Mystery Falls

Mystery Falls

by Marilyn Phillips

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Secrets. Lies. Deception. For the past six years, Samantha Hunt has lived with the belief that the untimely death of her parents was the result of an unfortunate accident—that by the cruel hand of fate, she had been left an orphan. But it was a lie, a terrible lie told to her by those who wanted to keep her in the dark. And the truth... when revealed, will change her life and haunt her forever.

Suddenly plagued by a series of events which find her in danger and in need of a savior, Samantha is repeatedly rescued by the mysterious and elusive Shadow—a stranger who seems to know more about her past and the tragedy which befell her family, than she does. Drawn to him despite the antagonism she feels whenever in his presence, Samantha soon discovers that Shadow is not what he appears to be. Determined to learn his true identity and why he has come to Mystery Falls, the small town in which she has spent all of her seventeen years, Samantha not only uncovers the secrets he refuses to share, but also the truth about her own past. A truth which forces her to acknowledge that things are not always as they seem, and sometimes, not even those close to you can be trusted.

Resolved to seeking justice for the unwarranted death of her parents, Samantha embarks on a journey which brings her perilously close to her own demise. Can Shadow use his angel powers to save her yet again, or this time, will he be too late.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940044700352
Publisher: Marilyn Phillips
Publication date: 07/03/2012
Series: Mystery Falls Trilogy , #1
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 438 KB
Age Range: 13 Years

About the Author

Marilyn lives on the outskirts of Melbourne with her husband and two children. A fully qualified Secondary School Teacher, she spent thirteen years in the classroom before taking leave from her profession to become a stay-at-home mum. Since early childhood, she has been an avid reader. Growing up with books like, 'The Wishing Chair' and 'The Magic Faraway Tree', as some of her most treasured favourites, she has always had a fondness for fantasy and the mythical world. Moving into her teenage years, she developed a highly active imagination and often created stories which she liked to share with her friends. However, with a focus on her studies, she never seemed to find the time to commit those stories to paper. Now, many years later, inspired by authors such as Stephenie Meyer,Becca Fitzpatrick and Claudia Gray, Marilyn has finally fulfilled a lifelong dream to write and publish a novel of her own. For those of you who take the time, she hopes you enjoy reading it as much as she enjoyed writing it.

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Mystery Falls 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
ConciseReviewsByMichelleL More than 1 year ago
I found another epic love story type paranormal book. Wow, just fell in love with Shadow. I really liked the main character too Samantha Hunt, aka Sam. She has gone through a major tragedy, and you really feel for her. I really connected with her, and fell in love with Shadow along with her. I really loved the love story in this book, but still paranormal, which is what makes it exciting to me. Got to have it. I won’t say anything that will spoil the book, as it’s great to discover the little mysteries throughout the book like I did. I have a new book crush, in Shadow. He is a mystery to Sam, and she is determined to find out his secret. He has saved her in several mishaps and has the uncanny ability to find her and help her when it’s needed. She also finds out about lies that were told her surrounding her parent’s death. There is plenty of mystery going on, some suspense too. Not much action, but it’s not really needed. It’s an epic love story that really touches your heart. I really liked that their love built up over time. Yes, there is a paranormal development that is the initial attraction, won’t say what, but even then, it built up over time, and I liked that. When I think of Shadow, I think of Ian Somerhalder, his description fits him, but not just that, the attitude and snarky quirks Ian has on the Vampire Diaries reminds me of how Shadow would act. This book is really well written too, and guess what? NO CLIFFHANGER! What a relief to finally read a book, that is just one great story, not a series that will drag on, and on, with cliffhangers. I am not saying this won’t be a series, but it doesn't feel like it. It could I suppose, but just really happy that I was not left hanging. I hate that more than anything. I highly recommend this book. Anyone who likes romance books will love this, even if you usually do not read paranormal, I believe you would still like it.
Naomi_H More than 1 year ago
This is a beautiful love story where opposites do attract!! I really enjoy novels about Angels and Humans and this was definitely another great read. It wasn’t action packed (no fight scenes); it has a more romantic storyline, revolving around the growing relationship of Samantha and Shadow. However it has a little bit of mystery about it too. After a tragic accident which resulted in the death of her parents when she was 11, Sam moved in with her Uncle Mike, Aunt Carole and Cousin Claire. Sam and Claire were like sisters prior to the accident, but after Aunt Carole moves away, the girls have a falling out. Sam becomes quite withdrawn and her only friend is Mia, who 5 years later, is still her best friend.  Sam is a very shy character who lacks confidence. Most of the decisions she makes in regards to Shadow are usually encouraged by Mia. She is always making plans for Sam and giving her the courage to act on her feelings. Shadow is a very strong character and in one scene Sam describes him as “arrogant, egotistical, annoying, conceited, self-centered...” He, of course, is all of those things, but he is also very caring, especially towards Sam, not that she always knows about it. He appears to be moody every time Sam tries to speak to him and he is able to stir her emotions so easily!! Even I was getting frustrated with Shadow at times when he manipulated her feelings. Ahh... Men!! Mystery Falls is an easy read and I was absorbed into the book so quickly that I couldn’t put it down. I love the cover, the mysterious blue of the falls and the feather (which gets a mention in the book).  Marilyn has done a fantastic job writing her first novel; it is a great start to the series. I am eager to see where things go next!!
TheYABookworm More than 1 year ago
Read FULL Review At: Mystery Falls is the first instalment in a new series by Marilyn Phillips! When I was first approached about reviewing this book, I was immediately hooked by the synopsis- me and Y.A. Romances go together like peanut butter and jelly! I eagerly accepted with high expectations for this novel- and I'm telling you, I was not at all disappointed! I have to warn you guys, it is practically impossible not to get addicted by just reading the prologue. The novel dives right into the good stuff (not in a rushed kind of way....more like a "Oh-my-Gawd YES" kind of way)! Samantha is a really likeable heroine (and we all know our fair share of unlikeable ones). For years she's been living with the guilt of her parents' deaths. Apart from Mia, Samantha doesn't interact with her peers and she is stuck living with her Uncle Jim *cheers * and her cousin (who now hates her) Claire *boo.* So in other words, it's safe to say Samantha's life is in a pretty bad place, that is until one day, Shadow appears... I quickly fell for Shadow's character! Not only is he incredibly good looking but he is also egotistical, sweet, arrogant, and loving- in other words, he's flippin' perfection !! He always seems to be there to save Samantha from trouble, and he manages to make me swoon with just his presence! He's definitely been added to my "Boys I Wish Were Real" list.....which, actually, is getting to be quite long.....fictional boys are just so much better ! =D This book largely focuses on the brewing romance between Samantha and Shadow (and obviously, her trying to figure out who, or more importantly what Shadow really is)! Every interaction between these two is jaw dropping awesomeness- you just can't help swooning and sighing over and over again! And then, after spending the duration of the book trying to calm your bookworm lovin' hormones down, you'll have to deal with the ending that is both sweet and cruel ! Overall I am completely captivated my the world Marilyn Phillips has created- Mystery Falls combines mystery, romance, and sizzling chemistry into one novel that you can't help but devour in one sitting! If you're looking for a hot read for the winter ahead, then get ready, because Mystery Falls is the perfect choice! I am eager and even a little bit desperate for the sequel !!!
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FictionalCandy More than 1 year ago
My friend, Naomi,has great taste in books. So when I saw she had read this book and had a terrific review, it cinched my choice to sign up for the book tour when it came around with Supagurl Tours I was definitely on board. I am really very happy that I did! Angel books are usually a little harder for me to get into, even though I usually love them when I do. This book turned out to be a terrific story and it grabbed me right from the beginning.  While walking in the woods one day, seventeen year old Sam comes upon two creatures – a bear and a man. Strangely the bear scared her more than the man; even after he recites everything he knows about her and says he has been studying her. Um, hello?!?! Studying?!?!? Repeat, hello?!?! And she’s attracted – not concerned. Then the mystery guy shows up for the first day of school and pretends he doesn’t know her when she confronts him to thank him for saving her from the bear. Yet, she is still attracted.  These types of instances defy logic, but you just know they are leading up to something good. So while you are inwardly throwing out a few “WTH”s, it all just feels right and you find yourself thinking the same as Sam. Yeah, he’s not someone to worry about, he’s definitely someone to fawn after. And his name is Shadow.  Shadow is arrogant and conceited and a whole laundry list of similar adjectives. And he’s hot. And he is so head over heels in love with Sam that everything else seems to be forgiven. Yep, I definitely found myself falling for Shadow, too! On top of that, the descriptions of him in his angel form are just beautiful and he is definitely a leading man not to be missed. His arrogant nature turns out to be quite endearing, and it was no time at all before I fell for his sly grin.  Sam is your average teenage girl. I mean, other than her parents both died in a car crash and she went to live with her aunt, uncle and cousin. Then her aunt up and left, leaving just Uncle Mike and cousin Claire with Sam. She’s a bit shy at times, but everything about Shadow rocks her world and has her head over feet. I like Sam. I like her easy and loving friendship with bff gal pal, Mia.  There are some things in this book that seem to happen a little easily and a bit conveniently. However, it all seems to work and it goes with the flow. There are a lot of toe curling kisses in these pages, that’s for sure. Another viable name for this book would be “Best Kiss Scenes with an Angel…Ever” or something like that. I mean seriously, that guy Shadow has the skills on lockdown! Any time he wants to come on over to my place, he can definitely lay some of those liplocking maneuvers on me!  The mystery in this book comes about in the form of why Shadow the angel is in the town of Mystery Falls in the first place. He is a bit stern with Sam about her private eye tactics, and she doesn’t listen to advice very well. All in all it adds up to a wonderful ride of a story, and I found myself not wanting to put the book down each time I picked it up.