Title: Finding Esta
Series: (Supes #1)
Author: Shah Wharton
Format: Kindle Edition
Published: December 19th 2012
Publisher: WordsinSync Publications
Source: For blog tour (CBB book promotions) in exchange of an honest review!
Luna yearns for love and acceptance, and for an end to her own chronic isolation. Unable to touch, she settles for the lover’s caress of a stranger who visits her dreams, and her only friends in the world are Shadows – spirits who reside within in her fragile mind, seeking refuge from the Shadow Lands. Always eager to earn parental respect, she attempts to solve a twenty-year-old child abduction case by travelling to Esta’s family home in Cornwall, situated on an abandoned cul-de-sac.Searching for clues to Esta’s tragic fate, she finds much more than she bargained for. More alone than ever and desperate for answers, Luna struggles to retain a sense of identity, and the light grip on reality she’s been used to. Will she find Esta, and if so, will Luna live to tell Esta’s story?
I'm a bit ambiguous about this story so I will do my review with what I liked and what I disliked. I don't want to write something negative, but this review is from my POV and the things I might dislike shouldn't discourage you from reading it! Something I didn't like, might be something you like!
What I liked about this book:
The story itself was quite entertaining and refreshing in its own kind of way.
We all have read about ghosts, vampires, aliens, werewolves (...) stories, so there's nothing special about that, but the way the author bring the readers to discover all the mystery and paranormal elements is fascinating and thrilling.
Luna's life with her parents was sad but also a great prequel to what Luna could become from her past with these two persons. At first I thought something horrible happened between Luna's and her parents but later, the reader will understand their implications in Luna's problems and I really liked how everything ended up with Jack and Helen!
I really liked to read the interaction between Luna and Flow and Ada, I liked the fact that she could see them and truly interact with them as if they were really there. They are true friends for Luna, which help her a lot to going through life.
Abby was a really mysterious character. At first I was eager to learn more about him and what was is true intention toward Luna. Then, when we realise his nature and his purpose, I was in love with Abby and I wished he would find in Luna something more.
The creativity Shah Wharton is great but also really complex. I like the fact that everything seems to fit even if after reading all the book you probably tell yourself, like me, that there's a lot (A LOT) in this book that shouldn't have fit, but it does!
What I didn't like about this book:
It was weird to read about Luna's thoughts and her dialogues with Flo and Ada (the Shadows). It was different from the typical exchange Luna has with other characters and it was sometimes disturbing.
I found that Luna was sometimes acted and reacted like a real bitch toward everyone who disturbed her in comfort situation; she's a brilliant girl but not necessarily a real beauty and every ones who confront her on these two subjects will know the deep of her thoughts. (Not really, but the reader will, ouch!)
Her reactions toward Abby were extremely contradictory; one time she's begging him for kisses and when Abby is ready to do it and even more, Luna turns into a nun and doesn't want anything to do with Abby, like he's some kind of freak or something else. Her fear might be understandable, but at least give him a chance!
The ending was weird but I understand why the author chose this kind of open ending. But as a reader, all I can think about was: is it real or not?
The thing I didn't like was the fact that it was really hard or taking quite some time to undercover the true about a fact or another and sometimes I started to lost interest, but the mystery surrounding Luna strange behavior, finding what happened to Esta and mostly the sexy stranger stalking Luna was enough to keep me reading until the end!
I recommend this book to every YA paranormal/mystery lovers. They will love to undercover the reality of Luna and what happened to the little Esta!
About the Author:
She reads, reviews, blogs and writes. She's the author of The Supes Series: #1 Finding Esta - A New Adult, Urban Fantasy, and supports authors/writers on her blog, participating in book tours, running features and generally publicising the hard work of other authors. She loves theatre, stories, storytelling and spending too much time in her imagination. She lives with her husband and German Shepherd - Bobby - in Dubai. For a full bio & book details visit her author blog.
Book trailer: http://youtu.be/tfUUr2NjvSk
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