Paige Reed: Paige is an only child. She’s five foot three, has long, straight dark red hair and dark green eyes. She has a story book type of beauty. Presently, she’s 18 years old. She’s into punk, trance and alternative music and has a black Morris Mini vehicle.
Paige was born in Phoenix, Arizona and had her first premonition at the age of four. Shortly after, her father died, devastating her and her mom. After her father died, she moved to Astoria, Oregon with her mom. Six months later, Paige met Carrie, Brayden, and Jack (A.K.A. Tree), who she grew up with and became her best friends. As Paige got older, she saw less and less of her mom, adding to her abandonment issues and thinking something must be wrong with her. Paige and Brayden dated for almost two years, until he moved to California, which crushed them. Despite having wonderful friends, Paige is a lonely and broken girl-until she meets Nathan who not only helps her deal with her emotional turmoil, but is part of her destiny. Paige has extraordinary abilities she’s still discovering, and the decision she made with Nathan changes her life forever.
Carrie Jacobson: Carrie is the only child. At present time, she’s 18. She’s five foot five, has shoulder length dark hair with red tips. She has brown eyes and a sprinkle of freckles across her nose. She has a punk/Goth style to her. She’s a blunt person, meaning she’ll tell ya like it is. Paige is her best friend. She would do anything for Paige. She’s dating Tree and works at her mom’s antique store.
Jack (A.K.A. Tree) Stein: Tree has an older brother who is already married. Tree is 18. He is of German descent and can speak it. He’s six foot five, but appears taller because he’s built like a bouncer. He has a dark, bitchin’ Mohawk and brown eyes. He’s into punk, alternative, and heavy metal music. He plays guitar and is into comic book heros. His dad is the top mechanic in his town (Astoria), and Tree works for him. Tree is dating Carrie. He’s always looking out for Paige. She’s like a sister to him.
Brayden Blackwater: Brayden is six foot, has a lean muscular body, black hair that’s messy on the top and green eyes. He’s 18 and in love with Paige. He believes they’re destined to be together. He will not give up on that belief. He’s best friends with Tree, Carrie and Paige. He doesn’t like Nathan at all. He’s jealous of him. Brayden’s dad had cheated on his mom, which caused him mom to relocate them to California, forcing Brayden and Paige to break up when they were 15. However, two years later, Brayden comes back.
Nathan Caswell: Nathan is nineteen years old. He’s six foot one with dark-blue eyes, boyish face, short brown hair with blond tips that stand on top of his head in 80s skater fashion. He’s fiercely protective over Paige, loyal, thoughtful, caring, revengeful, blazing temper, drives a Ford truck, grew up on a farm in Missouri, intelligent, a skillful tracker.
Matt Shaw– Five foot eleven, sky-blue eyes, short dark hair. Uninhibited, cocky, conniving, funny, sarcastic, hates Nathan and loves to antagonize him. He has a fondness for Paige. He’s also clever and arrogant. He grew up with Paige, Tree, Brayden, and Carrie.
Anwar- He’s over 600 years old. He’s a bald African that’s almost seven feet tall and has a slight African accent. He can see auras and is sensitive to the energies in the world. He has a grace about him and is intelligent and humble. He once helped Nathan’s family on the farm in Missouri.
The "old one"– He’s a dark spirit and over two thousand years old. He likes in inhabit dark haired guys with blue eyes. He’s after Solomon’s ring, which along with Solomon’s incantations, gives the wearer the power to control the dark spirits. Paige is the one who can find it for him.
Aosoth (the ‘old one’s’ sidekick)– She’s over two hundred years old. She likes to inhabit whatever vessel suits her mood. She’s a cold-hearted bitch, self-absorbed, arrogant, in love with the ‘old one’, jealous, a bit nutty, and will stop at nothing to get what she wants. She hates Paige and has destroyed Paige’s family.
There are other characters as well, but those are the main ones in the first book (Beyond the Eyes), who continue on into the rest of this trilogy.
Title- Beyond the Eyes
Series- Beyond the Eyes Trilogy Book # 1
By- Rebekkah Ford
Publication Date- June 3, 2012
Genre- YA Paranormal Fantasy
“A thrilling, wholly satisfying first book to a new young adult series. It will keep you wanting more.” –Valentina Cano, Carabosse’s Library
“Beyond the Eyes is haunting yet passionate. This breakout novel is quick and hip, a saucy must-read.” –Charles Land, Judas Pistol
Paige knows evil exists in this world, but she never imagined it would want something from her.
In the small town of Astoria, Oregon, surrounded by deep forest and endless mountains, another world thrives . . . a menacing one where dark spirits dwell in soulless humans. Seventeen-year-old Paige Reed lives in this lush, picturesque setting. She’s not your average teen, though she appears to be. Not only is she heartsick, but she’s been receiving cryptic premonitions from a ghostly voice since the age of four. After she hears a haunting message about herself, supernatural occurrences begin to confuse her.
Nathan Caswell seems to peer into Paige’s soul, evoking a magnetic energy between them they cannot deny. They’re connected. But he’s no ordinary guy. He tracks dark spirits and becomes alarmed when they set their sights on Paige.
When two power-hungry malevolent beings make demands on her, she realizes then the fate of mankind rest in her hands. Her world quickly turns inside out where the impossible becomes possible, and in the end she’s faced with a life changing decision that will not only alter her existence but the world as she knows it.
Can a deeply troubled teen overcome her own demons in order to fight those lurking about? With the past and present colliding, Paige must make the ultimate mortal choice. Will it be the right one?
My Review: August 2013 ~ Review Copies ~
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
First I would like to thank the author Rebekkah Ford for giving me this book for an honest review. I really like this book. We start the book with the main character being a very vulnerable 17 year-old who really has no family in her life that relies upon friends to fill this void. The author does a wonderful job of conveying daily life of teenagers. Since Paige was experiencing so much at such a young age with no family her crying was understandable. In an adult it would have been plain annoying. She shows growth throughout the book which is really good, since she has no family and learns things about herself and has to face decisions on her own at a young age. I look forward to reading more.
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Title- Dark Spirits
Series- Beyond the Eyes Trilogy Book # 2
By- Rebekkah Ford
Publication Date- February 23, 2013
Now immortal, Paige is emotionally and physically stronger than ever. She must find the location of the ancient incantations to prevent mass genocide. But the war against good and evil is spawning another war–a battle between the dark spirits themselves. Paige is saddled in the center of both growing revolutions and is ready to take on the dark forces. But Nathan’s overprotectiveness prevents her from taking action, and he’s hiding things.
Paige’s personal life gets more complicated when Brayden arrives back in town and offers the equal partnership she desperately craves from Nathan. Then there’s Carrie and Tree, her two best friends and only family she has left. Unfortunate circumstances thrust them into Paige’s dark world, giving her no choice but to allow Nathan to arm them with combat techniques in hope they’ll be able to protect themselves.
Meanwhile, Paige is having visions and discovering abilities she was unaware of. When Anwar comes to visit, his weird behavior alarms her. Could he be turning to the dark side?
Time is running out. Paige not only needs to find the incantations but also to untangle the bands around her heart and make a decision that could leave her with a life worse than death–a life of betrayal from the ones she trusted most.
My Reviews: August 2013 ~ Review Copies ~
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
First, I would like to thank the author Rebekkah Ford for giving this book for an honest review. Dark spirits is the second book in the Beyond the Eyes series. I like this book again the author has done a great job making it believable. We have Paige and Nathan working on their relationship and they are having some issues come up. Brayden comes back and causes some of these issues. I love that this is a story that makes the love aspect believable with the fact they have to work on it, it’s not just starry eyed, we love each other everything is perfect BS. I am looking forward to reading more of this series.
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Rebekkah Ford grew up in a family that dealt with the paranormal. Her parents’ Charles and Geri Wilhelm were the directors of the UFO Investigator's League in Fairfield, Ohio, back in the 1970s. They also investigated ghost hauntings and Bigfoot sightings in addition to UFO’s. Growing up in this type of environment and having the passion for writing is what drove Rebekkah at an early age to write stories dealing with the paranormal. At one point in her life, she thought she wanted to be a journalist, and although she enjoyed writing articles, she quickly discovered her real passion was writing fiction. Her fascination with the paranormal is what led her to write the ‘Beyond the Eyes’ series. Visit her online and read her blog.