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Tuesday 5 March 2013

Review ~ Beyond the Eyes by Rebekkah Ford {Giveaway}

Beyond the Eyes

by Rebekkah Ford 

Beyond the Eyes (book # 1)

Book Description

Paige knows evil exists in this world, but she never imagined it would want something from her. 

After a ghostly voice whispers a haunting message to seventeen-year-old Paige Reed, Paige’s life takes a nightmarish turn. Unwilling to tell her friends about the supernatural occurrences happening in her life, Paige feels more alone than ever–until she meets Nathan Caswell. 

Nathan is not only hot, but seems to peer into Paige’s soul, evoking a magnetic energy between them that cannot be denied. But he’s no ordinary guy. He tracks dark spirits, and becomes alarmed when they set their sights on Paige. 

And then there are the two power-hungry dark spirits who believe Paige can find King Solomon’s magical ring for them, because when her father was alive, he was close to finding it. If Paige doesn’t comply with their demands, they’ll kill her.  

Paige is forced to dig deep into her father’s past and unearths shocking secrets about him and his bloodline. With the past and present colliding, Paige is only sure about two things in her life: she needs to outwit the dark spirits to stay alive, and she’s completely and helplessly in love with Nathan.

Paperback Princess Review 

Paige is unlike any other teen, she hears premonitions. Unsure of what this voice in her head means and the constant ringing in her ears she chooses to avoid it fearing the truth behind it. She happily continues to live her mundane and lonely life when Nathan unexpectedly enters...everything she knew changed as he shows her that the world is not as it seems. Firstly, there's immortality and secondly, there are evil spirits that take host bodies. Paige is thrust into the throng of the evilness around her when an old spirit residing in one of her friends bodies sets his sights on her. The "old one" seems to think that Paige is special and the key to finding King Solomon's ring, a ring that allows the holder to control all evil spirits.

Beyond the Eyes by Rebekkah Ford is an engrossing read with original content and I thoroughly enjoyed the book. I'm going to first mention my two personal gripes against this book. Firstly I felt that the story was paced too slowly, I felt that the mystery and all the paranormal aspect wasn't being divulged fast enough. Too much of the chapters were dedicated to mundane and irrelevant aspects, however, being the first book in the series, maybe Ford had done this on purpose to really get the readers to get to know the characters.

My second point...we have another instant love in the YA genre! I don't quite understand why as Ford had substantial amount of chapters dedicated to Paige and Nathan getting to know each other so I don't understand why she did not pace their love story a bit better, but alas, those are my thoughts. Their love was so intense so quickly that I failed to understand the love between them. I was being "told" about their relationship but I wasn't "feeling" it.

However, despite those two gripes I had with the book I loved the story. It's originality and all it's contents were fantastic. I liked how the book was multi-dimensional, whilst it did revolve around Paige, there was Paige and Nathan's love story, then there was the mystery behind Paige's Father and also the mystery behind the evil spirits and their fascination towards there was quite a few things going on in the book, it just never got boring. However, I picked this book up to read a paranormal story and that's why I felt that there was far too much chapters devoted to Paige and Nathan's love story. I must mention also that I would probably rate this as a New Adult genre more so than a YA as there is sexual content and connotation which may not be inappropriate for those under the age of 16, but that's my personal opinion.

I thoroughly enjoyed the characters and strangely enough I loved the secondary characters MORE than the main characters. I really enjoyed Tree and Carrie's character. Both these characters had such great personalities that they really translated through the pages. You can fully envision what type of people they were  and you easily get immersed into their life and become vested in their story.

Despite my personal gripes with Beyond the Eyes I still highly recommend it, as the characters, plot, mystery and originality more than makes up for those indiscretions. I really enjoyed the story, the mystery was not easily solved and it was a fascinating and original read.

A Good Read! 

About the Author

Rebekkah Ford 

Rebekkah Ford grew up in a family that dealt with the paranormal. Her parents’ Charles and Geri Wilhelm were the Directors of the UFO Investigators League in Fairfield, Ohio, back in the 1970s. They also investigated ghost hauntings and Bigfoot sightings in addition to UFO’s. Growing up in this type of environment and having the passion for writing is what drove Rebekkah at an early age to write stories dealing with the paranormal. At one point in her life, she thought she wanted to be a journalist, and although she enjoyed writing articles, she quickly discovered her real passion was writing fiction. Her fascination with the paranormal is what led her to write the Beyond the Eyes series.

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