Genre-YA Paranormal Fantasy
Paige Reed had independence thrust upon her at a young age. Her father passed away after Paige received a cryptic premonition in the form of a deep voice inside her mind of his impending death and since then, her mother has been emotionally and physically absent. Fortunately for Paige, she has had been surrounded by some of the best friends in the world. The larger than life character of German ancestry nicknamed Tree is over 6 feet tall, not including the length of his massive mohawk, and would do anything for Paige. There is also the charmingly charismatic, blunt BFF named Carrie...she's Paige's go to girl. These two have been a great support system but Paige has yet to confide in them about her premonitions which have gotten worse. She just received a death threat of her own while in the presence of Matt, a friend and Carrie's love interest, and is beside herself. Knowing what happened to her father, Paige decides to let loose at the local club with her friends later that evening in hopes to shake off the bad omen and try to take her mind off of the dreadful premonition. Matt and Carrie dance beside Paige as she immerses herself in the music, having an out of body experience. So focused on the energy of this experience, Paige almost misses the catlike flash in Matt's eyes as a hooded figure descends from an above balcony. Everything happens so fast that when Paige is awakened, she can hardly recall what occurred before she had apparently fainted, hitting her head on the floor. This is where the story picks up and we officially meet Nathan, the hooded figure that will ultimately explain what Paige is and will eventually lead her to her destiny.
I think this book was set up nicely for a sequel. There are likable characters that I'm not quite ready to stop reading about. I like knowing that there is a lot of room left open for those characters to grow and develop in. I am curious to see how some relationships proceed and have high hopes for this author! I believe Ms. Ford has written a YA book that many teenagers would find a character to relate to and has added the supernatural element to it in a way that still makes it believable. These almost adults are faced with homework, hormones, and bad spirits and still make time to go to their local hot spots and have fun...pretty typical for a teenager if you ask me. I would be doing the same thing, premonitions be damned! In regards to the budding romance between Paige and Nathan, I think it progressed quickly but the feelings they share aren't as far fetched as some other YA paranormal novel romances that I have read. I must say, I like that this wasn't another typical vampire, angel, ghost, or fairy book either. Thank you for that Rebekkah! Looking forward to Dark Spirits, review to come.
My pic for Paige would be Lily Cole...(Lily Cole has blue eyes, I know Paige has green, lets not get TOO technical folks, colored contacts are readily available!)
Paige knows evil exists in this world, but she never imagined it would want something from her.
In the small town of Astoria, Oregon, surrounded by deep forest and endless mountains, another world thrives . . . a menacing one where dark spirits dwell in soulless humans. Seventeen-year-old Paige Reed lives in this lush, picturesque setting. She’s not your average teen, though she appears to be. Not only is she heartsick, but she’s been receiving cryptic premonitions from a ghostly voice since the age of four. After she hears a haunting message about herself, supernatural occurrences begin to confuse her.
Nathan Caswell seems to peer into Paige’s soul, evoking a magnetic energy between them they cannot deny. They’re connected. But he’s no ordinary guy. He tracks dark spirits and becomes alarmed when they set their sights on Paige.
When two power-hungry malevolent beings make demands on her, she realizes then the fate of mankind rest in her hands. Her world quickly turns inside out where the impossible becomes possible, and in the end she’s faced with a life changing decision that will not only alter her existence but the world as she knows it.
Can a deeply troubled teen overcome her own demons in order to fight those lurking about? With the past and present colliding, Paige must make the ultimate mortal choice. Will it be the right one?
Amazon Kindle- http://www.amazon.com/Beyond-the-Eyes-ebook/dp/B0088JF7HQ/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1369803120&sr=8-1&keywords=Rebekkah+Ford
Amazon paperback- http://www.amazon.com/Beyond-Eyes-1-Rebekkah-Ford/dp/0615652581/ref=la_B00896OMB0_1_1_title_1_pap?ie=UTF8&qid=1369803362&sr=1-1
Book trailer-: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2F36v7wnqWs