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Could you be a monster to save who you love?

Two women, joined by a dark secret, but separated by generations, must leave what they know to start a new life. Seventeen-year-old Kate's senior year is ruined when she's moved from the only home she's ever known. After an isolating month alone in her apartment, school starts, but neither her classmates nor her teacher are who t
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Published November 1st 2013
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Jan 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This story switches back and forth between Kali and Kate. The Prologue starts with Kali and all we know is that something bad happened to her and Emily promised her to keep someone safe. Then we meet Kate, who has just moved and is attending her new school for the first time. She's feeling like an outcast. She's given an assignment in art class to talk to two other people in the classroom, learn about them and mix their story with hers. Nobody seems willing to be her partner until Chase and his ...more
Tee loves Kyle Jacobson
Rook is an amazing story that had me at the edge of my seat. There is a dual POV one from the 19th century and one from the current time. This was weird at first because I had to get used to the time the girls were in but once I started to get the jest of the story I was really engrossed and could not put it down nor did I want to.

In this story we get to meet Kate who is in her senior year of school and has to move. Not happy but resigned to what it is Kate deals with the move. Then we get Kali
Leonor (Ner)
Also published in "A Cup of Coffee and a Book" as part of Rook Blog Tour

Disclaimer: I received this book from Candace @Candace’s Book Blog and with the consent of the author, Monica MacDonald, in exchange for an honest review.

I am beyond amazed with this book. I thoroughly enjoyed it and I cannot wait to continue this series. Rook is that sort of book you can’t put down; you are so into the story you simply cannot stop reading.

When I began reading this book, I was slightly worried about the whol
Lizzie Andrews
Dec 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
**Written for Paranormal Book Club**


Could you be a monster to save who you love?

Two women, joined by a dark secret, but separated by generations, must leave what they know to start a new life. Seventeen-year-old Kate's senior year is ruined when she's moved from the only home she's ever known. After an isolating month alone in her apartment, school starts, but neither her classmates nor her teacher are who they seem. Kali, a single mother living in the nineteenth century wilds of Montan
Sep 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
This story is about Kate, a modern day girl who has just moved and has to go to a new school. It's also about Kali, a young mother living in the nineteenth century. We alternate between both of them and this works incredibly well because we see there's a connection there, but what is it? As we read we get the perfect amount of clues to take guesses, but nothing ever becomes obvious until later in the story. When the two stories finally connect everything comes together and makes sense. While the ...more
Ginny  Gallagher
Aug 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
When I first read the blurb for Rook by Monica MacDonald I was worried about the telling of two different stories from two different time periods but I shouldn’t have been. The author does a fantastic job of seamlessly connecting the stories of both Kali and Kate into a fascinating story with the promise of more to come.

Rook is book 1 in the young adult fantasy series, Timeless Games. It gives us all the information we will need to know for future books. We learn who Kate and Kali are, what conn
Katie W
Jan 11, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was flipping pages, trying to put everything together and figure it all out. It was so mysterious--I couldn't figure out who was good, who was bad, and who was who for quite awhile.

Kate had her struggles, but I thought she did a good job of trying to fit in. I thought her mom would've been more a part of her life, especially considering how she was raised. Kate had some good instincts about who to trust, but she was a teenager, so she didn't always follow up on what she knew deep down.

I liked
Jannat Bhat
Nov 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
“The moment you stop thinking with your heart is the moment you start to die a little. It's our passion and love that sometimes makes us choose the wrong path, but is also what makes us feel alive."

Rook had me hooked from the first page. It all started so mysteriously that I just had to know what it was all about.

The story revolves around Kate and Kali. Kate lives in the present whereas Kali is living in the 19th century with her little daughter.
So how are their lives connected? How & why
Jenni Fields-Hatfield
I am an angsty romance reader/blogger who stumbled upon Rook. Maybe stumbled is not the right word. Here is what really happened, my husband came to me and said I should check it out.

Generally, I try not to give my husband the impression that I listen to everything he says but this time he was talking my language … BOOKS!

Rook was a mysterious, finger tapping read that left me wondering how I can get a third eye!

Alternating between the past and present was the perfect combo. You watched modern
Estelle MacDonald
Nov 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
This book was so fun to write. I wish that the way it evolved could be shared with every one, because a lot of things that I loved about the story didn't make the final cut. I truly hope anyone who reads it enjoys it. As of its release, I'm 1/4 into the next book, with a novella finished as well. Look for that novella January 2014.
Tiffany Riach
Aug 31, 2013 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed reading Rook. I liked reading the two different stories about Kali and Kate and that they are set in different times. All of the characters in Rook are great and I really enjoyed reading about them and can't wait to read more about Kate. Monica MacDonald did a great job writing this story and I look forward to reading more books in this series.
Oct 11, 2013 rated it liked it
The Cover

The lone girl in a forest is surprisingly apt in describing the story because it insinuates Kate/Kali’s lone battle with Chase/Christian in the forest.

However, I don’t understand the reason for a purplish-blue background. Is it supposed to entice female readers? Or is it supposed to convey a mysterious feel to reel in the mystery/thriller fans?

I also think that this cover is too one-dimensional and does not fully convey the depth and complexity of the book. It doesn’t fully convey the
Nov 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
"Often, we are so wrapped up in our own world that all we can see is the reflection of ourselves in others work. We all have our expectations," [...]. "We all have our beliefs and values. Often, the message communicated by the artist is lost to our internal noise." [B]ut we have to mix the artist with ourselves to interpret a piece."

Like many others, I too went through a phase of Indian spirituality and although it long passed as a primary focus, I left with nostalgia of it. That’s way when I fo
Jennifer  Ricketts (Donnie Darko Girl)
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review for my stop on the blog tour at Donnie Darko Girl.

My rating = 3.5

In Rook, Kate and Kali alternate in telling their stories. At first, I wasn't sure what they had in common and liked trying to figure out the connection between them. They're two different ages in two different times - Kate is a senior in high school, while Kali is raising a young daughter. I couldn't find any similarities between them until I dug a little more into t
Nov 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
I actually would give it 4.5 stars but don't know how to do that on here! It's a great book!

I cannot even begin to tell you how much I liked this book. It seems that all the books I have been given lately for review are just amazing.

First of all I really like the story as it is told from two different people, during two different generations at the same time. It is so great to see how it all comes together.

The whole time I assumed they were going to come together, but it took me a while to figu
Christina (Christina's Book Corner)
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Jessica S
Sep 07, 2013 rated it liked it
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The plot of this novel completely intrigued me. It was interesting to see all the pieces fall into place, and it was paced relatively well, albeit being a bit slow in the beginning. I don't want to give too much away, so!

Next the characters were pretty interesting too. They each have very unique personalities and the interactions between the characters was fun to read. They each have their own issues, and even the characters that you shouldn't like, you'll probably like. The other great thi
Cindy Reifel
Nov 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: anyone

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I was given this book for an honest review. When I first started reading this book, I realized this was a book that bounced back and forth between two time periods and I thought, great, I'm not going to like this. I was wrong. This is a book abou
Nov 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
3 1/2 stars

Rook -- an interesting and good read!

This book is about reincarnation of three people -- 1 woman and 2 men. They all three have what is talked about as the Sight. The Sight allows them to heal and see life forces of people and animals.

We have two ladies, Kate and Kali, and their dealings with escaping and saving someone they love. The two women have parallel stories. One man is good. A love and savior for our female protagonist. The other man was once good, but used his Sight in a wa
I thought this story was quite different. I became intrigued very quickly even though for a long while I really could not find any similarities between Kate and Kali - One living in the present and one living in the past. However, I was drawn in by both and felt keenly challenged to discover the secrets both were hiding. As the connection to the women slowly emerged I was awed by the talent demonstrated by the author in weaving this captivating story. I will say, however, that I still do not und ...more
Jan 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Kate Graham lived with her mom in her grandmother's house, a grandmother she had never known about until she left the house in Beaver Creek, Montana. Her mom had never talked about her mother. Now, she lived in the in-law suite and went to college. She hated being the new kid and missed her friend Sean back in her old home town....................

Book one starts as Kate Struggles to understand her attraction to Chase as they hardly knew each other, but he seemed as familiar as an old pair of sho
I was given a copy of this book to review as part of a blog tour on I'm A Reader Not A Writer's blog ( This in no way influenced my honest review of the book.

This book had me interested form the beginning. With a mix of contemporary and paranormal young adult writing, I was intrigued by the plot from the beginning. The mystery of what was happening was enthralling. Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this book and the writing style. I thought the ending was incredibly str
Leslie aka StoreyBook Reviews
Jan 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014, books-to-review
Interesting book. each chapter alternated between Kali and Kate and their stories and it took awhile before I saw how they tied together. Very fascinating back story about gods in India and how they could be today.
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