on March 17th, 2015
Genres: Paranormal Romance
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For readers who loved the international best-selling YA paranormal romance series, The MacKinnon Curse, here is a new spin-off series!
Madison Sinclair has a secret. She can see, hear and feel the dead. At seventeen, Madison travels to Edinburgh to study and discovers that university is not the only adventure to be found there. The historic Scots city is a hotbed of paranormal activity and MadisonÔÇÖs talents and empathy are tested when she meets the spirit of a missing teen, Jaime.
Madison befriends Shane, a fellow student and very human charmer from her home town, who also knows a thing or two about ghosts and their ways.
MadisonÔÇÖs spirit friend, Jaime, has a flesh-and-blood brother. Haven is a sexy, tattooed bad boy with a dangerous reputation, but is drawn to Madison because of the enticing truth she could give him about his little sister.
Shane and Haven help Madison use her gifts to uncover the secrets surrounding JaimeÔÇÖs disappearance, which puts Madison in danger from more than wayward spirits. The psychopath that killed Jaime now has Madison in his cross-hairs, and he has no intention of letting her reveal the truth.
THE UNINVITED is book one in The MacKinnon Legacy series and is intended for readers over 17+ due to language, sexual situations, and violence.
Having read and loved the MacKinnon Curse series, I couldn’t wait to finally read The Uninvited by J.A. Templeton, the start of a spin-off series.
In The Uninvited, Maddy, a young girl with a troubled past, starts university in Edinburgh. On her first night she’s visited by the ghost of a dead girl, Jamie. This in itself wouldn’t be a big deal. She’s been seeing ghosts and communicating with them since a young age.
But what makes this different is that the girl had been murdered, her killer still at large and her body not yet found.
Trying to help Jamie find her peace, Maddy is thrust into a world full of danger & heart-break, but also emotional turmoil as she tries to make sense of her feelings for Shane, a good friend from her hometown and Haven, Jamie’s brother who needs to know what happened to his sister.
As more and more details are revealed, Maddy might be putting herself at risk. She might just end up being the next victim.
Maddy was a likeable character. Despite a rough childhood that still has an influence on Maddy’s life, she’s well-adjusted and ambitious. She’s driven and wants to prove herself. At the same time she’s closed off and has a hard time letting others in – partly because of being let down one time too many, partly because not many people can deal with her psychic abilities. I liked how she had an open mind, was very non-judgmental and willing to go above and beyond to help.
Shane, who already was a big part of the MacKinnon Curse series is now all grown-up and visiting the same university as Maddy. Being used to ghosts since his sister is psychic as well, he’s all up for helping Maddy and not allowing her to take risks. He’s sweet and sexy, and could probably charm his way out of anything. There is more to him than just his good looks and charm though. He’s protective and caring, willing to put others first. He’s really swoon worthy.
But so is Haven. He’s basically the dark, while Shane is the light. Haven is brooding, distant and has that bad boy vibe. But considering his sister disappeared and he doesn’t know what happened, it’s easy to understand why he is not Prince Charming. He’s not a bad guy though. He is just consumed by pain. Despite that, he’s sexy, sweet when he wants to be and incredibly attractive.
Though I loved the plot idea and the characters, I just didn’t connect with them and the story the way I did with the “MacKinnon Curse” series. I’m not sure if it was intentional, but there was a lot of switching of tenses, even in moments where it didn’t seem necessary. It felt a bit choppy to me and didn’t let the story flow. Sometimes I missed a transition from one situation to another. I had the feeling like I missed a paragraph or two. Also, what bothered me about the characters was that they at times felt contradictory.
Yet, I’ll definitely am looking forward to the next book in the series, curious how it’ll continue and who Maddy is going to end up with.
3.5 suspenseful-and-mysterious stars.
~Review by Paula
(Previously posted on TBE)