Title: The Sage Chronicles, Book One: Of the Lilin
Author: Paulette Hampton
Genre: Upper YA Fantasy/Paranormal
Coming of age has never been more terrifying…
While dealing with depression, Sage attempts to pull herself into the light. What she finds is better left in the dark. After the loss of her mother and her stepfather's mental breakdown, Sage Frankle agrees to move in with her aunt and cousin at the Englewood Inn. Soon, her aunt arranges for Sage to begin working through her trauma with a psychologist. As time passes, Sage finds that she is far from healing and begins to slip from reality into a realm of darkness she is unable to escape. After the arrival of her cousin's intriguing acquaintance, Sage is forced to realize she is indeed trapped, not by her mind, but by her bloodline.
A book filled with characters that could appeal to everyone. The reader is taken in many directions - either with Sage or the others. Sage is a troubled teen who might think her issues are bad but careful what you wish for. Lily is the kind of friend and relative that few need or want in my view. There are some laugh-out-loud funny lines in this book. I literally laughed so hard, I had tears in my eyes.
The book has a creative approach to a coming-of-age paranormal by adding intense supernatural. The reader is left wondering what will happen next when the book ends.
This book is recommended to fans of any paranormal YA trope. This kind of writing will grip many readers. A read that will take you on a long ride and you only have to pay one fee to start it!
My Rating: 5 stars
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Paulette is an indie author who holds a Master of Arts in reading education. Her writing inspiration stems from watching fantasy and paranormal movies, as well as her real-life experiences with mental health issues. She hopes her readers will find humor in her stories, become curious about seeking peace through the present moment, and consider reaching out for help if they are struggling with their own issues.
Paulette loves drawing, watching a good thriller, kayaking, and eating chocolate...lots of it. She and her husband live in North Carolina with their two cats, Linda Hamm and Bree. Of the Lilin is the first book in her new upper YA paranormal series, The Sage Chronicles.
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Reviewed by: Mr. N