Caleo

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Every High School has their social outcasts. The band nerds, the math geeks, the chess club, the girl that chews her hair, but at Butler High, even the creepy nose picker in the chess club is more popular than Caleo Anima. No matter what he did, his pale skin, snow white hair, and piercing blue eyes always made him an easy target. He used to think that the only way things could get worse would be if someone found out that he was gay, but that isn't even the tip of the iceberg of problems after a mysterious ...
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Overview

Every High School has their social outcasts. The band nerds, the math geeks, the chess club, the girl that chews her hair, but at Butler High, even the creepy nose picker in the chess club is more popular than Caleo Anima. No matter what he did, his pale skin, snow white hair, and piercing blue eyes always made him an easy target. He used to think that the only way things could get worse would be if someone found out that he was gay, but that isn't even the tip of the iceberg of problems after a mysterious stranger shows up and changes Caleo's life forever.

Hidden amongst our society, a secret and magical race of people known as 'Leeches', have been engaging in civil war for decades. Both sides are desperately searching for a weapon with unlimited power that will give them the advantage they need to rule their world. This wouldn't mean anything to Caleo, except for one problem...He is that weapon!

Forget making it through High School. Caleo has bigger problems! As the search for him goes on, the world is quickly crumbling around him. He's now fighting for his life and the life of what little family he has left. With the help of new friends, he has little time to try and master his newly found powers as he tries to figure out who he can trust, who is trying to use him, and who just wants him dead. One wrong step and being the awkward pale outcast will be the LEAST of his worries.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781481939904
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
  • Publication date: 1/12/2013
  • Pages: 292
  • Sales rank: 693,564
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.61 (d)

Meet the Author

james crawford lives in Horn Lake Mississippi with his partner of 7 years. He began writing the Leech series in 2007 after having a reoccurring dream about about a young boy with skin whiter then a sheet. the story inspired a writing frenzy that is shaping into the Leech series.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 15, 2012

    great reading

    I really enjoyed this book and looking forward to reading more from this auther.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 11, 2012

    I found this to be a wonderful book, and have been checking back

    I found this to be a wonderful book, and have been checking back monthly since I read it for the next episode. I look forward to getting the next book.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 14, 2013

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    I only am withholding a star for editorial issues that the book

    I only am withholding a star for editorial issues that the book has. The story's premise and characters are both memorable and very infectious (I read both books in the series in a couple of days). Caleo is a gem of a character (even LOVE the fact that you can't find his name on a coffee cup). His love interest (Jack) is slow in coming and both he and Jack struggle with it a bit. Caleo also has a greek god of a protector who also seems to have amorous affections for him.

    It's a supernatural world for this story with a little post-apocalyptic touch in for good measure to keep all the characters off kilter and it works effectively. Caleo is a selfless and generous character (almost to a fault). He is the supposed leader of his race (called Leeches) though at the onset of the story he 'the albino freak with ice blue eyes' that just wants a normal red-blooded American boyhood. Something that the small town he lives in works overtime to make sure he is constantly reminded of how different (and feared) he is. Only Jack, Jillian (Jack's twin sister) and his grandmother are on his side. It's barely enough to keep Caleo from throwing in the towel (he is struggling that much with the constant bullying and taunting he gets on a daily basis). Two warring factions within the leech community spill into the mainstream world and wreak havoc across the country, completely upending Caleo's already cruel world. As he is pursued by members on both sides who either want to kill him or use him, Caleo and his family struggle just to survive. A protector is sent from Caleo's past to watch over him. Caleo is at first wary then drawn to this greek god like man who won't leave Caleo's side (and being a leech himself) he can show Caleo what he was born to be. The only real problem: Jack won't let his man get away that easily. It takes several rough moments (including some senseless killings of beloved characters along the way) Jack begins to realize that every moment he has spent with Caleo is a gift that he cherishes and that the last one may be just that: the last one. Jack tries many times to express his love for Caleo but never succeeds fully in expressing the depth of what he feels until, at the end of this first book, he thinks he has lost the object of his affections: Caleo is dead...or is he?

    A fun read (read it in a day) though I am reducing the stars from 5 (which I feel it deserves) due to the misspellings (where it is a closely spelled word that I believe the author was shooting for but the misspelled word was a correct word...just not the right one, something a auto-check spell checker wouldn't catch because it was spelled correctly, just not the right word). Those errors could have been caught by just a careful set of eyes. The did detract from the work as a whole because it causes the reader to pause for a moment from the action (which is never a good thing). I wanted to give it five but am settling for four until the author takes a bit more time to tighten this aspect of his work. Love the series though. Am team Caleo all the way!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 16, 2013

    Seeing the cover of ┬┐Caleo┬┐ was what first perked my interest in

    Seeing the cover of “Caleo” was what first perked my interest in the book. This novel is unlike any other gay themed novel I have ever read. I took to Caleo immediately, being that he was a remarkable character that I could relate to as well as found quite likable. The pacing of the story was just right and paranormal aspects of this novel are well written. “Caleo” kept my curiosity and interest throughout reading it. My favorite part were the twists and turns the author takes you on, often making it difficult for me to put the book down. Lastly, the ending of this book assured I will be sure to buy the books that follow this one.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 11, 2014

    4.5 Stars.....This beautifully written paranormal novel by James

    4.5 Stars.....This beautifully written paranormal novel by James Crawford is Caleo!

    I will start off with the beautiful cover as I am drawn to them and the cover for Caleo was so well done, one of the best covers I have seen! Caleo Anima is not a very popular seventeen year old student by any means. Even the major school outcasts are more popular than he is. His white hair, piercing blue eyes and his very pale skin make him stand out almost instantly and didn't help him when he became the target of other students. He always thought that if they found out he was gay then that would make it even worse for him but nothing is compared to his problems when a stranger shows up and forever alters Caleo's life! Now come out The Leeches, a magical group of people that have been in secret for decades. They are in desperate search of a weapon to rule the world and what Caleo doesn't yet know is that he is the weapon.

    Caleo was orphaned as a baby and raised by his grandmother along with other orphaned kids and his best friend is his brother, not his biological sibling. He has hidden his sexuality from everyone as he feels he has enough problems and doesn't want to add to them as he fears it would be the end of his life as he knows it to be. That is until he finds out the truth about who really Caleo is. What really moved me about this novel was the extreme bullying and violence as James wrote it so realistically and truthfully done. It was difficult at times but did not stop me from wanting to read this incredible story of his. James kept my curiosity and interest peaked throughout the entire book by all of the twist and turns which I just loved. The only and I mean only, small issue was that it was a tad slow at the beginning but when it took off there was no stopping James from writing such an incredibly beautiful and detailed story! The ending had a big cliff-hanger and some unanswered questions so I know there will be a second book and I can't wait to get into that one! It will answer more questions and continue with the fascinating and loveable character of Caleo plus we want to see what becomes of Jack and Nolan!

    I highly recommend this beautiful and paranormal book Caleo by James Crawford! If you want to read about acceptance, love, hateful people, leeches and powerful friendships then this is a must read for you!



    I received a complimentary copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.



    Reviewed by Paul at Crystal's Many Reviewers!

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