Title: Tortured Souls
Series: The Orion Circle #1
Publication date: June 29th 2014
Genres: Paranormal, Romance, Young Adult
Kacie Ramsey sees ghosts—and it’s ruining her life. Her mother left, her father blames her, and no matter how hard she tries, she can’t keep the ghosts away. Now a new power has emerged. Nightly visions of grisly murders and a relentless predator draw her to the brink of insanity.
But the Foxblood Demon will not give up so easily. A demented serial killer in life who trapped the souls of the thirteen children he murdered, imprisoning them within the walls of his mansion. Now in death, he plots his return while drawing power from the pure souls of the children. He recognizes something in Kacie he’s never seen before—a medium powerful enough to provide a vessel for his tainted soul.
Kacie can’t ignore the tortured souls of the children crying out to her every night. With Logan at her side, she will fight the Foxblood Demon. But can they banish this powerful phantom, or will Kacie lose not only her body, but her eternal soul to the monster.
Kacie is a fifteen year old clairvoyant, which means that she has the ability to see ghosts. For all these years she didn't know another person with her abilities. Her mother abandoned them when she was little and her father believed that she was crazy. So when she met Logan and found out that he could see and talk to ghosts as well and introduced her to the Orion Circle, a secret group of supenatural investigators - hunters, she finally found a place where she belonged.
Kacie knew Logan from the cross country team but she would never have guessed that he had the same abilities as she did. There's an undeniable attraction between these two which escalates in the book's second part. Logan is adorable, caring and overprotective. All in all, he's the best boyfriend Kasie or any other girl could ask for.
The day she joins the Orion Circle, she receives a phone call from her mother who after all these years of neglecting Kacie, informs her that her life is in grave danger by an evil spirit.With Logan and the rest of the club by her side, Kacie starts to use her powers in order to save and give peace to spirits which stayed trapped among the living. But the bigger threat is coming for her and she may not be as strong as everyone else believes.
Tortured Souls is a fresh YA series with a strong female character and a beautifully written story. It has romance, action, all sorts of supernatural entities and mystery. It's fast paced and easy to read. The only thing that bothered me is the fact that Kacie is just fifteen years old. We'll see how that will turn out in the next installment in the Orion Circle!
Kimber Leigh Wheaton is a YA/NA author with a soft spot for sweet romance and is a member of Romance Writers of America.
She is married to her soul mate, has a teenage son, and shares her home with three dogs and four cats. No, she doesn’t live on a farm, she just loves animals. Her house is filled with dragons, though she does lament that they are the porcelain, non-flying variety.
Kimber Leigh is addicted to romance, videogames, superheroes, villains, and chocolate—not necessarily in that order. (If she has to choose, she’ll take a chocolate covered superhero!)
Her debut novel, Shadow Fire, is the first book in the Light Chronicles series. Watch for book two, Stolen Moon, a standalone sequel, coming August 2014.