Title: Beyond the Eyes
Author: Rebekkah Ford
Genre: YA, paranormal, romance
Published: June 2012
Length: 298 pages
Paige knows evil exists in this world, but she never imagined it would want something from her.
In the small town of Astoria, Oregon, surrounded by deep forest and endless mountains, another world thrives . . . a menacing one where dark spirits dwell in soulless humans. Seventeen-year- old Paige Reed lives in this lush, picturesque setting. She’s not your average teen, though she appears to be. Not only is she heartsick, but she’s been receiving cryptic premonitions from a ghostly voice since the age of four. After she hears a haunting message about herself, supernatural occurrences begin to confuse her.
Nathan Caswell seems to peer into Paige’s soul, evoking a magnetic energy between them they cannot deny. They’re connected. But he’s no ordinary guy. He tracks dark spirits and becomes alarmed when they set their sights on Paige.
When two power-hungry malevolent beings make demands on her, she realizes then the fate of mankind rest in her hands. Her world quickly turns inside out where the impossible becomes possible, and in the end she’s faced with a life changing decision that will not only alter her existence but the world as she knows it.
Can a deeply troubled teen overcome her own demons in order to fight those lurking about? With the past and present colliding, Paige must make the ultimate mortal choice. Will it be the right one?
I don’t read paranormal too often, but the synopsis for Beyond the Eyes really grabbed me, and now I’d definitely like to delve into the genre some more! Other than a bit of insta-love, and a few personal problems that I had with the characters, I enjoyed this book, and the other two in the series (which I’ll be reviewing tomorrow and Wednesday).
As far as the plot goes, I thought it was a solid start to the trilogy. There’s a lot of action, with plenty of drama – both personal between Paige and Nathan, and between the two supernatural forces. What I really appreciated about this book was that there wasn’t a whole lot of angst going on as far as Paige being put off by Nathan’s super-humanness, and it wasn’t even questioned that she would join him and become an immortal. With that issue out of the way, it left a lot more room to focus on the important bits. At times there was a lot going on, and I had to really focus to make sure I kept everything straight, but at the end of the book some of the problems were solved, with a few left over to carry into the next book.
Now my only problem really was with the characters, especially Nathan. He seemed really over protective to me, and at times a bit too involved in Paige’s life, as far as where she went and who she saw and who she talked to. I understand they’re in love, but it was a bit too aggressive for my taste. And Paige at times was a bit damsel-in-distress like, but towards the end of the book she really picked herself up and started to get a level head on her shoulders.
All in all, Beyond the Eyes was entertaining, with a great concept powering it all, and definitely has me interested in the whole paranormal genre now.
Rebekkah Ford grew up in a family that dealt with the paranormal. Her parents’ Charles and Geri Wilhelm were the directors of the UFO Investigator’s League in Fairfield, Ohio, back in the 1970s. They also investigated ghost hauntings and Bigfoot sightings in addition to UFO’s. Growing up in this type of environment and having the passion for writing is what drove Rebekkah at an early age to write stories dealing with the paranormal. Her fascination with the unknown is what led her to write the Beyond the Eyes trilogy.
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