The Secret Of Spruce Knoll

The Secret Of Spruce Knoll

by Heather Mccorkle


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It's hard enough being a teenager under normal circumstances; imagine being orphaned, sent to live with an unfamiliar aunt-and learning that there really is magic in the world. Following the tragic death of her parents, Eren Donovan moves to Spruce Knoll to live with her aunt. Little does Eren know the entire town of Spruce Knoll is filled with so-called "channelers"-a magical group of people who immigrated to the small Colorado town when they were driven out of their own lands.

Channelers are tied to the fate of the world. As the world slowly dies, so do they-and they alone have the power to stop the destruction of Earth. Now, Eren learns she not only lives among them, but she is one. When she meets local boy Aiden, his charming tricks show her being a channeler isn't all bad; in fact, it's kind of cool. But is it Aiden's abilities or Aiden's looks that Eren finds so fascinating?

As Eren and Aiden's relationship blooms, so too does a mystery in Spruce Knoll. The town holds many secrets-and many enemies. It soon becomes apparent that the untimely death of Eren's parents was no accident and that her life might be in danger, too. Only time will tell if young, inexperienced Eren has the power to protect the people she has come to love.

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ISBN-13: 9781458200266
Publisher: Abbott Press
Publication date: 08/03/2011
Pages: 252
Product dimensions: 0.57(w) x 6.00(h) x 9.00(d)

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The Secret of Spruce Knoll

By Heather McCorkle

Abbott Press

Copyright © 2011 Heather McCorkle
All right reserved.

ISBN: 978-1-4582-0026-6

Chapter One

The bus flew like a roller coaster through the wooded landscape, flinging Eren toward a new, unwanted life. All too soon, it pulled into the bus station of a tiny town on the outskirts of nowhere Colorado. As if that wasn't bad enough, she and an aunt she'd never met were going to have to drive another hundred miles into nowhere to find the town of Spruce Knoll.

Eren's stomach turned as she entered the tedious crawl of sweaty bodies exiting the bus. What if her aunt didn't like her? Or worse, what if she was an unbearable tyrant who was furious that child services had saddled her with an unwanted niece? It was too much. She had to remind herself to breathe.

Clutching her duffel bag a bit tighter, she reminded herself not to overreact.

See the bright side until you're forced not to. That's what her mother had always told her. The memory helped slow her breathing, and she was able to regain a bit of calm.

Not willing to stand in the press of rank-smelling bodies any longer than she had to, she waited until the crowd around the luggage dissipated. When everyone walked away, her big blue suitcase was the last one sitting on the sidewalk. Pulling it up onto its wheels, she turned to follow the retreating crowd toward the small bus station. The sight of a woman who strikingly resembled her dead mother brought her to a jarring halt, and she sucked in a deep breath.

At five foot six, this woman was a bit taller than her mother, and she was slender almost to the point of looking anorexic. Her black hair was cut into a cute bob that framed her round face. At first glance, one would assume that she was Hispanic, but a closer look revealed a more exotic ancestry that was harder to pinpoint. She was Mayan, as was all of Eren's mother's family.

"Erendria! It's fabulous to finally meet you!" the woman exclaimed.

It was hard not to cringe at the use of her full name. Back in California, Eren had never used it. The name had just never fit into her "it-girl" persona. Before Eren could respond, the woman dashed forward and pulled her into a tight embrace. Everywhere Sylvia touched her sent a tiny electric shock across her skin. It wasn't unpleasant, just strange. It faded quickly but left Eren feeling charged.

When Sylvia finally let go, she began chattering about how much Eren resembled her mother, touching her face and hair as she squealed in delight. Eren could only stare at her in wide-eyed wonder.

"Oh, you have your dad's blue eyes! How beautiful!" Sylvia gushed.

She'd never really thought of it that way, but Eren supposed her aunt was right; her eyes did look like her father's. That kind of made her sad, and she wasn't sure how to react. Sylvia continued on without missing a beat, talking all the way to the black JK Wrangler halfway across the parking lot.

Impressed, Eren stared at the car and muttered, "Wow." It was the first word she'd gotten in so far.

"You like it, huh?" Sylvia said with a smile.

Before Eren could answer, though, her aunt started going on about four-by-fours, wheel bases, and all kinds of other car talk that might as well have been Greek. Eren tried to smile and nod at what seemed like the appropriate times. She wasn't about to be rude and admit that she just thought it looked cool.

Sylvia didn't so much as pause in conversation when she hefted Eren's fifty-five-pound suitcase into the back of the Jeep. Eren knew that it was fifty-five pounds, because she had been forced to pay extra when it had been weighed at the airport. Her mouth fell open, and she stared in awe at her tiny aunt.

But Sylvia paid her no mind; she just kept talking as she closed the back of the Jeep and walked around to the driver's door. When Eren tossed her duffel in the back and crawled into the passenger seat, Sylvia was still chatting away. In a way, it was a relief. There was no awkward silence that Eren felt obligated to fill, and her aunt's enthusiasm was kind of uplifting.

The Jeep purred to life, and they pulled out onto the highway that would lead them farther into nowhere.

Though the drive to Spruce Knoll took two hours, it flew by. Sylvia chatted the entire time. At first, Eren thought maybe she was nervous, but when she kept going strong after an hour, she realized that it was just the woman's personality. Being around her made Eren feel a bit like she'd had too much coffee to drink, as if the attitude was infectious. There wasn't a single question she could think to ask that Sylvia didn't already answer, so she hardly had to speak.

"I live alone, so you'll have your own room," Sylvia said, which caught Eren's attention. That was a relief.

"My dad is away on a hiking trip, but he'll be back in a month, and you'll get to meet him then," Sylvia said without missing a beat.

Hearing that sent a shot of pain through Eren's heart. A love of hiking must run in the family. Still, she wondered how he could go hiking so soon after what had happened to Eren's parents. The thought was quickly washed away in the wave of wonder over the realization that she had a grandfather.

But Sylvia gave her no chance to ask about him. "I'm just so amazed at how much you look like your dad's mother! Not to worry, honey; she is beautiful," Sylvia said.

That piqued her interest, too. Her dad had never talked about his family. She knew almost nothing about them. "Dad never talked about her," Eren interjected when Sylvia paused in her endless string of words so that she could take a breath.

Aunt Sylvia went quiet, and it was a moment before she turned a very serious look on Eren. Shadows of pain hid in the woman's eyes.

"They went back to Ireland when your parents got married against their wishes. They didn't want your dad's little brother to be influenced by his interracial marriage," she explained in a harsh tone. "But don't worry," she was quick to add with a smile. "On your mom's side of the family, we aren't nearly as old fashioned."

Eren's mind reeled. She'd had no idea that things had been quite that bad for her parents in Spruce Knoll, and she had not known that she had an uncle on her dad's side.

They crested a massive hill, and the encroaching forest drew back to reveal the shapes of houses in the distance. The sun had just begun to set, painting the sky a bloody red. Maybe it was just her pessimistic mood, but Eren took it as a bad sign. Dusk had brought with it a thick fog that obscured everything below about two and a half feet from the ground. Fifty feet or so from the road, at the edge of the forest, Eren saw a pair of eyes above the mist. No, not one pair—several pairs.

At first, she thought they were dogs. Then she realized that they were much too large to be dogs. Fear raced up her spine, setting every nerve on edge.

"Are those wolves?" she asked, her voice breaking on the last word. All she could think of was the policeman's words: animal attack. She would never be able to look at wild animals the same again.

Sylvia's eyes didn't even flick in the animals' direction. "Uh-huh," she murmured in an uninterested tone.

"So close to town! Aren't they dangerous?" Eren asked, working hard at not letting the fear into her voice this time.

"Some are," Sylvia admitted.

It seemed like such a strange thing to say. Eren wanted to protest but couldn't speak past the lump in her throat. Instead, she turned her gaze back out the window. The wolves were gone. A beautiful wooden sign welcomed them to Spruce Knoll with Population 1,005 carved at the bottom. Eren groaned. Back home, there had been more people than that in her prep school. No doubt the population had been part of why her parents had chosen to leave this Podunk town. It had to be! A horrible picture of cow-tipping hicks entered her mind.

As they approached the first of the houses, Eren started to feel a bit sick to her stomach. It wasn't the kind of sick where you needed to throw up, though. Pressure closed in from all sides as if they had driven into the middle of a storm. Her heart started racing, sending blood pounding through her head. That was going to turn into a headache for sure. This happened sometimes before a track meet, but never quite this bad. She took a few deep breaths, and the feeling started to fade. Like her aunt's hug had earlier, the deep breaths left her feeling full of energy.

They drove down the aptly named Main Street, heading straight for a looming mountain. Fine homes with ridiculously large yards lined the street. She was forced to rethink her original assessment. Podunk this was not, and it was not a simple mining town, either. There was money here—old money. The houses looked like something straight out of an old Dracula movie. They were massive brick structures adorned with far too much wrought iron. On the other side of the street, most of the houses were actually made from adobe.

After a few miles, they approached a roundabout that sat in the middle of four intersecting roads. Just beyond the roundabout, Eren saw houses and buildings that looked distinctly like Chinese architecture, and on the opposite side of the road were brightly colored homes that contrasted in their simplicity. These people took pride in their ancestries to extremes.

"That's kind of strange," Eren said.

"What's that, sweetie?"

"The houses. They're so different on each side of the crossroads of town," Eren said.

It was like four totally different cultures butted up against one another at the edges of the crossroads. To say that it was weird was putting it mildly.

"Spruce Knoll was colonized by immigrants from Ireland, Mexico, Romania, and Tibet," Sylvia said.

Normally, this would have sounded like a history lesson, and Eren would have tuned it out. But Tibet? She had never heard of people emigrating from Tibet. That seemed odd, not to mention the strange mixture of four very different cultures. What in the world could have brought them all here? Some kind of mine or something? But her aunt hardly took a breath and gave her no chance to ask.

"They were driven from their homelands, persecuted," Sylvia said.

She made it sound like the Salem witch trials.

When they reached the roundabout, Eren realized that it was more than just an intersection. For one, the roundabout was huge, easily a hundred feet across. It was raised above the level of the road and surrounded by tiered stone benches. There were four pathways between the benches, mimicking the intersecting roads.

"I've never seen a turnabout that big," Eren commented.

"They have them in Europe. That's more than just a turnabout, though. It's also the town's meeting center," Sylvia explained.

As they rounded the turnabout, Eren saw a shape standing right in the middle of the road. It was a teenage boy with dark hair and dark eyes. He was sneering at them as if they were the ones who didn't belong on the road. The Jeep lurched as Aunt Sylvia slammed on the brakes.

"Damn it!" she cried.

They came to an abrupt stop only inches from the boy. His lips curled up from his teeth into a sneer. There was a look of fury in his eyes that was completely unwarranted. Hate-filled energy rolled off him, raising bumps on Eren's arms. She tried to ignore it, knowing that it was crazy to think she could feel his energy. Things like that happened to her all the time, but she knew that she was just oversensitive because of her mother's new-age views. After spitting a few cuss words at them, the boy shot out of sight at a speed that would have impressed Eren's old track coach.

"What's his problem?" Eren asked.

"He's a little bastard," Aunt Sylvia mumbled, sounding like she wasn't surprised in the least. Shaking her head, she pressed on the gas pedal again. A few minutes later, they took a left turn onto a gravel road that wound up through a forest of spruce trees, and Eren forgot all about the turnabout.

The forest was beautiful and mysterious and so thick that it choked out the last of the fading sun. Rather than make it frightening, the darkness made it more alluring. Eren rolled down her window and breathed the sweet evergreen scent deeply. She loved the forest, always had. When she'd been little more than a baby, her parents had taken her on long drives through the coastal forests. She could remember sitting in her child's seat staring up through the sunroof at the pine boughs zipping by. The memory caused a stab of pain to shoot through her heart. Looking out into the darkness, she blinked away tears.

A moment later, they turned right and started down another road.

No, not a road, Eren realized. A driveway.

At the end of it sat an adorable log cabin surrounded by a meticulously landscaped yard. The sight of it made her smile. It looked like a mini version of the ski lodge that she and her friends had frequented back home. That memory hurt too; it reminded her that she no longer had any friends.

"Home sweet home," Sylvia said.

She was so genuinely perky that it brought a smile to Eren's face. Maybe this wouldn't be so bad. Taking a deep breath, she removed her seat belt, opened her door, and stepped out onto the river rock drive.

Hefting her duffel bag over her shoulder, she followed Sylvia up the brick path leading to her new home. Though the cabin was definitely rustic, it also had an elegant charm to it. The front door opened into a great room dominated by leather furniture. There was a Spanish flare to the decor, but it wasn't overwhelming or tacky. On the far side of the room was a set of stairs leading to a loft above the kitchen. It was there that Sylvia led her.

The loft was around fifteen by twenty feet, open, airy, but with absolutely no privacy. It overlooked the living room and was in direct line of sight of the huge floor-to-ceiling windows on the first floor. Along the wall next to the stairs was a desk and chair that looked sadly barren. There was also a painter's easel standing alone near the railing. Eren's heart sank.

Could this exposed space really be her room? She loved to paint, so the easel made her think that it probably was. Horror swept over her as she contemplated how to curtain the space off and gain at least a tiny bit of privacy. But thankfully, Sylvia breezed right across the loft and opened a door that blended into the wood paneling. Eren breathed a huge sigh of relief as she followed.

The bedroom was larger than the loft and definitely had more furniture. There was a queen-sized bed in the middle of the room, a plush seating area in front of a bay window, and a large dresser. Her eyes were drawn to another gaping door that most likely led into a bathroom. A small thrill raced through her at the thought of her own bathroom.

It was far more than she'd hoped for, and it made her feel a flush of guilt. This looked more like a master suite than a guest room. Had Sylvia given up her own room for her? The woman certainly seemed kind enough to do such a thing.

"You didn't need to give all of this to me," Eren said.

Sylvia smiled and waved the comment away as she plopped Eren's suitcase down in front of the dresser. "It was just unused space. This house has two masters. Mine's downstairs," she said with a shrug.

Eren gave her a weak smile and nodded. It didn't look like she was lying. As bizarre as it was, she could tell when people were lying. They usually did something funny with their faces or looked off to one side. The signs were there if one knew where to look. It had always been something that had come naturally to her. Lately, she had become even more tuned in to the instinct.

That was normal compared to the other thing that had started happening, though. In the last month or so, she had started to notice that when she walked into a room, she could sense the energy of the other people in it. She could almost feel how they were feeling without even looking at them. It sounded as crazy as it felt, so she hadn't told anyone. Her school counselor would have probably committed her for it.

There had been so much to do in the last month that she hadn't had time to really think about it much. This had followed a crazy growth spurt that had come years later than it should have. Finally, she was starting to look and feel like a woman, and all she could think about was how much she wanted her mother. Maybe her mother could have explained some of this craziness.

"Now, honey, if there's anything you want to change—furniture or wall color—you just let me know. I want you to be comfortable here," Sylvia told her.

There was so much sincerity in her voice that it nearly moved Eren to tears again. No one had been this kind or understanding toward her, not even her old friends. People avoided her. They didn't seem to know what to say or how to act. Sylvia must have realized that she'd hit a nerve, because she turned and headed for the door, saying something about dinner.

"No, thanks. I'm pretty tired. I think I'll just turn in," Eren said.


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Karlene54 More than 1 year ago
The Secret of Spruce Knoll was a delight to read. This book pulls into life the challenges of teens and creates an awareness of the state of our earth and endangered species... without preaching. Who would know that endangered species would be a group of people? Kids and Mom's alike will love the story of Secret of Spruce Knoll. A must read for any YA reader who wants to take a journey of adventure, with a little romance, and protect endangered species.
MissWolfdreamKL More than 1 year ago
To me,personally, this book had the right amount of everything in it. My dad told me to read the book because he knows the author...So, I read about ten pages and did not put the book down until I finished that evening. I will never bore of this reading material. I will probably read the the book from time to time. I can't wait until the second book comes out!!! I just know the second book will be just as good if not better.
iheartyabooks More than 1 year ago
I've wanted The Secret of Spruce Knoll since I participated in a live chat with the author, Heather McCorkle. So I dove right into it when I received it in my mailbox. My intuitions about this novel didn't mislead me. McCorkle has penned an incredibly awesome story with amazing characters. McCorkle is a beautiful writer, by that I mean her writing flows with depth and strength and clarity. From the first page, I knew I was in for an intriguing fantasy with Eren and Aiden's story within the world of the Channelers. I also must salute McCorkle for her bravery-showing the reality of what teens face today, and then giving a positive way of dealing with it. After the death of her parents, Eren moves to Spruce Knoll to live with an Aunt that she's never met. It doesn't take Eren long to figure out there's something strange going on, and Eren being the strong-headed girl that she is, is going to find out what Spruce Knoll's secrets are. Aiden is a drop-dead gorgeous boy that Eren starts to crush on, but she soon knows it's more than just a crush. Aiden is her forever and her destiny-that together, they have the power to save the Channelers, Humans, and the earth. Eren and Aiden romance is definitely more than teenage hormones. This is where I have to give praise again to Heather McCorkle. Aiden's love for Eren is from the heart. He loves her as a person and respects her. Eren and Aiden romance is what I call true swoon and it's deliciously hot. I do want to talk about one more character. Fane. I love this fourteen-year-old. He is the fun in this story. He's ready to take on the world and defend Eren's honor. Fane is so protective of Eren even Aiden has to be on his best behavior. I can't wait see more of Fane in the next book, he gave me lots of laughs. The Secret of Spruce Knoll is beautifully written and has an awesome storyline. I highly recommend as a must read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Absolutely love the creative twist on the 'coming into power' theme. Channelers, rectors, warriors, healers... it all works so well. Eren Donovan is a very complex protagonist, and Spruce Knoll proves to be much more than a backwater village.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great young adult story with a paranormal underpinning about a girl who discovers not only who she is, but that because of who she is, it's up to her to help prevent the decline of the earth itself into certain death.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
While I am many years past my teens I found this novel very endearing and sweet. Full of excitement and action the plot zips by with some nice twists and turns. I like the fact that this book has a definite ending and is not just another cliff hanger, So of course I bought the sequel right away!
Artistadonna More than 1 year ago
It all begins when Eren moves to Spruce Knoll (love the name!) to live with an aunt she’s never met.She immedialtely senses something is not right about the small town. She learns that everyone in Spruce Knoll are channelers and she is one of them.
Larya More than 1 year ago
If I lost my parents suddenly, in a wild animal attack, I sure would learn how to keep my distance. I mean, I would have just experienced someone I love being ripped away. Well, that is exactly how Eren feels as she goes to live with her aunt in Spruce Knoll. But after running into Aiden, an attractive boy with whom she forms a fast friendship, she realizes that forming attachments again might not be so bad. However, with her aunt and newfound "friend" acting so strange, Eren quickly realizes that here in Spruce Knoll all is not as it seems. This book is downright magical... no, really. A huge portion of this book is about magical powers and abilities. Many of the struggles Eren faces have to do with coming into and developing her own powers, but magically is only one of the ways Eren changes in Spruce Knoll. I really love Eren's growing connection to her newly-discovered family. They have a very laid-back relationship that is easy to envy. One of the things that I truly admire about The Secret of Spruce Knoll is that if I take out all the magical parts (not that I would ever want to), McKorkle still delivers a good story. The characters' development, as individuals, families, friends, etc., is wonderfully done, and it really ties me emotionally to the characters. One thing that stands out to me is that this book is well balanced. While her aunt and grandfather accept her, and they all get along seamlessly, the rest of the town is bitter and discriminatory. Eren's new life in Spruce Knoll isn't all roses and kittens and, for me, that makes this story more realistic and much more enjoyable. McCorkle also did a great job maintaining consistency within The Secret of Spruce Knoll. For example, the channelers are supposed to be tied to the earth so, when they go into the city, Eren starts to feel sick. Little details like this, which could easily have been overlooked, are worked into the story. Eren and Aidens relationship is a thing to behold and I cannot wait for book two! The cover: There is a newer cover for The Secret of Spruce Knoll. This cover is for a very special purpose. Here is what Heather McCorkle's website has to say about it... "This is a special edition that contains an extra chapter and deleted material not published in the Abbott Press version. But what makes this version special is that a percentage of the proceeds from every copy of the special edition sold~digital and bound book~will go to my favorite charity that specializes in protecting endangered species. I hope you'll join me in trying to raise $10,000 for the charity by December 12th of 2012 by ordering a copy of the special edition for yourself or your loved ones. You can pre-order a signed copy now by clicking on the 'buy link' on the left sidebar. We can make a difference." I think that the new cover, charity donation, and EXTRA CHAPTER incentive are all wonderful ideas, and I hope they raise the $10,000! I give this book 4.5 out of 5 stars: Very Highly Recommended!
Aik More than 1 year ago
Being the first book in the Channeler series by debut author Heather McCorkle, The Secret of Spruce Knoll presents readers with a refreshingly new type of paranormal - one that concerns the Earth and its inhabitants - a magical group of people called "channelers". In this novel, our protagonist Eren Donovan is a teenager who has recently lost her parents. She has no other choice but to move to a place called Spruce Knoll to live with her aunt. As she learns about her heritage and the different societies in the said community, she discovers that she is also one of the people with magical abilities, and that comes as both a surprise and a shock. When she encounters a good-looking young man called Aiden, she realizes that being a channeler isn't too bad after all. It is later revealed that Aiden is an orphan as well, which makes Eren feel a deeper connection with him. As the story progresses, the plot thickens as well. Eren and her family members raise some suspicions about her parents' untimely death. McCorkle captures the sweetness of Eren and Aiden's courtship, their sincere feelings for each other, and their differences, partly ¿ but not only ¿ because they are from different societies. Eren has been brought up in the city, and when she arrives in Spruce Knoll, the lack of "living necessities" (TV, cinema and such) surprised her to a certain degree. She is an outcast in school - almost no one wants to hang with her because of her "halfbreed" identity. As for Aiden, he is sweet and charming, but he holds a dark secret about himself. Aiden, being an Irish by birth, was adopted by a family from a different society since he was born. However, it seems that he hates it when Eren inquires about his family. Even though this book is set in the world of adolescence, adults also play an important part - Aunt Sylvia always takes good care of Eren and is concerned of her well-being, Grandpa Zolin teaches Eren about their kind and gives her some exposure about the history of the different societies in Spruce Knoll. While being kind and loving, these adults are strict when it comes to Eren's relationship with Aiden. They young lovers are not allowed to overstep the limits of a healthy relationship. The Secret of Spruce Knoll is a good introduction to the Channeler series, and I'm sure it will greatly appeal to fans of paranormal and young adult novels. Albeit being a work of fiction, this novel manages to highlight the importance of conserving and preserving the Earth - which earns some extra brownie points from me. However, the part where the teens (Eren and Aiden) channel together in their birthday suits more or less freaked me out. It just doesn't sound right to me.
Candacemom2two on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
It seems like I've been a little down on paranormal type young adult books lately. So much of it just starts to feel like the same ol' same ol' and while each book tends to have some unique aspect it's still hard for me to feel like I really love the book. So I was a bit worried that this might end up being another so-so read. But guess what?! It wasn't! Yeah, I wasn't completely blown away, but I did really like it. The book kind of sets off with a bang and sets up a mystery we look to solve through the novel. The book didn't feel like a mystery though and the answers came pretty easily. I think maybe the author could have made it a bit more mysterious and not given away so many details, but really it worked fine as it was as the 'mystery' wasn't really the focus of the book. I liked Eren right away but I was afraid I was going to get annoyed because she wasn't aware of Channelers and I was just waiting for her denial and her flip out {been there, saw that}. Fortunately it all was pretty fast and we could move onto the story {I might have wished it went a bit different, but I didn't cringe too much cause it was really just a couple pages}. And she actually ended up being pretty sensible through the rest of the book. I get annoyed with all these girls that think they are just going to run in and save the day and really it's just a stupid move. And while Eren still made some decisions that made me concerned she knew what she was up against and didn't think for a second she could beat them with her powers and was usually prepared with a plan and backup. The town kind of made me cringe at first. Yes, I admit it. It just didn't seem realistic and just a bit cheesy or something that there's this whole town that made up of all channelers and these different society's. But somehow the author made it work and it ended up not really bothering me after the initial introduction. It actually ended up having a pretty interesting backstory and I'm curious and anxious to learn more about it. The power these people have is actually very fascinating. I'm not sure I fully understand how it works but their power comes from the earth. The earth needs to be healthy and free of toxins or they get sick. I loved that aspect because this entire town is green. Like really green. They recycle everything, they ride bikes or walk and they don't drive. While the book never focuses on this it is mentioned the different things they do because Eren is just learning about it all herself. The romance is pretty great! The two of them spend time getting to know each other before anything romantic develops between them and Aiden isn't a 'bad boy'. He has a bit of a temper and is protective of her but he's very cautious and concerned about hurting her. He's all about protecting everyone else and while he doesn't have the best situation himself he never complains about it or tries to change anything. The writing, the characters, the plot, it was all fantastic! I read the book in two sittings and the second half was pretty intense and hard to put down. If you like young adult paranormal type reads I definitely recommend you pick this one up!
L_Franco More than 1 year ago
It took me a very long time to get around to reading this book, and now that I have, I am kicking myself for not reading it sooner!  This was such an awesome story!!!  The characters are all likable (or dislikable in some cases) and the story flows seamlessly through to the end.  I highly recommend this book for young and old alike!  Everyone needs a bit of magic sometimes and The Secret of Spruce Knoll will definitely not disappoint!  An abundance of thanks to Ms. McCorkle for allowing me a copy of this book to read and review!  I LOVED it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"Im a werewolf! Vampires are my mortal enemies! Da<_>mnit!!!!"
BookReflections More than 1 year ago
After Eren's parents die, she moves away from the only life she knows to live in the middle of nowhere with an aunt and grandfather she never knew.  There she undergoes a change and discovers she's a channeler, obtaining power that she never imagined.  She is reluctant to explore her new power though she is encouraged by her new friend, Aiden.  Soon Aiden is in trouble and when Eren tries to help him, she discovers that his family is mysteriously connected to the death of her parents.  Knowing this, she cannot rest until she discovers the truth and ensures that justice is served. I had a few issues with this book but ultimately, the intriguing plot and unique paranormal elements kept me engrossed from beginning to end.  Some phrases were used too often for my taste and too much was unveiled through dialogue.  The romance felt right but didn't move too quickly.  I look forward to seeing it progress through the series.  The mystery isn't much of a mystery but I turned page after page waiting to discover how the conflict would be resolved. I enjoyed the action at the end of the novel.  At the end we get a complete resolution but Ms. McCorkle does a great job of introducing characters that make me want to return to discover what's next.  The channeler aspect really sets this one apart but I definitely want to know more.  Overall, a satisfying read. P.S.  It upsets me a bit that Eren's ancestry and description in the book is not reflected in the model on the cover.  Or maybe &quot;mocha&quot; means something different to me than everyone else.
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