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Title: Finding Esta (Supes #1)
Author: Shah Wharton
Publication date: December 2012
Genre: Fantasy New Adult
Age Recommendation: 16 years & up
Source: Review copy
Blog Tour organized by: CBB Book Promotions
~ Synopsis ~
Luna yearns for love and acceptance, and for an end to her own chronic isolation. Unable to touch, she settles for the lover's caress of a stranger who visits her dreams, and her only friends in the world are Shadows - spirits who reside within her fragile mind, seeking refuge from the Shadow Lands. Always eager to earn parental respect, she attempts to solve a twenty-year-old child abduction case by travelling to Esta's family home in Cornwall, situated on an abandoned cul-de-sac. Searching for clues to Esta's tragic fate, she finds much more than she bargained for.
More alone than ever and desperate for answers, Luna struggles to retain a sense of identity, and the light grip on reality she's been used to. Will she find Esta, and if so, will Luna live to tell Esta's story?
~ My Thoughts ~
My Rating: 3 / 5
In Finding Esta, Luna has grown up with cruel parents who have never shown her love and aren't proud of her for anything - including her job as a journalist. When she decides to travel away from home to investigate a cold case, she has no idea just how much this decision will impact her life.
The beginning was slow for me up until Luna leaves for Cornwell. Nothing much happened, and I spent that time feeling horrified by Luna's parents' abysmal behavior towards her and also feeling depressed with her isolation from other people. She has an extreme sensitivity to sunlight and can't touch others without feeling pain, so to avoid questions as well as pain, she doesn't have friends or a significant other in her life.
While Luna has isolated herself from the living, she has Ada and Flo. These two characters are Shadows, ghosts who don't like to be called ghosts. They were in purgatory called the Shadow Lands - at least I believe the Shadow Lands are purgatory because the souls of people who commit suicide reside there. Ada and Flo add humor and sparkle to Luna's life and to the book overall.
I was taken by surprise when I found out vampires come into the story. I knew going in this is a paranormal story, but from the synopsis, I never would have guessed there would be vampires. I'm happy to say they have been given a fresh new twist that made reading about them a lot of fun again.
This book was completely different from what I was expecting. It was original and fresh with well developed and interesting characters. If I had been pulled in right away rather than later, then I would have given this another star in my rating.
If you enjoy the urban fantasy and paranormal genres, definitely give Finding Esta a try. This is the first in the beginning of a series, and I'm looking forward to reading the next installment.
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~ Meet the Author: Shah Wharton! ~
She reads, reviews, blogs and writes. She's the author of The Supes Series: #1 Finding Esta - A New Adult, Urban Fantasy, and supports authors/writers on her blog, participating in book tours, running features and generally publicizing the hard work of other authors. She loves theatre, stories, storytelling and spending too much time in her imagination. She lives with her husband and German Shepherd - Bobby - in Dubai. For a full bio & book details, visit her author blog.
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