REVIEW: beyond the Eyes by Rebekkah Ford

February 19, 2013 Uncategorized 6

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.

Review

“I never thought I would die at the age of seventeen, so when I received the death message, I was a little freaked out.” 

So begins the young adult novel, Beyond the Eyes, by Rebekkah Ford. I admit my interest was peaked by this first sentence. It’s well crafted and really makes me want to read on.

Paige is a seventeen year old senior in high school whose world is turned upside down with the arrival of Nathan. Wait, let’s back up! :) I know everyone likes to get to the romance, but hey, this book has plot too!
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Paige is not your normal everyday girl. For one, she’s alone mores of the time even though she’s not even eighteen yet. Her mom works as a traveling nurse and her father was killed when she was little. She has a lot of conflicting feelings about being alone and she harbors some secret guilt that maybe she’s not deserving of her mother’s love. Add in some bully girls at school, and this turns into something that really haunts Paige.

Paige is also sensitive to otherworldly things – she has premonitions. And her ears are suddenly ringing. And, as if that wasn’t bad enough, one of her best friends begins to have glowing eyes!
Unfortunately, Paige experiences an embarrassing moment at a local teen club and passes out, but this turns into a good thing because that’s how Nathan enters her life.

>Nathan is over-protective in my opinion – he’s a little on the controlling side. Often, this type of attention is good at first but can really start to get on your nerves if you’re on the receiving end. Especially when it starts to manifest as jealousy. Nathan is a jealous guy and that makes me distrust his character a bit.
Add in an old boyfriend, some “demon” spirits, and an intriguing ancient mystery and you can see that Beyond the Eyes has a little bit of everything.
Paige has a fun voice that come out in many funny and interesting ways thanks to the dialog supplied by author Rebekkah Ford. She’s also a lot stronger than she knows and I can see the potential for a lot of growth with this character over the series.

I absolutely loved Tree! He’s very fun and very cool, and not only that, but a genuine good guy as well. Paige’s BFF Carrie is also super fun.
Paige: Do I look fat?”
Carrie: No, You couldn’t look fat even if you tried!” 
That’s what Bff’s are for! 😉
This book has excellent characterization, romance, and a thrilling climax. If you’re looking for a young adult read that has a new take on “demons”, give Beyond the Eyes a try.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
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. Visit her online and read her blog at     http://themusingwriter.blogspot.com

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