Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Book Review: Spirits Rising

Spirits Rising

By:  Krista D. Ball

Publisher:  Amazon Digital Services

Publish Date:  January 2012

Format:  eBook

Genre:  Paranormal

Series:  1st in Spirit Caller series

Recommendation:  Quick read for ghost and spirit lovers, and a very good start into a new story with a world full of them.

Book Synopsis:
Rachel Mills has one wish in life: for the spirit world to shut up and leave her alone.  She thought her move to a remote fishing village in Northern Newfoundland would help.

Population: Twenty.  What could go wrong?

Instead of peace, however, she relocates to a land of superstitution, the air alive with the presence of others.

When a local teenager accidentally summons the spirits of the area, including those of a thousand-year-old Viking settlement, all supernatural breaks loose.  As the spirits stalk her and each other, Rachel finds herself in over her head.  With the help of Mrs. Saunders, her 93-year-old neighbour, Rachel has to put aside her own prejudices long enough to send the spirits back to rest, or risk being caught in the midst of a spirit war.

First Sentence:
"I'm not sure about this latte thing, Rachel," my elderly neighbour said.

My Thoughts and Summary:
Returning from her Mexico trip and catching up with her elderly neighbor, Mrs. Sauders, Rachel receives a phone call from a young man for help.  Thinking he needs a ride home, as she offers to do to all young adults if drinking, but learns the boy of a local Deacon who doesn't much like Rachel has a party in his basement that he didn't throw.  Vikings drinking, who are the flesh.

We start with Rachel returning home to Newfoundland after her getaway trip to Mexico, getting away from an unavailable boy she has feelings for, and meet her witty elder neighbor Mrs. Saunders.  In the beginning of eleven pages we meet Rachel and Mrs. Saunders and learn much about them and the small town they live in.

The quiet town of Wisemen's Cove has quite a history and people who believe the lore and history.  This little town seems to have ghosts every where with the history of this land.  We have flesh ghosts making an appearance, and the people seeing these flesh ghosts react as normal and pitch in to fight then mention the ghost they once saw.  All going back to the history of the land you learn about, it's old and has been through a lot.

Rachel is talented in that she senses and sees the dead.  She escaped to this small town in Newfoundland to, in hopes, escape from the dead she sees, only to find herself even deeper in paranormal than she expected.  She just wants to be accepted and normal.  Rachel doesn't think she's found that here, since she gets lots of hate mail in the religious front.  She is "sensitive in the paranormal" and people think her a witch or devil worshiper and such.  But, just maybe, Rachel will find a home and friends when she least expects it.

I do like Rachel's old woman neighbor, Mrs. Saunders.  She is strong, bold, and gutsy.  A fun character.  Jeremy...oh brother.  I like him.  He sounds cute and like such a nice man.  Unfortunately for Rachel (who really has a thing for him) he has a kind girlfriend.  He's unaware of Rachel's feelings, and a very good friend of hers.

I enjoyed this quick read and it's a very good start to a paranormal series of short stories.  I look forward to reading the next story, and more to come with Rachel.

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I read this novella for an honest review from the Author.


  1. Great review, sound like a book i would love, going to add it to my wish list! :)

    1. Thank you Ginny The Book Reading Pug, I hope you like this quick series. The stories are novellas but complete in each one. :) Thank you!

  2. Oh I like the sound of this one and I think I'll wait for you to read more of the series to start it. thanks!

    1. Wonderful melliane! :D I'm looking forward to the second story to come later this year and hope to read it. :)

  3. You always do find such cool new to me books :)

    1. *grin* Blodeuedd, I proud myself on that. I'm so glad to share new books with everyone! :D

  4. Hm... interesting. I'm with B... new book to me! I do like a good ghostie story so I think I'll have to check it out.

    1. Hee hee hee, Melissa (Books&Things) Yeah! So glad I can share new books with everyone. That's a good thing right? :D This has good ghosts in it. :D

  5. I read this one. I thought it was a cute little ghost read. I liked the premise for sure.

    1. Jennifer L Bielman, glad you liked the premise for this as well. :) I look forward to the next book. :)

  6. I'm with Melliane on this one, it sounds very interesting, but I'll wait for you to read more first! :)

    1. Okay Mirjam, for you and Melliane I'll definitely read the next one. ;) lol. Thank you and glad you like the sounds of this. :)


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