I received this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.First Impression by Pauline Creeden
on March 31st 2014
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Chira 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?
Pauline just keeps proving to me why she is an amazing author. She has a broad range and versatility that allows her to write fantasy, horror, suspense, paranormal, romance and even spiritual. She can do it all! First Impression is the latest in a long line of fabulous books, and this time she’s dealing with spirits.
What made this book stand out for me, was Chira. Too often, the protagonist of a story is the “best”. Whether they have some special ability, or are smarter, more clever, faster… or even more broken… than everyone else. That makes them hard to relate to since I am nothing more than ordinary. Chira is just your everyday, average girl, being put into a difficult situation. Chira is relateable. She is dealing with bullies (in a great way, I might add) and a rocky home life, even before they visited the old schoolhouse.
Then… everything really starts to fall apart… The kids are now being picked off, one at a time, and anyone could be next! The facts just don’t add up, and Chira turns to Ben for answers. Ben obviously has something to hide, and I found myself drawn to him, just as Chira is. It was so important to me that this ordinary girl, while she doesn’t have any special powers to save the day, is still able to support the people around her and make a difference. It’s only as everything starts to collapse, that her life begins to rebuild.
I definitely want more of this series! I had goosebumps racing up and down my arms! Even through all that creepiness, Pauline manages to keep it totally clean. Minimal language, while still keeping the dialogue realistic. Mom approved! 😀