Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Faded (The Faded Trilogy #1) by Chloe Miles.

Reviewed by Tempest.

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?

After 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 hundred-year-old teenage earthbound spirits who need their help.

Savannah and her friends learn that they are The Chosen Ones, which means they can switch between human and spirit form, heal people and control the weather. And they are also now invincible.

The Chosen Ones are the only ones who can defeat The Forces - a group of evil spirits who are slowly destroying the perfect little town of Fort Everwick 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 another plan - they want a new member to join them. They aren't willing to give up until they get the one they want...and they have Savannah firmly in their sights.

Savannah had never been confident in herself before, but with her new-found powers, she discovers just how strong herself and her friends really are. 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?


I loved the idea behind this book. Teenagers who were able to switch from ghost form to solid ones reminded me of Danny Phantom a show on Nick that my little brother used to watch. It was actually a pretty entertaining show, so I was looking forward to reading it. I was actually pretty disappointed however. While the story idea drew my attention, the actual execution of it did not. Within the first chapter I couldn't help but wonder when things would either 1.) finally pick up, or 2.) be over. The grammar was pretty bad, and because of it it was hard to buy in to any of the characters, or their cause. Another thing is that nothing really ever happened. All of the important scenes were cut too short and all of the unimportant ones were given way to much time. The car crash for instance in the beginning, I would have liked to see more to that. They bought into the whole, "You're now the Chosen Ones" way too easily. And then she just went home like everything was alright? I just couldn't get into it. If the writing style was done a little better then maybe the story would have had a flow to it. I do think though because this idea is such a good one that there is still a story here. The author should just take some time to flesh it out, and maybe work on improving her writing style a little. If that happened, I would try to read this again.

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