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Spirits Rising (Spirit Caller #1)

3.56  ·  Rating details ·  181 Ratings  ·  46 Reviews
Rachel Mills has one wish in life: for the spirit world to shut up and leave her alone. She thought her move to a remote fishing village in Northern Newfoundland would help.

Population: Twenty. What could go wrong?

Instead of peace, however, she relocates to a land of superstitution, the air alive with the presence of others.

When a local teenager accidentally summons the spi
Kindle Edition, 80 pages
Published January 2012 by Amazon Digital Services
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Sep 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
This was a fun, quick, and surprisingly intense read.

The plot is pretty simple. In rural Newfoundland lives Rachel, a woman who is sensitive to the paranormal. A teenager she knows accidentally raises the spirits of long dead Native tribes and Viking colonists, who raise havoc. Rachel, her cop buddy she has an unrequited crush on, the sassy old lady who lives next door, the teenager, and his disapproving Pentacostal father work together to banish them. There, I summed up the book.

And yet it was
J.w. Schnarr
Jul 31, 2013 rated it really liked it
Come to Newfoundland, they said. Check out the sights, immerse yourself in culture, they said...what they didn't mention was the horde of First Nations and old Viking spirits in corporeal form running the streets and wrecking up the place. Enter Krista D. Ball's novella, "Spirits Rising".

Once the action starts, it doesn't let up until the last page. As a Canadian who has never been to the Atlantic coast of my country, there was a lot of insight into the culture of Newfoundlanders that I was espe
Feb 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: fans of urban fantasy, the Paranormal, ghosts, traditional Newfoundland stories
Recommended to Katy by: LibraryThing
Book Info: Genre: Urban Fantasy
Reading Level: Young Adult to Adult
Recommended for: Fans of urban fantasy, paranormal-based stories, those interested in the Native traditions and people of Newfoundland
Trigger Warnings: extremist Christian beliefs

My Thoughts: I must say that Mrs. Saunders was a hoot! I just loved her. I was also very interested in the Newfoundland history that was hinted at in the story. I was also amused by the sort of us vs. them attitudes expressed in this story, and by the nar
Mar 04, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: canadian
OK, I said I'd come back and give this a longer review.

I probably never would have picked this up if the author weren't an r/fantasy regular - urban fantasy (or in this case, rural fantasy) is not my thing.

While I'm generally a fan of leaving the mystery of character backgrounds to be explored and not spelling everything out for the reader, I felt like (view spoiler) made
Jan 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
A fun, quick read. I love the characters, especially Rachel and her neighbor.
This was a fun and quick read. It reminded me a lot of a Canadian Dresden Files with a female protagonist. The plot was fairly straightforward, but where this really shines is the characters and attitude. Krista manages to convey a lot of personality and history for each of her characters in just a few sentences. The sarcasm and humor of the main character were refreshing, as well.
Mar 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A delightful, quick paranormal read with a great voice. SO much fun. Delighted I get to dive right into the sequel.

Also, Rachel + Jeremy 4EVA. (I might identify a little TOO much with Miss Mills...*cough*)
Jennifer (Bad Bird Reads)
The Good
Rachel can see and communicate with spirits. Sounds cool, but in reality, having spirits be drawn to you is no fun at all. And having any sort of control over spirits is down right painful. But Rachel feels it's her job to rid her small village of the ancient spirits that have risen through the mishandled magic of a local teen. But putting these spirits to rest presents a bigger challenge than Rachel can handle. And to Rachel's immense surprise, the small village, the very people she tho
Bea  Charmed
Rachel has the ability to sense ghosts and spirits. Sometimes they bother her, sometimes they don't, but she's always aware of them. She makes no secret of her ability but doesn't advertise it either. In the village she moved to recently, she's made a few friends, but also at least one enemy: someone has been posting fliers on her front door, denouncing her as a witch and a devil worshipper.

Rachel is the protagonist of this story but not the hero. She doesn't have special powers, but she does ha
Lorina Stephens
Apr 26, 2014 rated it it was ok
Spirits Rising, by Krista D. Ball, has all the elements to make it an entertaining Canadian paranormal novel. Alas, for this reader, it fell far short of the mark.

Ostensibly a story about a resurrection spell gone awry in the hands of a novice, the novel chronicles a mainlander's attempt to return the arisen hoards back to their rest.

While the setting is engaging for any lover of Canadian literature, (St. Anthony, Newfoundland, the home of the UNESCO Heritage Site L'Anse aux Meadows), there is l
Feb 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
Loved the setting and the use of local history. It was a great read
Jan 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
With paranormal stories flooding the market, especially those involving angsty vampires in romantic relationships with innocent mortal girls, it’s a refreshing change to read Krista D. Ball’s Spirits Rising.
The protagonist of the story is Rachel. She’s a lovely protagonist – not superhuman, beautiful like a model and thin like a rail. She’s down-to-earth, has a few kilos she needs to lose, has a crush on a man who’s taken, and she can’t fight the supernatural side all on her own. Plus, her Chris
Review posted at Book Lovin' Mamas

I was contacted by Krista D. Ball through email to read and review her book, "Spirits Rising" which is the first book to the series "The Spirit Caller". I haven't read a book about Spirits before, so I jumped at the chance. I'm always looking for something new to read.
It's not a normal Genre I read...but I really enjoyed the world that Krista D. Ball created in this book. Rachel Mills is the main character and she is able to interact with spirits. Unfortunately
Melissa Hayden
Jun 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebook
3.5 Stars as a very good start to a Paranormal Novella Series.

Returning from her Mexico trip and catching up with her elderly neighbor, Mrs. Sauders, Rachel receives a phone call from a young man for help. Thinking he needs a ride home, as she offers to do to all young adults if drinking, but learns the boy of a local Deacon who doesn't much like Rachel has a party in his basement that he didn't throw. Vikings drinking, who are the flesh.

We start with Rachel returning home to Newfoun
Liz at Fictional Candy
May 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ghost
Rachel has just come back from a Mexican vacation to her home in Newfoundland. She’s beginning to think that this isn’t the place for her, after falling for a man already in another relationship. That’s not to mention that she is seemingly hated by her neighbors. If you found religious tracts on your door on a near daily basis telling you that you were going to Hell, you’d think you were unwanted too. She also serves as a designated driver for local teens, much to their parents dismay since they ...more
Jan 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: review-book, ebook
This review was originally posted on my blog, Ramblings of a Daydreamer. You can find it, and many more reviews at the blog.

This novella, set in Newfoundland, Canada, is action packed and wonderfully creepy. I’ve always wanted to visit Newfoundland, and the day I started reading this book story, I got an advertisement postcard about Newfoundland; I think that’s a sign, don’t you?

This was not your average ghost story. Newfoundland has a vast history, so it only stands to reason that it would be t
Mar 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
Meet Rachel Mills, twenty-something woman who is sensitive to the "other"--spirits, ghosts, whatever you choose to call them (several characters call them demons).

The characters really make this book. Rachel is refreshingly normal and accessible. She doesn't wear leather, she doesn't carry weapons, and she doesn't run around fighting ghosts in spike heels. She does have a snarky sense of humor, a little extra weight around the hips, and mom issues. Mrs. Saunders, Rachel's neighbor, is an absolut
Angie ~aka Reading Machine~
Rachel Mills is what some people would call sensitive. She lives in Newfoundland much to her adoptive mother's dismay along with being unemployed. Rachel checks in on her elderly neighbor Mrs. Saunders on a regular basis. Rachel is secretly nursing a broken heart and unrequited love from her best friend Constable Jeremy Garratt. She took a month's vacation yet the heart wants what the heart wants anyway. When Manny O'Toole calls Rachel asking her for help little did she know or expect what happe ...more
Apr 01, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fun UF but a little too short.

I don't read a whole lot of Urban Fantasy but I'm down for anything free and have heard good things about Ball so I decided to give this one a try.

You can't beat the price but even so I felt like it ended way too quickly. It's really more of a short story or novella than an out right novel. There just isn't enough time to really get to know these characters properly and tell a good fantasy story.

While the narrator is lovable and entertaining, the supporting cast s
Apr 22, 2012 rated it it was ok
Spirits Rising is an easy read that mixes up some fun and entertainment for the reader with a woman and her town facing an unusual situation: dead vikings are showing up all over.

While the story was a unique one and somewhat like the Ghost Whisperer television show, I felt that I found myself wondering if this was an introduction to a series, an introduction to a book or the rough draft of something that pushed itself into a story that got published. No real technical flaws or anything of that n
Masquerade Crew
Jul 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing

Spirits Rising is a novella, making it a rather short read. But that doesn’t mean it isn’t something that shouldn’t be read. However if you are looking for a supernatural romance story of the type that is incredibly popular at the moment, this one is not for you. While Rachel does have a man she pines over there are no romantic relations between her and the man so if you are after romance then this isn’t the book for you.

If however you are after ancient ghosts of Vikings and natives
Patty Jansen
Jul 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
This novella, presumably the start of a series, is the story of Rachel who is sensitive to the spirits of the dead.

What I liked:

The authentic feel of the setting, and the images of the native spirits.

Most of the story moves at a good pace.

I liked Rachel's relationship with Jeremy (or rather, the absence thereof), and the relationship with the bigoted priest.

What I liked less:

I think the narrative suffered a bit from overwriting at times, where the same thing is mentioned a few times. I felt this
Feb 21, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle, freebies
I'm not exactly sure of how I feel about this book. It's not bad at all, but also lacked to be as captivating as it intended to be. The characters are very... normal (Jeremy actually bothered me a little), as human as any character can be, but regardless of how much power and potential Rachel may or may not have, I still didn't feel as much empathy for her as I wished I did. It was good that she wasn't some sort of invincible super heroin, like what happened in Sarah Maas' Assassins series, but ...more
Jul 19, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2012
(Review originally posted on Alexa Loves Books)

I liked Spirits Rising – it’s a nice, linear story with a simple plot and an interesting, if stereotypical, set of characters. While I didn’t necessary love it, I did think it was an overall enjoyable and quick read.

It’s not too far out of my comfort zone to read about people who communicate with spirits - they’re a staple in paranormal YA. It’s curious that there’s no further exploration into Rachel’s abilities, apart from her fight to banish the
Christina (Ensconced in Lit)
I won this book from member librarything giveaway in exchange for an honest review.

This book is about Rachel, someone who can sense and banish the dead. She lives in a small town full of Bible pushers and one day, a teenager decides to raise the dead. Too many dead.

Don't get me wrong, I like Rachel. I think she's sarcastic and funny and Mrs. Saunders, the old lady who has been like a second grandmother to her, steals every scene she's in. But the big problem with this book is that nothing reall
Nov 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This is a great story filled with wonderful ghostly doings, great characters, and beautiful world building. I must say for such a short novella it is packed with excitement. Rachel is seeking peace in a small fishing village, but finds cruel prejudice and misunderstanding. She befriends her elderly neighbor who is so feisty you want to know her. A young boy comes to her for help and she cannot turn him away despite the cruelty and threats from someone in the community who remains anonymous. This ...more
Feb 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
Review Spirits Rising by Krista D. Ball
Spirits Rising is book 1 of the Spirit Caller Series.
Rachel can feel the supernatural. Thier are those in her comunity that call her a witch and demon worshiper.
The teenagers know if they are drunk she will come and give them a ride home, rather than have them drive drunk. Manuel O'Toole called because their were a lot of people in his basement drinking and his parents will be coming home soon. He needs help getting rid of them. They were Vikings gh
Heather Pearson
Oct 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: canadian
It's October, just two weeks from Halloween, and there is nothing like a good haunting to nudge me off balance. That is exactly what Krista Ball did in her novella Spirits Rising.

Rachel has just returned from a month long visit to sunny Mexico, but sitting in her neighbour's kitchen in Northern Newfoundland, she feels ill at ease. It's not 93 year old Mrs. Saunders, but the spirits from the other world beyond that call to her. Ever since she was little, Rachel could hear these spirits , and to
Catrina Barton
Mar 18, 2012 rated it really liked it

I received this e book in exchange for a review.

Mrs. Ball has done it again.

Spirits Rising is an accurate title. She's written another captivating story with a plot that really draws the readers into the story and keeps you turning the pages.

I found Rachael Mills to be a very interesting and memorable character, from her sometimes sarcastic thoughts, to her quirky and witty comments. I especially enjoyed how the author paid attention to the small details on Paranormal aspects.

The chapter
Sep 14, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: paranormal
Being a Canadian that lives on the other side of Canada as Newfoundland, I was really curious as to how it'd be portrayed. I definitely learned a lot about their history. I enjoyed this story, and I liked the plot. However, this book is a novella, so it seemed a bit rushed. The climax wasn't especially climactic.

I thought the characters were written well, but once again, there wasn't as much development as I'd hoped for since the book was so short. Rachel was tough and independent, but then she'
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