Series Tour, Review, and Giveaway: Seeker-Amy Reece


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The Seeker Series by Amy Reece
Genres: Mystery, Paranormal, Romance, Young Adult

cooltext1889161239 copySeeker: Ally Moran has always just known about things—things she shouldn’t really be able to know… Suddenly when she starts having vivid visions about a former friend who is in desperate trouble, the adults in her life think she might hold the key to an ancient mystery.

Jack Ruiz has a troubled past, but is trying to make a fresh start at a new high school… He just wants to keep his head down and graduate, hopefully before he turns 20. The last thing he needs is to get involved with a feisty redhead and her psychic visions. While Jack valiantly attempts to keep Ally at arm’s length, she is equally determined to be a part of his life.

Who will win this battle of wills? More importantly… Can this unlikely couple work together to find answers to Ally’s visions before someone gets killed?

Dreamer: Meet Ally Moran, a 17 year-old who also happens to be psychic. Oh, and she’s getting more psychic with every passing day, so much so that she’s been sent to Ireland to check in with the Seer Council to see what’s up with her freaky new powers.

Jack Ruiz is her 19 year-old boyfriend, a former troublemaker who’s back on track and trying desperately to graduate. His plans did not include falling in love with a psychic trouble-magnet.

Last month they worked together to save a friend in deep trouble and ended up solving a school-wide mystery. But now there’s a new guy at school, Remy Giles, and he seems just a little bit too interested in Ally for Jack’s liking. And why does Ally keep dreaming about a kidnapping? Last month seems like a cakewalk compared to this semester…

Ally’s trying to solve a mystery, but Jack is just trying to keep her alive.
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Contains triggers: Sexual abuse, drugs, suicide, and graphic violence.

PROS:

  • Ally has a strong, powerful voice. She’s a sweet, honest girl who struggles with her budding psychic abilities and place in the high school social hierarchy. Ally accepts who she is, splotchy skin, ginger hair and all. Ally is innocent, almost childlike when the story starts, high off her first real crush. It’s adorable and super endearing. As Ally’s powers progress, her fear grows exponentially but Ally never gives up. She tries hard, facing backlash and insult to help her former BFF even as she’s pushing her away.
  • The Seer Council, role of powers, and lineage is rich in history and drama. The druid mythology, clan stories, and connection between all those with psychic powers is enthralling, it will suck you right it. I kind of wish there was more of it.
  • Ally’s visions are sporadic and graphic. Sometimes pleasant but for the most part terrifying, painful, and heartbreaking. Witnessing the incidents and being able to feel the pain is like a karate chop to the chest. The visions are written with just enough anxiety and fear to give nightmares.
  • Jack is a former bad boy with the same sexy exterior but a lot more charm. Between is circa 1960 cherry red mustang, his seedy past, and his big heart, Jack is irresistible. The soothing lull of his Spanish endearments, the bliss he has on his face when he’s taking care of his little sister, and the raw need in his eyes when he looks at Ally is to die for. ❤ Jack is thoughtful, sweet, and always there to rescue Ally, her own personal knight in black leather.
  • Together, Ally and Jack are made of temptation and adoration. They’re honest with each other and it makes their relationship that much stronger. Some scenes are hot and heavy, others sugar sweet and melty. One scene is so cute it’s almost sickening between Ally’s crimson blush and Jack’s smirking. Sigh.

CONS:

  • About ¼ of the way through the book, the story gets a little lost. The paranormal aspect is overshadowed by the push for romance.
  • While the scenes in Ally’s visions were brutally graphic and violent, the gaps between visions took away from the intensity and made the situation feel like less of an emergency. So much energy was placed on the blossoming love story that while Veronica’s situation was dire, it was more like background noise to Jack and Ally’s relationship.
  • Sometimes Ally’s comments are asinine and rude, they kind of make her feel hypocritical and as mean as some of the popular girls. Particularly, her derogatory names for Veronica, a girl who used to be her childhood friend, are hypocritical and presumptuous.
  • Some secondary characters were introduced and then forgotten about. I would have liked to see more of Ally’s interactions with her friends, Travis feels like a mute, he’s there but summarized.

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Amy Reece lives in Albuquerque, NM, with her husband and family. She loves to read and travel and has an unhealthy addiction to dogs. She loves wine and friends, in that order. Stay tuned for the rest of The Seeker Series, coming Summer and Fall 2015.

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