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(Order of the Spirit Realm #1)

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In a single night Bay-Lee has two visitors, a dead rock star and a reaper. One comes with a threat and the other with a warning. They know she's on her way to being the newest student at Van Helsing's school, where she will learn to be a great hunter like her father. Before she can reach her goal she will face wraiths, an angry boy with a dark prophecy hanging over his hea ...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published July 25th 2014 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform (first published November 6th 2012)
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Sep 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Kasi Blake has a giveaway for her Spirit Realm Series! Enter to win an eCopy of Hunter!
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Bay-Lee is finally going to follow in her father’s footsteps and become the best monster hunter ever! Tough order, but she is determined, dedicated and able. The only thing left is to prove to everyone else, including her father that she has what it takes. What could you expect from the daughter of Van Helsing? If she happens to get to grab
Kasi Blake
Apr 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Shelves: paranormal
You can find this, the first in the series, at Amazon, Smashwords, B&N, apple, etc. The second book will be out in October 2013.
Mimi Wolske
Apr 21, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: young adults
I got this book free based mainly on the summary and the idea of reading about the daughter of Van Helsing seemed like a new and original idea. BAIT pulled me in from the beginning. I'd state Blake can write a good story...but, I was pretty far into the story before I realized it was a YA book (the woman on the cover IS NOT 16 years old)...not that that's bad, it isn''s good. I appreciated the writing even more once I realized the genre.

What I Liked:
1. The writing and the length
2. You kno
Jun 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was captivated right from the 1st page of this stellar novel. Blake’s writing pulled me in even before I’d figured out what was going on. The author kept pulling me further and further into the story until I couldn’t put the novel down. It was a phenomenal rush!

With this novel Blake took the notion of a hereditary Van Helsing legacy and ran with it fast and far. It was a very unique take on an old story that kept me captivated throughout. Blake’s amazing storytelling definitely helped with thi
*Source* Kindle Unlimited
*Genre* Young Adult / Fantasy
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Bait - Van Helsing Academy, is the first installment in author K.C. Blake's Order of the Spirit Realm. Ever since her mother was murdered by werewolves 11 years ago, 16-year old Bay-Lee Bishop has been living under assumed names while being protected by her uncle Connor, and her friend Gavin Murdock. After Bay-Lee is visited by both a Reaper and Tyler Beck in the same night, she is warned that her uncle and her father ar
Scott Spotson
Jun 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow, to tell you the truth, I don't usually read romance novels, (I'm a guy) and I don't read paranormal fiction. But when the author asked me to read this book, when I started it, I was hooked.

First, I noticed how smooth the writing is. This author knows her stuff. I read on her author profile that she used to write for Harlequin. I was not surprised. She commands your attention to the story, and holds you there. I found absolutely no errors in this book.

Now, I'm a guy who, at times when bored
Emily L. Moir-Genther
I really like the idea behind this book, with a child of the Van Helsing line and all. I was relieved to see that the story's monsters involved more than just vampires (of which I'm not the biggest fan). In fact, throughout the story vampires are something more mentioned in passing. The major monsters at play are the different forms of ghosts and what the book refers to as "border monsters".

Although the love story the book revolves around is your typical romance (boy meets girl, they hate each
Stacey (Sassy Book Lovers)
Holy Fricken Moly!! From the very first page I was swept away, with surprises around every corner, kick-ass action, addictive characters and a love story for the ages, this story will have you hooked too. K.C. Blake has created a wonderful world full of Hunters, wraiths, vampires, shifters, ghosts and loads more. When I read the blurb all I saw was "Van Helsing's daughter" and I was sold. I'm a huge fan of the movie (starring Hugh Jackman) and the book, which I have in my collection. When I star ...more
Carrie (Book Fairy) Fort
Favorite Line “Pride shone in his eyes like the noonday sun. “She was nine when she told me she would help protect my daughter, pretend to be her and move around the country to keep the monsters guessing. In exchange, she wanted me to train her so she could kill the werewolves who had taken her mother from her.”

Let me tell you about my journey of reading Bait. It started when I met this fabulous woman named K.C. Blake and we both realized we loved Supernatural (Dean and Sam how could we not) so
Melissa Cushing
I received this book in an exchange for a review..... and I give it 5 stars!!! It was a fabulous book and I cannot believe that I did not read this book sooner! That is the first thing I will say..... secondly I love Bay-Lee and Nick Gallos.... seriously! I can only say one thing, and that is that this book takes off from the very beginning. There was no waiting for it to "get good".... it just was! Basically... you can read the blurb for the book, here on Goodreads...... so I will not go into t ...more
May 23, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great start to a new series. The plot is good, the characters are interesting and believable. Bay-Lee is in interesting girl, living her life for revenge, but life gets in the way. This is a complex beginning to what I'm sure will be a fantastic story. I can't wait for the next installment in this series to come out. Fantastic!! ...more
Kasi Blake
Apr 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: paranormal
This book is available online at ebook retailers such as Amazon, Smashwords, B&N, etc. It is the first in the series with the second coming out in October 2013. It will also be available in print in July 2013.
Charles Daniel
Feb 11, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Paranormal Who Done It and Done It and Done It . . . .

The writing is good. The plot is good and actually takes a few twists I didn't anticipate by more than a few paragraphs. This is a fairly standard Supernaturally Themed Murder Mystery novel. There is a "Young Heroine" and a "Bad Boy Love Interes"t for her; for bad guys there are the usual suspects: Werewolves, Vampires, Ghosts, Wraiths, Reapers (Well, theses are less than usual, but you get the idea), and Border Monsters (Which are pretty u
Oct 01, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved the characters and the plot drew me in from the very beginning. I loved the variety of creatures and the explanations about how they all came to be. I think my favorite thing is that this book is filled with plot twists that will leave you guessing all the way to the end. When you think you understand what is happening, think again because another plot twist is about to creep up on you. Overall, I really enjoyed this great start to another interesting series.
Jul 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Love story with a twist

I loved getting to know the main characters but didn't like the last 10% of the book. Star crossed love with werewolves, wraiths, rock stars and a link to the Van Helsing legacy.
J.S. Andersson
Apr 14, 2019 rated it liked it
This book hooked me from the start.
I loved the story of van helsing's daughter.. Bay-lee was seriously kick ass. The story had some great twist and turns it certainly didn't give anything away...
There was a few things that I didn't get or that didn't make sense but over-all I liked it.
sneza talevski
Oct 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really good

At the beginning I didn’t know what to think of the story but it turned out to be really good, I couldn’t put it down and read it in one sitting. Great story, great characters, and I will definitely be buying the rest if the series.
Barb VanderWel
Apr 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love this & I can't wait for more.
I will be also leaving a review on Goodreads @ Amazon.
And letting everyone know about it.
So i gave it a 5 Stars.
Amanda Bond
Jun 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Excellent storyline and characters that you grow to love. . . . . . . . . . . .
May 31, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Horrible ending. The reviews don't say much about future books. Will not continue. ...more
May 05, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had visions of Buffy the Vampire Slayer while reading this with the addition of a school for supernatural hunters.  Bay-Lee is the daughter of the legendary Van Helsing and following in the footsteps of such a legend has it's downsides, namely preconceived ideas of who she is and what she is capable of, and special treatment she receives.  Bay-Lee isn't exactly interested in making friends and things that most girls her age are into like shopping and boys.  She is more concerned about avenging ...more
Jun 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Bait is the first novel in the Order of the Spirit Realm series by K.C. Blake. It’s a YA paranormal romance story that will keep you turning page after page and will keep you up reading all night. At least, that’s what this book did to me. I loved it. Totally loved it.

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J. Nicole
May 22, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sometimes, you just really want to read a clever, fun, action-packed, paranormal romance. If you are like me, you just really want a clever, fun, action-packed, paranormal romance that will cause you to stay up way past your self-assigned bedtime and have you thinking about it nonstop when you eventually drag yourself away from the brightly lit screen that has become a backdrop to your life and go into bed. (Is that a run-on sentence? I ramble...) Bait delivers.

From the beginning, the idea intri
Jun 08, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: disappointed, arcs, 2013
Bait came highly recommended to me by my sister-in-law and fellow blogger, Holly @ Words Fueled by Love. So I decided to check it out and join the blog tour. I liked the idea of a series being about Van Helsing's daughter. While there might be a whole heap of books dedicated to all things Van Helsing, I've never actually read any of them, so Bait came off as being an original (or at least, new) concept to me.

Bait does have an insta-love kind of relationship going on that I know many readers will
Marked By Books
I debated very thoroughly with myself about how I was going to rate this book. There were some parts that I was just a little iffy about, and I wasn't so sure how my first impressions would relate to the rest of the book. Sometimes things felt a little out of place or just not developed enough, but then on practically the very next page I would read something that completely set me off laughing. This book and I have a very complicated relationship.

For one thing, I really liked the whole issue of
Definitely made me smile, very YA, a very good read. And that's what I loved, Bait was truly a YA story without bordering on that proverbial crossover line. It was also the story Bay-Lee, Van Helsings daughter, how cool is that! That is what initially drew my attention. Don't think I've ever seen a story line like Bait before. Very original in concept and well written in the visual. You definitely got a sense of Bay-Lee's world right from the start.

The other thing I liked a lot was the author's
Brandee (un)Conventional Bookworms
Bait is an excellent introduction to a new YA paranormal series. It has action, suspense, well developed characters, monsters that really do hide in closets, a possibly world-ending prophecy, and a little romance. :)

Bay-Lee is a wonderful heroine. She's outspoken and fierce even though she's always trying to blend into the crowd. To say she's had an non-traditional upbringing is an understatement. She's constantly moving and changing her name because there are monsters who want her dead. All bec
Mar 15, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
*** WARNING may contain SPOILERS***

This book is great. A story about the daughter of Van Helsing is a great idea very unique, the story sets place between two people: Bay-Lee the daughter of Van Helsing and Nick ex-fake rock star with a dark secret.

Bay-Lee had spent her entire life in hiding pretending to be 'Michelle'. As the so called 'pretend' daughter of the worlds greatest hunter she has to be protected - the whole daughter story line was way to complicated- But when her fake/real father Va
Jun 24, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013
I fully expected to like Bait so going into it I was pretty sure it wouldn't take me long to finish. It didn't. In fact, while at work, I'd find myself thinking about how I couldn't wait to get home to read more.

Here we have Van Helsing's daughter who has just been enrolled in Van Helsing's school in which students train to be hunters. What do they hunt? Monsters. Werewolves, vampires, ghosts (of all sorts), many others, and occasionally each other. Along the way she meets a boy and finds hersel
Kristine R.
The beginning of this book is quite absorbing and the passages well-written. I enjoyed it and would have given it three and half stars, if half stars were possible. In the end, I rounded down to three rather than up to four because the story did not keep my interest all the way through. My attention began to lag about two-thirds into the book, after one too many plot twists that didn't make all that much sense to me. A few negative events in the book could have been avoided or prepared for if ou ...more
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Order of the Spirit Realm (4 books)
  • Hunter (Order of the Spirit Realm, #2)
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