The Rylee Everley Series Book #3
Young Adult Fantasy
Starting their senior year at a new school, Rylee, Lyla, Brock, Garrett, and Cole soon realize that Pothercrest isn’t any ordinary school. After speaking with her parents for the first time since arriving at Pothercrest, Lyla mysteriously disappears without a trace, but will they ever find her again? While searching for their friend, an unexpected visitor arrives with information Rylee never sees coming.
Adysin has managed to get into the school undetected and is on a mission to regain Brock as hers. Will Rylee and her friends ever rid themselves of Adysin and her obsession with controlling others? Something even darker than Adysin and her evil ways is stirring though, something no one is prepared for.
Unusual Awakening (Rylee Everley, #1)
With tears and a tight hug, Rylee Everley’s dad left for Afghanistan with the Army Reserve. Since his deployment, her mom has been distant, her sisters are constantly fighting, and Rylee, at only thirteen years old, has to be the glue to keep them together. While her mother stays locked in her room, Rylee has been forced into the role of parent.
Now, two years later, a freak accident involving a bus at school promises to restore some normality to her family. In spite of not knowing how their father is, her mother is happy and her sisters don’t seem to fight as much as they used to. Rylee herself is seeing more of her friends and is even trying to sort her own feelings about Brock Parker. However, something dark threatens to disrupt that normality for personal gain, and that darkess is willing to break every rule to get what it wants.
Awakening Dream (Rylee Everley, #2)
Since her father disappeared while in Afghanistan, Rylee Everley has been taking things one day at a time. After burying their friend over the summer, she and her friends returned to school for their junior year. While her friends are worried about career choices and the future, she hangs on to a secret. Witches exist, and they live here among us. She has been asked to help vanquish a half witch who has caused some problems with only a wisp trapped in a necklace to help her, her own manifesting gifts, and cryptic dreams to guide her.
To top it all off, her childhood friend, and crush, has been acting really strange ever since her started dating Adysin. He ditched the football team, and he acts like a totally different person. They were once so close, and now she finds herself missing him and feeling guilty for pushing him away. Is this just concern for a friend she’s feeling or could it be love? Can Rylee save her childhood friend from a witch who’s willing to go to any length and pay any price to keep him?
Unusual Awakening (Rylee Everley, #1
- Rylee is incredibly strong and put together and surprisingly vulnerable when it comes to her heart, especially anything having to do with her father. One moment she’s a rock, gluing the pieces of her family together and encouraging her sisters to stay positive and hopeful. Rylee is basically a substitute mother to her little sisters while her mother fights inconsolable sadness. Rylee’s love and care for her sisters is moving, she’s playful and motherly, always focused on stability for them while she barely maintains composure on the best of days. Her love for her father is one of fierce admiration and connection, he’s her other half, her biggest fan and her happiness. Rylee’s depression is a whirlwind of tears and trials as she fights to keep her head above water and keep a smile on her face.
- Brock is so attentive and compassionate, he’s always there for Rylee even as she’s kicking and screaming, pushing him away again and again with her harsh words and indifference. Brock is consumed by adoration for Rylee and she’s totally blind to it but he’s persistent and there to help whenever it’s needed. The fantasy scenes are hot. Brock and Rylee have a chemistry that is dreamy and magnetic.
- Rylee’s nightmares tread the line between reality and horrifying dream, they almost seem like sinister premonitions of what’s to come. They’re mysterious, terrifying clues that suggest an evil force at work but not enough is revealed to make a guess of who’s behind these menacing visions or Rylee is just so torn up over her grief that she’s lost her mind. The questionable nature of Rylee’s mind and her dreams add to the overall sense of urgency and need to find out what’s really going on.
- The haunting voices that warn and harass Rylee, the random blinding lights, and floating wisps are ghostly and alarming. The association with Rylee’s father makes it uncertain whether or not he’s dead or alive and if Rylee has the ability to commune with spirits. You’ll be left guessing for most of the book.
- Adysin is wicked. She’s blunt, vicious down to her core and the brief section from her perspective was my favorite.
- Up until about 3/4 of the way through the plot is really slow and doesn’t read like a paranormal at all, more like a young girl struggling to hold herself and her family together while her father is away at war.
- There was the occasional typo.
- Rylee is extremely scattered. One moment she’s pushing Brock away being insanely rude and bitchy and the next she’s questioning her feelings for him. She’s in complete denial and her stubborness is so up and down she seems like a real mess.
- Some of the dialogue was a bit off and didn’t feel authentic, like something a teen would say.
While growing up, S.M. would travel the roads around her house while imagining she was somewhere else. Her imagination would take her everywhere, making the long hot summer days seem shorter throughout her fantasies. At the age of twelve, she decided to write her first book. Filled mostly with dialog, she filled up one-hundred pages, front and back. After taking the book downstairs to show her mom, and persuading her to buy her more paper, she excitedly ran back to her room. As she barreled through the door, S.M. tripped over items left on her floor, and her papers came raining down in her room. Discouraged, she stood there in tears, picking up her papers and throwing them in the trash. Her work had no organization, no numbers on her pages, just a child fulfilling a joy that she would put down and not pick up again. When she became older, she joined the military for something different. In that time, she was able to explore many places and even met her husband in Iraq. After coming home, she started her family in Arizona and went back to school, earning a Master’s degree in Adult Education and Training.
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