Last month, I reviewed Ghost Hand, Book One of The PSS Chronicles. My post went something like this: It’s SOOOO good!! Ghost Hand is an original, thrilling, funny and captivating. If you haven’t read it yet, you should. And then you should go straight to Book 2: Ghost Hold, which releases today! WOO HOO!!
Olivia Black is back.
Only this time she’s not the one in need of rescue.
Samantha James, rich, popular, and an award-winning composer at age seventeen, is the next target on the CAMFers’ list. In order to convince Samantha to come with them, Olivia and Passion must pose as cousins, blend into the most affluent high school in Indianapolis, and infiltrate a mysterious cult known as The Hold.
Olivia doesn’t expect it to be easy, even with the PSS guys backing them up. But what she discovers over the course of the mission will call into question everything she ever believed about herself, her family, and especially about Marcus, the guy she is undoubtedly falling in love with.
It is always a challenge to avoid spoilers from the first book when reviewing other titles in a series. You should know, however, Olivia and her friends have PSS, Psyche Sans Soma, a rare birth defect affecting one or more areas of the body. A few people with PSS have exhibited extraordinary powers that adversaries would like to exploit for personal gain. To avoid capture, Olivia joined a group hiding from the bad guys. Led by hottie Marcus, the gang plans to locate unsuspecting victims before the baddies do.
Olivia’s fast-paced adventure continues with plenty of action, comedy and surprises. Olivia and her friends are embarking on their mission to find others with PSS, Olivia, Marcus & Co. relocate to Indianapolis and go undercover to rescue Samantha James, a girl who has embraced her PSS. Her “special ear” has made Samantha a musical prodigy. She is successful, popular, and the daughter of the man who runs The Hold, an organization that reveres PSS so much it can be considered cult-like worship. Samantha is in no hurry to hide from anyone. In fact, she thinks The Hold can help her would-be rescuers more than they could ever help her. As Olivia learns more about The Hold and what they believe, she begins to question what she knows to be true – much of which came from Marcus.
Can The Hold protect her or are they another enemy trying to abuse people with PSS? Nothing about the story is predictable, and for every answer there are more questions. Passion, a character, from Book 1, is an important piece of the puzzle, and the manner in which truth is revealed is as awesome as the revelations. It is (in my opinion) paranormal done right: a supernatural tale with authentic depictions of fear, love and betrayal. Each character is going through very real emotions – coming of age while coming to terms with the hand they were dealt – all while on the run for their lives. The action scenes balance very well with the internal struggles. Really good stuff. -Kris
I was given an advanced copy of Ghost Hold for this honest review.