The Departed, (MacKinnon Curse series, book 3)

The Departed, (MacKinnon Curse series, book 3)

by J.A. Templeton
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The Departed, (MacKinnon Curse series, book 3) by J.A. Templeton, Julia Templeton

Psychic? Check.

Haunted by a malevolent spirit who is making life a living hell? Check.

In love with a smoking hot Scot, who is the reincarnation of the man creepy malevolent ghost murdered two centuries before? Check.

Friends and family think you're losing your mind? Check.

Welcome to the life of sixteen-year-old Riley Williams, whose life hasn't been the same since she moved to Scotland and met the spirit of Ian MacKinnon, and Laria, the witch who murdered him.

Since helping Ian cross over to the other side, Riley became Laria's target, and now the witch has made it clear she wants her dead. Laria has already possessed Riley's brother and friends, and Riley is starting to feel a little strange herself. She just hopes that she can stop Laria before the ghost takes everything from her. With her boyfriend Kade, her brother, and her buddies by her side, Riley is in for the fight of her life.

NOTE: THE DEPARTED is a mature YA paranormal romance. Due to strong language, mention of alcohol, drug use, cutting, and sexual content, it is not recommended for younger readers.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940014553865
Publisher: Julia Templeton
Publication date: 04/24/2012
Series: MacKinnon Curse , #3
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 244,903
File size: 1 MB
Age Range: 16 - 18 Years

About the Author

J.A. Templeton is the pen name for adult romance author Julia Templeton. She enjoys writing all genres of romance, research, traveling, and reading anything she can get her hands on. Married to her high school sweetheart, she lives in Washington state.

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The Departed 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 43 reviews.
Harmony323 More than 1 year ago
This review is for the entire series. I absolutely LOVED this series. The source that I found it from emails me a list of free and inexpensive books every day, and some of them are horrible. I never know what to expect when I start reading one, but I was pleasantly surprised with this one. I purchased the entire series together, which is part of the reason I'm writing the review all together. The editing was a little lacking, and I found a few typos throughout the series, but not enough to take away from the story for me. This is one of the only negative things I have to say about this series. I was hooked from the very moment I started reading this. J.A. Templeton does an amazing job creating visuals, and the very first time the main character saw a ghost I was already feeling a little creeped out! I know I am someone who gets creeped out by stuff like that pretty easily so not everyone may have that immediate reaction, but I assure you it only intensifies as things progress. Further into the series I found myself getting very scared. I do most of my reading at night and there were nights that I didn't read just because I was terrified. I wouldn't think reading words on a page would have my heart thumping in my chest or dreading turning the page, but this series did that to me pretty much the whole way through, especially the second and third books. Personally, I liked that the focus seemed to be more on the suspense than on the romance, if only slightly. For others this may be a mark for the Cons column, but for me the romance was almost a side point to the ghosts that were scaring the crap out of me! The other negative point I have about the MacKinnon Curse series is that it's a bit short. In the last book, one minute you were right in the middle of some crazy stuff going on, and then all of a sudden the whole conflict was resolved. While I do feel J.A. Templeton did a good job giving readers complete content, I enjoyed the books so much that I just would have loved if they took longer to get through. While I would have moved more books to read, I'm happy the author stopped at a trilogy (with the exception of the short prequel). I hate when authors get in the habit of writing a problem per book and fill a series with a bunch of books where the main conflict is resolved within that book and the next has a whole different problem. I feel like this is an easy way to make a really long series and I tend to get bored of these. Templeton wrote a series that flowed very well and made sense within itself. In addition to enjoying the story, I also enjoyed Templeton's writing style. I highly recommend this series to people who like the genre of supernatural romance/supernatural suspense. There is some content that may be disturbing to some readers, including self-harm and witchcraft/dark magic. If these are triggers for you, take discretion with reading. Otherwise, give it a try! I have tons of books I still have to read, but I loved this so much that I'm going to go buy the first book in the MacKinnon Legacy series and read that, first. Enjoy!
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I loved this series. I've never read this type of book but was soo glad I did. You won't be disapointed, I'm sad to see it end. Will defiently look for more from this author. EXCELLENT.
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Alo_m More than 1 year ago
i love reading this series. it has so many twist and turns it kept me entertained through out the series.
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gobeagirl More than 1 year ago
This isn't my normal type of book, but my 14 year old daughter suggested the whole series to me and I tell you it kept me on the edge of my chair. I LOVED this book and all the twists and turns in it. I would highly recommend this book not only for teenagers, but for anyone that loves a good book that will keep you up to the wee hours of the morning.
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FairyGodess More than 1 year ago
I liked it. It was an easy read and I was able to invest in the characters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awesome series
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I had no idea!!! I stumbled across these by glad did. I could not put them down!! These will have you hooked for sure!!! Can't wait to read Ian's POV...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it. Wish ian would have come back later in series
Andreat78 More than 1 year ago
* *There are some mild spoilers for books one and two in the series. ** This review is so hard for me to write. I want to talk about everything that happened in the story, but I don't want to spoil it for future readers. So I must keep this short. I will start, though, by saying that I thoroughly enjoyed THE DEPARTED. I flew through the story in only two, maybe three, hours. The plot picks up very soon after book two, THE HAUNTED, ends. Riley and her friends decide to consult a Ouija board, which if you've read this series you'll know is just asking for trouble. The creep factor is instantaneous in this book and hardly lets up throughout the story. I am so happy that I read this on a sunny summer day, or I would've been jumping out of my skin at every turn. Author J.A. Templeton did an excellent job of writing realistic, thoroughly enjoyable characters. Riley and her friends Cass, Cait, and Megan were so funny. As were her brother Shane, boyfriend Kade, and the other guys in the story. As a couple, Kade and Riley are a great match. Their ability to see past the horror of their situation and realize that they had each other no matter what was endearing. They did not forsake their friendships for the relationship either, and I loved that about Kade and Riley. The dialogue between the teens had excellent tone and believability. I am really going to miss these kids. I loved the way Templeton wrapped up the series. There were revelations and backstory that helped explain the mystery and tie the past to the present. I have found that I am not always happy with a lot of the Paranormal Young Adult stories I read these days. But I have loved every bit of The MacKinnon Curse series. If you are looking for a well-rounded, spooky, yet fun series, this one should hit the spot. Favorite Quote: "Those words meant everything. What I wouldn't give to tell him that he was Ian in a past life, but it was hard to wrap your brain around the fact thay you could be living at the same time your earthbound spirit was hanging out with your girlfriend." (ebook, 16%)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very good!!!
kslouden More than 1 year ago
Highly Recommend!!!