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Review: THE NINE: ORIGINS by Kes Trester

About the book:

Eighteen-year-old Blake Wilder usually hides her ability to see pivotal moments in other people’s pasts and futures, but when a premonition compels her to save a classmate’s life, she’s drawn into a centuries-old paranormal society on the brink of civil war.

As she struggles to find her way within a world of political intrigue and shifting alliances, her path is complicated by a budding romance with Nicholas, the chancellor’s son, and her attraction to Jessie, a man who makes up the rules as he goes. However, Blake will soon learn the truism that all is fair in love and war, especially when power is at stake.

When she witnesses a series of bizarre murders that have not yet occurred, it’s not long before the killer learns of her visions. Blake must decide whether to trust her head or her heart in a race to unmask the murderer before she is the next to die.

Review by Christina Boyd:

A fast-paced contemporary paranormal intrigue that is as much about confidence and self-worth as it is about falling in love. Likable but flawed young adults struggle with their supernatural powers at the political level of centuries-old paranormal society. Emotionally charged prose with historical references adds context to the epic story that is sure to come in this nine book series. The Nine: Origins is more than urban fantasy for young adults but the young at heart. Author Kes Trester is my new automatic download.

About the author:

A native of Los Angeles, Kes Trester is a veteran of the film and TV commercial business. Her well-reviewed debut novel, A Dangerous Year, has been optioned for film/television. Her next book, the contemporary YA fantasy The Nine, will be released by Owl Hollow Press in the fall of 2022 with books two and three in the series scheduled to release in 2023 and 2024, respectively.

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