Published by Self published on Sept 27, 2013
Genres: Paranormal, YA
Format: eBook from Author
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Skate punks, kleptomaniacs, clairvoyant visions and reincarnation…
…THE SHEPHERD is unlike any other Young Adult novel you have ever read.
Mike Evans here. Sixteen year old skate punk squatting in a white-trash trailer park with my loser drunk Dad. Seems I lost most of my friends when Dad lost our home in foreclosure. Only Anita stuck by me. Worse, I keep having strange clairvoyant visions of things that always come true.
Then I almost ran over Nadia in my Geo. A passing truck finished the job – left a crumpled heap of skin and bone on the road. I fixed her. Me.
Now this fourteen year old girl won’t leave me alone. I sorta let her sneak in my window when she needs a place to crash.
I have a double life: daytime at school, Anita, skating, and then my nights with Nadia. She's my secret friend, gives me money and listens to my problems when nobody else will.
My world is spinning out of control. Old friends have turned enemy, my grisly visions of death won’t quit, and Anita’s intentions make my head spin. Even with all that, I’ve got bigger stuff to worry about.
Nadia’s hiding something.
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Due to an unfortunate email accident, I didn’t get my copy of the book in time for the blog tour, but I do have my review now, only a little late.
This was an exciting story featuring a believable male teen protagonist, and a freaky, scary vampire. I started one evening, and the first time I looked up, it was way past my bedtime, and I only had 1/4 of the book left. I couldn’t guess how the story would be wrapped up before the book ended, but I really wanted to see what happened.
Never fear, the ending was both complete and satisfying. I did want a bit more story, but that’s mainly because I wasn’t ready to let the characters go. I want more of Mike and his lovable narration. I want more Anita and her budding self-confidence and sexuality. I even want more of scary little psychotic Nadia.
The characters were definitely the highlight of the story. Each of them is a complete and unique personality, and they all talked and acted like believable people. Maybe not Nadia, but that’s only because I have no personal reference for murderous teen vampire behaviour. And with her as a reference, I really don’t want to meet any.
Overall, this was a great read. The cover doesn’t even begin to convey the awesomeness within the pages. If you’re looking for a realistic teen romance told from a likable male POV, with a touch of crazy vampire added in, this is the book for you.
As a last note, I love that the author added himself to the story as a best selling author in a casual reference. Humourous and confident, it fit within the story seamlessly.