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4.02  ·  Rating details ·  62 ratings  ·  53 reviews
When Eliza Owens gets a phone call in the middle of the night from a girl she’s never met, she doesn’t know what to think. The girl introduces herself as Paige, and says she used to date Erik Stern, Eliza’s fiancé. What’s more, she has something important to discuss.

The only problem? Paige has been dead for years.

Believing it to be a sick prank, Eliza tries to force it f
Paperback, 265 pages
Published November 2020 by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
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HAZE by Rebecca Crunden is the first book that I have read by this author. I’ve seen this classified as paranormal and urban fantasy and as ghost fiction, but to me the paranormal part of the book took second place (in a good way) to family drama, domestic violence, grief, romance, addition, friendship and much more.

Eliza Owens is nineteen years old and engaged to Erik. She gets a call from a stranger that purports to me Erik’s former girlfriend, Paige. Following this Eliza, Erik, her sister Sam
Cori McCarthy
Jun 29, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc-s
First off, I would like to thank Crunden for sending me a copy of her book for review! It took me awhile to get to it, but we did it! Anyways, I ended up really enjoyed this book! I started it last night and really had a hard time putting it down, and I ended up finishing it the next day!

One thing I really liked about the story was how real it felt. For a Supernatural book, it had very real feelings and situations that people can relate to. The one thing I would say that I wasn’t of fan of in t
Five years earlier, their young love was shattered when a mysterious phone call from a dead girl and a horrible death sends Erik running from the town that hated him for what his father did. Now Eliza has sunk into a world of drugs, and the men who deal them.

When Erik’s father dies, he returns to handle his affairs, still in love with Eliza, but still not feeling good enough for her. Who has she become? What has happened to her and why? The truth lay buried in the past, a truth no one would beli
Amber J
I was given a free e-copy of this book through the For Love of a Book ARO program. This does not in any way change my opinion or rating. I try to express only my most honest opinion in a spoiler-free way. If you feel something in my review is a spoiler please let me know. Thank you.

So I'm honestly a bit bummed out after reading this book. I was so looking forward to it after enjoying A Game of Wings and Marks. But this book didn't hold up in my eyes. It started out great, but then nothing reall
Toni | Dark Reads
I received a copy of this book in return for an honest review.

I really enjoyed this read and my rating is actually 3.5.

What I liked;

This was a really well paced Mystery Thriller, I found it hard to put this down for very long at a time, I just had to keep reading to find out what happened next!

I liked all of the characters (Miles was my favorite) and felt that they were really well developed and realistic.

Also a nice little twist at the end that I wasn't expecting.

What I didn't like;

There is re
Jul 04, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs
I want to start this off by thanking Rebecca for the eARC! I'm so glad I got the opportunity to review this novel, and it is definitely one of her best works hands down.
Let’s dive right in! One of my favorite aspects of HAZE would have to be the relationships between each character and how they worked to develop as a whole. I loved how Miles and Erik had a brotherly connection, and how they supported each other no matter what (especially the banter—I loved the banter). Eliza was a compelling ch
Aug 02, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A gripping and alluring tale of love and loss wrapped with the thick air of mystery that will keep you up all night.

Buy this book on Amazon! Read this review and other book reviews at Discover Elysian

This honest review is a collaboration with the author, Rebecca Crunden. All opinions are my own.

As a fantasy reader who is not a fan of mystery and horrors, I didn’t think I’d like this book. I mean, ghosts? No, thank you. But then I headed to Amazon and Goodreads and read some of the reviews. T
May 13, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Haze is the story of Erik and Eliza, and their enduring love for one another through many ups and downs over a period of 10 years or so, written by Rebecca Crunden. It was originally released in 2018, and I very much enjoyed reading this.

There are some supernatural elements and plenty of mystery and suspense in this book. I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review and give it a solid 3.5 stars – rounded up to 4!

Our story starts with two young boys trying to summon the dead.
Branwen Sedai *of the Brown Ajah*
Move over Ruth Ware, Riley Sager, and Simone St. James, because the next big thriller author is here! With Haze, Rebecca Crunden has crafted a multi-genre story that is engaging, heart-wrenching, and completely unforgettable. It is also a book that will stay with me for quite a long time.

Haze follows the story of Erik and Eliza, a couple of young people who are absolutely in love while also dealing with Erik's troubled past and brutal home life. Eliza receives a phone call from Paige, who happen
Sep 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This review is also featured on Behind the Pages: Haze

Erik is a boy plagued by his father's crimes. But despite the town whispering behind his back, he’s found love and his life is steering itself in the right direction. Engaged to Erik, Eliza couldn’t be happier. Until her sister begins to question Erik and Eliza receives a phone call from one of Erik’s exes. But his ex is dead. Doubts begin to surface and they come crashing to the surface in a single act that will change Erik and Eliza forever
April Wood
“Death is a friend who greets us at the end...”

Haze, a supernatural mystery romance by Author Rebecca Crunden, had me intrigued from the very first pages. It featured children enacting a ritual to summon the dead, complete with a jar of grave dirt. This scene sets the stage nicely for the whirlwind "butterfly-effect" to come. And what a whirlwind it was!

Haze is haunting, suspenseful, tragic, and surprising, not to mention compelling and creepy. It features flawed characters who feel like real pe
Jan 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I always get excited when I find out that Rebecca is releasing another book and this stand-alone was no exception. It was different than her other work in regards to genre but I thoroughly enjoyed every moment of it. I devoured it in one sitting because I simply couldn’t wait to find out what would happen next! The characters were all intriguing as well, but I’d have to say that Miles was my ultimate favorite. I think I developed a little bit of a crush on him by the end.
Jul 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
CAWPILE Rating: 9.4

Paige is dead. She has been dead for years. At least that's what everyone thought. When Eliza Owens receives a phone call one night from this dead girl asking to meet up, her curiosity gets the best of her and she can't help but go. The events that follow this detrimental decision will send the Owens, Eliza's fiance Erik, and a few other close friends on crazy journey to figure out what really happened to Paige, and why she has come back.

Before I begin this review, I wanted to
Free copy provided in exchange for an honest review. This in no way changes my rating or review.

4 mysterious stars!

Haze has Rebecca Crunden’s classic charm, humour and mystery wrapped up around a heartbreaking story involving four people who go into the forest one day – and come out completely changed.

Our story begins with a little prologue, where we witness two 10-year-old boys who decide to recite a spell in an attempt to talk to the recently deceased mother of one of the boys. This tear-jer
Leslie aka StoreyBook Reviews
This is a raw and gritty book that surprised me.  I wasn't expecting the darkness surrounding Eliza and Erik, but as the tale unfolded I found myself intrigued by all the different elements involved.  This is a little bit of a mystery - how did Sam die and who is impersonating Paige, but as the truth is revealed it is more than you would have ever expected.

The story starts out with two young boys trying to bring back someone from the dead.  I didn't think much about it after that intro, but it i
Apr 27, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
wow this was interesting.. spooky.. action packed.. fun.. some spots that werent expected... ending that made me go.. omg! lol.. it was well written and i really liked it
Sep 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars. I started this at lunch today and had such a hard time putting it down to go back to work. I did not expect that ending :O but I loved it. The writing is very well done. The characters felt realistic, flaws and all.
Kayla Krantz
So wow.

This was a creepy, creepy book, but I think that’s part of why I enjoyed it so much.

In the very beginning of the book, we’re introduced to two children in a cabin who are preparing a ritual to bring someone or something back to the dead. Fast forward some years and we’re introduced to one of the kid’s (Erick’s) fiancé Eliza. When she gets a call from a deceased ex of Erick’s, questions begin to fly. It’s not long after that in which Erick accidentally kills Eliza’s sister, Sam. Unable to
Jun 13, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A modern-day fairy tale with a cast of engaging characters with a variety of realistic flaws, Haze is a quick and entertaining read. The story begins with the idyllic love of Erik and Eliza, only to be shattered by tragedy. Erik disappears following the tragedy, leaving Eliza to spiral out of control. Upon his return, the duo team up with the likeable stoner Miles to get to the bottom of strange encounters, unsolved mysteries, and the truth behind several deaths that touched their lives over the ...more
*I was kindly sent this by the author in return for an honest review*

A solid 4.5 stars ( I wish Goodreads would let you do halves!!)
Anyway! I love this! The more you read the better and better it got. I've not been in the mood for supernatural books of late but this has definitely broken the curve! It was so beautifully integrated with normal life you just couldn't help but enjoy it. It's definitely got some hard hitting stuff in it that could probably use a trigger warning but it didn't bother
Oct 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a fun read, and I ended up really liking some of the characters when I didn't like them at the beginning. The ending was very interesting and left more questions. Clearly October was the perfect month to read this. I did not expect it to turn into a romance novel! Mostly because I was convinced one of the main characters was up to no good. I was creeped out during certain parts, which was exactly what I liked most about it. It definitely felt like a ghost story, and we meet some very co ...more
Sara Coates
Aug 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am such a sucker for mysteries, and this book didn't disappoint! Right from the beginning, I was drawn in by these characters and even more so as the story unfolded. The twists and turns were so well done, and the characters were amazing and real. Everyone's motivations felt so grounded in the story and made it such an enjoyable read. From Erik's need to get out from under his father's shadow, and Sam's need to protect her sister. Even to Roger's feelings for Eliza, everyone was so well writte ...more
Jul 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There are not nearly enough characters for me to describe how much I adored this book. I struggle to concentrate on reading these days & tend to prefer audiobooks. HOWEVER, this book literally kept me sane on a long coach ride. I fell in love with the stories, the characters, the themes...everything was so perfectly written and *real*. I’ve always known Rebecca was an amazing writer but to find myself so engrossed that I finished the book within one evening just shows how much I was dragged into ...more
Sep 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, supernatural
I love a good mystery and I also love a good supernatural story so it was such an enjoyment to have them brought together in one book. The storyline and characters were done so well and moved at a pace that was comfortable for both plot development and character development. Not only that but the mellow writing style brings the reader into the plot making it easier to imagine being there and not just reading about it.
Aug 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amazing read!

Very engaging and bewitching story. Great pacing and character development. The ending reveal was unpredictable and surprising and I really enjoyed it. Erik was definitely my favorite character, so well rounded and fascinating. Crunden does it again with another breath taking tale with fantastic characters.
Sep 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scifi-fantasy
A highly unique story. The characters are all so real and damaged, which makes for fascinating interactions and behaviours from them. The twist at the end was not something I'd ever have guessed. And just in general it was really atmospheric and had such a strong centre to it, if that makes sense. Definitely worth a read.
Jenna Ellis
Jul 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this book! I binge read it in a day when I was on holiday. A great page turner. Also an amazingly different ending (no spoilers) that I was so not expecting. I don't think you'd ever be able to guess (challenge!). But seriously it was a master piece of creativity and very refreshing to be completely surprised even having read a lot of books in the genre. Highly recommend!!
Charlie Boland
Apr 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Keeps you guessing throughout, impossible to out down. I highly enjoyed it.
Nov 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, e-book
It is always tough for me to read something written by someone I actually know and try to not be biased. As I will not say I absolutely loved this story, I also didn't not like? ew double negative much Melissa?- alas had I looked at the genres before reading I would not have been as confused as I was at how it ended. Now, it is completely understandable to me much more than when I sat there looking around like the heck just happened. Also I made my life difficult and read it in kindle format and ...more
Cranky - The Book Curmudgeon

This is one of my favorite authors, so I was excited to be reading this book. The story is hard to review without spoilers, so I’ll try to be careful. I like stories about small towns and ghosts. This one has them both. We also have romance, murder and suspense.

Erik and Eliza have been friends for years. They are both nineteen. Erik lives on his own and Eliza lives with her parents and her sister Sam. Unfortunately, Erik’s mother died when he was ten, and his father, Logan is th
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