This review is for the 2nd book in the Beyond the Eyes trilogy, by Rebekkah Ford.
Book – Dark Spirits (Beyond the Eyes #2)
Author – Rebekkah Ford
Star rating – ★★★★★
Would I read it again – Yes. Absolutely.
Plot – amazingly written, plotted and executed.
Characters – all over the place, in the nicest way. Some are crazy, some are adorable, some are just amazing.
Movie Potential – ★★★★★
Ease of reading – very easy and enjoyable.
* I WAS GIVEN THIS BOOK BY THE PUBLISHER, IN RETURN FOR AN HONEST REVIEW *
THIS REVIEW MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS.
Sadly, Paige is really childish in this one. It’s this whole Brayden thing. It’s really getting on my last nerve, because she’s totally blind to how bad he is for her and how good Nathan is for her. Brayden is – let’s be frank – a groper with an attitude and a total God complex. What about that is attractive? I’m sorry, but any guy who did to me what he did to Paige would not be getting forgiven. He’d be getting a 10×4 in the face. No matter how much history there was between them.
And sadly, though I love these books, I think it sends a bad message to teens that being groped is acceptable as long as it’s by a once friend or ex. That’s soooo not true! (Please note: this is my only real issue with this book and Paige does see the light of day eventually.)
And I’m very sorry, but this will not be the end of my rant about new bitchy Paige and makes-my-skin-crawl Brayden. Not by far. I think Brayden is a real ass…and I’m never going to change my mind. I am Team Nathan all the way, though I will make room to also be Team Tree, because he’s awesome.
The thing that bugs me most about Paige in this book is the selfish, bitchy whining that is never ending…Gosh, I feel like giving her a slap and saying ‘Are you done yet?’. She keeps telling herself that she’s not cheating on Nathan by spending time with Brayden, well newsflash honey! You are! Emotional intimacy is as much cheating as physical intimacy. Sex is not the only way to cheat on someone. She’s turning into a real selfish cow, creating chaos and drama out of nothing, for no reason. And not to mention giving Nathan the headache of his extra long life. I mean, the guy gave her immortality. He’s trying to keep her alive in a world she doesn’t know or understand AND find out who killed her father on the side and she’s just being an ungrateful twat thinking only of herself. WAKE UP AND SMELL THE COFFEE PAIGE! The world does not revolve around you. Nathan’s world does!
If I were a character in this book, AKA Cassie, I’d be having a private chat with Nathan and telling him to take his immortal ass elsewhere to find a decent girlfriend who won’t ‘nearly cheat’ on him behind his back or make his life a living hell full of prissy, teenage drama.
Saying that, I love the book. If I didn’t, I’d have nothing to say. Lol. The story is just as great, just as intriguing and I’m really bugging about finding out what ‘the old one’ really wants from Paige. So far he’s a bit of a creepy older guy with an infatuation, stalker type of vibe. I know that Cassie and Tree are going to get dragged into the whole mess, whether Paige wants them to or not. It’s inevitable.
So after getting to the halfway mark I have an announcement: Paige has made a miraculous recovery from ‘I-need-a-bitch-slap’ syndrome! WooHoo! Thank the Lord!
Oh…wait…no… Nope. Two pages later, what’s happened? She’s had a relapse. In fact, she relapses continually throughout the rest of the story. Shame. It must be one of those recurring diseases. Paige the bratty cow is back again, gone again, back again, gone again. Just an ordinary teenage girl then, right? Lol. (As you can tell, this book is bringing out my own bitchy phase. Warning! It may be permanent.)
And all the while Nathan suffers her without complain. Since you can probably tell I’m a little in love with Nathan myself (read: massively) I really love the chapters where we get to see his Point Of View. Especially when it comes to Brayden. 😉
I really wish Nathan would have thrown him out the house. That would have been EPIC!**
To be perfectly honest, I think this book blew Book 1 out of the water, and you know how much I enjoyed that one. Being continually frustrated with Paige and always in love with Nathan was a really great piece of craftsmanship. Yes, I had a moment of exasperation with Nathan being over-protective (a really, really tiny moment), but unlike Paige, I gave him the benefit of the doubt and he always proved that my loyalty was well placed.
As I’ve said before, again and again and again, I will never, ever take to Brayden. The stuff he’s done to hurt Paige, not one, but many times is beyond beyond. There is no way I can ever put into words how much I want to give Paige a shake and make her see sense. I see NOTHING attractive about any of Brayden’s qualities; looks or personality.
BUT!!! Where would we be without a little drama? I have to give Rebekkah Ford a massive round of applause –
– For creating a world that I was able to step into, in its entirety. For writing a book that made my lose track of time and meals and sleep. And for creating characters that I care about, love, hate and loathe. The only reason I feel so strongly because of these characters, is because of what she’s done to weave this whole intricate world together. BRAVO!
Dark Spirits – 321 pages
Published – February 2013
Now immortal, Paige is emotionally and physically stronger than ever. She must find the location of the ancient incantations to prevent mass genocide. But the war against good and evil is spawning another war–a battle between the dark spirits themselves. Paige is saddled in the center of both growing revolutions and is ready to take on the dark forces. But Nathan’s overprotectiveness prevents her from taking action, and he’s hiding things.
Paige’s personal life gets more complicated when Brayden arrives back in town and offers the equal partnership she desperately craves from Nathan. Then there’s Carrie and Tree, her two best friends and only family she has left. Unfortunate circumstances thrust them into Paige’s dark world, giving her no choice but to allow Nathan to arm them with combat techniques in hope they’ll be able to protect themselves.
Meanwhile, Paige is having visions and discovering abilities she was unaware of. When Anwar comes to visit, his weird behavior alarms her. Could he be turning to the dark side?
Time is running out. Paige not only needs to find the incantations but also to untangle the bands around her heart and make a decision that could leave her with a life worse than death–a life of betrayal from the ones she trusted most.
“Even more thrilling than the first. This is a captivating series you won’t put down and will leave you hungry for more.”–Felicia Tatum, author of The White Aura
“Paige is a strong courageous character and Dark Spirits will make your heart pound with the emotion and action!”–Julie Huss author of the I Am Just Junco series
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.
Where to buy Rebekkah’s books:
Beyond the Eyes:
The Devil’s Third:
Goodreads: Add The Devil’s Third to your TBR list