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Seventeen-year-old Kat Matheson has never revealed the dark secret that sets her apart from everyone else: She can see and hear the dead. Until now, she has been able to ignore the strange apparitions and whispering voices. But it may not be that simple anymore. Haunted by eerie visions and increasingly frightening nightmares, Kat begins to fear she may be the target of a dark and ominous force from beyond the grave. Complicating matters is the ...
Seventeen-year-old Kat Matheson has never revealed the dark secret that sets her apart from everyone else: She can see and hear the dead. Until now, she has been able to ignore the strange apparitions and whispering voices. But it may not be that simple anymore. Haunted by eerie visions and increasingly frightening nightmares, Kat begins to fear she may be the target of a dark and ominous force from beyond the grave. Complicating matters is the arrival of her new neighbor, a young man she instinctively distrusts but is inexplicably drawn to. Gorgeous and mysterious, he seems to hold a disturbing knowledge of her long-held secrets.
As she desperately tries to maintain control, events take an unexpected and violent turn. Discovering that nothing is what it seems and that her psychic abilities may involve far more than just communing with the dead, Kat may be forced to confront her worst fears and the powerful curse that controls her destiny.
Posted July 26, 2013
This book starts the Dark Prophecy series off with a bang. You are introduced to Kat, her best friend Rachel, her "hot" neighbor Lovell, and her "crush" Rick. Kat hasn't had a lot of friends through school as she has been busy trying to "not" see the visions that distract her. She is able to keep them away for long stretches of time, but lately they are becoming more persistent. She doesn't think she can share them with Rachel and certainly not with Rick, as he has finally asked her out on a date!
Her new neighbor, Lovell, moves in and he seems to know more about Kat than he should. He slowly starts dropping hints as to her powers and that there is more to the world than meets the eye.
There is a hint of mystery and romance along with the paranormal aspects of this book. It was a quick read and ended with the perfect transition for book 2.
Posted February 13, 2013
This book wasn't really what I expected it to be. I had thought that it was just going to be another book about some shy yet secretly strong girl who discovers that there's more to her past then what she believes. Of course, this has to be facilitated by the arrival of an undeniably attractive male. Said girl knows that, for her own safety, she should have absolutely nothing to do with him yet weakly succumbs to his masculine charms.
Yeah, not this time.
The thing that I admired the most about Kat was how practical she was. From a young age, she learned that telling people about her "gift" wasn't going to get her anywhere but a psych ward, so she never talked about it. And when the "gorgeous and mysterious" Lovell moves in next to her, she does not immediately fall in love with him. In fact, she doesn't really like him much at all. You know why? Because Kat is smart.
My main problem with Reckoning was that it took a pretty long time for the story to actually get started. Now, don't get me wrong, once things did start moving along, it was hard for me to put the book down, I just wish that it hadn't taken so long. There were a few dry parts that I had to sift through to find the gems buried in there, but, overall, it was worth it and I really enjoyed reading about Kat and her destiny. Now if only I knew what that was.... Curse you, cliffhangers!
Posted February 12, 2013
” I see dead people”….. Says this girl! ooooh, did any of you like the movie “6th Sense” as much as I did? Well, what if it was a girl who could see dead people? I would also like to say that though it’s labeled YA paranormal… it’s got a slightly creepier feeling to it, so maybe add some noir, or dark, to it LOL just in case you wanted to know that part!
I think the most thing I like about Kat as a character is that she felt real. She has flaws and she makes mistakes, and is sometimes naive but she’s a teenager! I love that about her. Her insecurities are what every teenage girl goes through. I like that she has a will for herself, and not so easily pushed into peer pressure. I also like that she has a smart mouth that is useful LOL I overall liked Kat, and I especially loved her best friend Rachel, but you all know I love those supporting character roles, and this one is excellent!!
There are two guys, but there isn’t really a love triangle, and while I do have some commentary about both guys, I think I will maybe keep them to myself because I don’t want to ruin anything for anyone. I know I just said there wasn’t a love triangle, but I know some people won’t read a book with a love triangle in it! I will talk about the awesome suspense, and the totally excellent ending, cliff hanger and all! Yep, we’ve gotten one with a big ole goodie! hahaha But this is a series and how else are author’s going to keep you getting their books! HA! Well done!
I will definitely be getting book 2! I am intrigued enough to guarantee it! Plus, I thought that it was an easy read because it was pretty fast paced for me! I thought the romance part was sweet as well, which is a plus for me! So… 4.5 CREEPTASTIC HAUNTING PAWS from me!
Posted February 3, 2013
I received a copy of this book for an honest review as part of a blog tour.
MY OVERVIEW: Ok, I have to go “fan-girl” here for a minute… Within Temptation is an awesome band and I was thrilled and surprised to find them mentioned in this book. Not many people know of them. Ok, I am done now, on to the book…
PROS: I really liked Rachel. There is something different about her though, and I hope we find out exactly what in the next book. Rick is also great. I am so on team Rick. Nope, don’t like Lovell at all.
CONS: Not the most original story out there. There were a few times while reading it, that I was thinking “Haven’t I read this somewhere before?” Also, apparently Kat comes from a line of women with powers, yet it is never explained why her mother and grandmother don’t seem to have any.
MY FINAL THOUGHTS: There are a lot of questions left unanswered and I look forward to finding out the answers in the next book.
Posted February 1, 2013
There are many things that makes a book a great read: amazing male characters, strong women, action, love, drama, and every once and a while, a book that really introduces you to its characters and the action starts just a few chapters before it ends. That was the Reckoning for me. Normally, I enjoy a book that starts off with drama or action from the beginning. I live for those kinds of books. But Hall takes a different approach and really lets the readers get invested into the characters. I got to know them before anything happened so when small drama pockets where presented, I knew how they were going to act. It was brilliant because it made me feel like I was a part of the story. Kat’s neighborhood, I can see it in my head. Her house, her school, or Lovell’s house, the layout is in my brain.
During the book, you have no idea why this is all happening to Kat or if these people in her life are apart of all of this. Kat has a completely normal life, besides seeing ghosts. But when you hit that chapter and find out everything, it all completely makes sense.
Hall takes the time and sets you up because about five chapters before the book ends, the action starts and when you get to the last page, you will wish you had the second book ready. ~BookWhisperer Reviewer MC~
Posted January 31, 2013
I recieved this novel in exchange for an honest review.
I really enjoyed reading "Reckoning" - (Dark Prophecy) although I did find the beggining to be slow paced, but other then that I enjoyed the author's style of writing and the characters as well.
Kat the main character is a young girl 17 who ever since she was little has this amazing ability to see other wordly beings that no-one else can see and it is something that she has always struggled with.
Rachel, her bestfriend was another character I enjoyed, I found her to be a very happy go lucky type of gal where as Kat I found to be a little reserved, which is understandable considering those errie abilities that she possesses and wishes she never did.
At school Rachel and her hang out together chatting about this hot guy (Rick) that Kat has this huge thing for but is too shy to make any moves towards him which I think is kinda cute. Then this other guy (Lovell) who is also not too hard on the eyes moves in next door to her, and her mom likes him right off the bat and trys to set the two of them up together, however Kat is not one bit interested as she finds him to be strangely odd and hiding something, something which she finds out later and realizes she needs him in her life afterall.
The ending however is a cliff hanger to my surprise, and keeps you wondering what really happened and waiting for what's next. So I am definately keeping my eye out for the next one in this series.
I give it a 4 star "only" because the beginning I found to be slow, other then that I highly recommend this to all you YA readers out there!!
Posted December 2, 2012
Molly pens "Reckoning", a paranormal thriller in a well written, smoothly flowing plot and characters that are believable. I read the book in one sitting and loved how it brought brings back memories from my past. The ending was intense with a bit of a cliffhanger to the point wish the second book was released. Highly recommended for all paranormal, supernatural thriller fans. *5 Stars*
This review is based on a complimentary copy which was provided for an honest review.
Posted November 27, 2012
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis.)
Kat has always been able to see ghosts, but she has never told anyone. She just doesn’t know how to convince someone that she can see something that they can’t.
2 weeks ago a girl in a pink prom dress started twirling around the school fields, and no matter how much Kat ignores her she won’t go away. What is it about this ghst that makes her different? Why is it that Kat can’t look away?
Kat also has a new neighbour to deal with – Lovell. He’s gorgeous, his parents are out of town, and her mother seems to keep pushing them together, but there’s something weird about him that Kat doesn’t like.
Where are his parents? Why does he seem to be watching her?
I enjoyed this book. I liked Kat, she was a good main character, and there was plenty of mystery surrounding Lovell, who was a little strange.
I was a little wary of Rick (the love interest) but Rachel (Kat’s best friend) was another great character, and she played her part well.
I liked the storyline, although I thought that quite a lot of time was devoted to Rick rather than the supernatural aspect of the book. The ‘ghost’ girl was fairly creepy, and there were some other creepy scenes too, but thankfully not too scary!
I thought that the grand finale was done well, although it is obvious that there will be a second book due to the cliff hanger ending! A lot was revealed really late in the book, and so there are a lot of questions still to be answered.
Overall; A good YA paranormal, and I will be interested to see what happens in the sequel!
6.5 out of 10.
Posted November 23, 2012
I really loved this book, it's that good that I finished it in a day, the writing flows and the story moves along quickly and has you eager to discover what the next page holds.
Kat has seen spirits all her life, but has learned to mostly keep the fact to herself after her parents sent her to a pychiatrist when she was younger after she used to talk about seeing them.
Kat spends a lot of her time with her best-friend Rachel while pining away for the school hottie Rick, when he finally asks her out to say she's over the moon is an understatement, when the house next door that's been empty for quite a while is suddenly occupied by Lovell a boy around her age, her Mum seems intent on setting them up, but there's something strange about Lovell and there seems to be something he's hiding.
But suddenly Kat seems to be seeing more spirits than usual, a girl dancing on the field at school, who may or may not be a good spirit and there seems to be a malovent presence following her around, and they're out to get her.
A great book and I'll be eagerly anticipating further books in this series,
I give this 4/5.
Posted November 20, 2012
Overview: Reckoning caught me off-guard. It’s labelled as a paranormal story, so I wasn’t prepared for how creepy certain scenes were. Along with the intense descriptions, I was completely blown away by this debut novel. I love horror and I love paranormal, so when the two mix together as seamlessly as they did in this novel…I’m in bliss. The author portrays what scares Kat so clearly that it gave ME goosebumps. I also liked how the narrative in the novel wasn’t “dumbed down” simply because it was told from a teenage point of view. The music preferences of the characters do make the novel feel dated (late 90s), although when I went to high school those were exactly the bands I listened to, so I didn’t mind.
Plot/Characters: Kat has visions of dead people and these visions are getting harder and harder to hide. Her mother tries to hook Kat up with the cute new neighbor, but he gives Kat the creeps. No, Kat rather fantasize about hooking up with Rick, who she’s too terrified to talk to despite her huge crush. I really enjoyed Kat. Although she sees visions, she really does act and worry like the average teenager. She’s concerned about buying a car, finding a boyfriend, and spending time with her best friend, Rachel. Rachel is a pretty kick-ass best friend. She’s spunky and bubbly but not annoyingly so. Lovell is definitely a creepy neighbor, but I he has a very seductive side to him. He’s like a younger and sexier version of Hannibal Lector- only he doesn’t eat people. At least, I don’t think he does. For those who don’t see the sex-appeal of Hannibal, this comparison between the two guys might be lost.
Ending: I like the intensity of the ending. What I didn’t like was how more questions were raised just as fast as my original questions were being answered. I’m disappointed that book two isn’t released yet. I have a suspicion about Rachel that I REALLY want to know if it is true or not. Now, I have to go hunt someone else down that has read the book to figure out if anyone else picked up on these “hints” and to compare theories on book two. Because, you know…I will definitely be reading book two.
(I liked the book so much that I purchased a copy for my mom immediately after finishing my review copy. She’s a school teacher and this will be perfect for her paranormal loving school kids. I received my review copy as part of the blog tour in exchange for my honest review.)
Posted November 15, 2012
Posted November 15, 2012
I was seriously drawn to this book by the stunning cover. Then came the awesome synopsis, and well the title as well held a lot of mystery, so the combination had me very interested. Then I started reading the 'prologue' and wow, it was fantastic!
I am a big fan of books with people seeing ghosts. I can't actually explain why, but I really loved the mediator series by Meg Cabot because of that. So, seeing how this book started off, I was hooked.
The problem with this book, was mainly that it concentrated more on the romance part of things and tiny bits of mystery was added in between, which made it rather slow. Not that was the pace of the book itself or that it dragged or something. It wasn't dull, just all the exciting things happened bit by bit and finally developed in the last fifty pages or so.
I think it would have been better longer than it was, and more intensive. Though the story itself was really good and I liked the author's style of writing, I just wasn't so sure about how late in the book the actual things happened. It was a quick read, and the writing was simple enough and easy to follow through with. I wasn't so sure about Katriona, but I did like Lovell. He was very developed in my opinion and held more than the protagonist. Maybe later on in the series it develops more than that? I hope so because it holds so much potential and I am very intrigued by it all! I can't wait to keep reading more in this series.