Author Chloe Miles
Series: The Faded Trilogy
Genre: Paranormal, YA
Publication date: August 24th 2012
Pages: 392 (paperback)
Source: received from author
"Savannah wanted to kiss him, but she had never even kissed a human guy before, let alone a ghost. How was she supposed to kiss him if he wasn't really there?"
Savannah has never been in love before, but she's in love with Hunter Emmerton. He's cute, funny, charming... and a ghost. How can you date someone if nobody else can see them?
When seventeen-year-old Savannah Fraser and her three friends are killed in a car accident, they are given a second chance at life by a group of century-old earthbound spirits who need their help.
Savannah learns she is a Chosen One, which means she can switch between human and spirit form, heal people, and control the weather - and she is also now invincible.
The Chosen Ones are the only ones who can defeat The Forces - a trio of evil half-spirits who are slowly destroying the perfect little town of Fort Everwich with violent storms and not-so-natural disasters - and stop them from harming everyone they care about.
The Forces are set on destroying everything Savannah knows and loves, but they also have a more sinister plan - they want a new member to join them. They won't give up until they get the one they want - and they have Savannah firmly in their sights.
But what Savannah didn't count on was falling in love with Hunter. She's never loved anyone the way she loves Hunter, and she knows he loves her, too. But how can they be together forever if he no longer exists and she's the only one who can see him?
Will Savannah have enough belief in herself to defeat the Forces, or will they be able to lure her to the dark side and turn her against her loved ones - and tear her and Hunter apart?
When the author approached me with the question if I wanted to read Faded I didn’t hesitate a moment. The blurb of this book sounded really interesting and I couldn’t wait to find out more about the Chosen Ones and The Forces.
The beginning of the book was rather slow. The first few chapters were rather unnecessary, they were too introductory. It took quite a bit too really get into the story. But the story progressed from there on and it all culminated in a great ending. One of the things why it was hard to really get into the story was because the author constantly switched from point of view. Sometimes it took me a couple of lines until I realized that she had switched, so that was a little annoying.
The plot was rather a classic one, Good versus Evil. But to be honest I still feel like I need to see the real Evil. The Evil ones in this book are another set of ‘chosen ones’ who have gone rough. They want control of the population of the town. Yes the cause some heavy storms but they never really hurt anyone. So I don’t see how they can gain power when they don’t take any action. Maybe we are going to see more of this in the next two books, I certainly hope so.
There were a lot of characters and we all get to meet them in the beginning of the book. It could have been confusing, often it is when you get to meet a lot of characters in the first few pages. But not this time, the author described them well and it was clear who is who. The characters were likeable, I especially liked Hunter a lot. He was such a sweet guy and he always knows what to do to make someone feel better. And most importantly he never loses fate in someone. Savannah the other main character was likeable as well. She might not be my favorite character ever but I liked her well enough. I especially loved her love for her family and friends. She’s really loyal to them and she would do anything do them to protect them. One of the thing I loved the most about the characters was that they were all so different form one another. But at the same time they completed each other so well and that was so great to see.
Overall the book was good, while it might not be a page turner it did make me want to find out what was going to happen next. I am excited to see what will happen in the next two books and I hope to learn more about the Chosen Ones and The Forces. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes YA paranormal books, especially Ghost stories.