Beyond the eyes – 298 pages
Published – June 2012
“A thrilling, wholly satisfying first book to a new young adult series. It will keep you wanting more.” –Valentina Cano, Carabosse’s Library
“Beyond the Eyes is haunting yet passionate. This breakout novel is quick and hip, a saucy must- read.”–Charles Land, Judas Pistol
Paige knows evil exists in this world, but she never imagined it would want something from her.
In the small town of Astoria, Oregon, surrounded by deep forest and endless mountains, another world thrives . . . a menacing one where dark spirits dwell in soulless humans. Seventeen-year- old Paige Reed lives in this lush, picturesque setting. She’s not your average teen, though she appears to be. Not only is she heartsick, but she’s been receiving cryptic premonitions from a ghostly voice since the age of four. After she hears a haunting message about herself, supernatural occurrences begin to confuse her.
Nathan Caswell seems to peer into Paige’s soul, evoking a magnetic energy between them they cannot deny. They’re connected. But he’s no ordinary guy. He tracks dark spirits and becomes alarmed when they set their sights on Paige.
When two power-hungry malevolent beings make demands on her, she realizes then the fate of mankind rest in her hands. Her world quickly turns inside out where the impossible becomes possible, and in the end she’s faced with a life changing decision that will not only alter her existence but the world as she knows it.
Can a deeply troubled teen overcome her own demons in order to fight those lurking about? With the past and present colliding, Paige must make the ultimate mortal choice. Will it be the right one?
As some of you may know if you’ve been following me on Twitter, these past couple weeks I’ve been reviewing a book— a trilogy, in fact. Through my own blog, I was discovered by Alana Munro, the owner of marketing company Reach For The Stars—they organize book tours, reviews, etc. I’m very happy to be classed as one of their listed reviewers!
Yes, I’m happy to talk to you today about a fantastic book that I soon found myself to be addicted to: BEYOND THE EYES by Rebekkah Ford……
BEYOND THE EYES is the first book in the trilogy that follows the strong character of Paige Reed— a seventeen-year-old girl from the small town of Astoria, Oregon. Her Mom is a traveling nurse, and her father is no longer around— he died when she was four, and yet he’s always been a mystery to Paige: her Mom has always kept photographs and information hidden from Paige.
But Paige has a secret of her own.
On the outside, Paige Reed is your typical everyday teenager: she’s enjoys hanging out with her friends, drinking Dr Pepper, and going out to The Lion’s Den. On the inside, unbeknown to those closest around her, Paige is getting premonitions. Something that she has had to deal with privately since the age of four, they’re getting worse, and the messages are getting darker.
One night, Paige and her best friends— Carrie, Tree, and Matt— go out to The Lion’s Den… and that’s where it all begins for Paige, and her life is changed forever in many more ways that one.
After a supernatural occurrence over Paige, cute guy Nathan Caswell comes to the rescue. Immediately, Paige and Nathan fall in love. This story arc of their relationship is brilliantly woven around the main plot in a way that the book blends seamlessly and the pages can’t be turned fast enough without the magic leaping off the page. Rebekkah Ford certainly knows how to bring her characters alive.
However, the story then takes us into a different direction— Nathan isn’t like other teenagers: he’s a tracker. He is immortal, and he helps protects the world by casting away dark spirits and keeping his eyes on them. As the title of Ford’s book suggests, the eyes mean everything. As Nathan and Paige get more and more involved with one another, Nathan notices that the dark spirits have their eyes on Paige…but why?
As it turns out, Paige isn’t such a normal girl either— she has secrets that even she herself is yet to discover. Told from Paige’s point of view, Rebekkah Ford allows her readers to connect with the story and our main character in a way that we become emotionally invested in her fate— Paige is soon faced with a life changing decision that will affect her for the rest of her life, and for even longer. (You’ll have to read the book to find out how!)
Complete with twists and turns, Beyond The Eyes has that perfect blend of love, loss, and liveliness with a mixture of happiness and tragedy so that you never know what will happen next, all of which is easy to read with prose that leaps into your imagination and melts into your heart— whether it makes it beat with suspense or romance— as we follow Paige through the start of her journey of the dark spirits, unknown secrets, and dangerous situations.
A book that kicks off an amazing series, it’s a read that I would recommend any day to everybody. Rebekkah Ford clearly is an author who deserves this recognition, as I was hooked from the beginning.
You can find the review of Book Two in the trilogy, DARK SPIRITS, here on my blog on Tuesday 26th November, and the review of THE DEVIL’S THIRD, the thrilling conclusion to the series on Wednesday 27th November, also on my blog.
This book is currently FREE on Amazon Kindle: http://www.amazon.com/Beyond-Eyes-Rebekkah-Ford-ebook/dp/B0088JF7HQ
Rebekkah Ford grew up in a family that dealt with the paranormal. Her parents’ Charles and Geri Wilhelm were the directors of the UFO Investigator’s 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. Her fascination with the unknown is what led her to write the Beyond the Eyes trilogy.
Where to buy Rebekkah’s books:
Beyond the Eyes:
Barnes and Noble http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/beyond-the-eyes-rebekkah-ford/1111446053?ean=294001474 6496