Ever Near

Ever Near

by Melissa MacVicar

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Ever Near by Melissa MacVicar

Love is ever near. But trouble is never far.

Nantucket Island is haunted, but only sixteen-year-old Jade Irving knows it. Ignoring the disturbing spirits isn't an option, because one dwells in the enormous historic home she shares with her newly blended family. Jade is finding it more and more difficult to explain away Lacey's ghostly, anguished tantrums, especially with Charlie, her gorgeous, almost step-brother, living right across the hall.

When a power-hungry ghost hunter tracks down Jade and blackmails her, Jade's secret teeters on the edge of exposure, and her entire future hangs in the balance. If anyone finds out Jade can talk to ghosts, her life will be forever changed.

Can she save herself, free Lacey, and hang on to her tenuous connection with Charlie? Or will everything she ever wanted slip through her fingers?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781940215174
Publisher: Red Adept Publishing
Publication date: 08/30/2013
Pages: 200
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.46(d)

About the Author

Melissa MacVicar lives with her husband and two children on Nantucket Island. She loves classic rock, watching football, and reading anything romantic and suspenseful. She survived prep school, and was brave enough to attend her college reunion.

When she turned forty, Melissa decided to renew her adolescent passion for fiction writing. Having once thought publishing a novel to be an impossible dream, she's proud to be achieving her lifelong goal. In addition to writing, she's a full-time teacher, an avid runner, and a somewhat reluctant tri-athlete.

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Ever Near 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Reading_With_Cupcakes More than 1 year ago
Let me start off by saying that I am absolutely in love with this book. It has caused me to lose sleep on more than one occasion. I was only willing to put it down when I just could not keep my eyes open any longer. IT. WAS. THAT. GOOD. This story is about Jade. Jade can see ghosts. She has been able to see ghosts since she was 10 years old. Not of the encounters have ever been exactly pleasant. The ghosts tend to scare her. The ghosts tend to freak out and attack her. Jade has no idea what to do about these encounters or why it happens to her, so she just does her best to avoid ghosts and the places where she has met them. Also, no one else knows that she can see and talk to ghosts. Not even her best friend who was there when she met her first one. Jade has been keeping her ability a secret from everyone. The fear that those she cares about will think that she is a freak and insane is too strong. Unfortunately for Jade, she has moved with her mother into the Fair Ever estate with her mothers fiance and his two sons. Fair Ever happens to house one very confused and angry ghost. Now that Jade is stuck facing this ghost head on she has to figure out how to deal with her special ability. This is no easy task when the ghost loves to pop up every where, even in Jades dreams. Also, the ghost tends to freak out every time Jade attempts to talk to her - doing weird melty faces, attacking her, etc. Then to top it all off, she is now living across the hall from a boy she has had a HUGE crush on and he is soon to be her step-brother. Talk about complicated. I loved loved loved this book. The further into the story I got, the better it was. Melissa MacVicar has a wonderful way with words. Her descriptions are so vivid and the world she has crafted is so beautiful. You cannot help but feel you are there with Jade as she stumbles around trying to figure out how to deal with her complicated life. You cannot help but feel what she is feeling and wishing you were able to help her. This is a book I will be forever recommending to people who ask me what they should read next. It has found itself a permanent home in my heart along with my other favorite stories. OVERALL RATING 5 out of 5 well deserved stars This review is based on an eARC provided by the publisher via Netgalley for my honest review.
Naduah82 More than 1 year ago
Hot crushes, summer beach parties, BFF's, and GHOSTS! Yes I said ghost! Ever Near is a YA Paranormal, and it fits perfectly into it's genre, in fact it's just what I was looking for in a good summer read! Jade just wants to be normal, but when her mom remarries and moves them into Fair-Ever she meets Lacey, a ghost who just happens to have zero self-control. Not to mention her new step brother Charlie whom she's crushed on as long as she can remember. I felt I could relate to Jade from the get-go because I could see myself making the same decisions if I were in her shoes. Melissa MacVicar does an astounding job developing Jade's character throughout the book. In the beginning of the story when we meet Jade she just wants to be a normal teenager, hiding her secrets because she's afraid of people's reactions. Without giving away too much she learns you can't ignore your problems, you must face them head on and that sometimes it's okay to be vulnerable and lean on loved one's for support. The setting of Nantucket and Jade's frightening confrontations with ghost marinates beautifully with the romance Melissa MacVicar intermingles into the story, I couldn't ask for a better recipe! Throughout the story the beach scenes are my favorite, the way in which they are described makes you feel as if you are standing barefoot in the sand, hearing the waves come in and the seagulls calling overhead. Ever Near is the perfect summer read!
Silk-Serif More than 1 year ago
Ever Near is a story about sixteen year old Jade who can see ghosts. She has been able to see ghosts ever since that one summer when a man chased her from a graveyard. A man no one else could see. Her mother is getting married to the successful and rich Mike and their fortunes have improved from divorcee-single-mom-and-daughter to part of a family. Unfortunately for Jade, its the family of Charlie: her childhood crush since forever. A down to Earth ghost story that harks back to the days when YA was actually written for adolescents and not adults. Melissa MacVicar devises a story that is both believable and childish in a very intelligent manner. Her characters act realistically to experiences and their thinking is on par with someone with limited life experience. The budding romance between Jade and Charlie is a great example of a couple of kids who live in the now, rebel against their parents who "do not understand their love" and many of Jade's reactions to her situations are acceptably self-centered. It's a bit annoying, but let's be honest, we all did things when we were Jade's age that we now cringe over. The novel fits in with the current reader trend towards requesting more diverse characters in YA. Jade is a black female protagonist who seems to have a bit of a chip on her shoulder concerning whites. Although not full blown racist because of her white mother, Jade is definitely struggling with her identity as a black woman. She often makes remarks about the color of skin and racial issues which highlights her own inner conflict. I can only hope that Jade learns to become comfortable with her race in the coming books of the Secret Affinity series. I definitely loved that this book is a true Young Adult novel complete with reactions from the cast that was realistic. MacVicar wove a tale that was perfect for young readers without all the YA-adult politics, behaviours and thought processes. MacVicar is a genius at writing real teenagers for real adolescents. This novel will appeal to those who love ghost stories, YA that is actually YA and not a New Adult variant, paranormal, young love or first love. I would certainly recommend this as a clean read (kissing/touching but no sex and very little detail beyond the kisses).
TheNerdyJournalist More than 1 year ago
I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. I’m not a fan of ghosts — unless you count the ones in the Haunted Mansion ride at Disney — but I was really intrigued by the premise of “Ever Near.” The synopsis reminded me of those shows on the SyFy network with people who thought their houses were haunted (even though I don’t believe in ghosts, I find those shows strangely suspenseful and addictive). And once I saw that “Ever Near” had romance in it, I was sold. “Ever Near” has all the makings of an amazing ghost mystery (historical location, old house, anguished ghost, supernatural abilities, etc.), but it fails in execution. The ghost mystery didn’t come close to my expectations. There isn’t enough build-up or suspense. Jade to figures out Lacey’s identity too easily; she literally figures it out with a cursory web search and a visit to the library. And, though Jade’s initial attempt to get rid of Lacey fails, the consequences are remedied fairly easily, too, with a call to Jade’s ghost-seeing grandma. I wish the mystery of Lacey was stretched out through most of the plot. I would’ve liked to see small clues, the plot getting eerier and eerier, Lacey’s antics getting more and more dangerous. As for the “power-hungry ghost hunter,” I honestly don’t understand why he was in the book at all. He didn’t contribute much to the overall plot. The ultimate downer for me is the unsatisfactory romance — well, now you know my priorities — between Jade and Charlie. Jade has a massive Charlie from the beginning. It’s not to hard to understand her infatuation — What girl hasn’t been starstruck by at least one hot guy during her lifetime? — but I wanted to have the chance to slowly fall for him myself. Charlie seems like a nice guy, but I didn’t get to see enough of him. As a character, he was pretty one-dimensional. And, as a love interest, he was lackluster. At some point, Charlie and Jade realize that they both love each other (*fake gasp*) and get together behind their parents’ backs. Ah, the disapproving-parents-preventing-the-relationship cliché. Bottom Line “Ever Near” didn’t match any of my expectations, but I didn’t hate it. I didn’t enjoy it, but I don’t want to chuck it out a window or angrily rant about it. I guess I can say that I was apathetic about it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
AVoraciousReadr More than 1 year ago
An exciting new YA Paranormal story. 4.5 *Book source ~ Many thanks to Red Adept for providing a review copy in exchange for an honest review. Jade Irving is a typical 16-year-old living on Nantucket Island. Her divorced mom is marrying a widower with two teenage sons and they’ve moved into his beautiful house named Ever-Near just prior to the wedding. It’s summer break and while the teens work summer jobs and party with friend, they’re all adjusting to the new living arrangements, Jade is dealing with a major crush on Charlie her soon-to-be stepbrother and, oh, she’s being harassed by a right nasty ghost living in Ever-Near. You know, typical teenage stuff. What is Jade going to do about Charlie? And just what is she going to do about the ghost?  While this book was a bit of a slow go at the beginning, it was soon gaining speed, the excellent writing pulling me along for the ride as Jade reveals more and more about the ghosts she sees and experiences and her growing relationship with Charlie. I could understand her feeling of isolation, that she couldn’t tell anyone about her ghost seeing super powers for fear of being considered as a possible guest of Hotel Cuckoo, but when she had to actually live with a ghost I’m glad she finally told someone.  If I had to be born with super powers, even the kind to see ghosts, it would be nice to see good ones. Unfortunately for Jade she got the short end of the stick and sees only really nasty, angry and crazy ghosts. Yikes. That sucks. At least now she doesn’t have to carry that burden alone. I am really looking forward to seeing where Jade’s journey takes her in future books. All-in-all an exciting new YA paranormal book with interesting characters and a dash of romance sprinkled on top.
wazi More than 1 year ago
Ever Near (Book 1: Secret Affinity) / Melissa MacVicar Up until now Jade has been able to simply remove herself from places that a ghost appears. She has always found them frightening and has done a good job ignoring the fact that she can see and hear them at all. Jade has never shared that she has this ability with anyone. Not her mother, grandmother, or even her best friend. The problem is that she and her mother have moved into a house that has a troubled and confused spirit, and the ghost is now entering her dreams. There is no escape. This story is told in a first person POV, which I generally don’t have a problem identifying with, however I found I just could not connect with Jade. I felt like I was being told a story that lacked the discovery factor, too often too many words were used that did not move the story forward. I also had a problem suspending disbelief because Jade did not seek answers or ask her mother, grandmother, or best friend questions. She chose to open up to a boy she had the hots for?  And then worries she might lose him because he MIGHT think she is crazy? Of course he is going to think she is nuts. Their relationship didn’t warrant that level of trust yet. I just didn’t buy it. Jade was a whiny and weak protagonist who did seek help from a local personality who gave ghost tours of the area that almost ended in tragedy when he tried to use her to further his own career. The way she handled this situation did not sit well with me, it was wrong on too many levels. Things could have taken a much worse turn and they were well on the way to that happening near the end of the story because she refused to seek advice from her mother or grandmother. Okay, now that I got that off of my chest. The history and description of the Nantucket Island was well written and beautifully described and I liked the ghost story part of the book. The fact that Jade kept a journal of her encounters was interesting because she spent so much time denying they even happened. I was also glad that she spent time researching Lacey to find out her story. Why she was stuck on this earthly plane, and why she didn’t cross over when she died. It was a tragic story and I did sympathize with Lacey. It really is too bad that Jade never took the opportunity to ask her questions while she could. Things didn’t work out too well when Jade was ignoring her gift/curse, so when Jade asks her Gram if she could cast spells and stuff on people her Gram laughs and replies “Well, I don’t believe in that, but some people do. Plus, those things are against our church’s teachings, so I wouldn’t if I were you. You don’t want to mess with that part of it. The evil, demonic part is better left alone. You leave it alone, and it will leave you alone.” I am not so sure I would put much stock in that statement either. Especially after the way some of the ghostly encounters physically affected Jade. Perhaps now that Jade has a better understanding of her gift, and is more willing to ask questions, this series has potential to move forward with more intriguing ghost stories. Format/Typo Issues: I read an Advanced Reader Copy and I found no significant editing or proofing errors. **Originally written for "Books and Pals" book blog. May have received a free review copy. ** September 22, 2013