Monday, September 30, 2013

RELEASE DAY REVIEW - GHOST HOLD (The PSS Chronicles, #2) by Ripley Patton:

Title: Ghost Hold
Series: The PSS Chronicles
Series Placement: #2
Author: Ripley Patton
Age Group: Young Adult
Genre: Paranormal, Fantasy
Release Date: Sept. 30, 2013
Published by: Ripley Patton
Format: Ebook and Paperback
Pages: 238

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Book Blurb:
Olivia Black is back.

Only this time she's not the one in need of rescue.

Samantha James, rich, popular, and an award-winning composer at age seventeen, is the next target on the CAMFers' list. In order to convince Samantha to come with them, Olivia and Passion must pose as cousins, blend into the most affluent high school in Indianapolis, and infiltrate a mysterious cult known as The Hold.

Olivia doesn't expect it to be easy, even with the PSS guys backing them up. But what she discovers over the course of the mission will call into question everything she ever believed about herself, her family, and especially about Marcus, the guy she is undoubtedly falling in love with.

Reviewers Note: I received this eARC from the author in exchange for an honest review. Ghost Hold is book 2 in The PSS Chronicles...

5 Luminous, Vibrant Stars!
A Thrilling, Wild Adventure with Danger, Intrigue and Excitement And A Chilling End Sure To Haunt You!

The Review:

I'm in awe right now. Ripley Patton has shocked, wowed and stunned me with this book, especially the ending. The story was intense, powerful, fun, frightening and heartbreaking. I absolutely couldn’t put it down and now, I am all beside myself because the wait for the next book in the series is going to be torturous!

At the end of book one, Ghost Hand, and the extreme events that unfolded, Olivia, Marcus, Yale, Jason, Nose and Passion decided they needed to go after the next person on the CAMFers list. Hacking out a plan to blend in at a new school in Indy where their target lives, Marcus wants Olivia and Passion to infiltrate their way into Samantha James’s circle, in hopes to pull her away from her entourage long enough to tell her about the danger she and anyone with PSS is in.

But as soon as they roll into town, strange things start to happen, dissension starts among the ranks, dangerous and emotional secrets are revealed, dubious secrets are kept and Marcus and Olivia start to have relationship problems. Everything seems to be hanging by a thread and the danger they are all in is even more great than it was before.

I enjoy seeing Marcus and Olivia together. They have a special bond after the events in book one and the fact they both have PSS and know the joy and pain of being different, only makes them stronger. But Marcus has a shaded past steeped in torture and pain so he has huge trust issues. These issues come into play during this book as well as the fact he likes to only divulge information on a need to know basis and normally, he doesn’t feel people need to know, especially when he feels it puts them in danger. So he keeps secrets from Olivia, sometimes right out lying to her, leaving very little room for her to trust him.

However, when they are together and getting along, its a beautiful thing and the events that unfolded towards the end had me completely and utterly dazed and reeling.

I love the PSS misfits. Jason was always a bit of a hot head and in this book, he seems to be growing and maturing. He becomes more trustworthy and I really liked him. Yale and Nose were fun as always and we get to learn more about Passion. She has a side story that explores her more and I really came to like her.

The bad guys or CAMFers, are stepping up their game in the war on people with PSS. There’s also another faction in the mix that is spearheaded by a corrupt and misguided leader who seems to want to control something he’s not even a part of.

My Thoughts...
There was so much going on but throughout everything, there were sweet moments, beautiful reveals, tragic incidents and a cliffy that will leave you stunned beyond words. I loved book one but book two has completely blown me away! I can only imagine book three will be an even more harrowing, action packed journey and I can't wait!

The Wrap Up:
Ghost Hold ended on a very somber note. A lot of things transpired during this read, a lot of questions were answered but a ton more were posed. These young characters have carved out a special place in my heart for them with their plight, their triumphs, their fights and their fortitude. When book three comes out, guarantee I’ll be one of the first in line to get my copy. I have to know how this story unfolds, what happens to the characters I’ve come to love, where the new suspicions lead and what happened after the HUGE cliffy ended. Its going to be a long wait!

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