by Mere Joyce


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ISBN-13: 9781642556520
Publication date: 04/10/2018
Series: Oracle of Senders , #1
Pages: 318
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.71(d)
Age Range: 13 - 18 Years

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Shade 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
SchizanthusNerd 5 months ago
Do you see dead people? Do you want to attend summer camp in France? Even though it’s run by a mysterious organisation? Then Camp Wanagi is the place for you! Cal’s ability to see spirits initially got him sent to therapy. Now the Oracle of Senders has invited him to attend a ten week summer camp in order to learn more about his abilities. Cal is looking forward to finally meeting other people like him, although he’s not as excited as some of the other campers about being able to see spirits. My favourite characters were Meander, the reader of the camp (I had to love the reader!) and Dylan, who stole my heart when he shared his cheeseburgers. I loved that neither the ghosts nor the camp participants were one size fits all. Each of the campers experience spirits in different ways and it’s clear they will often need to combine their talents in order to solve problems. I adored the awkward blushing between two of the boys and am hopeful that this will develop into a sweet first love. My nerd’o’meter needed to know more about the classes the campers attended than what I learned in this book. The couple of classes we attended with Cal didn’t quench my thirst so I’m hoping for more details in future books. As ‘Shade’ is the first book in a series there was the expected introduction to characters and world building. While there was some action in this book I felt there was a big build up followed by a quick and fairly simple resolution. I’m expecting the action will really kick off in the sequel and keep building throughout the series. I anticipate at least four books in this series, one for each year at the camp. Thank you so much to NetGalley, 7Sisters Publishing and Weapenry Co-Op for the opportunity to read this book. I’m ready to read ‘Revenant’ now!
BookwormforKids More than 1 year ago
A haunting read packed with mystery, uncertainty, action and facing unexpected decisions. Callum, aka Cal, sees ghosts of those who have been murdered since he was a little child. His parents have thrust him in therapy for years, but now, he finds himself invited to a camp in France, where supposedly people with his abilities learn not only to work with them, but hopefully, join a force of specialists who help spirits find a release to the other side. But the camp holds many more surprises, especially when he discovers another with similar abilities. And these abilities hold more than either of the two might be willing or able to handle. What a creepy and enticing read! Cal is a wonderful character. A little sarcastic, not Mr. Sunshine, but ready to bend and very down to Earth. He acts older than fourteen (most of the characters do) but otherwise, he is very easy to connect to and empathize with. The others around him are intriguing and add the right amount of personality and bite. The entire group comes across very natural and believable, even when they each have their own paranormal abilities. The paranormal abilities aren't played up as in many pieces of literature in so far that the characters deal with them on a very natural level. Some of the abilities are stronger than others, but never do they come across as a super power. Instead, the powers mold perfectly in with a modern world. And they keep the creepy factor high. This is about ghosts, and they come in all shapes and sizes. The author does a great job at keeping even this aspect fairly grounded, letting the haunting atmosphere ease in. It's spooky, but not a horror. Creepy but more of a mystery. In other words, it's a wonderful mixture with a taste of teen camp as these kids learn to deal with who they are and try to find their place in the world—or even if they want to face it. And all of this in a nice paced read with surprises around every corner. . .most of them being of the very chilling sort. Fans of YA Paranormal and slightly spooky reads are sure to devour this one. I received a complimentary copy and loved this one so much (and I'm not even a fan of spooks in the night), so I wanted to leave my honest thoughts.
keleex More than 1 year ago
“I see dead people”….One of the best lines ever! In this case, Callum, doesn’t feel like this is the best thing to happen to him. First, I love this book and can’t wait for the next installment. Second, Cal is such a relatable character, of course he would be if you could see dead people too…or can you? Third, the supporting characters and the world building are perfect! This is a YA paranormal story. Cal is the main character and sees dead people. But he sees only those who have been murdered. They have an interestingly difficult effect on him. Everyone thinks he’s crazy, his family has dumped tons of time into therapy, but with an offer from Camp Wanagi he may be able to put some of this to rest. He doesn’t get much info on what Camp Wanagi is all about and it is run by a secret organization but he has high hopes of trying to find someone like him or to shed some light on why he sees the dead. This story follows Cal and a group of 14 year olds that all have special abilities with spirits of all sorts. Each person’s ability is different and some of the others feel that it is a gift while others feel it is a curse. The summer for all the campers is quite the experience for all of them. As they hone in their abilities and the spirits come forth, they find that they all need each other more than they realized. This is an incredible story watching the campers changing. No, transforming into the young adults they want to be. I can’t tell you how good this book is as I just can’t get the words right. Mere Joyce is a new author for me and I am hooked. I can’t wait to check Mere’s other books and I can’t wait for the next installment in this series!
Erani_Kole More than 1 year ago
*voluntarily and honestly reviewed the ARC I received from Lady Amber's PR* I liked it! Psychics and camps are some of my absolute favorite things, so imagine my fangirling moment when I saw that this book combined both and set it up shop in France. I thought the beginning was a great hook to something mysterious and creepy (cause you know, dead people) and the ending really revived things and made me want to read the second book. The middle, oddly, wasn't my favorite. Cal isn't very social so when he wasn't tuning people out or putting in his two cents with his friends, he was thinking about the same things, worrying and contemplating about his abilities. A few things felt odd but then something really cool and creepy would happen and make me forget about it. I really liked some of his friends, like Dylan and Meander. They're all very young, of course, but considering they all deal with ghosts and whatnot, I can't really fault them for still being young. Like, at least they get to still be young despite all the death stuff, you know? So overall, it's between a 3 and 4 for me, and despite my rating, I find this thing strangely precious to me. It was creepy, it had action, it had some cool thoughts on energy, and it had some of the moments I live for. Cue smile.