by Tia Silvertorne Bach
published by author
Why Read?: Review
Challenges: YA/MG Fantasy, Self-Published, 100 Books in a Year
Shifter fans will enjoy Tia Silverbranche Bach’s new series, Tala Prophecy. The first book, Chasing Memories, sets the stage for a solid YA paranormal series.
Reagan Cooper seemed to have the perfect life. Almost a senior in high school, she was on the cheerleading squad, had two best friends, and a coveted boyfriend. However, one camping trip changes all of that when the tent she is sharing with her younger brother is attacked by some wild animal and her brother disappears, presumably dead. Reagan only has foggy memories of that night, coming back to her in bits and pieces. Oddly enough, her grandmother seems to know something, but she only gets chances to talk to Reagan cryptically. She does give Reagan a candle and a special amulet that seems to make Reagan feel better – well, except when the new boy, Rafe, is around. Rafe may be new in town, but she seems to have his eyes set on Reagan, but why? And what secrets is he hiding? Could everything strange in Reagan’s life somehow be tied to the attack?
Bach does a great job with keeping the plot moving and portraying Reagan as a popular and real teen. The storyline is engaging and everything a good YA paranormal needs to be. However, some of the interaction between the characters, transitions between scenes, and information dropping seems stilted. Despite these issues, which will probably be corrected as Bach grows with her craft, this is an entertaining novel. Some scenes are highly polished and really deliver that “wow” factor.
I enjoyed Chasing Memories and look forward to what Tia Silverbranche Bach has in store nest in the Tala Prophecy series.