Monday, August 18, 2014

Pauline Creeden Book Tour and Giveaway: First Impression by Pauline Creeden

First Impression (A Shadow Maven Paranormal Book 1)
By Pauline Creeden
Publisher: AltWit Press
Published: Mar. 22, 2014

Amazon Synopsis:

Chira Kelly thought she didn’t need anyone…until she met Ben. 

Because of one ugly rumor, Chira lives as an outcast at her school. Which is fine with her, because she works better alone. Always has, always will. And at least she has her one and only true friend, Tasha. When Tasha insists that they join a group to visit a possibly haunted abandoned old schoolhouse, she's wary, but joins her friend. Because of that decision, their lives are in jeopardy as a malevolent spirit targets the group. 

Tragedies and accidents pick them off one by one, and Chira finds herself drawn to the one person who can see the truth. But can he protect her? 

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My Thoughts:

Chira Kelly is a high school junior with only one friend due to an untrue rumour that she has not bothered to refute. She gets involved with several other students in exploring an old unused schoolhouse that they want to use for a party when they apparently see an apparition that Ben Oscuro, another teen new to the group says is called an "impression". An impression is a type of ghost that can be seen where someone has met a violent death. While at the schoolhouse the  students split into two groups of five. One of the students decided to video the group and post it on YouTube.

The sighting of this impression leads to several unfortunate incidents, beginning with the serious accident of Chira's friend Tasha, who winds up in the ICU at the hospital. Of the 10 students who went to investigate the old schoolhouse, the only ones having accidents or being haunted after the excursion are those whose pictures ended up on YouTube.

I liked this story because it wasn't about the beautiful people. It was about the underdog. I liked that Ms. Creeden shows that even those who society seems to think are unpopular or are unlovely are worth just as much as the beautiful and successful. I really liked the main characters of Chira and Ben, who were considered outcasts by their classmates just because Chira's family didn't have the same financial means as the rest of their families and Ben because of his background.

I liked Ben's owl Steve; I thought he was a nice touch. An unusual pet for an unusual guy. I think there is much more to Ben and his mysterious eyes than we have found out so far. I'm looking forward to finding more about him. I love his old-world gentlemanliness - opening doors for Chira, etc.

First Impression is a fast-moving adrenaline-pumping, exciting read. I wasn't expecting the thriller aspect in it that there was. It was great! I loved the twists that brought it all about. Pauline Creeden has done it again. She's got another winner here.

I'm ready and waiting for the next instalment of the Shadow Maven Paranormal Series. This volume gets a 5 out of 5 star rating from this blogger. Highly recommended!

Thank you to the publisher for providing a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. A positive opinion was not required. All thoughts are my own.

About the Author:

In simple language, Pauline Creeden creates worlds that are both familiar and strange, often pulling the veil between dimensions. She becomes the main character in each of her stories, and because she has ADD, she will get bored if she pretends to be one person for too long. 

Pauline is a horse trainer from Virginia, but writing is her therapy. 

Her debut novel, Sanctuary, won 1st Place Christian YA Title 2013 Dante Rosetti Award and is now available as an audiobook. #1 Bestseller on Amazon in Christian Sci/Fi and Fantasy (October 2013)

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