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Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Review of Spirits Rising - Krista D Ball

Format: Ebook provided by author for review

Rachel Mills has one wish in life: for the spirit world to shut up and leave her alone. She thought her move to a remote fishing village in Northern Newfoundland would help.

Population: Twenty. What could go wrong?

Instead of peace, however, she relocates to a land of superstitution, the air alive with the presence of others.

When a local teenager accidentally summons the spirits of the area, including those from a thousand-year-old Viking settlement, all supernatural breaks loose. As the spirits stalk her and each other, Rachel finds herself in over her head. With the help of Mrs. Saunders, her 93-year-old neighbour, Rachel has to put aside her own prejudices long enough to send the spirits back to rest, or risk being caught in the midst of a spirit war. 

Rachel has just come back from a Mexican vacation to her home in Newfoundland.  She’s beginning to think that this isn’t the place for her, after falling for a man already in another relationship.  That’s not to mention that she is seemingly hated by her neighbors.  If you found religious tracts on your door on a near daily basis telling you that you were going to Hell, you’d think you were unwanted too.  She also serves as a designated driver for local teens, much to their parents dismay since they believe she is giving the children opportunity to drink.

So when Rachel gets a call from Manny, she is ready to help him.  She goes to his house thinking perhaps he had been drinking.  Even worse, his dad is the pastor at the local church and clearly doesn’t like Rachel. But Manny (and everyone else in town) knows Rachel is special, she can sense spirits around her.

When she gets to his house she finds mayhem.  Mayhem in the form of Viking spirits come to life in flesh and blood…destructive flesh and blood. And since she is sensitive to the paranormal, it is up to her to fix the situation.

This book had a lot of action and a bit of history.  I found it a lot of fun to read.  The characters were vivid and interesting to learn about.  The plot was great.  The action was exciting.  The only downside is that there are definitely some unanswered questions to issues brought up in the story.  Hopefully those will be addressed further in the series, as this is #1 in the Spirit Caller series.  I also think that maybe some sort of prequel would be awesome, because as far as Rachel’s romantic story, it kind of feels like we are entering right in the middle of something that could be very interesting.

All in all, I’d definitely recommend this book.  It dealt with the paranormal in a way that we don’t see too often, Vikings and aboriginal Newfies.  I’ve never been to Newfoundland, but the descriptions of the area were so vivid, I felt like I was already there. 


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