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Mystery Falls

(Mystery Falls #1)

4.13  ·  Rating details ·  38 ratings  ·  32 reviews
Secrets. Lies. Deception. For the past six years, Samantha Hunt has lived with the belief that the untimely death of her parents was the result of an unfortunate accident—that by the cruel hand of fate, she had been left an orphan. But it was a lie, a terrible lie told to her by those who wanted to keep her in the dark. And the truth... when revealed, will change her life ...more
ebook, First, 345 pages
Published July 3rd 2012 by Marilyn Phillips, via Smashwords
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Norma Mills
Jan 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: series, kindle
This book is cute! C-U-T-E CUTE! I love a book with drama, and the whodunit scenario! I felt certain parts dragged on, and some of the characters were not completely necessary... But I understand why they were there for a scene, or to develop a dramatic issue. Here is my pro/con section:

Angel romance, with no sex. THANK YOU! Not every YA novel with romance needs sex! I am always one for a romp, but this book was only made better because it was NOT sex related. I loved how they both had to r
Lizzie Andrews
Feb 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
“Shadow speaking to Samantha "So... arrogant, egotistical, annoying, conceited, self-centered. Yeah, I got it the first time you said it.”
― Marilyn Phillips
Oh my! I am in love with this book. I couldn't put it down and had to read until it was finished. Now, one thing that people really don't know about me is how much I love angel story lines, especially avenging angel stories. The Mystery Falls series is going to become one of my favorites very quickly.

I loved the characters in this book! Sam
Feb 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I truly loved this book!! I enjoy paranormal and I enjoy love stories.....this is both rolled into one!! I read this in 2 days and I will recommend it to friends! I LOVE Shadow and Sam and cant wait till the rest of their story is told!!
Brooke (The Cover Contessa)
Sep 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: paranormal
I want to thank the author for providing me with a copy of this book to read and review. I received this copy as part of the blog tour being hosted by SupaGurlTours (

Blurb from Goodreads:
Secrets. Lies. Deception. For the past six years, Samantha Hunt has lived with the belief that the untimely death of her parents was the result of an unfortunate accident—that by the cruel hand of fate, she had been left an orphan. But it was a lie, a terrible lie told to h
Jessica O'Gorek
Jun 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Mystery Falls was a pleasant surprise for my first angel book. I've always been a vamps and wolves kind of girl but Shadow, the main character, made me a little more interested in his kind of "monster." I loved the pacing of this book, it kept me reading to find out what would happen next and there are some cool plot twists too. Ms. Phillips is a wonderful story weaver with good insight into her characters psyches and what they want. I wish there were parts told from Shadow's point of view a lit ...more
Jan 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
I was given this book by the author for an honest review.
Samantha lost her parents in a horrible accident at a young age and went to live with her uncle. Will in the woods behind her house she runs into a bear, as she is about to pass out she sees a figure on the rocks above her. Shadow knows he shouldn't be near Samantha but he is drawn to their connection. Ever time Sam is in trouble Shadow seems to be there to help her, but denies it in public. He is hiding something and Sam is determined to
Jan 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. I enjoy angel story lines, there are a few different versions and that being said this one did not disappoint. It was a new(ish) plot but it was very well written with little twists and turns here and there just to keep it interesting. The story was well developed and the characters well written. I LOVE Samantha and Shadow, Mia is hysterical and I really liked the way Claire ended up. I'm really interested in f ...more
I LOVED reading this book! Fantastic characters and story that will leave you wanting to read the next book asap. (It's actually one of my new fave books!) You will also be wishing that Shadow was a real person too!

Only problem I had with this book was some of the grammar/spelling:

"I glared as if for a moment before snapping back," Page 12

"Spurring the engine into to life" Page 41, 42

"I hadn't minded." Page 42

Other then these small errors whuch I choose to ignore, I really got into the story and
JoLee (Wickedly Delicious Book Blog)
Mystery Falls had me hooked by the 5th paragraph in the prologue with Shadow.

“I’m drawn to her in a way that I have never been drawn to
anyone throughout my existence. And right now, there’s nowhere else I would rather be, than here, watching her.”

First I have to give a huge thank you to Marilyn Phillips for giving me the opportunity to read Mystery Falls. Second a another huge thank you to Nomis Paranormal Palace for having this wonderful book on her blog. Because of them I have now found anoth
Liz at Fictional Candy
Dec 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, angel, mystery
My friend, Naomi, at Nomi’s Paranormal Palace has great taste in books. So when I saw she had read this book and had a terrific review, it cinched my choice to sign up for the book tour when it came around with Supagurl Tours I was definitely on board. I am really very happy that I did! Angel books are usually a little harder for me to get into, even though I usually love them when I do. This book turned out to be a terrific story and it grabbed me right from the beginning.

While walking in the
Jul 31, 2012 rated it really liked it
This is a beautiful love story where opposites do attract!! I really enjoy novels about Angels and Humans and this was definitely another great read. It wasn’t action packed (no fight scenes); it has a more romantic storyline, revolving around the growing relationship of Samantha and Shadow. However it has a little bit of mystery about it too.

After a tragic accident which resulted in the death of her parents when she was 11, Sam moved in with her Uncle Mike, Aunt Carole and Cousin Claire. Sam an
Beth Cutwright
Nov 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Oh, be still my beating heart! This is another book I failed to read and review due to illness back in December/January. I finally finished it this afternoon...a one day read, because I. Could. Not.Pry. My. Eyes. From. The. Screen. This was definitely a paranormal romance, well written, romantic, and definitely swoon worthy!!! Even at my age, I swooned like a teenie bopper! Now stop it, I'm not dead yet!

Anyway, the main character, Samantha, is a typical teen, with a truly sad past. She definitel
Apr 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Angel paranormal books have got to be my favourite books to read and this book does not disappoint. I could not put it down, which does frustrate me cause once I've finished I get annoyed as I don't have anything to read luckily for me this book has a sequel! I love shadow and Sam, as soon as I finished this book I had to pick the next one up to find out what happened with their love story, they so need to be together and stay together.
Mandy Helfer (Dubiansky)
Nov 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013
I really enjoyed this book and I can't wait to read the next in the series! This was one of those stories where, once I picked it up, I couldn't put it down. The love story between the 2 main characters was beautiful & gentle. The plot twists were not obvious and caught me by surprise. If you enjoy reading this genre, I'd say this story is one of the best.
May 17, 2019 rated it liked it
I liked the story. I would have rated it 4 stars accept for the beginning half with Claire.
Oct 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebooks
Before Reading:
I was very excited about reading Mystery Falls. I had heard about the book from the author Marilyn Philips who is a great blogger friend. As soon as I found out that this frequent commenter on my blog had a book I knew as soon as I could I would read her book.

Samantha Hunts’ life changed the day her parents died six years ago. Now living with her cousin who also used to be her best friend and her Uncle Sam feels more alone than ever.

Sitting in deep thought in the woods is Sa
Ivie Isler
Nov 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: teen-ya
Review originally written for Mind-Ventures

Do not pick up this book right before you go to bed because once you start, it is difficult to put down. After working and doing my afternoon/nightly activities, I would read the book about an hour before I normally went to bed. Big mistake because it couldn’t stop reading at an hour. I had to stay up because I couldn’t leave Marilyn Phillips’ story. I needed to know what happens.

After being saved multiple times by Shadow, the new guy in town, Samantha
Nicole Hewitt
This review and many others can be found on my blog - Feed Your Fiction Addiction

Mystery Falls is a paranormal mystery filled with intrigue. I'm a fan of angel stories, so I was pretty excited when I won this (and the second book in the series) awhile back. While I didn't love it quite as much as I was hoping to, I did enjoy it and I'll definitely be reading the next installment in the series.

The negatives:

The biggest thing that kept me from absolutely loving this book was the egregio
The Y.A. Bookworm Blogger
Aug 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Read FULL Review At: The Y.A. Bookworm Blogger

Mystery Falls is the first instalment in a new series by Marilyn Phillips! When I was first approached about reviewing this book, I was immediately hooked by the synopsis- me and Y.A. Romances go together like peanut butter and jelly! I eagerly accepted with high expectations for this novel- and I'm telling you, I was not at all disappointed!

I have to warn you guys, it is practically impossible not to get addicted by just reading the prologue. The
Michelle's Paranormal Vault of Books

I found another epic love story type paranormal book. Wow, just fell in love with Shadow. I really liked the main character too Samantha Hunt, aka Sam. She has gone through a major tragedy, and you really feel for her. I really connected with her, and fell in love with Shadow along with her.

I really loved the love story in this book, but still paranormal, which is what makes it exciting to me. Got to have it.
I won’t say anything that will spoil the book, as it’s great to discover the little myst
Nov 01, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2012
The cover of Mystery Falls fits the story perfectly. The woods is an important part of Samantha's life. She spends a lot of time escaping and reflecting while lost among the trees, and it is were she meets Shadow. As mysterious as his name, Shadow saves Samantha's life and enrolls in her school so he can repeatedly show up just when he is needed. While his actions would make him seem like a do-gooder, Shadow's arrogance and ability to mess with Samantha's emotions show that he is more of a bad b ...more
Nov 27, 2013 rated it it was ok
I would like to thank the author for giving me this book for an honest review.

Before I start this review, I would just like you to know that I am very picky in what kinds of books I prefer. I don't finish a book I don't like after reading about half of it, and I'm sorry to say I didn't finish this one. This is a review for the 1st half of the book.

When I discovered the author needed reviews for a YA paranormal, I read the book description and the raving reviews and was immediately hooked.
Mystery Falls was quite a pleasant surprise. I actually expected the book to be action packed and would have a ton of paranormal theatrics but it was far from it. What I got was a romantic and mysterious story driven by one girl's determination to find the truth, about her life and the guy she loved. And I enjoyed it.

Overall, it was well-written; interesting from start to finish. I liked how elaborate the details were in describing the setting and establishing each character. Samantha was a lika
Sarah-Jayne Briggs
Nov 28, 2013 rated it liked it
(I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchang for a review).

(This review may contain spoilers).

I'm a bit torn about this book, if I'm completely honest - and I'm going to try to be honest in my reviews.

Although I found that the book was, generally, quite well-writen, I really wasn't keen on Samantha's relationship with Shadow. I found myself growing bored for a lot of the book. I was more interested in Samantha's exchanges with Mia. And it had the whole love-at-first-sight thin
Candy Smith
Dec 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book.It was an easy read and flowed well.I read it in one night because I just had to know how it ended.
Samantha lives with her Uncle Mike and her annoying and malicious cousin Claire, who makes her life a living hell every chance she gets. Samantha lost her parents in an accident when she was 11 years old.A year after moving in with her aunt, uncle and cousin,Sam's aunt leaves.Claire blame's Sam for her mother abandoning her so she does everything to aggravate Sam.
Sam l
Dec 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
Before I started my blog, I hadn't read a single angel book. Flash forward two years, and I have read quite a few of angel books. Personally, I enjoy the angel books that are heavier on the romance and lighter (or free of) religious elements. If you are like me, then you will LOVE Mystery Falls. It is a love story through and through and the angel elements are surprising fresh and different. I really enjoyed Mystery Falls.

My favorite thing about Sam was how inquisitive she was. Plus, she was an
Sep 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, blog-tour
The blog tour and the author interview can be found at my blog at

This book was a fast read. The pages turned literally by themselves. It had the right amount of romance, suspense, and adventure. Yes. It's another one of those books I love about angels and human. An angel is a magnificent being. ;)

Sam lives with her Uncle Mike and her Cousin Claire, after the tragic accident that took both of her parents' lives. One day, she meets a boy in the woods, whom sh
Dec 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I received a free copy of this novel for my honest review. Mystery Falls is an amazing love story full of mystery and suspense. I’m not a girly girl, so I was thrilled with Sam and Shadow’s love/hate relationship. There’s also the backdrop story, Sam has spent years blaming herself for her parents’ deaths. Now in light of information she gets from her best friend, she searches for the truth. The truth that my put her in grave danger. I really liked the fact that the romance aspect was pretty rea ...more
Sep 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2014
The story is very very slow to get going, for a long time I was wondering if I was gonna give up with it.... but I am glad I kept going as it ended up being a pretty good story in the end.

Not a book full of action, this heavy on the romance side of pararomance (or whatever the genre is called), I still managed to get hooked on the relationship.

My other issue is that Samantha is a pretty annoying girl and I wanted to give her a slap now and then to bring her to her senses.

The book was good enoug
Dec 09, 2014 rated it liked it
This was a cute, quick read about an angel named Shadow and a human named Samantha who's lost her parents a year previously due to an accident. Angels and humans are not allowed to be together, but these two want to figure out a way to defy the odds.

Recommendation: It was cute but certainly nothing earth shaking or amazing out it.
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