Spirits Rising

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Rachel has no trouble believing in spirits. It's the living she has a tough time believing in. More
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Words: 22,920
Language: English
ISBN: 9781466052659
About Krista D. Ball

Krista D. Ball was born and raised in Deer Lake, Newfoundland, where she learned how to use a chainsaw, chop wood, and make raspberry jam. After obtaining a B.A. in British History from Mount Allison University, Krista moved to Edmonton, AB where she currently lives with her partner, two crazy but likable step-boys, seven cats, and a very understanding corgi.

Like any good writer, Krista has had an eclectic array of jobs throughout her life, including strawberry picker, pub bathroom cleaner, oil spill cleaner-upper and soup kitchen coordinator. These days, when Krista isn’t software testing, she writes in her messy office.

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Review by: Chrystalla Thoma on March 21, 2012 :
With paranormal stories flooding the market, especially those involving angsty vampires in romantic relationships with innocent mortal girls, it’s a refreshing change to read Krista D. Ball’s Spirits Rising.
The protagonist of the story is Rachel. She’s a lovely protagonist – not superhuman, beautiful like a model and thin like a rail. She’s down-to-earth, has a few kilos she needs to lose, has a crush on a man who’s taken, and she can’t fight the supernatural side all on her own. Plus, her Christian neighbors in her small town think she’s a witch and tape flyers about going to hell on her door and don’t want her near their kids.
She’s wonderful. I love her. She’s a real person, with weaknesses and faults, and she doesn’t pretend to be someone – or something – that she’s not. She’s not above asking for help, cursing or drinking to forget her problems. But she’s also human in a very good way – sensitive to kindness, touched by others’ problems, funny in her own snarky way and self-critical. Honestly, she’s one of the big strengths of this story, which, while not very long (it’s a novella, but it’s book 1 in a series, so there will be more!), it paints a world so vivid you feel like you’ve been living there for years.
Exactly this, the vivid world-building, is the story’s other big strength. This is achieved not only through the use of colorful, three-dimensional secondary characters, who have their own problems, sense of humor, beliefs and lives, but also through a deep knowledge of the place where the story takes place.
If you’re like me, then you enjoy stories which take you places and make you feel like you traveled there. If you’ve never been to Newfoundland in Canada, then this is your chance to get to know the place. The author comes from there and it shows in the depth of detail, the terms used, the food and drink culture, the language, the whole feel of place that permeates the story – from the howling, icy wind to the behavior of Rachel’s neighbors. Even just for this, this story is a thousand times worth reading.
Oh and the spirits are unlike any you’ve ever seen. I wish I could say more, but that would be a spoiler...
But I almost forgot the novel’s third big strength: the snarky, funny voice. Fresh and honest, Rachel’s voice carries the story and breathes life into it.
I confess I can’t wait for the sequel to the tale of this quirky heroine. I highly recommend it to all readers who love the paranormal, but also those who like stories grounded in real life, with strong heroines who don’t wait for a prince charming to come and save the day.

Warning: This is not a romance, and it contains no sparkly vampires.

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Review by: Andrea on Feb. 29, 2012 :
This is the story of Rachel, who is sensitive to paranormal activity. She has moved to a small town in Newfoundland hoping to get a little respite from spirits. She is the one teenagers call when they have been drinking and she gives them a ride home so they are safe. One evening she gets a call from a teenager Manuel who has a problem-he has summoned Viking spirits and they are drinking and trashing his parents basement. Rachel, with the help of her 93 year old neighbor Mrs. Saunders, has to figure out how to banish all these Viking spirits plus other spirits that show up before they hurt someone or do more damage.

This novelette was a quick read and there is definitely room for more in the series. Mrs. Saunders was my favorite of the characters. I would like to see Rachel develop more into a heroine instead of appearing to always need help. Overall I liked the story and will be looking for more from this author.

I received this ebook free through LibraryThing member giveaways in exchange for an honest review.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Birgit Walraet on Feb. 28, 2012 :
Rachel has a special bond with what she calls "the Other", the world of spirits. Her gift is a blessing and a curse. It is one of the reasons why she came to the outback of Canada, as far away from everything as possible. When the son of the local religious zelot brings a bunch of viking spirits back to our world and calls upon her to help him get them back to where they belong, all hell breaks loose. Together with her bone old landlady and her best friend in the Canadian mounted police Rachel has to do everything she can to get everything back to normal.

The main character of the book is slightly eccentric, with a lot of self-mockery and humor. The book is well written, the setting very credible thanks to the smart use of local references, the side characters are of flesh and blood. You read it in a heartbeat and that is its weak spot: the book is so short you just know there could be much more to it. The story has too little to be called a book but you can't but look forward to the next episode.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Scooby2 on Feb. 15, 2012 :
I won this from Library Thing. This was a great fast paced ghost or "spirit" story. I enjoyed the town being overrun by Vikings and other spirits all due to the fact that a teenager thought it would be cool to call them forward to help him and how they were put back where they belonged. This story left room for there to be more in the series. I wish they would be longer though. I definitely recommend this series to others.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: rhonda laney on Feb. 05, 2012 :
Review Spirits Rising by Krista D. Ball
Spirits Rising is book 1 of the Spirit Caller Series.
Rachel can feel the supernatural. Thier are those in her comunity that call her a witch and demon worshiper.
The teenagers know if they are drunk she will come and give them a ride home, rather than have them drive drunk. Manuel O'Toole called because their were a lot of people in his basement drinking and his parents will be coming home soon. He needs help getting rid of them. They were Vikings ghosts in the flesh and drinking.
It was interesting short novel, that left a lot of strings for a more stories. Like who abanded her as a baby. The guy she likes is her good friend but he has a girl friend. Would like to see where the next novel would go.
I was given this ebook in exchange of honest review from librarything.
PUB 2012
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

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