Dana Michelle Burnett spent most of her life writing short stories and sharing them with family and friends. Over the years, her work was published in numerous commercial and literary magazines including Just Labs, Mindprints: A Literary Journal, Foliate Oak, and many more. Her short story John Lennon and the Chicken Holocaust was include in The Best of Foliate Oak 2006.
Dana Michelle's Spiritus Series introduced the idea of a ghostly romance and became a Kindle bestselling series. She's an avid reader of anything dark and romantic. Dana Michelle lives in Southern Indiana with her dancing diva daughter and an assortment of pets.
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on Feb. 20, 2012 :
Enjoyable Read. This YA paranormal begins with Becca, 17 years old, moving to a new small town with her dad, and starting a new school year. When Becca and her new friends have a séance at her house they raise a ghost, Alastor. Alastor has been waiting for Becca, she was his wife in his time. Now Becca has to find out what happened between Alastor and his wife all that time ago. She finds herself trying to balance her normal life with her past and future life with Alastor.
I enjoyed Spiritus, Dana Michelle Burnett is a very descriptive author. I imagined myself there with Becca throughout the whole book.
(reviewed 32 days after purchase)
on Dec. 20, 2011 :
The story opens with teenage Becca and her dad driving to their new home, a house that's been in the family for generations. There has been a tragic loss in the family, and they are trying to make it in a new place, a new life.
Becca seems to be the average awkward teen, a bit shy and self-conscious. Alastor is a ghost, barely older than Becca, who died a century ago.
My first chapter impression (as taken from my notes): I love the attention to detail, right down to the doorknobs. It really makes me feel as if this house, this town, is another character in the story. Becca seems to be a teenager that you could easily relate to. Her sadness and fears are conveyed so well, I feel great empathy for her.
In the beginning of this book Becca is meeting all of her new classmates, and she makes some new friends. One of them being the high school hottie, Jonah. At first I was torn between Jonah and his beautiful good looks and Alastor. But that all changed once Alastor started showing his deep and true emotions.
"I have loved you in life and beyond"
*sigh* Who doesn't dream of that kind of everlasting devotion? I can tell you one thing, Alastor may have been dead for a century, but that man has some lines and moves that could make the toughest of girls swoon. I was Team Vampire, then Team Wolf...this novel could nudge me to Team Ghost!
And speaking of ghosts... I was very nervous about this book when I received it for review. How could a modern girl fall in love with a century old ghost? How could he love her back? Dana Michelle Burnett effortlessly makes this a seamless transition. There were times I could actually forget Alastor was a ghost. But then those simple reminders would pop up, and you wonder "How is this going to work???" I had to stay up late reading, I couldn't put the book down - I had to know.
This book went by entirely too fast for me, I want it to go on and on. The writing is beautiful, the scenery is gorgeous. The emotions in the book... they are heartfelt and sometimes just heart wrenching. They are strong. And they will leave you hungry for the next book, I'm sure of that.
(reviewed 55 days after purchase)
on Dec. 05, 2011 :
Spiritus is the first book in an exciting new young adult, paranormal series, by author Dana Michelle Burnett. I enjoyed this suspenseful and romantic read. I loved the characters Burnett created and the history of the home she placed them in. Spiritus is the type of book that captures your attention from page one, while the rest of the world slips away.
The tale is about seventeen year old, Becca McAllister, who moves with her father back to his ancestral home in Corydon, Indiana. She and her new friends perform a unsuccessful séance in her home. Later that same evening, she awakes to feel a presence in the corner of her room. It’s the ghost of a young man, named Alastor Sinclair. Unsure of the ghost's intentions and her own dreams, Becca researches the ghost and her home. At the library she finds a startling connection to herself. The story that unfolds is romantic, sad, and mysterious.The romance in this novel is sweet, innocent, dark and dangerous. The ending is a bit of a cliff-hanger and will leave you wanting more.
Becca is a strong character, who fights to maintain a balance between her life and her time with Alastor. She is a bit of a loner, but finds herself suddenly with friends. She isn't very confident about her appearance and is shocked when the school jock shows interest in her. Alastor is handsome with gorgeous blue eyes and a devastating smile. You feel for him, but are never really sure of his intentions. He wants to keep Becca all to himself, feels guilt regarding the past and is extremely jealous.
I highly recommend Spiritus, to fans of YA, paranormal romances and ghosts stories. Burnett’s shares a tale about a love that survives beyond death. I thoroughly enjoyed the plot of this novel and look forward to reading the next book entitled the Haunting. I am hoping that her second novel is longer in length and more detailed. This was a quick, fast paced read, which is sure to please. This novel is currently only available as an eBook.
I want to thank the author for this ARC, in exchange for my unbiased review.
(reviewed 41 days after purchase)