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The Concealing

(Spirit Warriors #1)

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  62 ratings  ·  42 reviews
Sixteen-year-old Emme Belrose has it all: four best friends, a horse of her own, a hidden tepee hangout, and a blossoming romance with tall and handsome Charlie. These friends also have a secret. They can move their spirits into animal bodies: an osprey, a mustang, a grizzly, a mountain lion and a coyote. But when Charlie, who has a gift for seeing the future, has a vision ...more
Paperback, 191 pages
Published November 24th 2013 by Booktrope
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Nemo (The Moonlight Library)
DNF at 13%

Prose too awkwardly stilted, clunky, and overly juvenile, repeating words on the same page instead of choosing new, exciting, describing words, with way too much telling and not showing. Also, really weird use of beats in dialogue. Far too clumsy storytelling for me to read the complete book.
Dec 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kick-ass-ya
4 Chicken Pecking Stars

This book has all the ingredients of a great YA read. It has teens in peril, girls riding horses, friends coming together, fated love, wild animals, and lots of emotion. Yes, its it cooking up to be a yummy YA read.

Emme lives on the ranch with her family. She rides horses, has great friends and dreams of her own death. A death she knows is coming. Emme is also disappointed in the chickens. She has watched them peck other chickens to death who had a weakness. She also sees
Elias Zapple
Spirit Warriors: The Concealing has me itching to read the follow-up which I believe is due out at any moment. My slugs can't wait! This is a wonderfully written story which explores many themes including sexuality, love, death etc... and it also provides a fascinating insight into Native American culture as our main protagonists are able to leave their bodies and merge with other animals. Quite fascinating. Unfortunately, they don't merge with any slugs - their loss! D.E.L. Connor takes us on a ...more
Feb 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
I will post my review for this book at a later date. Reading the second book in the series now. Stay Tuned!
Boundless Book Reviews
The Concealing is the first book of the Spirit Warriors Series. This is a great start to this new young adult series. The characters are well developed, with at least one character every reader can relate to. The characters consist of a group of 5 high school friends. The 5 students; Emme, Bets, Lilly, Charlie, and Ollie are going about their normal lives. Each student is from a different family dynamic and economical status; they’re all so different from one another, yet they love one another l ...more
Tiffany White
Dec 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A great young adult fantasy with just the right amount of romance & adventure!

What I liked best about this book was the relationship between the lifelong friends. It was refreshing to experience interactions centered around teenagers that wasn't about shopping, the latest fashions, and pop music. The teens had a healthy appreciation for these things (one of the group in particular was a music aficionado), but it didn't dominate their discussions. What interested them most was the history of the
Beth Bacon
Nov 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya
So many reason to love Spirit Warriors: The Concealing. This book takes the reader to a world that all pre-teen girls would love it live in. This is the story of teenage friends with the (supernatural) ability change into animals. They know it's their job, as animals, to fight some unidentified supernatural evils. It's also the story of these kids' relationships. And through the books the relationships do grow, conflict, and resolve.
This book falls squarely in the reading-level gap for girls age
Sheryl Painter
Dec 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
If it is possible to see, feel and smell as you read this novel - this author has found a way! With talent and skill, The author has managed to literally place you in the book where you can clearly see each detail, smell and feel the wind, and be a part of this wonderful story. I laughed and cried throughout, as I quickly became enmeshed with the people and their lives. I literally could not stop reading - the kindle followed me all around the house, with text-to-speech reading to me as I did wh ...more
Kimberly Vanderbloom
May 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
An awesome read! It is a fascinating story about five friends. It was told through Emmeline point of view which was interesting and the perfect voice. It wasn't just her story though. It was the beginning of all 5 of the characters story. It was about friendship and loyalty, love and happiness. You felt these characters bonds are so deep throughout the book that I yearned to be apart of it. Their love and support for one another is such a gift. I found myself wondering at times what my spirit an ...more
Dec 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I was given this ARC of book one in exchange for an honest review. I first thought it was a YA story, but it was so much more and I cried through parts as it was an AWESOME story and highly recommend it to all ages but not young children as there is violence and abuse. Sixteen year old Emmeline Belrose had dreamed about her death as long as she could remember and she'd awakened the household often with her screaming. The dreams had been of her in a car drowning with no one to save her. Then she ...more
This book was ok for me. I liked the second half of the book the best.

The book is about 5 best friends who are told that they will need to battle an evil spirit. The friends must learn how to move their spirits into their host animal and how to fight when they are with their animal in order to defeat the spirit.

I am not sure how I felt about the beginning of the book. For me, I wasn't really into the writing. At times I felt like things came out of left field and that there was no real reason
Nov 13, 2019 rated it liked it
Five teenage friends, supporting each other through the trials of high school and life's ups and downs, learn of their role in stopping an evil spirit. Over the course of the book training begins and the five learn how to join their spirit with an animal's body/spirit, which gives them an edge over the evil spirit.

Interestingly, I didn't have an issue with the human spirit melding with an animal. My main issue was with the maturity, thoughtfulness, and wisdom of the five teenagers in this story
Michelle Randall
Four teens, the best of friends, find that they are not only friends, but they have a mission in life. They are Spirit Warriors, they can move their own spirit to share the body of an animal, then back to their own body. What a trick to learn when you are 15! Spirit Warriors follows these four friends as they are brought to a time when they are needed to use their powers to defeat an evil. They have trained and looked for the evil for awhile now, but when they are finally confronted with it, the ...more
Betty Finch
Jan 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
D..E.L. Connor has run the full gammit of emotions in this story. You will be able to identify with each character and feel you are there with them. I laughed, got mad, was anxious for them and cried with them.

The mixture of watching Emme, Lilly, Charlie, Bets, and Ollie, grow from childhood into young adults who will face life and death and will be fighting for themselves and all mankind. To fight evil they must become one with the animal whose spirit combines with theirs.

The struggles they fac
Jessica Mitchell
Jan 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Evil spirits, outer body experiences, and spirit animals.
Em has grown up always knowing she will die someday. Scary but true. She and her four friends plus their uncle would always band together to have fun throughout the summer and durning school as much as they can. Archie just keep them in line and told them tales of everything. When the time came they would find their spirit animals. And hopefully defeat the evil spirit that is somewhere hiding his evil self. What they didn't know it was in
This was an okay book. I felt like the beginning of the story was a little too contrived feeling. It was like the author needed X number of characters with these specific personalities to get the story to work, so the first part of the book was too focused on getting the proper players in their positions. I know basically any book has to do that, but some authors are better at making it feel natural.

The book did pick up a bit eventually and overall it wasn't bad.
Mar 05, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First I must comment about the cover it is very beautiful one and very suitable to the plot. It is projecting the quality of innocence and purity that of it.

The author has managed to literally place you in the book where you can clearly see each detail, smell and feel the wind, and be a part of this wonderful story.

What we have?

Five best friends (Emme, Charlie, Bests, Lilly, Ollie all being in the middle teens), growing up in the freedom of the wild landscape. They find that they have a mis
Dec 03, 2013 rated it really liked it

The author has managed to literally place you in the book where you can clearly see each detail, smell and feel the wind, and be a part of this wonderful story.

What we have?

Five best friends (Emme, Charlie, Bests, Lilly, Ollie all being in the middle teens), growing up in the freedom of the wild landscape. They find that they have a mission in life.

What the Mission?

They are Spirit Warriors, they can move their own spirit to share the body of an ani
P.A. Pursley
Aug 09, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: okay
I picked up this book at the 2016 Texas Teen Book Festival in Austin, Texas. D.E.L. Connor was very sweet and I was very excited about reading the book. The story line was good with the story being told in first person from the view of Emme Belrose. She and her friends are very tight knit and protective of each other. They are coming into their own and learning they have more to do than just go to dances and playing make believe. But the evil they are expecting will come from an unexpected place ...more
Nancy (The Avid Reader)
I received a free copy of the book from the author for my honest opinion.

Emme and her friends Lily, Bets, Ollie and Charlie all love going out on the Arrington ranch and doing reenactments of the Civil War. After they get through acting out the war they then go to their place in the clearing and camp out in their teepees. Charlie's grandfather Archie stays with them when they are camping. Everyone loves Charlie's grandfather Archie. He is real cool for an older guy. Emme actually met Archie befo
Rosie Amber
Jan 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Spirit Warriors is a Young Adult story set in Montana, USA. It is an extremely well written tale about a group of friends growing up in the freedom of the wild landscape. The group have grown up re-enacting battle scenes with General Custer and Chief Crazy Horse. The story is narrated by 16 year old Emme, the daughter of a Montana Rancher. Her group of friends include Charlie the love of her life and the descendant of local Native Americans. Under the watchful eye of Archie, the foreman on the F ...more
Lauren Jones
Jun 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The Concealing (Spirit Warriors Book 1) is emotional, spiritual and unpredictable. The story begins with five children playing in a clearing as they pretend to imitate the American Indian Wars. Emme Belrose and her four best friends have everything that they could possibly ever want. When they are in the clearing, they are free to be different and judgement-free. Things start to change when Charlie tells Emme about a vision of her that he saw in an attempt to help her understand the ongoing nigh ...more
Trisha Perry
Jul 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a great sequel book to the Spirit Warriors: The Concealing. In this book Emma must fight or be killed to save the ones she loves from the Machayawiw and this includes her friends and fellow spirit warriors. She must deal with boyfriend and fellow warrior, Charlie's choice to move back to the reservation where he was once not welcome because of his Spirit Warrior ways. The warriors have just lost a friend and fellow warrior, Lily, to the Machayawiw and must also protect there animal sides ...more
Mary Josefina Cade
Apr 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Five stars for the Spirit Warriors, one each for Emme, Lilly, Charlie, Ollie and Bets, matching their sky stars, the mark of eternal friendship. Emme makes a brave and bold narrator, taking the reader on a wild ride, a fight against cruelty and despair. D.E.L. Connor's writing is so vivid and passionate that when Emme left her body and merged with Eros the osprey I felt that I too was flying. Each of the animals assigned to the young warriors has a special character. Lilly and her mustang, Arion ...more
Nicky Peacock
Sep 24, 2014 rated it liked it
I did love the idea of this book. It has a real YA feel to it too, but unfortunately it didn’t translate very well to me, an adult reader.

I felt that the characters acted more like kids than teenagers, and mostly in YA, readers want to read above their age group. The way they spoke was kind of random and although they had some teeny talk in there, sometimes they didn’t use it all. For me, I’d have preferred more consistent adult-like speech.

From a writer’s perspective, the start of the book was
A.M. Johnson
Jan 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This was an awesome read, it was well written and flowed smoothly.
I read it over the course of a couple of days, but it stayed with me big time, when I was not reading it I was wondering what was going to happen and who was it?
Such a cool story line, 5 teens and their struggle with life, love, sexuality, family abuse and death.
Then add the fact that they have spiritual powers (but not your normal powers, cool animal ones), they each have an animal companion who they can merge their spirit with,
Sam Spencer
Jan 20, 2016 rated it liked it
This book was slow and bogged down in my estimation.
Don't get me wrong, the story was nice, enjoyable even. However, it needs to be reedited... desperately.
There is a lot of information given that didn't do anything for the storyline but make me actually stop reading and wonder (sometimes aloud) whether the author thought I was a complete idiot.
She defined and explained EVERYTHING
While this is great for a book about a specific niche using their jargon (i.e. a book about surgeons or c
Jesk Krita
Oct 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
I cannot believe this book. It was an amazing story line with lots of plot twists, also very unique story line. I've never really been into many YA books because many of them just don't seem to catch my interest, and for the first 500 "Parts" (How my kindle tells me how far I've read) I thought this was going to be just like that.

It wasn't it was absolutely enchanting after everything got going. Like I said the first part took me a moment to read but after that I just could NOT put this down. I
Dec 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: rrbc
At first, this story was difficult for me to get into. At times there is too much telling and back story, especially in some of the early dialog. It had hints of something beyond the ordinary that was going to happen, but then the story drifted back into talking about the relationships among a group of teenage friends, the supernatural seemingly forgotten. After the first third, however, the story picks up the pace and the plot gets more and more interesting. It is rich with Native American tale ...more
†Reviews of a FearStreetZombie†
I received this book in return for an honest review.

DNF at 49%
So after a year of it just sitting here, I officially DNF at 49%.
I honestly can't bring myself to pick it up again.
It just didn't interest me and seemed to go on and on and on. Even the "action" parts were boring. How? I ... am not sure. I didn't even think that was possible.
Sorry if that seems harsh.
There really isn't much I can say even though I read 49% and got way farther than I thought I would. :/

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