First Impression (book review)

banner First Impression was written by Pauline Creeden.  It is the first book in the Shadow Maven Paranormal Series.  This post was organized by N K Author Services.  I was provided with a copy in exchange for my honest review.  All opinions are my own.

About the book:

FirstImpressionHalfChira Kelly thought she didn’t need anyone…until she met Ben.

Because of one ugly rumor, Chira lives as an outcast at her school. Which is fine with her, because she works better alone. Always has, always will. And at least she has her one and only true friend, Tasha. When Tasha insists that they join a group to visit a possibly haunted abandoned old schoolhouse, she's wary, but joins her friend. Because of that decision, their lives are in jeopardy as a malevolent spirit targets the group. Tragedies and accidents pick them off one by one, and Chira finds herself drawn to the one person who can see the truth. But can he protect her?




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My review:

I've sat here for quite a while now trying to figure out what exactly to say about First Impression.  I want to think of something to compare it to... but I can't come up with any single book.  It is absolutely a YA novel.  It has some paranormal (with the idea of Shadow Mavens... and spirits).  It has some coming of age (obviously, with the high school outcast girl trying to find her place).  It has some mystery (with missing girls in a nearby town... with random accidents... with some creepy characters). It has some teen romance (with a cute new boy).  It also had some interesting family dynamics... I found myself really wanting to know more about each character's family.

And, I wanted to know more about Ben.  This is a book that stands out for me, as far as the male lead.  Usually, even in YA romance, you find yourself feeling the romantic pull along with the female lead (regardless of creepy age factor, lol).  In this book I was left feeling really maternal.  I want to take Ben in and take care of him.  While I'm sure his life wasn't all horrible... I just can't imagine the damage caused by a mother abandoning you and then being passed around among family (which I guess is better than total abandonment).  While there were other factors that lead to his situation... I'm still just left wanting to make him feel loved and cared for as family.

Chira's name drove me a little crazy.  I found myself spending too many moments trying to figure out exactly how to say her name.  Like Keira?  Like Sheera?  Like Cheera?  I know... I'm weird... but it distracted me.

About the author:

author picPauline Creeden is an award-winning author, horse trainer, and overall book ninja. She becomes the main character in each of her stories, and because she has ADD, she will get bored if she pretends to be one person for too long.

Armored Hearts, her joint effort with author Melissa Turner Lee, has been a #1 Bestseller in Christian Fantasy and been awarded the Crowned Heart for Excellence by InDtale Magazine. Her debut novel, Sanctuary, won 1st Place Christian YA Title 2013 Dante Rosetti Award and 2014 Gold Award for First Place YA Horror Novel.

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