- Copertina flessibile: 384 pagine
- Editore: WordsinSync Publishers; 1 edizione (16 agosto 2013)
- Collana: The Supes Series
- Lingua: Inglese
- ISBN-10: 0957519419
- ISBN-13: 978-0957519411
- Peso di spedizione: 653 g
Finding Esta: The Supes Series Book One: 1 (Inglese) Copertina flessibile – 16 ago 2013
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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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.
Author Shah Wharton has such a beautiful way with words that I was disappointed when the story was over. I’m a great fan of the old, horror stories like Dracula, Rebecca, and Wuthering Heights where the young, innocent woman is slowly being driven crazy by those around her. Finding Esta felt very reminiscent of that genre–a wonderfully creepy story perfect for a night snuggled under the blankets. Unlike the older versions, however, this story has many peripheral characters that charm and add dimension to the plot.
The paranormal aspects of this story are realistic and brutal. This isn’t your Cinderella story Sister!! I don’t do spoilers so I can’t really tell anything about the plot but I can say that there are Vampires, Aliens, Werewolves, Ghosts, and other interesting creatures, including super hot guys, roaming the moors. As odd as this seems, it works to create one of the most well-crafted alternate worlds that I’ve read in a long time. Wharton has a head for detail and the brains to bring it all together.
Plus, she writes as if she knows what it’s like to be the outcast, the one who watches everyone else enjoy life. I have to give this five plus stars because I can NOT WAIT to read the next book in this series. I just have to find out what happens with the huge, motorcycle hunk and Esta;)
What I liked about this book:
The story itself was quite entertaining and refreshing in its own kind of way.
We all have read about ghosts, vampires, aliens, werewolves (...) stories, so there's nothing special about that, but the way the author bring the readers to discover all the mystery and paranormal elements is fascinating and thrilling.
Luna's life with her parents was sad but also a great prequel to what Luna could become from her past with these two persons. At first I thought something horrible happened between Luna's and her parents but later, the reader will understand their implications in Luna's problems and I really liked how everything ended up with Jack and Helen!
I really liked to read the interaction between Luna and Flow and Ada, I liked the fact that she could see them and truly interact with them as if they were really there. They are true friends for Luna, which help her a lot to going through life.
Abby was a really mysterious character. At first I was eager to learn more about him and what was is true intention toward Luna. Then, when we realise his nature and his purpose, I was in love with Abby and I wished he would find in Luna something more.
The creativity Shah Wharton is great but also really complex. I like the fact that everything seems to fit even if after reading all the book you probably tell yourself, like me, that there's a lot (A LOT) in this book that shouldn't have fit, but it does!
What I didn't like about this book:
It was weird to read about Luna's thoughts and her dialogues with Flo and Ada (the Shadows). It was different from the typical exchange Luna has with other characters and it was sometimes disturbing.
I found that Luna was sometimes acted and reacted like a real bitch toward everyone who disturbed her in comfort situation; she's a brilliant girl but not necessarily a real beauty and every ones who confront her on these two subjects will know the deep of her thoughts. (Not really, but the reader will, ouch!)
Her reactions toward Abby were extremely contradictory; one time she's begging him for kisses and when Abby is ready to do it and even more, Luna turns into a nun and doesn't want anything to do with Abby, like he's some kind of freak or something else. Her fear might be understandable, but at least give him a chance!
The ending was weird but I understand why the author chose this kind of open ending. But as a reader, all I can think about was: is it real or not?
The thing I didn't like was the fact that it was really hard or taking quite some time to undercover the true about a fact or another and sometimes I started to lost interest, but the mystery surrounding Luna strange behavior, finding what happened to Esta and mostly the sexy stranger stalking Luna was enough to keep me reading until the end!
I recommend this book to every YA paranormal/mystery lovers. They will love to undercover the reality of Luna and what happened to the little Esta!
What Esta discovers in that house in Cornwall turns her world upside-down.
Wharton weaves a compelling story that hovers between reality and unreality, repeatedly lulling the reader with a set of assumptions that turn out to be completely false. Parts of Luna's journey reminded me of 'Dark Lover,' the first book in J.R. Ward's shockingly addictive Black Dagger Brotherhood series. Other parts are vaguely reminiscent of other urban fantasy narratives, yet the whole is refreshingly original. It reads like a really good mystery; we find out what becomes of Esta, but only after an extended and fascinating red herring. Luna Dukes isn't like any other paranormal heroine I've ever read, and there are some really fun tweaks to the usual paranormal mythology.
Although two candidates for Luna's love interest appear in this novel, they never compete against one another, and Luna keeps a level head when it comes to her budding passions, even when surrounded by chaos. She's so sensible when it comes to attraction to the opposite sex - it's a refreshing change. Paranormal romance is my favorite genre, but I'll have to wait till at least the second book to see if Luna finds a partner who accepts her on her own terms. If you're not into romances, don't worry - it isn't the main focus of the novel.