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About the Book
Author: Kimber Leigh Wheaton
Series: The Orion Circle #1
Publication Date: June 29, 2014
Genres: Young Adult, Paranormal, Romance,
Sometimes Rest in Peace isn’t an option.
Kacie Ramsey sees ghosts—and it’s ruining her life. Her mother left, her father blames her, and no matter how hard she tries, she can’t keep the ghosts away. Now a new power has emerged. Nightly visions of grisly murders and a relentless predator draw her to the brink of insanity.
When the phantom appears at a party, Kacie’s longtime crush, Logan, saves her. He invites her to join the Orion Circle, a group of supernatural hunters with chapters in schools all over the country. Through the Circle, Kacie learns to embrace her spiritual powers, and for the first time in her life she feels in control rather than a victim.
But the Foxblood Demon will not give up so easily. A demented serial killer in life who trapped the souls of the thirteen children he murdered, imprisoning them within the walls of his mansion. Now in death, he plots his return while drawing power from the pure souls of the children. He recognizes something in Kacie he’s never seen before—a medium powerful enough to provide a vessel for his tainted soul.
Kacie can’t ignore the tortured souls of the children crying out to her every night. With Logan at her side, she will fight the Foxblood Demon. But can they banish this powerful phantom, or will Kacie lose not only her body, but her eternal soul to the monster.
About the Author
Kimber Leigh Wheaton is a YA/NA author with a soft spot for sweet romance and is a member of
Romance Writers of America.
She is married to her soul mate, has a teenage son, and shares her home with three dogs and four cats. No, she doesn’t live on a farm, she just loves animals. Her house is filled with dragons, though she does lament that they are the porcelain, non-flying variety.
Kimber Leigh is addicted to romance, videogames, superheroes, villains, and chocolate—not necessarily in that order. (If she has to choose, she’ll take a chocolate covered superhero!)
Her debut novel, Shadow Fire, is the first book in the Light Chronicles series. Watch for book two, Stolen Moon, a standalone sequel, coming August 2014.
My Review of Tortured Souls
Tortured Souls is a haunting tale that is perfect for this time of year. A secret paranormal group that hunts ghosts and all manner of supernatural beings, I had to read this one. To top off my delight, a few Supernatural references were thrown in, really making this one of my new favorite books. I will admit a novel about a ghost hunting group was something that is perfect read for me. When I was in 5th grade, my friends and I started our own ghost hunting club, and we tried to track down hauntings in our little town. While nothing ever came of it, especially nothing as terrifying as the Foxblood Demon, it was a lot of fun with my friends. This novel while much more chilling and obviously fictional, it still called to that inner fascination with the unknown.
Kacie is a girl who has always had to hide who she really is from everyone, because being her ability to talk to ghosts destroyed her family. The gorgeous boy from her cross country team helps her realize that she can help others with her ability, and invites her to the exclusive Orion Circle. While they are tracking down a dangerous ghost who is even more demented that he was in his life, Kacie becomes his newest target. Logan helps Kacie fight against the Foxblood Demon, and their romance is a very sweet point during the dark portions of the story.
I have to say that reading this book alone in my room at night was probably not the best idea I have ever had, and needless to say I was a little jumpy. I love a good scary novel and this one delivers without being to over the top. While this novel gives you a glimpse into the supernatural with ghosts, there is a mention of many more creatures such as vampires, werewolves, and even chupacabras. I am hoping that Kacie’s next case explores more of the supernatural world of The Orion Circle series.
This book is the perfect October/Halloween read. It really does set the mood for the holiday, and being centered around Halloween defiantly helped. Kimber Leigh Wheaton has an addicting way of writing a story, and I was hooked after just the first chapter. I cannot wait to see what happens next for Logan, Kacie, and the rest of the Orion Circle gang. These guys could be the new Scoobies, Buffy fans have been waiting for.
**Unabridged Bookshelf received this book, in exchange for an honest review**