Monday, February 13, 2012

The Haunted by J.A. Templeton - Review

The Haunted by J.A. Templeton
A MacKinnon Curse novel, book 2
Published January 2012

After battling a malevolent ghost that held the spirit of her friend Ian MacKinnon bound to the land for two hundred years, sixteen-year-old reluctant psychic, Riley Williams, felt as if she was finally easing into her new life in Scotland.

Or so she thought.

Laria, the spirit of the witch who had cursed Ian wants revenge for Riley's interference and she's bringing along friends--dark entities who thrive on evil.

The one bright spot in Riley's world is Ian's descendent, Kade MacKinnon, who could easily be Ian's modern day twin. The parallels between the two guys are undeniable. As Riley's relationship with Kade blossoms, she begins to realize Laria has grown in her power since their last confrontation--a power that could very well manipulate the living just as effectively as the dead.

My Review:
The Haunted picks up where The Deepest Cut ends. I'm not going to say much about The Haunted because I don't want to give any spoilers for anyone who hasn't yet read The Deepest Cut. Riley has just met Kade MacKinnon, who was away for vacation over the summer when Riley first moved to Scotland. Kade is Ian's descendent, and the resemblance to Ian is striking. Riley feels as if she already knows Kade, and she easily falls for him. However, she doesn't understand why Laria is still tormenting her since Ian has moved on.

I thought The Deepest Cut was amazing, and J.A. Templeton did not disappoint with The Haunted. The romance, mystery, and suspense are continued in this second book of the series. This one does go more into the hot scenes than the previous one and is recommend for older YA due to that and other content such as language and drugs. I, for one, have mixed feelings about how far these scenes should go with it being a YA novel; however, I still really enjoyed it. I was easily caught up in the story, and the suspense kept me turning the pages for more. I feel as if I am invested in Riley and her life, and I cannot wait for the next book of this series to find out what happens next. I would definitely recommend this series to anyone who enjoys YA paranormal romance.

A copy was provided by the author for review.

About the author:
J.A. Templeton is the YA pen name for romance author Julia Templeton. THE DEEPEST CUT was her debut YA novel, and the first of The MacKinnon Curse series. THE HAUNTED is the second of The MacKinnon Curse series. Aside from writing and reading, J.A. enjoys research, spending time with family and friends, and traveling.

You can find J.A. on her website, Twitter and Facebook.

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