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Thursday 1 August 2013

Banish by Blog Tour

About The Book


by Nicola Marsh

Publication Date: August 1, 2013
Publisher: Harlequin Teen Australia
Source: Publisher

Alyssa has one week to destroy her enemy, save her spirit... and save her soul.

After her ex-boyfriend commits suicide and her mum’s alcoholism sparks yet another psychotic episode, seventeen-year-old Alyssa Wood flees her small hometown of Broadwater and heads to New York City to stay with her bohemian aunt — a Wicca High Priestess.

Alyssa revels in the anonymity of a big city and her new life. Her grades climb, she has a new best friend, and a new guy: the sexy geek Ronan — a saxophone player who prefers jazz to pop.

But her newfound peace is soon shattered when she sees a dead body in one of Ronan’s music clips — and she’s the only one who can see it. Worse still, Alyssa recognises the body that has been murdered a week forward!

Alyssa doesn’t believe in the supernatural...despite her family’s Wicca background. So how will she overcome evil when it’s closer than she thinks?

Paperback Princess Review

Banish by Nicola Marsh is a very refreshing read within the YA Paranormal genre. I personally felt that Banish is more a mystery, psychological thriller with a slight paranormal twist. Nicola wrote Banish very well, in that I didn't guess who the culprit was. The slow manifestation of clues was well timed, and the conclusion was definitely one of the story's strong points. Banish is a nail biting, page-turning experience and it's definitely a fantastic start to a much anticipated series. I'm so happy that there's another fantastic YA Aussie Author to add to my list of favourites!

17 year old Alyssa's life is thrown into even more turmoil when her ex-boyfriend, Noah, is found dead hanging from a tree the day after she breaks up with him. The entire town turns against Alyssa, blaming her for Noah's death. Wanting to start a fresh and new life Alyssa goes to live with her High Priestess, Wicca-practicing Aunty Angie in New York City. However, the past is hard to run from and before Alyssa is fully settled into her new home, pieces of her old life starts haunting her.

Banish is a really engrossing, nail-biting read and it's definitely a refreshing read with all of it's original elements. I really enjoyed Nicola Marsh's writing, the mystery unfolded in a well timed manner and the culprit wasn't easily guessed, let alone the reason behind it. This is definitely a fantastic mystery/thriller novel.

Despite the fact that Alyssa wasn't a likeable character for me at the start, I still thoroughly enjoyed the book. I think that the fantastic mystery shrouding the story and the thrilling aspect of each revelations is what had me gripping the edge of my seat whilst I ferociously turned the pages. I'm certainly going to be seeking the remainder of the books in this series as I'd love to see more of the Alyssa that grew within the last few chapters of the books, and I'd also like to see how she welcomes her new found and newly accepted "powers".

About The Author 

Nicola Marsh

USA Today bestselling Author Nicola Marsh writes flirty fiction with flair for Adults and riveting, eerie stories for Young Adults. Based in Melbourne, she has published 40 books and sold more than 4 million copies worldwide. Banish, a thriller Harlequin Teen Australia, is her young adult debut.

A Physiotherapist for thirteen years, she now adores writing full time, chasing after her two little heroes, barracking loudly for her North Melbourne Kangaroos footy team and her favourite, curling up with a good book!

She also loves interacting with readers. 


Book Bunny said...

Ooh, I really love the colours :)


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