Descendant

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Seventeen-year-old Abigail Johnson is Gifted.

Blessed-or cursed-with Sight and Healing, Abby lives an unsettled life, moving from place to place and staying one step ahead of the darkness that hunts her. When she arrives in Jackson, Wyoming, she is desperate to maintain the illusion of normalcy, but she is plagued with visions of past lives mixed with frightening glimpses of her future. Then she meets Kye, a mysterious boy who seems so achingly...

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Overview

Seventeen-year-old Abigail Johnson is Gifted.

Blessed-or cursed-with Sight and Healing, Abby lives an unsettled life, moving from place to place and staying one step ahead of the darkness that hunts her. When she arrives in Jackson, Wyoming, she is desperate to maintain the illusion of normalcy, but she is plagued with visions of past lives mixed with frightening glimpses of her future. Then she meets Kye, a mysterious boy who seems so achingly familiar that Abby is drawn to him like he's a missing piece of her own soul.

Before Abby can discover the reason for her feelings toward Kye, the darkness catches up to her and she is forced to flee again. But this time she's not just running. She is fighting back with Kye at her side, and it's not just Abby's life at stake.

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Editorial Reviews

Online - Michelle Argyle
"A hot new spin on paranormal, Descendant is refreshingly imaginative and powerful. I can’t decide which was best -- piecing together Abby’s sinister past or keeping up with her heartbreaking future. If you like your YA laced with melt-my-heart romance and a good helping of heart-pounding suspense, you’ll love this book!"
Online - Rachelle J. Christensen
“Nichole Giles has crafted a story that breathes from the pages. Her characters are authentic, the action intense, with powerful emotions that will keep Descendant on your mind long after the book ends. Open your eyes to another facet of our world in Descendant and you’ll be sucked into an adventure with Abby and Kye, that will explore the power of gifts, courage, and love. With top-notch writing, Giles has crafted a story that breathes from the pages.”
Online - Tristi Pinkston
“Nichole Giles brings a fresh new voice and flawless writing technique to the world of Young Adult fiction. I was swept away to another place and never wanted to come back.”
Online - Elana Johnson
“This debut novel delivers in all the right ways, with heart-pounding action and a delicious romance that sweeps centuries. I loved it!”
Author of The Breakaway - Michelle Davidson Argyle
"A hot new spin on paranormal, Descendant is refreshingly imaginative and powerful. I can't decide which was best -- piecing together Abby's sinister past or keeping up with her heartbreaking future. If you like your YA laced with melt-my-heart romance and a good helping of heart-pounding suspense, you'll love this book!"
Author of Wrong Number and Caller ID - Rachelle J. Christensen
Giles has crafted a story that breathes from the pages. Her characters are authentic, the action intense, with powerful emotions that will keep Descendant on your mind long after the book ends.
Author of Turning Pages - Tristi Pinkston
Nichole Giles brings a fresh new voice and flawless writing technique to the world of Young Adult fiction. Every time I read one of her novels, I am swept away to another place and never want to come back.
Author of the Possession series - Elana Johnson
"This debut novel delivers in all the right ways, with heart-pounding action and a delicious romance that sweeps centuries. I loved it!"
Author of Intrinsical - Lani Woodland
Giles wrote a fantastic debut novel. If you love intrigue, adventure and romance then this book is for you!
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781630340001
  • Publisher: Jelly Bean Press
  • Publication date: 10/11/2013
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 1,255,456
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Nichole Giles has lived in Nevada, Arizona, Utah, and Texas. She loves to spend time with her husband and four children, travel to tropical and exotic destinations, drive in the rain with the convertible top down, and play music at full volume so she can sing along.
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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted July 3, 2013

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    Abby is a strong character, but she's pretty dense at times. As

    Abby is a strong character, but she's pretty dense at times. As a reader, you will have things figured out long before she does. I yelled at the book a few times because of this. The story had me frustrated more than once, but it was unique and fast. You have an enchanting romance, evil bad guys, fairies, magic powers, and some humor. The ARC of Descendant by Nichole Giles was provided to me from the publicist for review. The opinions are my own.

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  • Posted May 29, 2013

    This one is going to merit a re-read, friends. The rich texture

    This one is going to merit a re-read, friends. The rich texture of the lore that is being used, the fast pace of the action, and the array of characters are demanding that I spend a little more time in this universe; real life has made it difficult for me to give this novel the attention it deserves.




    What I can tell you for sure: I love that Giles has combined typical elements of the paranormal genre, traditional legends, and fae tales into one epic love story that causes mortal peril that lasts for generations. There were bits and pieces of so many familiar stories that the premise felt very plausible and real. While reading, I struggled with whether to take my time and enjoy every morsel of the universe Giles built, or to race headlong through the action-packed plot. I took turns at both, as it turns out.




    I can also tell you for sure that I really connected with the main character, right down to her questioning whether or not she should hop on a plane with the hot boy. She's a smart girl who doesn't let her friends or her emotions knock her around, and I respect her for that. As for the hot boy. . . he's a perfect gentleman who can still get your heart drumming in your chest with just a look. Even if you're not into this paranormal storyline, it's worth reading for the book boyfriend alone. :)




    This is one of those books that you like when you've finished it, and you like more as you ponder afterwards. I will definitely be re-reading at my leisure this summer, and certainly will be anticipating a sequel. 

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  • Posted May 8, 2013

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    'Descendant' is a fantastic new young adult fantasy/paranormal n

    'Descendant' is a fantastic new young adult fantasy/paranormal novel that weaves a captivating tale that will have readers hooked from the first paragraph. It follows Abigail "Abby" Johnson as she moves to the small town of Jackson, Wyoming after her grandmother's murder in Las Vegas. Abby and her mother must be careful wherever they go because Abby isn't just another ordinary teen - she's Gifted with the abilities to Heal and with Sight. Because of her gifts, Abby and her family can never stay in one place for long, and Jackson is sure to be no different - at least until Abby meets the incredibly gorgeous Kye. They have an instant and intense attraction that Abby's never experienced before, although she has the strangest feeling that she has known Kye - has loved him - for a long time. But before they can explore their feelings for one another, the darkness that has always followed Abby shows up in Wyoming and they need to move again. Only this time Abby isn't alone; she has Kye with her and they aren't going down without a fight.

    This was a truly wonderful paranormal novel that had me hooked right from the very beginning. The plot wasn't completely original in concept, but the execution was amazing and it definitely blew me away. I loved Abby as a main character. She's smart, devoted to her family, and wants to help people in any way she can - especially since one of her gifts is Healing. Her relationship with Kye is intense and interesting, although some readers may not like the "instalove" they seem to have. I liked the immediate attraction since it ran deeper than just the run of the mill love at first sight scenario - they have a history together, which makes their instant bond romantic instead of cheesy, in my opinion. The writing was flawless with a great pace and effortless flow throughout the book. The plot was very fascinating and I loved reading about Abby's gifts and the different abilities that could manifest, along with learning about the history of the Gifted ones. It added an extra depth to the novel that gives the reader a better understanding of the inner workings of the plot. Overall, this was an enchanting paranormal novel that fans of the genre will not be able to put down. Highly recommended!

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

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  • Posted April 14, 2013

    Love this story. The author, Nichole Giles, is great at making A

    Love this story. The author, Nichole Giles, is great at making Abby and Kyle -- the main characters -- strong young adults, without making them seem like, well ... a fantasy. She portrays their young love in a way that makes it interesting, warm, and magical.

    Speaking of magical ... the story is mysterious and magical at the same time! How can it not be, when it's about Gifts that supersede time? There is one minor character that I really enjoyed, but I don't want to put in spoilers ... so you'll have to read it for yourself and figure out who it is!

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  • Posted April 10, 2013

    I related to Abby from the first moment I read her story. I also

    I related to Abby from the first moment I read her story. I also moved a lot in my younger years, and could feel the pain each time she had to flee to a new location. Thank goodness my moves were not as dramatic.

    As you read about Abby and her gifts you will love her as much as I do. There is plenty of suspense, action and a new twist around every corner in this great book. Nichole Giles has written about characters that seem real, and the emotions will keep you wanting to read long after the last page.
    I'm glad that it is finally rleased so everyone can read the story as told by Nichole Giles. I will be encouraging my teenage granddaughters to read this book.

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  • Posted April 10, 2013

    Open your eyes to another facet of our world in Descendant and y

    Open your eyes to another facet of our world in Descendant and you'll be sucked into an adventure with Abby and Kye that will explore the power of gifts, courage, and love. This story has it all--adventure, romance, and self-discovery. I love Abby's strength and abilities to see things that others can't. Giles has crafted a page-turner that will leave you looking for Abby and Kye, hoping for more of their story!

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