Finding Esta (The Supes Series #1)
by Shah Wharton
New Adult Paranormal/Urban Fantasy Romance
WordsinSync Publishing (Indie)
Released on December 16, 2012
Heat Level: Sweet
Word Count: 120,000
Available: Amazon US / Amazon UK
An unusual young woman and fledgling journalist, Luna has various restrictive oddities, all of which prevent any kind of physical intimacy. Abusive parents take pleasure in Luna’s misery and isolation, yet Luna strives to make them proud, to finally earn their elusive love – something she craves almost as much as the painless touch of a lover.
When she learns of a tragic story involving the kidnap of baby Esta, she jumps at the chance to investigate, dragging her Shadows along for the ride within the murky depths of her mind.
Meanwhile, a dark stranger visits Luna’s dreams and stalks her reality. In lieu of the real thing, their intimate moments excite rather than terrify. Nestled within his presence, she begins to sense an urgent message of danger – a message she struggles to interpret, until they finally meet….
Her investigations lead Luna to a vibrant seaside town, hiding copycat aliens and an underworld of Supernaturals. Here, she comes face-to-face with her own, terrifying identity. Confronted with life-changing decisions and the harshest of truths, Luna questions her sanity, searching for logic, feeling deceived by both.
Is Luna trapped in a newfound supernatural world, or within her own delusions? And will anyone care enough to save her?
Finding Esta started off a little slow for me and I admit I was just a little confused as to what was going on. But the story picked up for me once Luna left her home town to investigate the story of a missing child names Esta (short for Estelle).
Luna as I found out while reading, is an empath…she is so sensitive that she must wear gloves and cover herself to the point where she can’t touch people as it causes her pain; but this also leaves her lonely. I liked Luna...Ms. Wharton created a character that you can sincerely empathize with, someone you want to prevail because of all that is going on with her, which is a lot.
Shah Wharton world building is excellent and her characterization is extremely good. The world she wrote of empaths, vampires and shadows is outstanding and very well written. I loved that she created this character who is attempting to discover herself...she made her true to life in my opinion because we got to experience Luna deal with the insecurities about herself and the world around her.
A wonderful start to what seems to a great series.
In November of 2010, Shah found herself in Dubai, having moved from the UK for her husband’s new job. With no job or friends of her own, she had a lot of time on her hands and decided to take the advice of online friends she’d met through webook.com, and build her own blog. WordsinSync was born and was the catalyst in meeting fellow authors and bookworms galore. She moved on from writing poetry (two published) and short stories (one published) onto using her imagination to write novels. She has learned a lot on her adventure into stories and storytelling, mostly from the awesome advice of her online peer-group.
Her great loves are her patient husband and their German Shepherd, Bobby. Her passions are writing, reading, blogging, movies, photography, music, theatre, travel, and fine dining. Her qualifications include BSc (Hons) psychology, counselling, hypnotherapy and mentoring.
Genres of choice include anything dark with fangs and/or that will make her squirm, or jump, or scream out an expletive. She is an avid Kindle abuser and adores the indie writing community, and being part of the e-publishing revolution and supports all authors on her bookish/author blog – Shah Wharton’s WordsinSync.
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