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A World Apart

(Shades Below #1)

4.09  ·  Rating details ·  112 ratings  ·  36 reviews
Librarian's Note: This is an alternate cover edition for ASIN B00UZSTN96

"There are things that go bump in the night, Mr. MacMillian. It's my job to bump back."

Private detective Jesper MacMillian is sure he's seen it all. Following a long recovery after a horrific accident, his life is finally the way he wants it- or at least, close enough. The only monsters on his radar a
Kindle Edition, 310 pages
Published March 20th 2015
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Lakshmi C
Mar 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book revolves around a murder mystery in a paranormal setting. Jes MacMillan is trying to get back on his feet after an accident changed his life. Lena is a medium who is funny and used to dealing with the other side. Their worlds collide while investigating the murder of a young boy.

I loved that the book was fast paced and had a lot of twists. AS they dig deeper and their troubles grow, they realize things are more dangerous than they seem. The supporting characters are unusual and its in
Feb 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review from LoP group.

This was a very entertaining book dealing with witches, mediums, the Rom, and ghosts. The plot and story line was very well written and very fast paced. I found it hard to put down. I liked how the author put all the characters from different walk of life together to solve the murders. The suspense was great. I recommend this book for anyone who likes books about witches and ghosts.
Desislava Pavlova
Feb 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
I got the book free of charge from the author in exchange of an honest review through Lovers of Paranormal. The following review contains spoilers.

Rating 8 of 10

A very nice read for everyone who likes paranormal mysteries. The mystery is intriguing and so are the characters. MacMillian is skeptic but curious. non-believer but ready to stand-up against whatever "go bump in the night". At first I was skeptic I would grow to like him, he is not your typical hero. But with time he sort of grew on me
Judi Moore
Aug 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
**Originally written for “Big Al’s Books and Pals” book blog. May have received a free review copy.**

Genre: Urban Fantasy/whodunit

Description: This pretty much sums the book up: "There are things that go bump in the night, Mr. MacMillian. It's my job to bump back." In these two sentences we learn that Powonia (Lena) Alan is a medium, helping stranded souls cross over, comfortable and competent in her work for ‘the other side’, fazed by very little, and certainly in much better control in such si
Emma Lindhagen
Aug 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: paranormal, crime, mystery
This was a good read, pretty fast-paced and well-written. It's got an interesting set of characters, and I really liked the main female character, Lena (even though I felt like she had to be rescued a little too often than what seemed realistic for the level of competence she was supposed to have). I had a harder time with MacMillian, the male MC. There were some really interesting aspects to his character (which I don't have the competence to assess the quality of rep for), but I didn't take to ...more
Lyssa Sue Shaffer
Sep 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I'm impressed

After awhile you begin to think you have seen all the possible urban fantasy twists possible. Then you find something not only different but something intriguing.

I enjoyed this first book and have picked up the sequels. A medium and an unwilling potential King of the Rom.... a witch, a hoodoo man, a priest and something as yet undefined. Somehow I think I'm going to be surprised as I keep reading..

Something new and wicked this way comes.
Emma Fearon
Feb 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of those books you can't put down

That was a surprise! I picked up this book to give it a try.... And now it's 3 hours later, I've got a crock in my neck and I'm wondering if anyone cooked dinner already.

Wow. I don't know exactly what happened. So I'm going on to the next book in the series because I need to know more about Lena and Jesper.
Evelyn Amaral
Aug 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A World Apart is Spellbinding

Well written, interesting characters, fast paced action, & supernatural drama! What's not to love! Read it in one day...can't wait to read the rest of the series!
sharon kirby
Sep 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing

I absolutely loved this book so much that I had to read it from start to finish. This is an exciting start to a new series that I am looking forward to reading. I highly recommend this book.
Oct 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
A pleasant surprise

I wasn't sure how much I would enjoy this book but I was pleasantly surprised. It is well written and draws you into the realistic characters. I look forward to reading the following installments of the series.
Charlotte Lowe
Feb 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A World Apart: A Shades Below Novel

This book is just the beginning in the understanding of these complex characters. Torment, family expectations, grief, nightmares, and more breathe life into each one.
Feb 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
A few unanswered questions

There were a few things left unanswered at the end. Wraps up the current case but will have to read the series for answers. Overall, I liked the characters and the world within. A solid paranormal read.
Lesley Hewitt
Oct 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
A good read

I had to persevere past the first few chapters to really get into this book. As some of the words were hard to understand. But I got there and quite enjoyed reading it. Now I need to read the next book to see what happens next.
Pauline White
Jun 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Discovered this author by accident and I'm so glad I did. I bought into the characters immediately and that is due to the entertaining storyline, well written and sad at times interspersed with a little wonder at the end. I want the backstory powania has soon
sarah wells
May 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
L. J. I does it again

Another absolutely great read, loved learning the characters stories and watching them work together looking forward to.reading their next adventure
Jean Kent
Mar 04, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent read. A twist on the paranormal genre. Highly recommended.
Mar 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
*~I received this book for free in exchange for a honest review.~*

Rating: 3,5-4/5

Lena glanced up at him. "Everyone's avoiding you," she murmured.
Grim satisfaction flashed over his face. "They should. I'm the big bad wolf."
"So what does that make me?"
MacMillian looked down at her. His lips twitched. "From where I'm standing, you look an awful lot like Little Red Riding Hood."

In this story you have two worlds with their codes and beliefs that collide (You can even said three, if you add the wo
Jun 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A World Apart introduces a new series and cast of characters I have quickly come to enjoy. I am a big fan of detective/mystery novels, particularly when they feature a detective that doesn't fit the standard PI mould. Even though paranormal is not usually my preferred genre, the book's intro made me curious enough to give this story a try and I certainly wasn't disappointed.
PI Jesper MacMillian is still coming to terms with the after-effects of the accident that killed his brother and cost him h
Karen Voitik
Mar 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing

>Review - A World Apart -

>I received this from the author and from Paranormal Romance and Authors that Rock. I am an independent reviewer. This is the first book in the Shades Below series.

>Jesper MacMillian is a Romany king, who is refusing his station. Due to a violent accident, in which he lost both his brother and his leg, he is a private detective just barely living a life. When a new case has Jes crossing paths with medium, Lena Alan, a whole new realm of the world is opened to him. Soon,
Jennifer  (BTH Reviews)
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

4.5 stars

Review Courtesy of: Books That Hook

A World Apart was a really good read. I liked that the author kept the prologue short, then jumped right into the main character doing her medium thing. What I mean is that the reader doesn’t have to wait for her to learn how to do it. Lena’s already a skilled medium involved in a secret society. So, at least on
Deneale Williams
Jan 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I was introduced to Laura at a facebook party. And it was there that I fell in love with her winning personality. And at that very facebook party, I won this very book. And when I did, I instantly ask her, can I please do an interview and review of her, and she said she would be honored. So here it is!

First, I want to say, I couldn’t put it down. But I have that problem with a lot of books, especially if they are well written, and something along a topic I like. And this was one of them. Paranor
Maghon Thomas
Well I wasn't sure what to expect from this one, but I loved it! The paranormal world of ghosts in a whole new light! A unique take on how spirits remain around us and what it could mean if you can see them. A lot of this book is based on getting MacMillian to learn and believe in the paranormal and the rest is getting Lena to save the day, as well as herself. Because spirits are needing help, but it could also harm a lot of live people in the process. :)

Lene is freaking hilarious! Her comments
Christina's Bookshelf
Oct 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I LOVED this story. It had me in it's grasp from the first two chapters. I didn't even want to leave the house to run errands and hang out with my family. I was intensely engrossed. The writing and editing of the story are superb. Story telling bewitching. You will NOT want to put the book down and by the time you're done you'll be a believer.

Powonia "Lena" Alan is a medium. Life is pretty normal for her except the she talks to ghosts. She owns a tea shop, Cross Your Teas and has an apartment a
Mar 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
*I received a copy in exchange for an honest review.

This was a breath of fresh air to read! I absolutely loved it!
We have everything we could want in a great story. Its not overwhelmed with romance.... but we have just enough! The characters are real and gritty.
Throw in the paranormal aspect with ghosts and BAM! It's fantastic!
I love that the world could be real the way that Olivia has created it.
Jess has a chip on his shoulder and when Lena comes into his life he sees what he has been missin
Lynde Shaw
Oct 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
*** I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review ***

4.5 stars. Well that was refreshing! If you're looking for a completely different paranormal book, then this is a must read! It was so much more than I expected. Vivid narration, complex characters, a solid storyline with a great plot that keeps you turning the pages. These are just a few things that make A World Apart a phenomenal read. Lena is a strong lead character. MacMillian is your atypical wounded "hero". Sparks
Ramona Plant
Feb 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Great captivating read that had me glued to the book. L.J.K. is an excellent author who knows her skill. She has an extremely pleasant writing style and a pace of the writing that is just simply perfect. No dragging anything out but instead an action packed plot that really leaves nothing left to ask for.

Lena is an extremely likable character, one I wish actually exists. She has an easy going personality that plays well of of Mark and Jepser. There are a few more characters that really add nicel
Barbara Strickland
Mar 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
An excellent read
This was a very interesting read and a little unexpected in content. Lena is a medium but the medium is a little more than we are first led to believe as our hero Jesper also finds out. The romance is not quite what we expect either and it is fascinating to see where this series may lead our main characters. The writing is well-paced with lots of unfolding events and action that keep us on our toes and the characters well-fleshed out. Connecting to them isn't difficult at all pa
Recipe Fairy
Apr 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is one the most well-written urban fantasy novels I have ever read! It's a flawless blend of a detective mystery meets the paranormal underground! The storyline was absolutely unique, the descriptions were vivid and realistic, the dialogue was spot-on flawless and the characters were intricately complex! This book wastes no time and immediately jumps into action that might be a little gory for some people, but I absolutely loved it! The characters were so complex and I felt like I actually ...more
Sep 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc-beta-prize
I received A World Apart as an ARC version from the author. The gifting did not determine the review/rating, which reflects my honest opinion. This was a surprise. I liked the blurb, which is why I volunteered to read the book, but it still came as a surprise to find the story was so well written and the way the author revealed little twists in the plot made this an excellent read. I enjoyed this one. There are some questionable word choices and spelling errors that paused my reading (I assume w ...more
Nov 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A well-written story. Will follow this series.

What I love about this story is that there is a good mystery: lots of good leads, trails & clues, but not overly obvious; and the are tons of great well-developed characters who are more than just props for the main characters or window dressing; and there are lots of different flavor a of magic, San Francisco has a multicultural population, a man with a physical disability gets to be the hero... It's got so much more than I've come to expect from a
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