to-read
Waiting for release date! Exciting times ahead.
Jul 20, 2011 rated it it was ok
This review originally appeared on my blog, Mindful Musings.

In a Sentence: Though the characterization wasn't all I wanted it to be, The Secret of Spruce Knoll is a promising debut novel with a nice touch of suspense.

My Thoughts

I'm going to start this review by congratulating the author, Heather McCorkle, on the publication of her first book! Heather has long been a supporter of this blog, and I've been following her writing for quite a while, and it's so awesome to see all of her work and e
Sep 08, 2011 rated it it was ok
If this book had been clean,I would have given it five stars. The voice is great. The swearing and sex, not so much. If that stuff doesn't bother you, you'll probably really enjoy this one. The concept of channelers is interesting, there's plenty of intrigue in trying to collect proof to catch murderers and the different cultures make it divers and interesting. Strong themes of fighting against discrimination are very worthwhile. Another recurring theme is taking care of the Earth.

#1 thing I don
Judith Graves
McCorkle fuses magic, mystery, and myth into one action-packed tale.
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