Friday, August 21, 2015


Publisher: Soho Teen 
Pub. Date: September 1, 2015
Genre: YA PNR
Source: E-ARC
Rating: 4.5 Stars

Jillian Cade doesn’t believe in the paranormal. But her famous professor father does, and now that he’s gone, she decides to milk his reputation—and all the suckers who believe in the stuff—to open a private investigation firm. After all, a high school junior has to take care of herself, especially if she’s on her own.

Ironically, it’s when she takes on a case that might involve a totally non-paranormal missing person that things get strange. Particularly when Sky Ramsey—a new boy at school and an avid fan of her father’s—forces his way into becoming her partner and won’t shut up about succubi, of all things.

Before Jillian knows it, she finds herself navigating both her growing feelings for Sky and a sneaking suspicion that the poor saps she’s been scamming know something she doesn’t. Yet.

Jillian Cade : (Fake) Paranormal Investigator, took me completely by surprise. I don't know what it was that I expected, but it wasn't that. The beginning started off pretty slow but once it picked up, I didn't want to put it down. This is Supernatural for the YA crowd. Throw in monsters, some romance, and a broody main character, and voilà, you get Jillian! I'm excited to see that there will be another book. The farther along I got into the book, the more I worried about how everything would eventually wrap up. By 90% I came to the conclusion that there just had to be a second book coming. 

Jillian Cade is a learned con artist; conning people into believing she's a paranormal investigator. All that she does is all learned from the man that birthed her. And right about now, he's left her in the care of her aunt and uncle. At the start of the new school year, Jillian gets a case that seems all too real. Throw in the new boy, Sky, who uses Jillian's own defenses to partner with her on the investigation of finding a missing college boy. But then they learn that maybe the paranormal and unexplainable may exist. Can Jillian be swayed away from her skepticism and become a true believer? What's Sky's endgame and why is he so hell bent on helping her? 

I had so much fun reading this story. Even though the beginning could have sped up a little bit for my taste, I enjoyed the story immensely. At first I thought that maybe this would be considered a YA contemporary novel but it is in fact a YA paranormal romance. But the romance does take a backseat to the story as a whole. The heroine, Jillian, is strong and doesn't take crap from anyone. I truly think readers will enjoy diving into her world. 

Overall, I loved this so it goes to say, I definitely recommend reading the book! I'm hoping it doesn't take too long for book two to get here because I want to be back in this wonderful world the author has created. Plus, I'd like to see where she takes us as we try to gain more answers. (Also I want to see more of Sky, he's pretty dreamy - hint, hint)

*Thank you to the publishers for providing a copy for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 

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About the Author-
adult novels, I am a writer for Grey’s Anatomy on ABC.
I also wrote other stuff, like the movie The Choking Gamefor Lifetime and a whole… bunch… of… cartoons.
I used to write logic puzzles for PennyPress.
If you’re looking for an actual bio, you can get that here.
Or if you wanted to know how I started writing YA books, that’s over here.

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