Author Shah Wharton hails from the West Midlands area of England and has recently returned home after living in Dubai for the past several years. Shah's appreciation for literature began at an early age after her father introduced her to the world of poetry. Poe's works kindled a love for the dark and macabre, and today she favours genres with those elements in prominent roles. She has written several horror short stories, assorted poems, and ghostwritten endless erotic romances. Her debut novel, Finding Esta: The Supes Series Book One blends paranormal mystery and urban fantasy, perfectly highlighting her love for the supernatural. A psychology graduate who was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 2005, Shah knows the intricacies of mood and human behaviour. She continues to flourish as an author, despite her struggles, and is an advocate for mental health awareness. And while her works are fictional, her characters are written to subtly represent the very real effects of mental illness. These are the kind of people Shah understands and who interest her. Even though she deals with dark topics, she approaches the subject with positive enthusiasm. She loves learning from other writers and often supports their work online. Her website also offers author services, such as ghostwriting and promotion. Currently, Shah is working on Finding Luna: The Supes Series Book Two, romance shorts for others, and some released under a pseudonym, and several horror shorts. Shah loves fan mail, live music, great movies and a glass of the red stuff--that's wine, not blood. But everything feels possible while snuggling up to her husband and their mammoth, longhaired German Shepherd, affectionately named after Shah's favourite musician and poet, Bob Dylan. Please visit www.shahwharton.com to stay in touch or follow Shah @shahw1 on Twitter.
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5,0 su 5 stelleHighly original paranormal thriller
14 maggio 2014 - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Luna's only friends are the Shadows inside her mind. She has no one else, and her parents hate her. Struggling to get through each day, she decides to do a story on a cold case about the disappearance of a girl named Esta. Her investigation leads not only to Esta's past, but the hidden world of supernaturals. Luna's already fragile mind threatens to break with every shocking new things she learns. Her discoveries might be too much for her, but if she can face the truth, her life might have more meaning than just basic survival.
This is a paranormal thriller with a romantic edge and the first in The Supes Series. It moves at a slower pace than many paranormals, but there's a great deal of amazing world building going on. Shah Wharton has created a fascinating hidden world of vampires, werewolves, fey, and aliens. The latter is a unusual twist to the typical story. It's twined with the familiar old tales wonderfully to bring the reader something highly original. Being the first book in the series, there are a lot of explanations and history, but I didn't mind one bit. I was enthralled.
Luna is a character full of flaws but with a surprising strength. Her growth is slow, fitting the pace, but the woman has a lot to deal with! The whole cast of characters is wonderfully varied. There are those that I thoroughly loathed like Luna's parents, and the others that I adored like the Shadows (a.k.a. ghosts, but don't call them that!).
The story starts as a small, tightly woven ball into an immense and complicated plot. It ends with a cliffhanger and promises great things for the series. I can't wait to read more!
5,0 su 5 stelleSupernatural story with original character and twist
15 febbraio 2013 - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
This novel combines one the most complicated characters combined with a refreshing twist on aliens and supernatural to come into my eyes in quite awhile. While I'm not a reader who minds coming across a book that reads like a good television show (predictable but engaging) my barrier for that standard is the ubiquitous Kindle buck. $2.99 is a fair price for originality. Spend it here.
Esta begins as an intensely screwed up character who can relate to know one on an intimate level and is addicted to pleasing her critical and passive aggressive family. Chapter four is a great intense interior monologue of transformation experience by her through contact with her "otherworldly" friend. I think what makes this work is that many characters get to their ability to communicate with the supernatural through being "oversensitive". Author Shah Wharton flips that and Esta gets there primarily by being cut off from the real world, giving the book a extra dimension of fright because it's all so schizophrenic.
5,0 su 5 stelleI loved it! Definitely worth a read.
8 febbraio 2013 - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
This book is definitely not your average coming-of-age story. I felt like I had crawled inside the head of a crazy girl at first. As time went on this original story line developed into something fantastic and grotesque, with so much lore and fantasy mixed into the world I know that I just couldn't put it down. All the while I felt like I was invading this girl's every thought. So many references to pop culture in here and I love the last chapter. I am hooked!
In the beginning there was too much talking in Luna's head. It became very distracting. Once this stopped I enjoyed the story much more. Was disappointed at Luna's brutality towards the end and don't think I will bother with the sequal. Her struggle to find herself is not heading in a direction I like.
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