Tortured Souls

Tortured Souls

by Kimber Leigh Wheaton


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Sometimes Rest in Peace isn't an Option

Kacie Ramsey sees ghosts-and it's ruining her life. Her mother left, her father blames her, and no matter how hard she tries, she can't keep the ghosts away. Now a new power has emerged. Nightly visions of grisly murders and a relentless predator draw her to the brink of insanity.

When the phantom appears at a party, Kacie's longtime crush, Logan, saves her. He invites her to join the Orion Circle, a group of supernatural hunters with chapters in schools all over the country. Through the Circle, Kacie learns to embrace her spiritual powers, and for the first time in her life she feels in control rather than a victim.

But the Foxblood Demon will not give up so easily. A demented serial killer in life who trapped the souls of the thirteen children he murdered, imprisoning them within the walls of his mansion. Now in death, he plots his return while drawing power from the pure souls of the children. He recognizes something in Kacie he's never seen before-a medium powerful enough to provide a vessel for his tainted soul.

Kacie can't ignore the tortured souls of the children crying out to her every night. With Logan at her side, she will fight the Foxblood Demon. But can they banish this powerful phantom, or will Kacie lose not only her body, but her eternal soul to the monster.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780990402619
Publisher: Sea Dragon Press
Publication date: 07/31/2014
Pages: 366
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.82(d)

About the Author

Kimber Leigh Wheaton is a bestselling YA/NA author with a soft spot for sweet romance. She is married to her soul mate, has a teenage son, and shares her home with three dogs, four cats, and lots of dragons. No, she doesn't live on a farm, she just loves animals. Kimber Leigh is addicted to romance, videogames, superheroes, villains, and chocolate-not necessarily in that order. (If she has to choose, she'll take a chocolate covered superhero!) She currently lives in San Antonio, TX but has been somewhat a rolling stone in life, having resided in several different cities and states.

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Tortured Souls 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Michelle Randall for Readers' Favorite All her life, Kacie's parents have made her feel like she was a liar or insane because of her gifts, so she tried to hide them well. When an evil spirit approaches her at a party, Kacie knows she is the only one that can feel it until Logan, the guy she's been crushing on, looks past and tells her he knows that she knows it is there. Logan invites Kacie to the Orion Circle meeting after school the next day, and finally she finds a place she belongs, finally she finds someone who believes her. As Kacie gets involved with the Orion Circle, they find themselves investigating the home where the mass suicide of a cult and the murder of thirteen children occurred. Tortured Souls (The Orion Circle Book 1) are those that are bound to this side, that haunt and do not cross over. Kimber Leigh Wheaton gives readers a unique blend of innocence and horror.  Tortured Souls tells of Kacie's coming into her gift, finally finding people who can explain her gift to her, encourage her in it and help her use it in good ways. Amongst the horrific details of a mass cult suicide and the kidnapping, torture and murder of children, author Kimber Leigh Wheaton weaves a gentle teenage love story of innocence, first love, and family to create a balance. It works wonderfully because the story does not become too dark and, at the same time, it still retains the meaning and purpose of setting the souls free. This is a great young adult and adult book. Depending on the maturity level of your child, even younger would be fine reading it, but that should be an individual parent's decision.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Spooky, fun, romantic! I loved the characters- and there were a lot. The Orion Circle is a club with lots of different personalities. It was fun to read about the interactions between the characters. The villain was creepy in life and in death. The story is fast-paced and really hard to put down. I loved the sweet romance between Kacie and Logan. I can't wait for book 2!
BookFanatic132 More than 1 year ago
When the author asked me to review this book, of course I said yes. I loved her other books with their fantasy romance and their light themes. Nothing could have prepared me for this novel though. Unlike the author’s other books, this novel is of a darker paranormal mystery with a teenage romance twist. Though this is not generally the genre I go for, I was able to fully immerse myself in the book (so much so that I ended up peeking out my window paranoid that evil was out there and then moving to another room and closing the blinds). Kacie was very realistic, never doing something that I couldn’t see myself doing and I related to her a lot throughout this book. She freaked out to all of the circumstances in believable ways and she never did something that was off-character. She definitely seemed older than 15, which is what her age was revealed to be in the book. She’s been through a lot during her short life, though, which would influence anyone. Many times when Kacie would talk about what she’d been through I’d feel for her. Logan was a sweetheart, and it was really sweet seeing him be with Kacie and protect her from things. However, Logan and Kacie’s relationship seemed to develop extremely quickly, going from a meet to a kiss in the span of a few short moments. I get this though, because they’d been thrust into all of this danger and they bonded. It was still something that I had to oversee slightly. (Though let me say this, the opening of the novel—when they meet and talk for the first time—was definitely movie worthy!) Kacie’s mother seems to me like a real piece of work. She abandoned her child and then had the guts to act like she could just call and everything would be forgiven. She was a very flat character, only really mentioned when she called, it seems like she was put there only to give Logan some valuable piece of information that could have been given to him through someone else. I feel like the author could have either done more with the mother or taken her out and given the information to Logan another way. I understand the need to want Kacie to have a happy ending and tying up loose ends, but I feel like it could have been done a better way. The father was another matter, giving up on his lifelong grudge in a few given moments. I wouldn’t have forgiven him as quickly as Kacie, but with him I can actually understand why he was there and why she did forgive him. The Foxblood Demon was crazy scary and creepy and shall not be mentioned further. *shiver* All in all, this was a fast-paced book that kept you on your toes and had a bit of romance to lighten up the mood. I definitely recommend not reading this in the dead of night though!
BookGeekUK More than 1 year ago
**eBook provided in exchange for an honest review by the author** I don't normally go for paranormal books, but for some reason the synopsis hooked me! Kacie has a talent. Without sounding 6th sense-ish "I can see dead people." well, at least their ghosts. For weeks, Kacie has been having a reoccurring nightmare. Every night, Kacie see's the body of a young girl lying at un-natural angles on the floor. Kacie's always blocked out her talent after her mother left her, Gavin and her Dad. To her, it's felt like a curse to her that's ruined their family. That is, until Logan Finley comes along. I don't know why, but something about Logan's and Kacie's relationship creeped me out, and that's with a capital C. There is nothing wrong with it, but it was a surprise to read towards the end that she's 15 (this might be obvious to other readers, but to me, it wasn't) It's like one second they're strangers and he's her crush and then they're acting like they've dated for years! Far too comfortable far too quickly for me... and I swear my hormones weren't like that at 15... not that I can remember that far back! Anyway, the story.... It had me gripped! To the point where I was trying to have a social life but made sure I could be home and in bed for 9pm, just so that I could spend a few hours reading! Yardley made MY skin crawl. I felt claustrophobic and on edge reading certain points because I was so caught up in it, even fearing the life of some of the characters towards the end! I could see many possibilities for the outcome. If you love Supernatural and Ghost Hunters... you'll love this story! It was as if the author mashed both their world together and then some. Very intricate with so much thought into the process and also the supernatural world! Nothing is mythical in this series by the sounds of it, and I hope I can get back to read the rest!
THHernandez More than 1 year ago
Kacie has an unusual gift that she’s kept hidden for most of her life. When she did try to confide in her family, it didn’t go so well. So when the guy she’s been crushing on not only suddenly shows an interest in her, but invites her to join the Orion Circle, the most exclusive club in school, things are about to get interesting. Kacie learns that there are others with similar talents to hers and the Orion Circle are just one group of these. They use their abilities to investigate supernatural claims around town. Things go from interesting to dangerous pretty quickly as it appears dark demons are after Kacie. The story moves, sometimes too quickly, not allowing me to catch a breather, and the relationship between Kacie and Logan is in that category. I felt like they jumped from mutually interested to full-on couplehood rather quickly. Logically, within the context of the story, it makes sense. They have a bond, but as a reader, I would have like to see this develop more naturally and at a slower pace. Plot This is a fast-paced story without a lot of subplots. As I mentioned above, there are times it feels like it moves too fast without giving the reader a chance to relax between the action. The plot isn’t necessarily ground-breaking either, but it is a solid paranormal tale with some interesting twists. World Building I’ve decided world building is my new favorite aspect of a story. When it’s well done, it transports me to a completely different place, even if the world is contemporary small-town America. But if I can picture the places where scenes take place, understand the social hierarchy of the subculture involved, I’m invested in the story. Tortured Souls has decent world building. Kimber Leigh Wheaton has developed a paranormal world with defined rules for interaction that is logical and flows well within the story. Characters Kacie is the only character I really felt like I knew. Even Logan is a bit of an enigma to me. The other members of the Orion Circle are more shallowly defined than I would like. That said, this is a plot-driven story and the plot holds up, even with a less-developed supporting cast. Bottom Line I enjoyed Tortured Souls. It’s a good paranormal adventure with enough romance to satisfy teen readers (and adults). Disclaimer I was provided a copy of this book by the author in exchange for an honest review.
StephWard More than 1 year ago
'Tortured Souls' is the first book in a thrilling new young adult paranormal romance series. It follows our main character, Kacie, as she tries to make her way through teenage life. Only Kacie isn't like the other teenagers around - she can see ghosts. As if trying to get through high school wasn't enough - her family has been torn apart and her dad blames her, the pesky ghosts won't go away no matter how hard she tries, and now she's having visions of terrible murders and the person committing them each night. During a party, a ghost shows up and makes trouble - until Kacie's crush, Logan, saves her and then tells her about the Orion Circle. It's a network of teens with supernatural powers from all over the country - and for once, Kacie feels like she belongs somewhere and she can learn how to control her powers. A powerful demon who was a serial killer of children when he was alive, is now plotting his return to life using the soul energy of the children he murdered and imprisoned in his mansion's walls. Until he comes across Kacie - a medium who has enough power to become the vessel for his soul to return. Kacie and Logan must fight the Foxblood Demon and defeat him before he can return. But will they be strong enough to beat him or will Kacie ultimately lose herself to become his vessel? The description of this book had me instantly curious after reading it. It sounded like a truly original story among the sea of other YA paranormal fiction out there. I'm so glad I decided to give it a try because it turned out to be a fantastic novel that had me glued to the pages from the first paragraph. I ended up getting sucked into the story and read it in a matter of hours without stopping. There was a lot going on in the book and a ton of twists that kept me on my toes. I loved Kacie as the main character. She was easy to identify with because she's just a regular teenage girl - who just happens to have supernatural powers. Her insecurities, fears, and hopes made her very accessible to me as a reader. I loved watching her character take on the obstacles in the book - they only made her stronger and more in control of herself and her powers. It was great to watch her mature so much along the way. Of course, I loved reading about Logan and Kacie - and how their relationship blossomed throughout the story. The romance was sweet and fit in well with the rest of the book. The plot was intriguing and definitely unique. I loved all of the supernatural and paranormal aspects the author uses in the story - from the ghosts of the dead children to the Foxblood Demon and who he is (and was), and the different powers the characters possessed. Another thing that really interested me was the story behind the Orion Circle. I loved learning about its history and the roles that it plays in the world. I hope we get to learn more about the circle in the coming books. With fast paced writing and suspense that has you on the edge of your seat - this book is definitely one that I recommend to fans of the genre. I also recommend it to fans of fantasy and paranormal fiction and those readers looking for something fresh and different from the norm. I'll definitely be reading the next book when it releases! Disclosure: I received a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
Jasmyn9 More than 1 year ago
This was a fantastic introduction to The Orion Circle, an special club that investigates paranormal mysteries, hauntings, and tries to assist the unwanted ghosties on their way to the other side. Kacie is a new addition, invited after a current member (and serious crush) finds out she can see and communicate with spirits. But this time the spirit she sees isn't just annoying or needing help, it wants Kacie. And it will do just about anything to have her.  This spirit is incredibly nasty and has quite a history that the Orion Circle has to figure out before they can get rid of it. The journey if very exciting, and all the little clues dropped throughout the story all come together brilliantly.  There is a romance between Logan and Kacie, but while it is somewhat important, the real story is defeating the Foxblood Demon.  *This book was received in exchange for an honest review*
BooksbyNightMommybyDay More than 1 year ago
**I received a free copy of this book from Net Galley in exchange for my honest review** 3 ½ stars! For teenager Kacie Ramsey, life should be full of fun, high school, and friends – but that’s not the case…as she literally SEES the ghosts of the dead.  In the morning, they are sitting across the breakfast table from her…in the afternoon, they are following her to math class….and in the evening, they hang out on her couch with her.  Not at her request – oh no!  Since her mother left her family saying she just couldn’t handle the supernatural things that were occurring in Kacie’s presence, it left her and her brother distant, and her relationship with her father strained.  Since then, she has tried to push the ghosts away – simply pretending they aren’t there – since no one believes her anyway. But one evening at a party, the boy she has been crushing on forever, Logan, helps her with an evil spirit that is stalking her…and proceeds to invite her to a prestigious and very secret group called the Orion Circle who deal in all things supernatural – a paranormal research group, they call themselves.  Since Kacie has been having the same recurring brutal nightmare that feel so real she wakes up in a sweat every morning, she figures the group will be a huge help in figuring out WHAT she is, and HOW her “powers” even work.  Well, that and the fact that Logan is part of the group definitely doesn’t hurt either! So when Kacie and the Orion Group figure out that she is a powerful psychic medium, she begins to understand and come into her own with her powers – with the help of Logan of course, who is a psychic medium as well, she begins to trust herself and her powers.  But when a powerful and evil spirit that bound himself to thirteen children he sacrificed years prior puts Kacie in his crosshairs and chooses her as his new “vessel” when he returns to the earthly world, will it be too late for Kacie – did she learn how to use her gift too late?  Or will Logan and the other Orion Circlers be able to help her send the evil mastermind spirit to the other side, once and for all? So, first things first…don’t read this before bed – lol!  This is not a “sooth you to sleep” kind of read – in a completely good way!  It’s more of a creepy scary – there’s not really any gore, blood, or guts, but the things that Kacie and the other Orion Circlers happen upon do tend to be on the creepy side.  I think that this is a really good start at a paranormal/ thriller/ romance for Ms. Wheaton – my only complaint is how quickly her and Logan “fall in love” and how quickly her family moves from being completely unsupportive to be in total support of her and all things supernatural.  I really liked Kacie and Logan as characters though – though they had these supernatural gifts, they were still regular teenagers that had the “teen” worries about if so and so likes me, does my hair look ok, etc.  And Kacie is a really strong character and though she may be frightened at times, she overcomes and comes out even stronger on the other side.  Good start to the series – not sure if the ghost stories were for me personally, but I think that this is very appropriate for teens and YAs alike!
skizzles22 More than 1 year ago
3.5 Stars! I love books about paranormal investigators, like Ghostbusters or Dean and Sam from Supernatural. So, when I read the synopsis for this book, I wanted it! It sounded like something I'd thoroughly enjoy, which I did. There was a lot going on in this story, but it never felt like too much. And I so enjoyed this team of characters. Tortured Souls was told in the voice of Kassandra Ramsey, and I really liked her character! Kacie has always felt out of place, like she doesn't belong. Her supernatural abilities have caused her nothing but trouble, and it even sent her mom packing a long time ago. Kacie is still smarted by her mom's abandonment and her dad's indifference toward her. She's feeling lost and alone, and to top it off, she's being haunted in her dreams. Nightmares full of a dark shadow and gruesome horrors. They plague her, and she doesn't know what to do about them. So when she learns about the Orion Circle, it's like Kacie finally has a family who understands her and accepts her and her abilities. She grows into her own as a person, and I loved seeing that. It was great that she accepts her gift and decides to do good with it. She became this strong, sassy individual who doesn't back down from her fear. She embraces it head-on, and I loved that. With the help of the other paranormal investigators and Logan, Kacie embraces her power and finds an inner strength she didn't know she possessed. Hers and Logan's relationship was so sweet! It was so nice that Kacie could find a guy who would not only understand her abilities but who shares them as well. He became her safety net and her comfort; the guy who made Kacie feel special and loved and who filled in the hole that her mom left in her heart. I also adored the paranormal team of investigators! Their interactions were so much fun, even when bad things were happening. I liked how they became a family, people who formed a bond with their supernatural gifts. And they brought comedic relief in tense situations, which I loved. The plot was pretty fast-paced and filled with some tense situations amid the paranormal and fun. I wish there'd been a bit more normal thrown in there (can't believe I'm actually saying that), because the supernatural just took over the story-line and left no room for lots of character development. And it became more about Kacie's nightmares and the manor than the characters' lives and the Orion Circle. We find out a bit about what they really are and what they do, but I'd have liked more background information. I really enjoyed Tortured Souls, and I'm excited about the sequel. I just love ghost stories.