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Chasing Prophecy

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  127 ratings  ·  37 reviews
Tormented by bullies and crushing hard for a girl named Kazzy, Mo Kirkland is a teen with everything to prove. Kazzy lives on a once-peaceful commune in Boulder Creek, a mysterious mountain town known as the "Bigfoot Sighting Capital of the World." When her communal family starts down a dark path, Mo discovers that real monsters don't always hide in the woods. Scariest are ...more
Kindle Edition, First, 244 pages
Published January 3rd 2014 by Skookum Trail Books
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♥♡¢σσкιє♥♡ (Krystle)
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received a free copy of this book form the author in exchange for an honest review.

This was a coming of age story that had elements of romance, and although I have read plenty of books with similar themes, it was nothing like what I am used to reading.

The main character, Mo, (Love that name) was a wonderful leading character who wasn’t a nerd, jock, misfit, or any other stereotype of a teenager. He was the kind of person who all kids can be,
Feb 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
I loved this book! Full disclosure, Jim Moser is a friend of mine, but he also happens to be a terrific author. Chasing Prophecy is fantastic, and you should read it.

Its strength lies in three places. First and foremost, the characters. Mo, Kazzy, and Max are authentic, funny, and easy to like and care about. Their dialogue zings with one-liners and legitimately funny wisecracks. It never seems forced, which is an accomplishment. Second, the story sucks you in and keeps you turning pages. You
Apr 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mo Kirkland tried to stay off the radar of bully Richard Handel at his school, but he was a short wimp and prayed for someone to help him evade the toliet that Richard planned to dump his head as the crowd cheered "SURF'S UP!" His best friend finally appeared to save him as well as the girl he had a crush on but dared not let her know, Cazzy or her cult name of Prophecy Bethlehem. How embarrassing when your best friend and crush had to save you!

James Moser spins an incredible story that most
Melanie Donovan
Aug 01, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Full Disclosure: I was given a free e-copy of the book in return for an honest review.

An enjoyable read, a POV character with a distinct voice.

I thought the description of this book sounded interesting and original enough that I wanted to check it out. I initially read just the sample available on Amazon and found that I liked Mo so much that I really wanted to hear more of his story. He has a distinct, believable voice. While the story took an unexpected turn from how it started out, I rolled
Mar 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is going to be a tricky one for school librarians because it is only in eBook format. That being said, I know it will appeal to teen readers, especially those who have enjoyed stories about survivalists, cults, etc. The teen characters in this story are strong and have traits that draw in the teen readers. The plot twists enough to keep readers wondering how will it work out? As I read, I couldn't help thinking about BREAKING BAD and the drug tie in to this novel. I know teen readers will ...more
Jan 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Great young adult story with fast pace and some suspense. A bit of romance, too, seen from male perspective. Definitely recommend it!
Mar 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
Ever since he laid eyes on her from am early age, Mo has been in love with Prophecy Bethlehem. She's come to mean a lot to him, and he'd do anything to show her how he feels about her. The girl has come to his rescue against the school bully on many an occasion. So much so, that people give her grief about it. For him, however, it's shown him just how much she cares.

Deep inside, Mo wishes he could tell Prophecy how he feels. It doesn't matter that she's different, or that she lives in a
Kristen Cansler
Mar 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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What an enjoyable book! Chasing Prophecy is one of the few books that I've read lately from a male's PoV, and it was a refreshing change of pace for me. This story surpasses the usual offerings of YA fiction. It easily carves out it's own place in the genre as a standout coming of age read.

What I enjoyed most about Chasing Prophecy was the characters. I felt like I connected to all of them so well. The way that Jim wrote them made them feel like real people that I actually cared about. As the
David Burke
Jan 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
Chasing Prophecy by James Moser.
This book was anything and everything except what I expected. I hadn't paid much attention to the blurb for the book and had based my opinion largely on the cover photo. Shame on me. Then again, in hindsight, had I read the blurb I might have decided that Chasing Prophecy wasn't my kind of book and then I would have missed out on this great strory.

This is something more than a classic 'Coming of Age' story.

The best part of Chasing Prophecy is the prose. The
John Dizon
Mar 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Chasing Prophecy by James Moser is a first-person narrative featuring Mo, the leader of a trio of creepers trying to survive in a hostile environment of cliques and factions in Boulder Creek, Washington. They find their own niche among a survivalist cult called the Bethlehem Family, where the teens are turned onto drugs and coached into going on a vision quest. This coincides with the Government demanding payment on back taxes, which results in the tandem setting out on a crusade to resolve the ...more
Lorraine Sears
Mar 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
In the interest of openness I was approached by the author and offered a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

From the moment I read the blurb on this book, I was hooked by the adventure that promised to be Chasing Prophecy.

When a group of teenage friends are tricked into breaking the law by people they love and trust their world starts to fall apart. But the betrayal is just the tip of the iceberg, and as they're pulled deeper into trouble they learn some very difficult
Mar 26, 2014 rated it it was ok
Prophecy and Mo are caught up in a big pile of shite, which just keeps on building, and building. But when Prophecy disappears without a trace, Mo is left alone and is determined to wade his way through it to find her.

I was really excited for this book, expecting a great read, but was sadly dissapointed, I didn't feel connected to the characters, where they act childish and reckless (I know it's YA but still). The events were not realistic for me, as I have never experienced them or know anyone
Margaret Chatwin
Feb 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book. It was a quick, easy read with very likable characters. Mo was super sweet and the type of person I’d like to have as a friend. He was true to his friends, as were they true to him. They really had each other’s backs. I also loved how supporting all the parents in this story were. Mo’s momz were great. They believed and trusted him and never got angry about the trouble he’d found himself in, they just stepped up and did all they could to help him make it right again. It was ...more
S.G. Tillery
Mar 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
At first, I wasn’t sure what to think about Chasing Prophecy. There are so many things going on, so many issues addressed, that I couldn’t see how the author could possible squeeze them all into one average sized book. But he did, and it worked out very well! The trick was that he didn’t get too in depth on any one topic. Drugs, cults, angsty teen love, big foot, and even some courtroom drama, were all a part of the story. Each piece was important, but none of them overwhelmed me as a reader or ...more
L.R. S.
Feb 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
Cults have intrigued me ever since I first studied their ensnarement techniques in an undergraduate psychology course, so I was eager to read this work.

It wasn't what I was expecting exactly, but it turned out I enjoyed it for other reasons. A couple of decades ago, I'd have a fun time hanging out with Mo and his friends. They're an entertaining and good-hearted group.

And Mo is such a gentleman, its beautiful how he treats his love interest. This is how every girl deserves to be treated, not
Kateryna Kei
Feb 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
If you are looking for a refreshing, easy-to-read, entertaining book with awesome sense of humor and the story so captivating that you would be unable to put it down until the very last word, Chasing Prophecy is for you.
I loved the style, and the jokes. The characters are very realistic, likeable and easy to relate to. James Moser did a brilliant job bringing together in one story suspense, romance and all the ups and owns of teenagers' life. The plot is unusual and interesting with a lot of
Gina's Library
Mar 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014
The summary of this book just does not do this book justice at all. This book is so much more than that.

For me this book started out a little too slow. It did pick up in the middle, then I couldn't put it down. I had to see how it ended.

Growing up is hard enough on it's own. Imagine if you were in love with your best friend? Then imagine that you had to deal with some very grown up issues and you weren't even out of high school yet. That is exactly what was going on with the Mo and his friends.
Alfreda Morrissey
Jun 05, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I got this book free from amazon and it sat on my kindle for a long time. It was a bit obscure and my expectations were quite low. I finally found it again and I am glad I did.

It starts off a bit slow, and the writing is a bit choppy and simplistic, but the character development is great. The main characters are all very likeable and the book is not totally predictable. I read that there was a bigfoot element and I was afraid it would be cheesy, but it was actually written quite well. The story
Mar 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
Chasing Prophecy felt like a young adult contemporary with a slight paranormal element and some thriller thrown in. While the book isn't perfect (it had a few errors here and there and was a little confusing in the very beginning- I've now been told that the editing errors have been fixed), it somehow sucked me in and had me loathe to put it down. I loved the setting of the Pacific NW and the male POV. I also liked that Bigfoot played a part in the book and while it wasn't this huge part of it, ...more
Mar 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Chasing Prophecy is very interesting. In a style that draws the reader in issues that are hot topics bullying, same sex couples, and cults are a part of the story line and not a morality play. Told in a teens voice it accurately depicts the use of social media for communication using much of the slang that is so common.
The author grabbed my attention at page one and kept it to the very last page.
I think this would interesting choice as assigned reading in a high school English class because of
Su Williams
Apr 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
A compelling read from James Moser. I'm usually skeptical of 'Bigfoot' reads, but Moser has woven an intriguing tale of two life-long friends falling in love and the challenges they face from a rabid cult. And then, there's guardian Sasquatch that watches over them from afar. Still skeptical? Just give it a shot. Nothing hokey here. Just a well told, believable, coming of age story. Moser definitely put in the work on this project based on the story structure of To Kill a Mockingbird.
A Leisure Moment

Mo and Prophecy are one of a kind. The setting is one of a kind. The detailed plot and character development is a one of a kind as well.

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Chantale Canadian Book Addict
Jan 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
This fast and entertaining read was actually better than I was expecting. I thought maybe I would be too old to read this but it actually isn't so bad.If you are young at heart this will be entertaining for you as well.

I love the suspense and romance and it kept me reading until the very end.
Jul 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
First of all I have to say I enjoyed Chasing Prophecy. It's interesting both in plot and characters, and one of the few first person narrative books I liked. A little update, will I want to read this again, yeah sure.
Corrina Mendez
Jan 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Awesome read

Very fast and excellent read. Suspense and romance, hard to put down. Author did excellent to keep attention of readers. Look forward to more from Mr. Moser in the future.

Jun 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
[Chasing Prophecy] by [James Moser] was a different twist on the YA paranormal fiction genre. The adventure and the characters are genuine. The style flows well.

The plot has cults, murder, drugs, romance and Bigfoot. What else could you want in a novel.
M.J. Webb
Mar 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed reading this novel and think it's perfect reading for teens/young adults. Warm, engaging and absorbing, the characters are well developed and likeable/memorable. A real surprise for me as I was not expecting to enjoy it as much as I did.
Jun 05, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting story that takes some twists and turns I didn't expect. Good suspense without getting that creepy feeling. Cute romance involved. Content and topic acceptable for a wide age range.
Dreaming Artist
Aug 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed reading the book 'Chasing Prophecy' because it was an interesting story to read about.
Some parts of the book was comedy, like when Mo and his group of friends climb the mountain to find that Bigfoot, or the Sasquatch, visited their campsite and left a little present for them. Even though the scene was a bit gross, the author chose specific wordings to make it sound like it was more funny than it was horrifying. Other parts of the book were just very intense and it made me just
Feb 18, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review, Thank you James!!I more than often read books in a girls perspective so it was a nice change to read something in a guys perspective. I loved how there were pictures at the starts of each chapter, and it thought it was cool how the characters had quirky names, not your average names. At first the main character Mo seemed like a bit of a wimp because he was getting bullied and he couldn't stand up for him self
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James Moser lives in Bend, Oregon, where he drinks too much coffee and dreams of magical lands, far, far away . . . . like Portland. Kirkus Reviews recently asked why he prefers to write teen heroes. The author replied, "Because they're the only ones who can save us." He is working on a 3-book series.