Friday, March 27, 2015

Blog Tour & Review... Alicia Rades' Fire in Frost

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Fire in Frost by Alicia Rades
Release Date: 2015
242 pages

Synopsis:
Crystal Frost has spent her whole life believing she's ordinary, and her mother has long held the secret of her heritage. When Crystal begins seeing the ghost of a dead classmate, her life spirals out of control. She’s faced with the threat that everyone will find out she’s a freak, as if the struggle to figure out her new-found abilities wasn’t enough pressure.

Crystal has to find some way to save the people who have come to her for help all while trying to keep her abilities a secret. Will she be able to fulfill these overwhelming demands while solving the mystery that is the ghost of Olivia Owen?


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~Emmy's Review~
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First off, many thanks to YA Bound Book Tours for granting us a free copy of this work in exchange for an honest review.

It’s just another normal day in the life of  fourteen year old Crystal Frost, until she is confronted with the paranormal and the talent that she didn’t know she possessed….and all before her first class of the day.  When she sees the ghost of Olivia Owen, she knows immediately that her former classmate appears to desperately needs her help.  She tries to rationalize what she’s seen, and almost has herself convinced that she was seeing things.  That is, until she sees Olivia again, later that night, at her volleyball game.   Olivia’s death was tragic - she was burned to death in a house fire the year before.

Crystal considers telling her mother what she saw, but holds off.  That night she is on the way to her friend’s house for a girl’s night when she stops by her mother’s shop for a few bucks.  Her mom runs a paranormal type shop with her two partners.  When she walks into the back room, she walks in on her mother and her partners having a seance.  She sees Olivia again in the corner of the room.  She stutters, about to freak out.  Her mom tells her they were meditating (yeah right) gives her money and shoos her out.  Crystal sneaks back and listens at the door, to hear her mom tell her friends, “Maybe there is still hope for her”.  

She doesn’t mention it to her friend Emma at their girls night, and heads back home the next day, still not quite believing what she saw.  When she gets home she tells her mom that she saw Olivia’s ghost last night.  Her mom drops a glass in surprise, breaking it.  Her mom tells her the truth about her heritage.  Her mom is a psychic, and thought that Crystal didn’t inherit her talent.  She is shocked to find out that Crystal can see ghosts (she’s a medium) and the future, as well as sometimes knows things (like who’s on the phone or when it will rain).  Usually talents like that are not combined.  when she tells her mom that last night was the third time she saw Olivia, her mom tells her that she and her partners had been trying to contact her for a while in an effort to help her move on.

Her mom cautions her about broadcasting her talents, telling her that she did when she was a teenager, which only led to her being ostracized and bullied.  Crystal does tell her best friend, but when she does she is not cautious to ensure that they are alone in the room.  She is approached by one of Olivia’s former friends who overheard her.  Justine wants Crystal to focus on her best friend Kelli (also another former friend of Olivia’s).  Justine is convinced that Kelli’s picture perfect relationship with her boyfriend Nate is not all it seems to be.  

Before Crystal realizes what is happening, she finds herself embroiled in a mystery that combines violence, fear, and secrets.  Everyone seems to have something to hide, even Olivia, whose continued appearances only drive your interest in unraveling the players tangled secrets.

I thought this was a very good, solid story.  I did find myself anticipating that the villain would be even more violent than he wound up to be, but then again, I don’t usually read YA.  The book ends with a set up for the second installment in the series, which I am looking forward to reading.


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About the Author:
Alicia Rades has always had a passion for writing and wrote her first poem when she was 8. Although most of her writing continued as poetry and eventually as song writing, she wrote a few short stories along the way.

In 2010, Alicia began freelance writing, creating blog posts and other online content. Today, she is a freelance writer, blogger, and editor who lives in Wisconsin with her husband. When inspiration strikes, she's also an author.

Visit her author website at aliciaradesauthor.com.


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