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Posted April 4, 2013
Book exchanged for an honest review~Rachel Mills is what some people would call sensitive. She lives in Newfoundland much to her adoptive mother's dismay along with being unemployed. Rachel checks in on her elderly neighbor Mrs. Saunders on a regular basis. Rachel is secretly nursing a broken heart and unrequited love from her best friend Constable Jeremy Garratt. She took a month's vacation yet the heart wants what the heart wants anyway. When Manny O'Toole calls Rachel asking her for help little did she know or expect what happened next. Manny's basement was currently filled with Viking spirits that were totally solid. Rachel had many questions but very few answers about what to do. Rachel didn't enter The O'Toole home without Jeremy backing her up in case Manny's parents showed up. David O'Toole was none too happy to see Rachel standing in his driveway. Rachel tried to explain that what she does isn't witchcraft but isn't heard by David. Rachel needs to find a way to banish the spirits that have been called and a plan of action to do so. Will Jeremy learn the truth of Rachel's feelings? How does Mrs. Saunders help? Can Manny help Rachel? Can Rachel put the spirits to rest? Your answer await you in Spirits Rising.
This book takes unique look at spirits and ghosts as whole. My absolute favorite character was Mrs. Saunders. She is out an out funny along with being super sharp. I found myself chuckling to myself everytime I read a part with her in it. As paranormal book, I have to say it was well researched anc creative. The author's approach was spot on. I look forward to the next installment.
Posted May 2, 2012
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.
Posted March 21, 2012
With paranormal stories flooding the market, especially those involving angsty vampires in romantic relationships with innocent mortal girls, it’s a refreshing change to read Krista D. Ball’s Spirits Rising.
The protagonist of the story is Rachel. She’s a lovely protagonist – not superhuman, beautiful like a model and thin like a rail. She’s down-to-earth, has a few kilos she needs to lose, has a crush on a man who’s taken, and she can’t fight the supernatural side all on her own. Plus, her Christian neighbors in her small town think she’s a witch and tape flyers about going to hell on her door and don’t want her near their kids.
She’s wonderful. I love her. She’s a real person, with weaknesses and faults, and she doesn’t pretend to be someone – or something – that she’s not. She’s not above asking for help, cursing or drinking to forget her problems. But she’s also human in a very good way – sensitive to kindness, touched by others’ problems, funny in her own snarky way and self-critical. Honestly, she’s one of the big strengths of this story, which, while not very long (it’s a novella, but it’s book 1 in a series, so there will be more!), it paints a world so vivid you feel like you’ve been living there for years.
Exactly this, the vivid world-building, is the story’s other big strength. This is achieved not only through the use of colorful, three-dimensional secondary characters, who have their own problems, sense of humor, beliefs and lives, but also through a deep knowledge of the place where the story takes place.
If you’re like me, then you enjoy stories which take you places and make you feel like you traveled there. If you’ve never been to Newfoundland in Canada, then this is your chance to get to know the place. The author comes from there and it shows in the depth of detail, the terms used, the food and drink culture, the language, the whole feel of place that permeates the story – from the howling, icy wind to the behavior of Rachel’s neighbors. Even just for this, this story is a thousand times worth reading.
Oh and the spirits are unlike any you’ve ever seen. I wish I could say more, but that would be a spoiler...
But I almost forgot the novel’s third big strength: the snarky, funny voice. Fresh and honest, Rachel’s voice carries the story and breathes life into it.
I confess I can’t wait for the sequel to the tale of this quirky heroine. I highly recommend it to all readers who love the paranormal, but also those who like stories grounded in real life, with strong heroines who don’t wait for a prince charming to come and save the day.
Warning: This is not a romance, and it contains no sparkly vampires. (For Good Book Alert Book Reviews)
Posted January 30, 2012
I was contacted by Krista D. Ball through email to read and review her book, "Spirits Rising" which is the first book to the series "The Spirit Caller". I haven't read a book about Spirits before, so I jumped at the chance. I'm always looking for something new to read.
It's not a normal Genre I read...but I really enjoyed the world that Krista D. Ball created in this book. Rachel Mills is the main character and she is able to interact with spirits. Unfortunately sometimes the interaction is not the greatest experience ever. She thought moving to a population of 20, she wouldn't have to deal with the supernatural world anymore....but nothing ever goes as planned, does it?
She lives next to Mrs. Saunders who happens to be my favorite character in the book. She is quirky and funny and a down to earth 93 year old who I wouldn't mind living next to in real life because she would keep me entertained.
The best parts of the book was how every one came together during the crisis of the spirits. Rachel thought everyone hated her because they thought she dealt in "witchcraft". It's when a crisis happens, people come together. Having Vikings outside your lawn...I think I would've came out and helped out also.
So who caused the Spirits to be up and causing a racket...a young teenage boy...who just couldn't help himself. He had to find a spell on the web and try it out. He just couldn't watch tv or surf the web like a normal teenager could he. Geez!
Who I found annoying in the book was Jeremy. That boy...just never could get it that Rachel had feelings for him. Why did he already have a girlfriend and why couldn't she just forget about him. When he finally realized she liked him...he still acted clueless. Ugh!!! Ahh!!! Let me slap him for you, Rachel.
What was the only bad thing about the book...it was actually when Rachel had to deal with the issues of the Spirits, when someone else stole the thunder from her. She really didn't do much to cast out the spirits. She even tried to contact her Mom (who isn't her biological mother)...to find out what she could do.
I loved how the story all came together in the end though. You could also tell, Krista D. Ball did her research on Spirits and the Vikings.
I look forward to seeing what the next book is all about. I definitely enjoyed getting away from Vampires and Werewolves for a little bit. Thanks again, Krista D. Ball for contacting me. I look forward to reading more books from you...especially from this series.