Thursday, October 25, 2012

Candace Reviews The Secret of Spruce Knoll by Heather McCorkle

The Secret of Spruce Knoll: A Channeler Novel by Heather McCorkle
Young Adult
Paperback, 328 pgs.
Published November 15th, 2011 by Compass Press
Source: Author

Following the tragic death of her parents, Eren Donovan moves to Spruce Knoll to live with an aunt she’s never met. Little does Eren know the entire town of Spruce Knoll is filled with “channelers”—a magical group of people who immigrated to the small Colorado town when they were driven out of their own lands.

Channelers are tied to the fate of the world. As the world slowly dies, so do they—and they alone have the power to stop the destruction of Earth. Soon, Eren learns she not only lives among them, but she is one. When she meets local boy Aiden, his charm convinces her that being a channeler may not be all bad though.

As Eren and Aiden’s relationship develops, so too does a mystery in Spruce Knoll. The town holds many secrets—and many dangers. It soon becomes apparent that the untimely death of Eren’s parents was no accident and that her life might be in danger too. Only time will tell if Eren can embrace her unwanted power and protect the only family she has left.
This review was first posted on Candace's Book Blog
It seems like I've been a little down on paranormal type young adult books lately.  So much of it just starts to feel like the same ol' same ol' and while each book tends to have some unique aspect it's still hard for me to feel like I really love the book.  So I was a bit worried that this might end up being another so-so read.  But guess what?!  It wasn't! 

The book kind of sets off with a bang and sets up a mystery we look to solve through the novel.  The book didn't feel like a mystery though and the answers came pretty easily.  I think maybe the author could have made it a bit more mysterious and not given away so many details, but really it worked fine as it was as the 'mystery' wasn't really the focus of the book. 

I liked Eren right away but I was afraid I was going to get annoyed because she wasn't aware of Channelers and I was just waiting for her denial and her flip out {been there, saw that}.  Fortunately it all was pretty fast and we could move onto the story.  And she actually ended up being pretty sensible through the rest of the book.  I get annoyed with all these girls that think they are just going to run in and save the day and really it's just a stupid move.  And while Eren still made some decisions that made me concerned she knew what she was up against and didn't think for a second she could beat them with her powers and was usually prepared with a plan and backup. 

The town kind of made me cringe at first.  Yes, I admit it.  It just didn't seem realistic and just a bit cheesy or something that there's this whole town that made up of all channelers and these different society's.  But somehow the author made it work and it ended up not really bothering me after the initial introduction.  It actually ended up having a pretty interesting backstory and I'm curious and anxious to learn more about it.  

The power these people have is actually very fascinating.  I'm not sure I fully understand how it works but their power comes from the earth.  The earth needs to be healthy and free of toxins or they get sick.  I loved that aspect because this entire town is green.  Like really green.  They recycle everything, they ride bikes or walk and they don't drive.  While the book never focuses on this it is mentioned the different things they do because Eren is just learning about it all herself.  

The romance is pretty great!  The two of them spend time getting to know each other before anything romantic develops between them and Aiden isn't a 'bad boy'.  He has a bit of a temper and is protective of her but he's very cautious and concerned about hurting her.  He's all about protecting everyone else and while he doesn't have the best situation himself he never complains about it or tries to change anything. 

The writing, the characters, the plot, it was all fantastic!  I read the book in two sittings and the second half was pretty intense and hard to put down.  If you like young adult paranormal type reads I definitely recommend you pick this one up! 

Stick around for my review of the Channeler's Choice, the second book, tomorrow!

Some news:

To thank her fans, and future fans, Heather’s historical fantasy novel (a standalone novel that ties into the channeler series) will be free Friday November 2nd and Saturday November 3rd on Amazon. And if Heather gets over 1000 downloads of To Ride A Puca in those two days she’ll give away a $10 Amazon or B&N gift card! So spread the word, get ready to download To Ride A Puca, tell all your friends to download it, and drop by Heather’s blog now to enter to win the gift certificate.

You can find all three novels in the channeler series ( The Secret of Spruce Knoll, Channeler’s Choice, and Rise of a Rector) on Amazon and B&N, as well as other retail sites. The channeler novella~and prequel to The Secret of Spruce Knoll~Born of Fire is currently free on Amazon and B&N and you can find a short story about Fane from the series in the FREE anthology, In His eyes. You can add Rise of a Rector to your Goodreads lists at this link.

 Candace is a wife and mother to two. She’s blogged at Candace’s Book Blog since November 2008. She enjoys a variety of genres including anything and everything young adult, some adult urban fantasy, a little bit of adult paranormal romance, some historical fiction and reads lots of childrens books. You can find her on her blog at, twitter @candacemom2two and on goodreads.

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