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So far, great reviews for Psyched!
"This is one of those books you just can't put down. What I love about Psyched in addition to a great, spooky story is strong characters and narrative voice. Aisi is the most awesome chick, strong-willed, sassy, and deals with some crazy stuff happening with a spunkiness that I loved... Psyched is well-written, riveting, surprising and genre-busting. Teens will love this book, but it definitely has a more wide-ranging appeal."
"Aisi Turay is one awesome girl. She has power to see the dead...as in their souls...This is a great read, filled with suspense. I NEVER knew from one chapter to the next what was happening. It is well written and a very enjoyable...and a bit scary!"
Psyched is part ghost story, part suspense, part demon-hunting thriller, part budding romance.It's the story of a girl named Aisi who's doing her best to keep it together for her wreck of a family. She is smart, sassy, and sarcastic enough to keep things interesting. When she meets Vance on the single worst day of her life, she finds a guy who just might be the first person ever to get her, to believe in her, and to out-random her with bizarre observations at the worst possible moment. There's just something about him that she knows she can trust.
Together, Aisi and Vance wander through the memories of others to unlock the secrets of her past while battling a demon who wants to ensure she never finds what she's looking for. Aisi vanquishes demons all the time, but Malus Indolus is too strong. And he has plans for her...and her family.
Here's a little teaser...
“But as I said,” Father J continued, “you must know more. There are other pieces to this puzzle, and to understand how they fit together, we must go back.”
Aisi trembled. She didn’t want to cry, but she couldn’t handle it again. Those visions, seeing those horrible things. “I…can’t,” she replied, trying not to choke on her words.
Father J cast a glance at Vance. “He can see what you want him to see.”
Vance looked startled as the words sank into Aisi. “What do you mean, I can see?”
“Aisi can see whatever she wants, whenever she wants. Part of her gift—”
“Gift, curse, whatever,” she muttered, interrupting.
“Part of her gift,” Father J continued, his voice clear and firm, “is she can share what she wants. Just as she saw her father’s history by touching my hands, so too can you see what she sees by touching hers.”
Vance shook his head, surprised. He took a step back and ran his fingers through his hair, making the sandy brown strands stand on end. “Wow. But…why me? I mean, can anyone see what she sees if she wants?”
“Simply put, Vance, you believe. You believe in her. You are the first to see Aisi as she truly is, yet you do not fear. You have faith in a world people refuse to see, a realm they choose to fear. Such a thin veil separates us from the dead and from the savage unborn. You are not chosen; you chose yourself. Only those who believe in her and in themselves can see. As with everything we do in this life, we live with the consequences of what we choose to believe.”
Vance took a long look at Aisi, searching her face. She felt his eyes on her, saw him in her mind even though she refused to make eye contact. His mouth opened and closed, and he seemed to work up his courage as he asked, “Aisi? Do you want me to see what you can see?”
She looked up in surprise. That was so not what she expected. She thought freakishly intense ghost hunter boy would jump at the chance to use her abilities to look for ghosts or hunt down some demons. After he’d willingly let a demon take control of him, she was sure he’d take advantage of her to get an A+ on his stupid school project. Instead, he asked permission.
Psyched is Juli's second novel, the first as an indie writer, and her first experiment with her true love as a reader: paranormal fiction. Her debut novel Beyond Perfection is also available.
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