james crawford (all lowercase please) grew up in Foxbourgh, PA. He currently lives in Hornlake, Ms with his partner.
Jackby james crawford
Every high school has it's social elite; the football players and cheerleaders ... you know, the popular crowd. At Butler High, Jack Barely was as close to the top as they came. Captain of the swim team, great hair, and abs that most would die for. However, that was all before the Leeches attacked, taking away everything: his popularity, his house, his grandmother, and even his best friend, Caleo, whom he secretly loved.
Now, living in a destroyed world, popularity means nothing as Jack struggles just to keep him and his twin sister, Jillian, alive. With attacks happening more frequently, Jack starts to wonder why they are even bothering to try and hold onto the past when it just reminds him of all they have lost. Just when he has given up hope, Jack hears a rumor that Caleo is still alive and sets out on a mission to find him. But will Jack make it to finally tell Caleo how he really feels?
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Jack is the second YA and Paranormal book in the Leeches Series by James Crawford! Jack Barely was a popular high school student, captain of the swim team and one of the hottest guys in school. Everything was taken away from him, his popularity, his grandmother and the most important, his friend Caleo who he loved and the Leeches are to be blamed for it all. Leeches are the most dangerous group to the humans as they have the powers to turn invisible, freeze people and turning into water to avoid capture. Jack's struggle now is to stay alive and protect his twin sister which is not the easiest task in the world. Jack now hears that his beloved Caleo is alive which starts the hunt for his friend. Will jack find Caleo before the Leeches destroy any chance he has to save his friend and tell Caleo how much he loves him. I loved reading this book through the eyes of Jack perspective as book one was through Caleo's. It was such great reading about the possible love triangle between Jack. Caleo and Nolan. Those Leeches are about to destroy everything in Jack's life including his family, friends and basically everything that he loves. Jack is one of my favourite characters and it was so beautiful written to see him fight for his friend Caleo and the love they share. The way the author describes in detail about the characters was so brilliantly done. This was one of the best YA and Paranormal books that I have read in a long-time! I highly recommend this beautiful novel to anyone who enjoys the paranormal, danger and young love! "Complimentary copy provided by author/publisher for an honest review." Reviewed by Paul at Gay Media Reviews!
I received a copy of this book from the author in return for an honest review. This is the second book in the Leeches series. I loved it! Jack Barely is a fantastic character. I loved him from when I met him in the first book, Caleo. He is a very confident young man, who usually has a great sense of humour. However, he has one regret: that he didn't tell Caleo how he felt about him. Jillian Barely may be Jack's twin, but she is no push over! In fact, it is her strength of character that shines through in this book! I didn't really like her in Caleo, because she came across as a snob. However, I warmed to her, when I realised that it was just a front. I have been eagerly wanting to read this book for some time now. The cliffhanger at the end of the first book saw to that! The story is a fantastic continuation of the series, but I did find that I was slightly disappointed in it too. Don't get me wrong, I loved this story, but there was something not quite right. There was something missing and the story fell flat in places, in my opinion. I have no idea why. It could be that I had expected more than I should have from the story. Sequels have to live up to their predecessors, and sometimes, for whatever reason, they don't quite get there. I'm not going to mark this down to a 4, because I feel that this book deserves it's 5. I loved seeing the world through Jack's eyes, and it's not pretty! There is extreme danger for the humans as the two camps of Leeches face off against each other. Leeches are people with a special ability or power such as turning invisible, freezing a room full of people or turning into water to avoid capture. The way these Leeches absorb powers of other Leeches reminds me of the movie "The Highlander". However there is no lighting, but streams of power. I don't know why, but I have visions of a mercury-like substance creeping towards the recipient. The story twists and turns in places, which I loved, but there was one part that I felt that Jillian's behaviour was a bit creepy. I knew that she had been through a trauma, but even so, I found her lack of emotional response a bit unnerving! She was too "normal". The end of the book has a shocking twist and another cliffhanger. I am now looking forward to reading the next book in the series! james crawford has written another fast paced novel that kept me hooked from the first page! I love his writing style, it's easy to get lost in the world he has created. The characters are mostly likable, with the exception of Alix. I hope he gets his comeuppance! This is a fantastic book in a an amazing series. I highly recommend this book if you love YA/Paranormal/Science Fiction or Gay & Lesbian genres. - Lynn Worton
I found the concept of this story series to be a very interesting one. There were some editorial problems with the work that reveals that the author should spend some quality time with an editor (or at the very least several pairs of eyes that can catch simple mistakes like referencing the rock band Styx and catching the authors misspelling (Stix)). There are others. Steeping instead of stepping (both of which auto correct will not catch because they are both spelled correctly but the improper use takes the reader out of the story. On the character front however, this story is rock solid. Each character has a distinctive voice and the snarky comments between the siblings is snappy and lively (even that they don't let up with the bullets flying all around them). Without giving too much away this is the second in the series and I found I ripped through them within a couple of days within each other so they kept my attention. The pacing is well done (if a bit contrived just to get a reaction out of the characters and hopefully the readers). This is one of those series where the order does matter. Caleo is the first in the series though it is told from 3rd person omniscient position. It has a growing love story involved in it between Jack (the focus of this story) and the boy who has his heart: Caleo. (though his realization of this only truly comes to him during this book). Caleo is a special being. He has special abilities that came to him at birth (due to a set of circumstances that came into play well before his birth). He is part of a longer heritage of men who have carried this ability throughout his family line (on his father's side). A species of beings that Caleo belongs to called leeches (with Caleo being at the apex of their world -- he is the leader thought he is unaware of his status when the series begins). The first book deals with an apocalyptic rift that explodes into the mainstream world as two warring factions of leeches are after Caleo who think he can be used to quash the other side in their war. That book ends with a nice climax with a great hook for this book to continue. More intrigue follows in this book as Jack discovers that Caleo didn't die as he previously thought at the end of the first book and decides nothing is going to stop him from getting to his guy and tell him honestly how much he means to him. All Caleo wanted was a normal life (something he never had while growing up). Jack thinks he's the guy who can give that to him. Now if this damned war would just get out of the way things can get back to normal. A fun romp of a story (post-apocalyptically speaking). Recommended if you can forgive the editorial (they aren't so bad to forgive given the story's premise.