Today’s edition of Young Adult Corner is spotlighting the book Beyond the Eyes by Rebekkah Ford. This is a wonderful young adult paranormal romance. This is a genuinely unique story. With all of the similar books out there this one is definitely a one of a kind story. Be sure to read the rest of my review after the book blurb.
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?
Page has a unique talent. She has premonitions. This not only makes her unique but it has now put her in danger. She hides this talent from all those around her. Soon this isn’t the only talent she has. She learns she has the ability to detect dark spirits or demons. A telling ringing in her head alerts her when one is near. The problem with this is one of her close friends has a demon inside him. While Paige is still unsure of what is going on she meets Nathan. Nathan can detect dark spirits too. Soon Nathan and Paige are drawn to each other not just because of their abilities but also because a deep love is strongly felt between the two. Paige soon learns though that Nathan is much older than he appears and Paige has the opportunity to be like Nathan. In a war she never knew about she must make decisions that could sever her ties with all those she loves. Will Paige stay with her love and fight or will she live her human life and be in constant danger to herself and those she loves?
I really enjoyed this book. I thought the story was truly unique. I loved the love story. The love is perfect for a young adult audience though some may feel the decision for sex to be added into their relationship was premature. I personally thought that was a bit more realistic for the age of Paige and Nathan than the idea of waiting. Though most of the focus on this book is paranormal there are quite a few emotional depths that had me grabbing tissues. The emotional addition allowed for more realism to the story. I’d say overall this was definitely a great young adult read, but I would recommend it for an older young adult crowd due to the sex.