A Place Halfway

A Place Halfway

by K.C. Finn


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A struggling psychic girl steps out into the big, wide world amidst the murky depths of racial segregation in England, 1961.

As a teenage psychic, Josephine Fontaine knows what it’s like to be different. At Peregrine Place, a school full of youngsters with gifts just like hers, sixteen-year-old Josie is growing tired of her life and looking for excitement beyond the grand manor house’s walls. When an opportunity arises to work in a local music bar, she jumps at the chance, learning to balance her new job with the pressures of studying the ways of the Synsk.

There she meets the charming Tommy Asher, a fellow psychic with a talent for music, and Jake Bolton, a handsome, surly stranger with coffee-coloured skin. Throw in the return of her old crush Dai Bickerstaff, and Josie finds herself embroiled in a drama much bigger than she could have imagined, especially when certain parties take issue to her developing a friendship with a boy who isn’t white-skinned. When a mysterious record mogul offers Josie help to improve her psychic gifts, her world turns totally upside down, and she begins to question everything she thought she knew about the world, her family, and even herself.

Coming of age was never so intense as it will be for Josie in the winter of 1961.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781634220316
Publisher: Clean Teen Publishing
Publication date: 11/11/2014
Series: Synsk , #3
Pages: 300
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 12 - 18 Years

About the Author

Born in South Wales to Raymond and Jennifer Finn, Kimberley Charlotte Elisabeth Finn (known to readers as K.C., otherwise it'd be too much of a mouthful) was one of those corny little kids who always wanted to be a writer. She was also incredibly stubborn, and so has finally achieved that dream in 2013 with the release of her first three novellas in the four-part Caecilius Rex saga, the time travel adventure The Secret Star and her new urban fantasy epic The Book Of Shade. K.C. Finn has also recently been welcomed into the fold at Clean Teen Publishing as a debut Young Adult author for 2014, beginning her run of publications with the paranormal/historical series SYNSK. As a sufferer with the medical condition M.E./C.F.S., Kim works part time as a private tutor and a teacher of creative writing, devoting the remainder of her time to writing novels and studying for an MA in Education and Linguistics.

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DiiMI More than 1 year ago
Josie has always been different, a psychic teen caught between childhood and adulthood in an era of racial tensions and segregation. For Josie, coming of age is a harsh lesson taught too quickly. Among students with gifts like hers at Peregrine Place is great, but sometimes a teen just needs ‘more,’ a place to spread one’s wings and to be part of the outside world. Little did Josie know that first flight could bring so much joy, confusion and pain, as she struggles to face it all head on in a world filled with hatred, deceit, hope and emotional turmoil far beyond anything she was ready for. A Place Halfway by K.C. Finn is more than a paranormal tale of a teen in transition. K.C. Finn brings real life drama to her tale as she tackles one of life’s worst demons, racial prejudice, as well as the machinations of one man who hides his identity from her, gains her trust, answers a lifelong dream, and then breaks her heart with the truth. If not for the mysterious and edgy boy who worked at the musicbar with her, Josie would never know what love and caring could be, but first she had to break through the chaos she heard in his mind to find the young man who had golden dreams of his own and a voice to match. K.C. Finn tackles tough issues and does it with bold strokes, never backing down from the details that will have you clenching your gut or opening your eyes to the real world that existed over fifty years ago, and still hasn’t been conquered to this day. Her paranormal take on being different is a fresh, yet sometimes gritty look with dark edges and shadows, as she guides us through what being “different” really means to more than the students at Peregrine Place. Start to finish, this is a magnetic read filled with all of the elements of great reading for more than just paranormal fans! I received this copy from K.C Finn in exchange for my honest review.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Francine Zane for Readers' Favorite A Place Halfway by K.C. Finn is the third book in the Synsk series. The book focuses on sixteen-year-old Josie who has a lot more to deal with than the average 1960s teenager. She is but one of a school full of psychic children who are being trained to work for the government. Surrounded by so many people like herself, she doesn’t realize how cruel people can be toward others until she takes a part-time job working with black brothers who have already lost a father to racial violence. While the school is located in a grand manor house, Josie’s job at the soda shop called Halfway is the real backdrop in her coming of age story. The nostalgia of the old time rock and roll acts as the perfect backdrop to the budding romance, dramatic encounters, and life lessons. In A Place Halfway, K.C. Finn takes the reader on a roller coaster ride of emotions and memories of an age past. She provides a cast of flawed characters who learn to live together and support each other to the extent that an only child, such as Josie, feels like a member of a large extended family. I enjoyed reading A Place Halfway and finished with a warm, fuzzy feeling that can only be attributed to well-written characters and a plot that never feels contrived. I only hope that one of the future Synsk series books will feature the mischievous toddler Nik all grown up and learning his own life lessons.
Brittthebookworm More than 1 year ago
I thought than no book in this series could compete with book 1. I was right with book 2 but boy did this book make its mark!! The pace kept fast; the suspense continued and the words just jumped out of the page. I especially enjoyed the jump in time so that we were following the kids of our previous favourite characters! Visiting how their lives were years later was interesting and the relationships between them all still keep you with a constant smirk on your face, especially when the relationships between the kids were affected by this. A Place Halfway is the third instalment in a must-read series. Due to the time shifts they could be read as stand-alones but I personally feel that you would be missing out on the character's dynamics if you didn't read them in order :) Happy reading everyone!!
marla9123 More than 1 year ago
Josie's story was awesome. A unique story for a unique girl. :) I love the music atmosphere Josie's story was wrapped in and I love how K.C. Finn in each fiction story of the SYNSK series introduces us to a serious aspect in life along with the psychic abilities of her characters and the adventure they are in.  In "The Mind's Eye" her main character is fighting with a sickness that has her cripple on a wheelchair and a way to walk again.  In "Leighton's Summer" through her secondaries characters we get glimpses to orphan's lives and war post traumatic lives.  And now In "A Place Halfway" we are introduce to the discrimination colored people experienced in earlier years. I love how K.C. Finn enriches her stories with many aspects of life! SYNSK stories are really Beautiful ones. X-Men quality in their own unique way.
kristys_reviews1 More than 1 year ago
 got lucky enough to receive an ARC from the author, K.C. Finn for an honest review The whole SYNSK series has just been amazing from book one, The Mind's Eye. Leighton's Summer continued five years later from The Mind's Eye, after World War II. A Place Halfway jumps to 1961. Josie is 16 years and physic. She has powers that she inherited from her father that was unknown to her. She decides that she wants to get a job at a new place opening up in town close to the boarding school that was started by Kit and Leighton's parents for children with special abilities. During the 1960's America was experiencing many race riots. It was a horrible time here in the United States, but also at the time England was experiencing its own race riots.  Josie read of story of a black man getting beat up and left to die. She was horrified about the events. When she gets a job in town, she meets Noah and Jake, who are black. She finds out that they were related to man that was killed.  Josie has been caught up on Dai Bickerstaff She secretly hoped that he would finally notice her. But after she comes to know Jake, many things change. She knows she is falling for him, but Jake isn't sure that it is right for them to be together will all the race riots going on. I got an education. I never knew that England experienced its own race riots like the United States did during the 1960's. But this book was just amazing. K.C. Finn brought back many of the characters from the first two books but still made this book its own story. It could be read alone, but the series is just amazing. It took a turn that I didn't expect to with Josie. I am looking forward to the next book in the series that she comes out with.