Review | Beckon Me by Cindy Thomas

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This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
Review | Beckon Me by Cindy ThomasBeckon Me by Cindy Thomas
Series: Beckoner #1
Published by Self Pub
Release date : April 13th, 2015
Genres: New Adult, Paranormal Romance
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Everything nineteen-year-old Karina Mitchell knows about death changes the instant that she and her best friend, Rainey, are shot. For one, souls don’t die. They cross over. Only, Rainey’s soul hasn’t, and her ghost is hell bent on haunting Karina.

When Karina begins her sophomore year of college and moves into the apartment that she was supposed to share with Rainey, she learns a few shocking truths from her mysterious and gorgeous blue-eyed neighbor, Eli.

One: Karina has been chosen to become a Beckoner—an immortal conduit of the dead who helps safely guide souls to the other side.

Two: She’s the reason that Rainey’s soul can’t cross over—Rainey followed her back from death and missed her window to be at peace.

Three: Eli is hot. As in swoon-worthy, to-die-for, will-make-you-forget-yourself hot. And it turns out, Eli is a Beckoner, too.

Despite her attraction to Eli, the decision to become a Beckoner isn’t an easy one—it would mean giving up her own mortality … her own soul. But if she doesn’t, her best friend will be left to suffer an eternity at the hands of the evil Ceptors, dark creatures that feed on the souls left behind. After all, it’s her fault Rainey is haunting her.

Time is running out, and Karina needs to decide: Are love and loyalty worth sacrificing her soul?

BECKON ME is a new adult paranormal romance suitable for upper YA and NA audiences ages 16 and up.

New Adult has been a genre that has swept us by storm, making its presence known and is clearly not leaving anytime soon. Personally, I am worn out on the contemporary novels and I have been on the hunt for those very few paranormal romance to freshen things up.. Beckon Me was brought to my attention by a fellow blogger while discussing this – and I was beyond exited for it to hit my kindle on release day.

Honestly, I am surprised that this is Cindy’s debut novel, because Beckon Me flows naturally and was easy to read and quite enjoyable. The world is fascinating. It’s not wholly original but the twists that Cindy has put into place are unique. Also, the book has a lot more depth than you usually see in a paranormal romance and I loved it.

I adored Karina. My heart just ached for her, having to pick up the pieces of her life after the shooting that killed her best friend. Not to mention, now haunted by her best friend. I didn’t always agree with her decisions and honestly, there were a few times I wish I could have shaken her but she is one of the most selfless characters I have read about in a while. She is tough, self-sufficient and strong.

The romance is one major aspect of the novel that I did not enjoy OR connect with and since it has such a strong place in the book, really bummed me out. It took a LONG time for me to warm up to Eli. His arrogance and hot & cold attitude rubbed me the wrong way the entire book. When I did start to warm up to him, it kind of felt too late, ya know? Granted, the change in him was nice but.. I can’t really put my finger on it… It didn’t feel right. This is one area that didn’t feel natural for me. I am hoping in the coming books that I will be able to see their relationship in a new light!

Romance aside, I really enjoyed Beckon Me. Such an interesting world that Cindy has created and packs an emotional punch, too. I cannot wait to see what is in store for Karina. I recommend it!

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