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Evading The Dark

(The Cross Chronicles #1)

4.27  ·  Rating details ·  99 ratings  ·  50 reviews
alternate cover edition for ISBN 9780692702680

High school sucks. It doesn’t matter who you ask; jock, cheerleader, computer nerd, or band geek, they will all say the same thing: It’s a nightmare. But Casey is still wondering how she got the short end of the stick. Just a Sophomore at the prestigious Luthos Academy for Magical Beings, Casey already knows more about heartach
Published April 11th 2016 by Anchor Group Publishing
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Ben Alderson
Dec 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing

I literally read this and only this book last month. Really interesting start to a supernatural series. E. M. is great at making the reader feel for a character. I really related to the main MC. Especially with the bullying scenes. Reminded me of my time at school. What I loved was the amount of compassion the author had when writing the scenes and dealing with it.

Moral of this story? FRIENDS ARE IMPORTANT.
Kathryn Ford
This book was kindly given to me by the author in exchange for an honest review.

First of all, high five for that blurb! Finally, a blurb that gives enough information about the tone of the book, but not too much that we already know everything that is going on. I've found good blurbs to be really scarce lately. The blurb immediately attracted me to the book, Magical school, check; ancient prophecy check; unfathomable evil, check!

Casey, is our main protagonist and the book is in first person. We
Caitlin Audet
Reviewed on behalf of 3 Degrees of Fiction Book Blog

It was nice to come back to the world of paranormal after being away for quite some time. Evading the Dark by E.M. Rinaldi is the start of a new series, the Cross Chronicles, where witches are top notch at their school for magical beings. This story was different in a way I haven't come across before which made the read that much more refreshing and enjoyable.

I love that even though this is just book one, I never felt overwhelmed with learning
May 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This month, all I read were books that were too f*cking long. This was a damn refresher! It had just enough information/detail but also short and to the point! The ending has a cliffhanger and that means I need to go read the next book!

Casey is an orphaned girl who is bullied by all her fellow witch/fae/shifter classmates. This is a great story for those who love some fantasy and a hint of romance. It is a teen book, the kids are all 16ish. Usually, I don't like young adult books but this has a
Christian - Curious Quill
Jun 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Okay, so I'm going to admit that I do have a slight problem reading ebooks. I don't know about anyone else out there, but for some reason, ebooks often detract from my reading experience. They take me a lot longer to read and I often get distracted. Reading a book on my laptop or iPad just doesn't feel the same as reading a physical book -- I especially miss the flipping of pages, the fresh smell of paper, and just holding the story in my hands. Then again, it could just be my vehement disdain f ...more
Sep 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Great characters and storyline. I thought this was an entertaining read with a plot that moved at a good pace and kept me engaged throughout.

I love the friendship between Casey, Cedric and Falon. They are well written and interesting characters.

The cliffhanger ending was unexpected but this first book has made me keen to read more...I received a copy of this book from the author via Quirky Blind Date With A Book.
Cheree Castellanos Edits
Sep 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
What a story!! I am so honored to be one of the first people to lay eyes on this wonderful book! Right off the bat your heart is attached to Casey and the sad situation she finds herself in. Her mother and only friend are ripped from her life in a devastating way, and life only gets more turbulent from there. Now living at a school for magics with Eli, her mother’s friend who took her in, but feeling like she doesn’t belong. The kids are cruel, I mean, I wish I could get my hands on Tony!!! But ...more
C.C. Hrivnak
Jul 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Evading the Dark takes us to a world where witches, vampires, fae, and shifters remain in secret. Their progeny are sent to hidden schools for the talented beings throughout the world. Casey, an orphaned child of notorious witch Carina, is taken into the Luthos Academy under the guise of her Guardian Eli in order to grow in her powers. The downside – Casey does not have any powers.

The witches at Luthos are held at an extremely high standard. Each one is drawn to one of the four elements (fire, w
Jul 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Received from Xpresso Book Tours

It's one of those stories I immediately fell in. I was hooked from reading the synopsis, I mean school for supernaturals, hidden away from the worlds and all kinds of thing keep on happening. There have different supernaturals coexisting, shapeshifters, Fae and witches, and then there is Casey. She is technically a witch, but with no powers of her own. She gets picked on, bullied from classmates and teachers alike. I LOVE the way she takes it, she fight back-hard.
Apr 27, 2018 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Dec 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
3-3.5 Stars

This was the authors debut novel and I was very impressed with the way the author really pulled it all together as the story progressed. I fell in love with the fact that this story has so much potentional. It took me a little while to connect with the characters and the storyline being that the beginning was not as cohesive as I would have liked. Towards the middle of the book I was really starting to connect with the characters and truly enjoy the world the author created. So, I wa
Sarah Puckett
Jun 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I LOVED the cover and was so excited to be able to read it. I fell in love with Casey immediately, and the other characters were built so well it was easy to connect with them also.
I thought this was going to be kind of a light read, from how it started off, but OH NO! There is a lot of wonderfully dark elements. I love what the author did with the villains in this story and cannot wait to read more from her!
Kira Moericke
Aug 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
So good! Loooved Casey's sassy attitude! Her attitude made me never want to put the book down. Some questions running through my head though, but I'm sure they will all be answered in the next book. Can't wait! ...more
Kendall {Book Crazy}
4.5 stars!

I have to be honest and start by saying that I hadn't heard of this book until the author approached me and asked me if I'd like to review an ARC of a new version! I said yes because this book sounded interesting and I love the cover! I started this book after I had finished my current read, and after reading, I can say that I enjoyed it! It did take me a few chapters to get into the plot, but once I did, I found myself wanting to read on to find out what was going to happen next! It a
Tonja Drecker
Jun 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
After reading the blurb, I grabbed this one up and hoped it wouldn't be too cliche so that I could love it. And that's exactly what happened.

Casey sits at the bottom of the social list at her school thanks to her being of mage blood but without a drop of magic in her. She's broken, and there's especially one boy who's determined to make it painfully clear how terribly she fits in. Luckily, she has one ever loyal friend. However, her world isn't safe. There are attacks on the school, and one ends
Wendy Lewis
Aug 28, 2019 rated it it was ok
I wanted to like this so much more than I did. I love the characters, the relationships were great, but I have some very strong problems with the lack of good editing and parts of the plot.

The editing fails started on page one, "that I could feel its eyes on my while its hungry breath" - my? is there a noun missing here like "my face" or should this be "me"? Then further along one character says that another character is "viscous", umm, sorry but it's kind of weird to call someone adhesive. I mi
Molly Moran
Jan 18, 2020 rated it did not like it
I really wanted to like this book, but it had several issues that I couldn't get past. First things first, this book needed to be edited again. There were so many typos, grammatical errors, formatting issues, and timeline inconsistencies that could have easily been fixed. The naming of the characters was awkward. The main character is Casey, and the mean girl is Lacey. The Dean is the bad guy, and his henchman is Deon. What really bothered me about the book was that it really could have used so ...more
T.L. McDonald
May 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The cover caught my eye from the start, but the blurb totally sucked me in. A girl with no known magical abilities attending a school full of magical beings, color me intrigued. I had to read it. And believe me when I say, this book did not disappoint.

Orphaned at a young age, Casey is raised by a friend of her mothers at the academy in which she attends. There she’s being trained to become a future guardian despite being the outcast. And even though she doesn’t display any magical qualities, th
Sep 06, 2019 rated it liked it
If I could give half stars this would be a 3.5 rating. I enjoyed the story. It kept me hanging on at every turn. I am still full of questions due to the cliffhanger ending and I want to immediately go buy the next book to get answers. I did have some problems with the story though, mainly the fact that the main characters are children attending a special school, and they are allowed to physically abuse another student to the point of needing medical attention and the adults in charge do nothing ...more
Kalli Bunch
Feb 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book was really good! Casey Cross is a witch with no powers at a school full of supernaturals who hate her. She is beat on, ridiculed, tortured, and more. And yet, she keeps going. Witches are the first, last, and only line of defense against the vampires and Casey is in training to be a Guardian. But can she really be a Guardian when she has no power? This book tells you of her strength and perseverance, but mostly her strong-willed determination not to let anyone keep her down. I finished ...more
Stacey (Sassy Book Lovers)
First off, that cover is a major eye catcher, I just love it so much!! Secondly, what lays inside is even more amazing!!

From the first page I was sucked in, I found myself unable to put the book down.

With a compelling storyline, lovable characters, laugh out loud moments and an ending that'll leave you wanting more, this story is a must read. I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it and have already one-clicked book 2, Hiding Till Dawn, which after that ending I was so glad I didn't have to wait
Jaime Margaria
Jun 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book!! I thought the plot was amazing, it kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time. I love all the characters, Casey especially. She is a great independent woman and I love how we see her grow throughout the story. I love the mystery surrounding her background and learning bits and pieces about her which feed the plot of the story.

Can Casey find out where she fits in her world? And after learning of a prophecy, she may just be the person who saves the world.
May 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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I really enjoyed reading this book. It has magic, supernatural characters and a B.A. main character who just wants to fit in. Casey is a witch who doesn't have any powers and has had to grow up an orphan. She constantly has to fight not only her peers but others who seek to harm her. And now there is a prophecy. Read this book to find out what it all means! ...more
May 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book is amazing. The characters are so well developed. The plot line is incredible and I am so excited to start reading the second book, hiding till dawn! this author has some real talent!
Patricia A.Bunn
Apr 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great Book

Great Book I love it !you should get this book it was a very powerful
Book and I know you will love this book
Thank You For Letting Me Read This Book I love it
Diane Lynch
Jul 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
review to come
Jul 03, 2019 rated it liked it
too much teenage angst and drama. h wasn't that bad for her age though. ...more
Nikki Atkinson
Jul 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Quick read. Entertaining and exciting. I will be reading the rest of this series!
3.5 stars

I enjoyed this and will be reading the next book..
Samantha   Vickery
Sep 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
well written, a little bit of a slow start but once I got into I really enjoyed the character development. Lots of surprises. looking forward to reading more.
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