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3.72  ·  Rating details ·  1,080 ratings  ·  98 reviews
A girl with an unknown destiny.

A boy from a hidden world.

When Celeste starts at a new school in a small, Kansas town, she hears whispering voices, has vivid nightmares, and swarms of blackbirds follow her every move. She is oddly drawn to aloof Rylan, the other new student who has his own secrets. The exact moment she turns seventeen, she wakes to a bedroom full of strange
Paperback, 248 pages
Published August 28th 2012 by CreateSpace (first published August 27th 2012)
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Anika Claire
Aug 12, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Review originally posted on The Oaken Bookcase on September 18, 2012.

Celeste has always felt like an outsider – moved around by her loving adoptive parents to new towns and schools frequently. This latest move is different though – as she approaches her seventeenth birthday, Celeste begins having nightmares and hearing voices in the night, and why does the gorgeous boy Rylan keep staring at her like that?

On her birthday, it is finally revealed that Celeste is one of the Tuatha de Danaan, gatekee
Raina {The LUV'NV}
I received this book in exchange for an honest review and should admit the cover drew me in more than the summary did. It's gorgeous and, surprisingly, perfectly matches the heroine and her power.

Orphaned at birth and constantly moving around with her adoptive parents, Celeste Shreeve has never settled roots or known them. She doesn't mind, though. She has never been found wanting—her adoptive parents love her like their own, she likewise feels the same, and she's mature enough to understand why
Aug 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
Review also appears on my blog
This book was so different that I didn't know what to expect. I thought this would be your everage Sidhe book. Well boo-hoo for me because it totally wasn't what I thought it would be. However, it was great.
Celeste was a pretty average heroine but she was easy to relate to. I loved her relationship with her parents. It was really refreshing to see a heroine that has a close relationship with her parents and isn't somehow scarred by terrible parents or a lack of one
Jan 28, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult, freebies
I wasn't sure what the heck was going on at first. Celeste has been having nightmares. The closer to her seventeenth birthday the more weird things happen and she thinks shes loosing her mind. She hears voices and there are swarms of black birds following her around, blinding headaches when the new boy Rylan looks at her.Of course it all comes out as to who and what she is. It was all described and seemed very cool.

This was really easy to get into and I flew through it. I loved Celeste, she didn
Jan 03, 2013 rated it did not like it
Didn't finish. I can only handle so many stereotypes at a time. The whole bad boy interested in you, then randomly flirt with mean girl and it hurts you angle. The instant best friend who happens to be gay, but wait, a super stereotypical gay guy who also is a Wicca just when you need one and has no other friends? Really? Not a single other friend?? What is this, the 80's? Oh oh, and she is adopted. and dangerous. and probably some royalty or some shit- i dont know cause i couldnt read any furth ...more
Sep 15, 2012 rated it liked it

Three Stars: A paranormal read with something new and different.

Celeste grabs her backpack and heads out the door with her parents good wishes. She is starting her first day at a new high school. At sixteen she is used to moving around and she is always the new girl. Things go better than than planned when she immediately and unexpectedly makes a new friend, Tink, amiable, outgoing and gay.

Then she catches the eye of a handsome new boy, Rylan. Yep, it was a great first day, but soon the euphoria
Amy Fournier
Aug 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebook, own
Okay, I admit it was the cover that caught my attention. Add in the great synopsis and I was totally pining to read this. I was pretty confused for a little while, but the characters were so awesome that it didn't really bother me. I knew that things would start to make sense. This was a very interesting story and I really enjoyed it. I know the whole new girl at school thing seems totally overdone, but putting that aside, this book was really great.

Lets start with Celeste. I really liked her. S
Alexa (Once Upon a Chapter)
Sep 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
This review was originally posted at Pages of Forbidden Love

From the moment the book started I knew I was going to like this book because I could already tell I would love the characters. Celeste is a bit different than every other female lead in a YA book, she likes the night and seems to be alright with being alone since she moves so many times every year to a new state. She was sort of a loner that didn’t conform to the rest of the teen phases. Plus she gets to meet Tink early on and I absol
Alaiel Kreuz
Sep 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
Since the summary doesn't say too much about it I'm going to do a quick walktrough without spoilers so don't worry.

First we have Celeste, our main character that, due to her dad's job is used to move from city to city a lot. Meaning no friends to bond with and no real place to call home. But her adoptive parents are amazingly cool and loving so she doesn't care that much.

Gladly for her she became friend with Tink, a sweet and caring guy that sadly for her was also very gay.
And in her very firstd
Oct 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: r2rs, favorites
I had to add this book to my 'Favorites' shelf -- it was enchanting!
First things first: I received this book for free from the author through my Goodreads book club, in exchange for an honest, unbiased review. All thoughts and conclusions are my own.
The tale begins with Celeste, who is a soon-to-be-seventeen year old girl living with her adoptive parents. Due to her dad’s job, her family has had to move a lot, and Celeste has become used to being “the new kid”. Right before her 17th birthday, sh
Nicole Wang
Nov 05, 2012 rated it it was ok
So here's another one of those indie books that was recommended to me! (By Lisseth at Read-a-holicz this time) And then, of course, majoy cover love! I love the purple and the designs and how wonderfully it portrays the book!
Something I've noticed in indie books is that...well, I'll write a Random Musings post for that! Expect it sometime in Nov!

Anyways, what I did like: Plot and creep factor!

What I didn't like: The romance.

What was iffy: Characters and world building.

The characters were defini
Haley ~ YA-Aholic
Sep 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
After finishing Rua by Miranda Kavi I can easily say I am such a fan now, I will deff be picking up anything Miranda writes in the future after reading Rua. This book completely had me hooked from page one till the end, Miranda creates a new paranormal that is immensely captivating.

Celeste is just a normal girl. Or at least she likes to think she is, she may have purple eyes, and crows following her, but that doesn’t mean she’s not human right? As more and more strange happenings go on around
Sep 03, 2012 rated it liked it
First, can I say that I love this cover? Colors are so pretty! Okay, that off my chest, I have to say I did enjoy this fae tale. Many of the elements within the book did surprise me. First, other than the mean popular girl, there were some stereotypes that were turned on it's ear. I really enjoyed that, especially how Celeste's human family came about. I am so happy to see that, since I just love it when people play with perceptions like that. It also didn't expound upon this turning either. It ...more
Oct 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
I have a very good opinion about ''Rua''. I didn't think that I could like it so much. Seriously, Miranda created a beautiful story and I'm so glad that I had the opportunity to read it.
The description was short and I guess that's why I was so interested in the book. But I think it's better that way, because it makes you want the book more.
Before I start to write the resume, I want to tell my opinion about the cover. It is so beautiful and it is definitely one of my favorites. Those colors look
Feb 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
This was a great YA fantasy novel

The summary: This story is about a girl who just moved to a new town and a new school. There she meets Twink and they become best friends. As her birthday approaches strange things start happening around Celeste and with the help of Twink she understands that something is gonna change on the day she turns 17. She also meets Rylan who is mysterious and handsome and makes Celeste feel like she never did before, even when she tries not to like him. Celeste and her
Nov 01, 2012 rated it really liked it

This book was effortless for me to fall into. Kavi’s style of writing is easy to follow, steady paced, and I found myself falling in love with the setting. I enjoyed the introduction of Gaelic lore. I love the culture and it’s a beautiful language. I only wish I knew more of it myself.

Now I wouldn’t exactly say this book was extremely amazing, but it was definitely a light and pleasant read. The characters are easy to fall in love with, especially the two handsome guys, Rylan and Tink. Who woul
Take Me Away To A Great Read
Jan 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
This book was a very intriguing different take on Faes! I loved the humor, relationships and the dark spin culture woven into this amazing story!!!

Celeste is adopted, and is close to her seventeenth birthday. She has beautiful red hair and violet colored eyes. She looks nothing like her adopted parents and knows she is adopted. She has just moved to a new town and is going to a new school. She meets a great friend who goes by the nickname Tink. I loved the banter between these too. Strange thing
Aug 31, 2012 rated it really liked it
Rua...I love the cover..its so colorful and bright and is perfect with the story.

It's a very short, fast and easy read.
Celesta just transferred to a new town with her adopted parents and is trying to fit in high school..all she wants is to be invisible and done with her school.But little did she think her life is going to change..drastically..within a week.
As if the new boy Rylan with hot and sexy looks is looking her weirdly and saying things she can't understand,is not enough..she's facing
K.M. Montemayor
This is a darker side of fairies YA book. I like to read books that I learn something from. This is one of those books. From other books I knew a little about fae, but I had never heard of Sidhe or Tuatha before. It was so interesting to me I had to stop reading and look it up.

Strange things begin to happen to Celeste around the time of her seventeenth birthday. She is starting a new school and experiences visions, headaches, and voices in a strange language. A swarm of black birds follow her ar
Andrea Heltsley
Oct 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc-reviews
First off, let me just start saying what a gorgeous cover this is! Claudia at Phatpuppy Art sure knows how to make a beautiful cover. I am definitely in cover love with this one.

The Good: This whole book was the good! I loved it. It was such a fast fun read that I finished it in one night. The story was well written and the plot was interesting. I loved the Hitchcock feel of the book with the bird scenes. Rylan seemed pretty hot and he is paranormal too! What more could a girl with powers want?
Nov 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: r2r
R2R review: Rua
(I did receive a free copy, for a real review)

16, soon to be 17 year old Celeste has had many challenges in her young life. Being an adopted child can never be easy, but then top that with loving parents that relocate often, for the jobs, can make trying to fit in a bit on the hard side. Having just moved, to a small town in Kansas, she is faced with a new high school and strange things happening to her, nightmares and shadows haunt her. Making new friends with Tink, a very caring
Oct 25, 2012 rated it liked it
I would like to thank the author for giving me this book in exchange for an honest review. This is 3.5 stars for me, and was very enjoyable. It has one of the most gorgeous covers I have seen.

This story is about Celeste, who finds out as it nears her 17th birthday that she might not be all human. As strange things start to happen she slowly finds out what she is with the help of her friends, Tink and Rylan. They might not be all normal themselves. There is some very sweet romance between Celeste
Note: I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

I liked the development and progression of the story but I thought that there seemed to be a lot left out. Explanations for certain things were vague and the story was kind of choppy in parts.

The character of Celeste never really did anything for me, I did not find her particularly inspirational or even that strong, I felt like she was too one dimensional. Rylan was kind of the same with a vague past and personality. Tin
Magda Żmijan
Feb 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: ya and fantasy lovers
I just want to say, that I liked this book. From the first few pages I've been pulled into this magical world. I really liked all the characters, especially Tink - full of energy, colorful and friendly person.

I liked how author haven't forgotten about Celeste's 'normal' life. We could still see how she interacts with others in school. It's often something that is left behind when you read a book about someone who suddenly gets his supernatural powers. Only these powers count and whatever happen
Heather London
Oct 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This was such a great story! The beginning of the book is filled with mystery and keeps you reading in order to find out what is going on.

I enjoyed the connection between Celeste and Rylan, and can't wait to read more about those two in the next book. But I have to say that Tink stole the show for me, he was my favorite! I found myself smiling at almost everything that came out of his mouth. Can't wait to read the next installment!
Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies
It took half the book for anything interesting to happen. The supporting cast was annoying, unremarkable, and did not support the storyline much. Rylan was the most annoying supporting male I've encountered in an YA fantasy book lately; I wanted to kick his face in. I could not bring myself to finish more than 2/3 of the book.
A very YA adult story. But it was very enjoyable for someone my age.
Celeste was a strong character who kinda accepted things too fast. Rylan was sexy, and mysertious and their relationship developed quickly.

It was a very fast read that kept me guessing about what will happen next.
Alina Man
Oct 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012-books
Very sweet little read. Not the kind of book that will stay with you forever but still good enough. It reminded me of Cornerstone series in some ways. For me this was between 3 and 4 stars.
Apr 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It was an interesting book about a teenager with powers.

I loved Rua. I really did. It wasn't perfect, but it was genuinely enjoyable. Even so, there were some things about it that just majorly got and my nerves and ticked me off. I was usually either enjoying myself or vastly annoyed. So yeah, while I loved it, it wasn't the best thing I've ever read. Even so…the fact that I was willing to overlook my annoyance speaks volumes.

Celeste was a very interesting experience for me. Sometimes sh
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Miranda Kavi is a romance and paranormal fiction author. Her books have been listed on the top 100 best seller lists on Amazon and iTunes. She loves scary movies, museums, and is hopelessly addicted to chocolate. She lives in the Houston area.

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