Reveal (Cryptid Tales)

Rated 4.14/5 based on 7 reviews
Life is hard enough for Shay Tafford, growing up without her father, but it's made more difficult due to the fact that she speaks to the dead; and they speak to her. More
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Price: Free! USD

Words: 48,330
Language: English
ISBN: 9781465711304
About Brina Courtney

Brina Courtney is a young adult author obsessed with chocolate, crime shows, and fantasy movies. She lives in a small town in Pennsylvania with her husband and two very loud, small dogs.

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Review by: Marwa Ahmed on July 20, 2014 :
"The human cell is something to be admired. It adapts to survive in the most unusual circumstances. Splicing occurs when you mix animal cells with human cells, which results in what some scientists call a para-human, a type of cryptid. A cryptid can be described as a paranormal being with some animal-like traits.

3.5 stars.

This story is about Shay, a high school senior, who has the ability to see and to hear ghosts. She has a ghost friend called Jeremy who appeared the night that her Dad disappeared. She also meets a college guy called Hugh who reveals her destiny.

This was an enjoyable read. but, I really think that this book should have been longer.
Everything seemed to happen so fast that I didnt feel like I had time to get to know any of the characters.
However, I love the plot and the 2nd half of the book is very well thought out with some good twists and turns.
I'm looking forward to read the sequel Capture,
And I want to read and the prologue Ignite, I would love to know more about Jeremy and his tasks
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Melissa Crowe on May 11, 2013 :
Brina Courtney's writing style is so effortless and free flowing that I could read absolutely anything she writes.

Reveal was a great introduction to Shay and Hugh and the prophecy that binds them together.

I felt a little let down by her mother, she was just a little to easy going and almost blase, but made out to be firmer than she actually was.

Great story though and I will have to get the rest of the series to see where it goes because the cliff hanger at the end of this one left me hanging.
(review of free book)

Review by: Christina Condy on Sep. 11, 2012 :
I received this book from the Author for my honest review... That being said my first response is OMFG!!! This book has it all...

This story is a coming of age sort of story. First we have Shay who is 18 years old, her father went missing
when she was only 7 years old. Then we have the ghost who Shay first saw the night her father disappeared and who aged along with Shay and who at age 15 she banished (by accident). Then we add in the steaming hot Hugh. Add in a prophecy and we have a major story plot!

Now if that isn't enough we have to add in the fact that Shay is a Cryptid. A Cryptid..."The human cell is something to be admired. It adapts to survive in the most unusual circumstances. Splicing occurs when you mix animal cells with human cells, which results in what some scientists call a parahuman, a type of cryptid. A cryptid can be described as a paranormal being with some animal-like traits." In Shay's case she can not only see ghosts but also speak to them and touch them. We also find out that Shay's father was also a cryptid and he was also a geneticist. (How much trouble can that lead to? well I won't tell you'll have to read it to find out!)

I won't go into too much detail and give the story away. But suffice it to say that Hugh and Shay go through a LOT in a very short time period. This book kept me reading and it made me want to scream when I got to the end and went OH NO A CLIFFHANGER!!! But then I happily discovered that her second book is already out and I plan on getting my grubby hands on it ASAP!

So that in itself tells you how great this book is. Take it from me this is a definite pleaser, it has everything that makes a story great including the characters seeming so life-like. There emotions are perfectly written so you the reader can feel what they feel. I highly recommend this book to EVERYONE! Young and Old Alike!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Erika Thirkill on Aug. 27, 2012 :
Truly enjoyed this book! I read it in a few hours! The characters were likeable. Loved the main characters, Shay and Hugh. I loved how quickly the story was "up and running!" I also liked the interactions between Shay, Hugh and the ghosts.

I'm excited to read the next book and would definitely recommend it to my other paranormal loving friends!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: RyaSama on Aug. 13, 2012 :
A missing father, a ghostly friend, and an ancient prophecy. These add up to one good story. Shay and Hugh know they are destined to fulfill the prophecy, but will they succeed?

The story is a little slow at points, but is well written and enjoyable. I do wish there had been more development with the relationship, instead of 'bam'.

Also, curse you cliffhanger!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: jessicadstampe on Dec. 19, 2011 :
3.5 stars

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I liked this book. It introduces us to a world where ghosts are pretty commonplace, but only a certain type of person (a cryptid) can interact with them. In REVEAL, ghosts are more like your invisible friends than creepy bastards trying to suck the life out of you (which made it easier for me to read). The main character's best friend is actually a ghost.

The book starts off with Shay interacting with these ghosts to figure out what happened to her father. He disappeared when she was little and she's spent the past few years trying to figure out if he's alive or dead. As the book goes on, she realizes that there's more to her ability than just talking to ghosts. She must use these abilities in order to fight the evil-thing, the darkness. She has the help of a cute guy named Hugh, who has a few secrets of his own.

REVEAL leaves you with a lot of questions, which can be a positive or a negative depending on if you like mystery. I'm a very curious person, so I don't like having to wait for information. (My few attempts at reading mystery drove me bonkers.) There are a few things I'm unsure of, such as the science mentioned in the book or what the bad people really do. We get a good idea in the book, but I want to see some destruction firsthand so I can know the true horror! The book does leave you with a cliffhanger, so I'm assuming lots of my questions will be answered in the sequel (which I intend to pick up).

All in all, I’d recommend this book to anyone who likes a good ghost story. At just under 50k words, it’s a perfect quick read for a rainy afternoon.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Amy on Dec. 17, 2011 :
Reveal follows the story of Shay, a high school student that has been through a lot. Her Father went missing when she was a young girl and ever since that night, life hasn't been the same. Shay was close to her Dad and to this day, they don't know what happened to him. Since that night, Shay has been able to communicate with ghosts. Specifically a boy named Jeremy, who we were first introduced to in Ignite. He lived in a orhpanage until someone burnt it down and all the kids inside were killed. Now they are all ghosts carrying out certain tasks.

Jeremy has been Shay's best friend for many years, that is until they have a fight and she unknowingly banishes him. Forced to spend more time with living people Shay makes friends with Olivia, who she now spend the majority of her time with. During their trips to the coffee shop they come across a boy named Hugh. Who she later finds out is like her, he even knows more about it than she does. Shay discovers that there is a whole tribe of people just like her, Cryptids. People who can see ghosts or change into cats. As their relationship grows Hugh's parents realise that they could be the Cryptid couple of the prophecy. The couple that is supposed to defeat the "darkness."

I found the story to be intriguing and pretty unique as stories these days go! I liked Courtney's writing style and found it to be a fairly quick read. The pacing of the book was a little bit fast in parts, a little slow in others, but the other elements of the story definitely make up for it.

Shay is a very like able character. She is a fairly normal teenage girl, here is no mention of her being an outcast or popular, she is just your average girl. This I liked, so often the main character is incredibly 'uncool,' then all these things start happening to him/her and they make friends with one or more of the popular teens. Shay and her family have been darkly effected by the disappearance of their father and husband. Entirely understandable. They are moving on with their lives but there are still unanswered questions that are keeping them down. As the story develops we see Shay discover things about herself and the people close to her that she never knew.

Hugh is the love interest in the story. He's a college boy, while Shay herself is still in high school. As the story progressed I found Hugh to be pretty full on as a character. Shay is the reason he is in town (I won't say much, I don't want to spoil any surprises!) even before Shay knew he existed.

Both Shay and Hugh were left with room to develop both as characters and in their relationship, I look forward to seeing this in the next book in the series.

One thing I will say though - That ending? I did NOT see that coming!! I really thought that it would be your typical happy ending to the first book in a series. Though there were still plot lines that were left open at the point in time of the ending things had died down. Or so I thought. Until the final sentences of the novel! This was very well done! Just when I thought the story was coming to a close, it gets blown wide open!

This is only the second book I have read primarily about ghosts and I was not disappointed! Courtney has done a great job of leaving her readers hanging! I can't wait to find out what will happen next!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

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