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Everything nineteen-year-old Karina Mitchell knows about death changes the instant that she and her best friend, Rainey, are shot. For one, souls don’t die. They cross over. Only, Rainey’s soul hasn’t, and her ghost is hell bent on haunting Karina.When Karina begins her sophomore year of college and moves into the apartment that she was supposed to share with Rainey, she lEverything nineteen-year-old Karina Mitchell knows about death changes the instant that she and her best friend, Rainey, are shot. For one, souls don’t die. They cross over. Only, Rainey’s soul hasn’t, and her ghost is hell bent on haunting Karina.When Karina begins her sophomore year of college and moves into the apartment that she was supposed to share with Rainey, she learns a few shocking truths from her mysterious and gorgeous blue-eyed neighbor, Eli.One: Karina has been chosen to become a Beckoner—an immortal conduit of the dead who helps safely guide souls to the other side.Two: She’s the reason that Rainey’s soul can’t cross over—Rainey followed her back from death and missed her window to be at peace.Three: Eli is hot. As in swoon-worthy, to-die-for, will-make-you-forget-yourself hot. And it turns out, Eli is a Beckoner, too.Despite her attraction to Eli, the decision to become a Beckoner isn’t an easy one—it would mean giving up her own mortality … her own soul. But if she doesn’t, her best friend will be left to suffer an eternity at the hands of the evil Ceptors, dark creatures that feed on the souls left behind. After all, it’s her fault Rainey is haunting her.Time is running out, and Karina needs to decide: Are love and loyalty worth sacrificing her soul?...

Title : Beckon Me
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Number of Pages : 275 Pages
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Beckon Me Reviews

  • Paula M. of Her Book Thoughts!
    2019-03-20 04:05

    I'm giving away eBooks of this precious on my blog Its open internationally!! Don't forget to read my interview with the author herself!My review will be posted soon.

  • Kelly Rose
    2019-02-20 03:13

    "Oh, my God. You're serious. You're such an asshat!" Any author that uses asshat will earn an automatic 5 stars from me! It just so happens that this book was written beautifully and the plot kept me at the tip of my seat so the 5 stars is completely deserving.I can't say anything without giving away aspects of the book and I don't want to spoil anything for you. I will say that this book was anything but typical. It was so refreshing! I read a lot of paranormal but this was something I've never read before. Just when I thought I had figured out where the book was going, Cindy changed it up. I can't wait to read more books for her and would recommend this book to anyone looking for something out of the norm. Typically, I don't read YA or NA but this book was perfect for cleansing my pallet. I have this in ebook for my kindle but will absolutely be buying it in paperback for my collection, it was that jaw drop worthy! Buy this book, just do it. You won't regret it!

  • Jessica (a GREAT read)
    2019-02-23 00:33

    I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review, I was in no way compensated by this review.Cindy Thomas's Beckon Me is a marvelous addition to the world of Paranormal New Adult. Though it starts off with a somewhat slow pace, it really builds into the story. There's lots of story-building going on in this one. It's definitely going to lead to an epic conclusion in the next and final installment in this duology!Karina has had it rough in recent days. She managed to survive a shooting incident that resulted in her best friend's death. How she survived is unclear really, as she was about to enter the light with Rainey at her side when she was suddenly pulled back to life. What's worse than having survivor's guilt, is that Karina now sees her dead best friend hanging around a lot. She's not sure why Rainey is back to haunt her, but it definitely makes life a lot harder.As I said, the pacing is a bit slow, but we eventually start getting more puzzling questions. Such as the annoying and yet hot Eli who suddenly enters Karina's life. Not only is he a flirt who constantly pesters in her class, but he's also her duplex neighbor, so it's not like she can escape him for long. Eli is definitely a man of mystery because there are more moments than not, where he seems to know exactly what's going on with Karina, though she never tells him point blank.I like how we're able to learn about everything with Karina. She's clueless to what's going on when Eli and her new best friend start telling her about her new options in life. She can either decide to become a Beckoner and help souls cross over to their eternal resting place, fighting evil spirits and such or she can choose to remain human, but continue to see ghosts, and never being able to help them. And since Rainey is the one ghost who is constantly haunting her, let alone her best friend, she is more determined than ever to learn the ins and outs of being a Beckoner and surviving the job. Having Eli as a teacher is just a bonus!I really liked that Karina and Eli didn't have an insta-love situation, though there's always that knowledge a reader gets when you know these two will wind up together sooner than later. And I loved that That anticipation to see when they finally give in to their feelings. But in the meantime, I totally enjoyed their banter. Eli was a flirt, totally snarky and sometimes just downright annoying, but Karina never let it get her down. Sure, she'd blush at times, but she would give it her all with her own comebacks. Gotta love that in a heroine!One thing that I didn't quite like in its execution was the getting to know Eli better. He's filled with so many secrets and mysteries that when someone from his past strolls into town, it makes him all the more mysterious. And yet, when it's time for the sharing moment, I felt almost let down. It was so quick, I felt like I was still missing something. Hopefully this will be something that gets better explained in the next book as to animosity between Eli and this person.Other than that a few minor hangups, this was quite an enjoyable read! I am always eager for a Paranormal New Adult read because I feel like those are fewer and farther between with reads these days. Too many Contemporary New Adult books out there. I love Paranormal YA and of course, the adult Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance, so I like mixing it up on occasion with a New Adult if I can! That's pretty much where my variety comes from these days! LOL!If you're looking for a fresh new Paranormal New Adult read, then I highly recommend Beckon Me as it's definitely got a different sort of character lineup in the paranormal world! Eager to read the final installment too!Overall Rating 4/5 stars

  • Kathy
    2019-03-02 22:33

    New Adult Paranormal Romance. Book 1 in a series but doesn't end it a huge cliffhanger. Unique story-line, likable characters. Content: some language including a few uses of the F word, innuendo, one fade to black implied sex scene.

  • Page Morgan
    2019-03-16 03:06

    Beckon Me hooked me right from the opening pages and I couldn't put it down. The world-building is fantastic and the chemistry between Eli and Karina is hot :-) Their relationship is more than just physical attraction--it's deep and complicated, and definitely dangerous. Loved it!

  • Margaret
    2019-03-16 21:33

    Wow, what a surprisingly fun, sweet read! Cindy Thomas adds her own unique twist on ghosts and what happens to your soul after you die ... and what happens when you get close to dying, but don't. I enjoyed every second of it.To give a bit of info on the plot, Thomas jumps right into it. Within the first few pages, we see how Karina almost dies, and how her best friend, Rainey, does. Fast forward a bit, and Karina is back at school, trying to move on with her life. There's only one problem: Rainey's ghost is hanging around, and she's begging Karina to help her. But this can't be real, right? Ghosts don't exist ... or do they?The pace of Beckon Me is perfect. It never drags, it never feels rushed, it's just the natural progression of Karina's life. She's making new friends, meeting up with old ones, and not to mention her hot neighbor, Eli. But even though Karina is trying to get past that terrible night and continue living her life, Rainey's ghost seems to be getting worse.Karina soon learns that she has to make a choice: stay human but be haunted by ghosts for the rest of her life, or become a Beckoner and help ghosts move on, including saving Rainey's soul. The only problem is, if Karina does decide to become a Beckoner, she loses her mortality, and risks her soul in the process. I really like the idea of Beckoners and their counterpart, the Ceptors. It's a unique twist on a familiar idea, and you can tell that Thomas really took care in her world-building. Not only is there the eternal battle between Beckoner and Ceptor, there's also the bit of mythology and beliefs added in for the Beckoners themselves. There is more to this world than we're shown, but we're hinted at it, and that just intrigues me even more.Okay, I just have to say, I really love Karina's character. She feels so real to me. Her thoughts and actions reflect those of a 19 year old girl, and I really connected with her. She has her doubts and fears, but she's strong, and even though she's scared, she's going to fight. Even when things seem like they can't get any worse, Karina doesn't give up. I love a character like her. She's inspiring.Now, for Eli. I was a bit back and forth on him for awhile, but that's because I never quite trusted him. Well, that's not exactly true. I trust Eli's character, but sometimes I feel he doesn't act in the best interest of Karina (like withholding very important information from her). However, by the end, he won me over. The chemistry between him and Karina is on-point, though. It's intense, and there are definite sparks. I never felt like they we're being forced together. Karina is looking out for herself first, and I like that even though she has feelings for Eli, she doesn't let her whole world revolve around him. I also must say, I wish Gabby could be my best friend. Her and Karina's friendship never feels forced, either, and there's no negative feelings between them. They are both genuine characters that only want the best for each other, and that is an enviable friendship to have. Gabby's a very important character to the story, but I like that, among the serious talks, she adds some relief and lightness to Karina's life.I am so very excited to read the next book in this duology, especially after reading the ending. Action packed with lots of important facts being revealed, I cannot wait to see how Karina is going to face this new change in her life. I was originally going to give Beckon Me 4 stars, but after writing this review and thinking about that awesome ending, I'm bumping it up to 4.5. I need the next book!!Seriously though, I didn't want the story to end, that's how much I enjoyed it. Really looking forward to getting to read more about Karina and the gang. I fear I might go into a book funk waiting for the sequel lol ;)*Oh, just wondering, did anyone read a description on what Karina looks like? I imagined her as the girl on the cover, but that fits in more for Gabby's look, and I can't remember any mention of Karina's hair color, eye color, etc., not sure if I just read over it and don't remember lol

  • Tom
    2019-02-19 01:24

    College sophomores Karina and Rainey are enjoying a night on the town. They close down an art museum, which was featuring a photography exhibit. An excellent photographer herself, Karina especially was enchanted with the beautiful images.On the walk back to the garage where they'd parked, the two stumble upon a couple obviously engaged in a very public intimate activity. What happens next reveals that the activity wasn't consensual, and it gets Karina and Rainey both shot. Karina survives; Rainey doesn't. When Karina returns to college for fall term, she sees her friend everywhere, and every time, Rainey looks a little worse for the wear. Soon, Karina discovers she's not the only one who can see Rainey--as well as other disembodied spirits--and that she might be destined to become a Beckoner, a being whose purpose it is to help souls cross-over to their ultimate destinations. Karina's decision isn't entirely her own. She meets Eli, an impossibly handsome fellow student, and Gabby, who becomes Karina's new best friend. Now, Karina has to decide whether to embrace her role as a Beckoner, or to remain human. It's her choice. If she becomes a Beckoner, she'll be able to help her friend move on to the next realm. She could also encounter terrifying, evil entities called Ceptors, who could damn both Rainey AND Karina to eternal misery.Cindy Thomas's novel "Beckon Me (Beckoner #1)" does an excellent job setting up the mythology for what should prove to be an interesting series. Karina is a perfect heroine. Beyond accepting that she's seeing her dead best friend for real, she's even more skeptical when she finds out about Beckoners, much less that she may be one. When Eli also sees Rainey's ghost one day, Karina can't deny it any longer. Damnation or not, she has to help her friend--Karina owes her that much.There are sparks between Karina and Eli, though Karina finds him arrogant enough not to succumb to his advances. Instead, they work together to prepare for her new role, and for all the dangers she will be facing.I like the triangle between Eli, Gabby, and Karina. Karina is utterly clueless in the beginning why Eli and Gabby don't seem to like each other. As the relationships gel, we can see their respective roles in Karina's life. "Beckon Me" is alternately funny and fascinating, especially as Karina tries to balance her need for Eli's training, with her lust to hone more than her Beckoner skills.As prepared as Karina becomes, she's just not ready when she faces her first challenge, and the stakes are even higher than she imagined.Cindy Thomas has written a compelling novel. It's one of those where I kept saying, "All right, just one more chapter." Then, ten chapters later, I'm still reading. That's the sign of an entertaining book, and that's what Ms. Thomas has created here.Highly Recommended

  • Tonyalee
    2019-03-16 05:31

    See this review and more on my blog, After Hours at Lilybloombooks3.5 starsNew Adult has been a genre that has swept us by storm, making its presence known and is clearly not leaving anytime soon. Personally, I am worn out on the contemporary novels and I have been on the hunt for those very few paranormal romance to freshen things up.. Beckon Me was brought to my attention by a fellow blogger while discussing this - and I was beyond exited for it to hit my kindle on release day.Honestly, I am surprised that this is Cindy's debut novel, because Beckon Me flows naturally and was easy to read and quite enjoyable. The world is fascinating. It's not wholly original but the twists that Cindy has put into place are unique. Also, the book has a lot more depth than you usually see in a paranormal romance and I loved it.I adored Karina. My heart just ached for her, having to pick up the pieces of her life after the shooting that killed her best friend. Not to mention, now haunted by her best friend. I didn't always agree with her decisions and honestly, there were a few times I wish I could have shaken her but she is one of the most selfless characters I have read about in a while. She is tough, self-sufficient and strong.The romance is one major aspect of the novel that I did not enjoy OR connect with and since it has such a strong place in the book, really bummed me out. It took a LONG time for me to warm up to Eli. His arrogance and hot & cold attitude rubbed me the wrong way the entire book. When I did start to warm up to him, it kind of felt too late, ya know? Granted, the change in him was nice but.. I can't really put my finger on it... It didn't feel right. This is one area that didn't feel natural for me. I am hoping in the coming books that I will be able to see their relationship in a new light!Romance aside, I really enjoyed Beckon Me. Such an interesting world that Cindy has created and packs an emotional punch, too. I cannot wait to see what is in store for Karina. I recommend it!

  • Brianna (lebrbria)
    2019-03-19 01:09

    I had the absolute pleasure of reading Beckon Me early and I'm happy to post a review of it! Beckon Me begins with the tragic death of Karina's best friend, Rainey, in which Karina should have died too. And now Rainey is haunting her. Karina is faced with a choice to remain human or become a Beckoner to help her friend cross over. Fortunately for Karina, she has two awesome people to help clarify the options- the ever flirty and sexy Eli and the supportive and understanding Gabby. When I first started the book, I cried. What a way to start a book! Getting choked up over characters you've just met, but you feel the depth of their connection to the point that it breaks your heart to read their fate. I felt Karina's pain every time she had to relive that moment or see her friend. *sniffle* But then you meet Eli and you get distracted by this guy who puts a smile on your face, even though he says inappropriate things. Or maybe it's because he says inappropriate things. Throughout the book, Eli made me laugh out loud, smile, melt, choke up, and even giggle (I loathe the word 'giggle'). He has a way with words, that's for sure. I adored Eli. And Gabby. I also adored Gabby. She was there for Karina during a rough transition and was always unwavering as one of Karina's strongest supporters. I love best friends like that! As the book progressed and Ceptors started showing up, I got sucked into the full impact Karina's decision would have on her and those closest to her. In the end, I think she made a great decision and it's something that made me like her even more. And I also have to say the very ending of the book made me smile in that way a reader who is truly happy for a character smiles. I enjoyed this book and would recommend it to those looking for a paranormal read with a new idea- Beckoners. I would also recommend it to those who enjoy reading about slightly older characters than the average YA while being hesitant about the way the NA market has taken a dive head first into more graphic sex scenes.

  • Mel
    2019-02-18 21:04

    This is the story of Karina a twenty-year-old college girl who after a night out at a gallery with her best friend, both are shot by a guy in a parking lot. That night her friend dies.After Karina's shot recovery she start seeing her friend, angry and hurt. She doesn't understand why her best friend came to hunt her. She thinks it's because she blamed her for her death. But then, in school, she meets a guy. A guy that makes her feel a lot of things.This story is captivating and when you start reading a lot of questions pops up in your head (or at least in mine hahaha), and the answers never are what you expect (and thats awesome!). This book it's really good. I think I'd like a little more of scary thing, since the principal topic are ghost, but for those who scare themself easily it's perfect. Karina it's an amazing character. She's strong, and not dependant on the guy. She's always trying to find the way out of thing by herself and not crying for everything that happens to her. She doesn't run and hide when she knows the truth of what she's seeing, on what's she's becoming to. She never doubt the choices she made. She stand her ground, truth to her beliefs but always open to accept the facts of the other/s. Regarding Eli, what can I say? I loved him! His humor, and his intensity. I laughed with him. He was the perfect match to Karina. I would have liked him to open up a little more and not to keep so many secrets from her, but it's okay, 'cause it's Eli and he's awesome. This book has a little of everything... love, friendship, mystery, sadness, laugh, a really hot guy *winks* I highly recommend it for readers who love paranormal things.I really can't wait to see how all this continues. It is a great book, I'm really happy to be one of the few who've had the lovely pleasure of read it early.Thank you SO MUCH, Cindy! <3

  • Julie
    2019-02-28 02:06

    Though I am an avid reader, I often find it difficult to write reviews. Many times because I can never find the right words to string together to get across what I want to say. But I shall give it a try....First, I like to be completely honest. I am a relative of the author, so you may assume that I would write a glowing review in the name of family. Let me just say you'd be very wrong. I read this book in the very early draft stages, and as Cindy will can attest- I can be.... Harsh in my criticism. I pointed out the many strengths, but could very much be a Ceptor when it came to the weaknesses. Anyway, with that disclosure....I'm not going to get into the plot. It's too easy for me to reveal the whole story. I shall just say, that as a debut novel- I'm hooked. I was completely enthralled by the beginning of Karina and Eli's story. And this is very much just the beginning. I love that Karina is a very strong female character. Yes, she has suffered tremendously, but she refused made the choice to move on with life. Not an easy decision or task. I would have liked a bit more character development of Eli, but I feel that is coming in the next book. (And, no, I don't actually know. I just know how Cindy's mind works better than most- lol). I really enjoyed the very deliberate pace of this book. Exacting details in excruciating clarity leading up to the explosive climax of the epic "battle," and then a satisfying conclusion that still left me biting my nails wanting more (just don't tell Eli!)All in all, great job, Sister Mine. I do believe you've nailed it!!

  • Hannah (The Irish Banana Review)
    2019-02-24 02:09

    BECKON ME is the brilliantly and beautifully written debut of Cindy Thomas. No stranger to the publishing world, Thomas has gleaned a lot of information and it shows as this isn't your cookie-cutter self-pubbed debut. Thomas artfully and skillfully blends her knowledge with a unique story and graceful voice that makes BECKON ME a debut to be reckoned with.Karina is a compelling from the first page. What especially drew her to me was her friendship with Rainey. The way Thomas writes these two is so much fun to dive in to. They are best friends in the truest sense and it shows - their relationship is natural (not without its issues as one is, you know, kinda dead). But Karina grows exponentially as a character from the beginning to the conclusion.The second major selling point for me on this book is Eli (and the line starts HERE, behind me). I absolutely loved him, and his scenes with Karina steamed up my ereader. There are not words to describe my utter love of these two. If you like romance (especially the kind with a paranormal twist), then this is your power couple.I am so tired of the endless supply of contemporary new adult titles that are saturating the market. Thomas provides a fresh, new reality to sink into with this original paranormal. I think readers will really connect with this new author and the start to a remarkable new series.

  • Tequila
    2019-03-07 04:34

    I had started this book, but for whatever reason I quit reading about 30% in, removed it off my book list and returned it. But then there was something nagging at me. I kept thinking maybe I had given up too early or was just in a funky mood, but I needed to give this book a second try. So I did. And I finished the last 70% today and glad that I decided to not give up on this book. Now I'm sad that there's only going to be one more book and that I now have to wait for that book. I can't wait to read more about Katrina and keep my fingers crossed that there will be more than just two books in this series.

  • Brittney Fischer
    2019-03-18 00:09

    Solid 4.5 stars. Great read. And, whaddya know? A heroine that isn't annoying! No silly love triangles, no "I want to strangle you for keeping this stupid secret because you make poor decisions" stuff either. Love. It. Even though it took me a while to get through this book, I thoroughly enjoyed it. Can't wait for the second one. :)Also, don't you just love the cover???

  • Shannon
    2019-03-17 23:15

    Review coming soon.

  • Silvy Herondale
    2019-03-12 01:07

    4.5Can't wait to read the second and last book of the duology <3Italian Review: http://wefoundwonderlandinbooks.blogs...

  • Kelly Hager
    2019-03-21 01:13

    All I want is a sequel.This book is insane in the best way: great plot, great characters, great (swoony) romance...more, please!

  • Marie
    2019-03-15 01:18

    This fantastic New Adult book has just the right mix of college life, friendship, romance, and ghosts!Beckon Me is only the second New Adult book I've tried. I've been hesistant, under the misbelief that New Adult is just YA with sex. Boy, was I wrong! If all New Adult is anything like Beckon Me, its more about the age of the characters (college or very young adult) and the depth of the characters' interactions with each other and with the world.Karina and Rainey, best friends, go out together one night during their freshman year to see a photography exhibit. In an instant, their lives are changed when they come upon a mugging, and get shot. In that instant, Karina learns that souls don't die with the physical body; they cross over into whatever is next. Unfortunately, something goes awry and Rainey's soul doesn't cross over. It lingers, and it's scaring the crap out of her. Essentially "haunting" her.Cindy Thomas has written wonderfully complex characters that the reader can't help but fall in love with. Reading the scenes where the main character, Karina, is hanging out with first Rainey and then Gabby took me right back to my own college days. Not only that, but I truly wanted to be in the apartment with them, eating ice cream, watching movies, or going out to a club to let loose. I think the author did a fantastic job with Karina--writing her character in such a way that we see her internal struggle when it comes to making new friends. Is it a betrayal of her best friendship with Rainey to accept Gabby's friendship? Absolutely not! And are you into romance? There's this lovely slow build between Karina and Eli, the hot guy next door. The sexual tension was killing me! You see, he's not only hot and right next door and a fellow student at Backbay University, he's also witty and ever-present, always making himself right at home with Karina in class or at home. He's her trainer (more on that in the next paragraph), and he's got a great physique (which Cindy Thomas does a fantastic job describing (fans myself)), and there's a hint of "maybe it's forbidden" thrown in. No spoilers, but I will let you know that there's no behind-closed-bedroom-doors scenes, in case you're not into that.As I mentioned, Eli is Karina's trainer. Rainey's ghost keeps popping up in Karina's life, and this is because she's been marked as a possible Beckoner recruit. Beckoners are people who help guide souls to the other side. There are many pros and cons to accepting the job, one of which is that Karina will be able to help guide Rainey's soul, and release her from a purgatory-type place. I thought this was pretty cool: Karina essentially gets to "job shadow" or "intern" with Eli before making the final decision. There are a few months in which they train and talk about all the aspects of the job before she makes her decision. It turns out it's not as straightforward as Karina thinks. You'll be kept guessing until the end whether or not Karina is willing and able to accept the danger!I am so very, very glad I decided to give this New Adult romance/paranormal/friendship book a try, and will be waiting very impatiently for the next book in the duology!

  • Emalie
    2019-03-03 03:04

    I got this book from the author in exchange for my honest opinion.First off: thank you, Miss Thomas, for gifting me this book.It reminded me of the books by Jennifer L. Armentrout and the soul screamer series by Rachel Vincent. It made me feel the same like I always do when I read something of those two authors.I read the synopsis of Beckon Me and I was immediately intrigued and knew I would at least like this. But I loved this.Karina, our main character, was really down to earth and just so normal, you couldn't do anything else than like her. She is quite funny and strong, but also lets down her guard on occasions, which I liked, because I'm kind of tired of all the strong, kick-ass females that are currently overflowing the market. I'm not saying that Karina isn't strong, just that she's not always strong.In the beginning of the story she is struggling to get her life back after a shooting where her best and only friend died. She keeps seeing her ghost, but thinks it's a hallucination. Till Eli asked her how long she was already haunted. Also she has to make a tough choice regarding her life and I'm not sure how I would have chosen, because both sides of the deal had their advantages and disadvantages. She makes her choice in the end and I liked that, because it didn't felt like one of those rushed decisions heroines in other books do and then later regret.He grinned. "I know a lot more about you than you think I do.""Yeah, that only sounds a little stalkerish," I teased, still trying to catch my breath.Moving on to Eli, Karina's mentor, neighbour and something more.Omg, Eli. I loved that guy. He was funny, way too arrogant (that's a good thing ;) ) and really cared for Karina, even though he was always switching between hot and cold when it came to her. If I had to compare him to one of the guys from the two authors I mentioned previous, I would compare him to JLA's Roth - just because they both have kind of an alike attitude."Take my picture."My eyes flew up to his face. "What? No way.""Yes way. I'm amazingly photogenic. And I'm willing to take my clothes off if that's what it takes." He winked at me [...]"Then there is Gabby. She was a fun side character and a good friend to Karina.The story and the character development was so much fun to read. I would practically beg right now to get the second book, because I can't wait to see how Karina's and Eli's story will go on.If you like the writing style of Jennifer L. Armentrout and/or the Soul screamer series by Rachel Vincent give Beckon Me a try.Rating: 4.75 points

  • Nia
    2019-03-04 00:34

    Decently average novel. -REVIEW First Posted on: received a free e-copy of this book from the author, but this did not influence the review in any way-Beckon Me is the story of Karina and Eli, and their unique…abilities and their professional choices. The book starts off when Karina and her best friend Rainey get into a nasty incident which results in Rainey’s death. And now, Karina can see her dead best friend’s ghost. Which is not a very pleasant thing, eh?The book is New Adult, with Karina, our protagonist in college, which is where she sees Rainey all around her, meets Gabby (the human) and Eli (the token hot and mysterious guy who just so happens to be her much needed tutor in the Beckoner Training). I really like the premise of the novel, but unfortunately, when it took 22% of the novel to start getting interesting, that was not a good sign.Karina wasn’t a very good heroine. I found her spineless and shallow several times, very dependent on Eli and oh my god, the guy keeps ignoring you, take a hint and drop interest or at least be a little less blatant! It’s very hard to sympathize with Karina when she doesn’t even make an effort, just lies in her created world of self-pity. Gabby, the supporting character seemed to have more flavour at times and for that matter, so did Eli. In fact, the most exciting the novel was around the end, with the inclusion of Eli’s tutor Drew, who was just sassy enough to pick up the pace of the novel.But even then, nothing major happens.Karina’s actions were probably written as something a grief-stricken friend would be going through, but that failed to come across, especially when she was swooning over the unattainable hot guy living right next door (how very convenient). Oh, and what was with introducing her ex-boyfriend who switched colleges just to be with her? That whole sub-plot fell flat onto its face.Simply speaking, it was the difference in the story idea and the curiosity to see where it would lead was what kept me going. A lot of the times, I was just like “Come on!” – for places that needed more action and for the protagonists.The novel is decently written, an average read. I won’t be picking up the second book voluntarily anytime soon. Because the finale of a fight scene was really not written well, nor was the ending a cliff-hanger, motivating me to pick up the next one. Neither do I care enough about Karina or Eli to read more about them. The insta-love(ish) trope did not really work in this novel.And so a measly three stars, which at this point isn’t a very good rating. There are better NA Paranormal / Romance books out there; I wouldn’t really recommend this one.Until the next one,Nia Carnelio.

  • Macy Klingerman
    2019-02-19 23:15

    I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for a review.First of all, let’s all take a moment to appreciate this gorgeous cover. Holy crap, it’s beautiful. I have a serious crush on this cover.It turns out that my crush extends to this book in it’s entirety, because I absolutely loved it. You don’t come across Paranormal stories in the the New Adult genre very often for some reason, so I was really excited to read a Paranormal with a protagonist that is actually my age.Speaking of the protagonist, I loved Karina. She was so wonderfully sassy and witty, and acted very much like a college aged girl. She’s awkward. She’s inappropriate. She’s still trying to figure things out, especially with all that’s happened to her in recent months. First, her best friend dies when they’re both shot, then she’s introduced to a crazy new world that she never knew existed. There are times when she just gets so overwhelmed, and needs to step away from it all. I give Cindy Thomas major points for allowing Karina to have realistic reactions. She allows Karina to get frustrated, scared, and discouraged.There is romance and this book, and IT’S AMAZING. Y’all know how much I love my Jennifer L Armentrout boys, and Eli totally reminded me of Jen’s boys, in the best way possible. Eli is HOT, and he’s also a sarcastic pain in the ass. Karina constantly finds herself rolling her eyes, or just plain wanting to smack him upside his head. As the proud fiancee to my very own sarcastic pain in the ass, I found myself laughing at some of Karina’s reactions to Eli’s more…unsavory behavior.With a really great, unique world and sexy, snarky characters, I wholeheartedly recommend Beckon Me to anyone who enjoys a good Paranormal Romance. Without a doubt, I give it five out of five stars.

  • Jhed Parico
    2019-03-11 23:25

    Also posted on MY BLOG*I got a complementary copy from the author.HOLY SMOKES. Guys! This book is it. I've never ever been more interested in a paranormal book but this book changed it! It's something fresh, Beckoners, and it will really get you hooked from beginning to end. I cried my eyes just from the beginning. You know that grief? Yes. Grief.When I started the book, I was immediately consumed because of these characters you just met and then they die a tragic death (I basically love people dying in the begging. Kinda harsh, am I not?) and I kind of cried because the connections they show is legit. And then suddenly it breaks your heart and it will leave a hole in your gut and you just want to stop reading and mourn the death of Rainey for a second and continue reading again. That was how it was for me. And not for Karina. And then there are the other characters.I loooove Eli! Eli will make you feel everything, and laugh, and cry. Basically everything. You'll all love the character. I'm pretty sure you'd like his personality. I did. You'd all be crazy about him. I also loved how it ended. You know that satisfaction you get from a really good book? It felt that way so I am really recommending this book , especially to those who love YA/NA. This novel has put the New Adult genre to a whole new level.

  • Amber Swinford
    2019-02-20 22:15

    This debut novel for Cindy Thomas is beautifully done, fresh, and will keep you turning pages until the end (and then chomping at the bit for Book 2!).Karina and her best friend Rainey stumble upon an ugly scene one night that will change (and end) their lives as they know them. When Karina recovers and moves into the apartment she was supposed to share with Rainey, her life is thrown another curve ball in the form of her sexy neighbor, Eli (who I would gladly take off her hands anytime...).From the beginning of the book, friendships play a starring role, and Thomas does a beautiful job of capturing the raw emotions, sacrifices, boundless love, and simple joy of true friendship. My heart broke for Karina and Rainey from the start: Rainey's life is cut short and Karina loses a lifelong best friend AND an avocation in an instant.The chemistry between Eli and Karina is undeniable and steamy, and I never found the progression of their relationship to be fake or forced, which is one of the major issues I have with many of the NA books coming onto the market lately. Kudos to Thomas for managing a believable (and enviable) love story, complete with "real" problems.Thomas has created a truly enjoyable and fresh twist on the reaper myth, complete with ALL the feelings and characters that pull you in for a ride you won't forget!

  • Marty Mayberry
    2019-03-10 00:10

    SPOILER ALERTI LOVED this book. It’s beautifully written and has all the feels. Karina’s a sweet yet spunky heroine I rooted for from page one. I laughed out loud at her wit (especially when she puts Eli in his place) and cried with her when she worried about Rainey. It takes an excellent writer to make me care about a character I only meet for a few pages, but Cindy does this effortlessly with Rainey. I was weeping in the final pages (spoiler) when Karina helps her cross over. I felt so sad for Karina, yet happy for Rainey, all at the same time.And Eli! He starts off with his sexy, playboy exterior, but inside, he’s 100% a kind-hearted, loving guy. I’m so glad he met his match in Karina.I really enjoyed the complexity of the Beckoner role. Such a creative idea. And Cindy weaves in the back story in a seamless way that gives you the information you need without overloading scenes. So, when’s book 2 coming out? *grabby hands*

  • Kim E.
    2019-03-14 22:17

    3 and 1/2 stars. This book had the potential to be a 4+ star book, but in between moments of angst, passion, confusion, purpose, and freaky ghostly action, there was a lot of sitting around and random boring "normal" life.. Which is not what I want in a PNR. The story moved so slooooowly. Which was a damn shame. I ended up skimming through quite a bit of fluff to get to the good stuff - thankfully, the good stuff was actually really good! The characters were appealing and intriguing, the mythology behind the Beckoners was original, the world building was good, the voice was compelling. We're there a lot of holes and unanswered questions? Absolutely- but I'm hoping that those are addressed in the second half of this intended duet. If this really is the author's first attempt at a novel, then she did a fantastic job; the story could just use some tightening up in some areas and some fleshing out in others.

  • Nikki
    2019-03-05 01:13

    Wow! The first chapter of this book Is just "so intense, so powerful", you won't want to put it down!Karina is, let's just say a curious girl with a love of photography. Leaving a showing one night she finds an interesting scene in an alley, one that makes this lovely night into a horrible night. Talk about being in the wrong place at the wrong time, like at the end of a loaded gun. Yikes!That fateful night Karina and Rainey get shot. Unfortunately, Rainey doesn't survive. Now weeks later Rainey is haunting Karina.Karina has a huge choice to make.... and Cindy is brilliant at telling the story that decides Karina's life choice.I highly recommend this little slice of paranormal, that also reflects perfectly on the life we live.

  • Patricia Huynh
    2019-03-17 05:22

    This was a very sweet read and is pretty much everything you want in a paranormal book minus a few details. There premise of the story had lots of potential and Beckon Me met them. At some parts the story got a little slow for my tastes but it quickly redeemed itself by the time the book ended. Eli and Karina were great - there's plenty of characterization for them, however Gabby fell flat.I just wish there was more of a focus on the ghosts, but I guess we'll have to wait for the next book. I think the way they presented Eli, this should have been an NA book instead of YA. I mean c'mon, the guy's about 200 years old but I really did appreciate the time it took for them to build their relationship.All in all, a solid 4.5 stars!

  • Logan LeDuc
    2019-02-26 22:13

    Full Review at This book took me This book took me by surprise. I absolutely loved the plot. I think the idea was absolutely amazing and loved the route it took and the way it ended.What bugged me more than anything was probably the characters. I couldn’t connect at all and unfortunately that ruined the upswing the plot had initially set for me.Even at the end of the first book in this series, I didn’t feel as though I connected to the characters and unfortunately that’s a huge piece of whether or not I fall in love with a book. I was very disappointed that I didn’t love it more because the story was fantastic. It was just the characters weren’t anything that stuck out to me, and won’t stick out to me in the future.

  • Robyn
    2019-02-19 02:34

    A few months after experiencing a traumatic event, Karina must move forward and begin her sophomore year at Backbay University, even if she now sees ghosts. There she meets Gabby and Eli, who each have secrets that involve Karina. Karina must make a decision that will impact her entire life. Will she choose the life that Gabby did or the mysterious Eli? Ignore the spirits or try to help them move on? I loved this book. A mixture of paranormal, action and romance are equally present. I love how determined and strong Karina is, which made for a fantastic read. I seriously can't wait for the second installment and what's in store now that Karina's decision has been made.

  • Brielle
    2019-03-05 22:08

    Perfect.Beckon Me has everything in it that, in my opinion, makes a book great. There is a little something for everybody; looking for romance? This is for you. Looking for a bit of horror? Here ya go. Mystery/drama? Fantastic writing? Look no further. Cindy Thomas seamlessly propels us through the storyline, building towards a climax that does not leave you disappointed and an ending that leaves you craving more. This is her debut novel and I can honestly say she has easily become one of my favorite author's. Anxiously awaiting the next book and I look forward to any other work she releases. Beckon Me is just THAT good.