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Reviewed by Anne-Marie Reynolds for Readers' Favorite
Bait (Order of the Spirit Realm Book 1) by Kasi Blake is a paranormal story with a difference. Let me ask you, do you believe in monsters? Bay-lee does. After all, she’s been running from them for eight years, living different lives in different towns. Until one night when she receives two strange visitors. The first one is a rock star – a dead one – who doesn’t seem to like Bay-lee for some reason. His name is Tyler Beck; she didn’t like him when he was alive, and she doesn’t think much of him now. Her second night visitor is a reaper, come to warn her that people die on their birthdays. Bay-Lee is Van Helsing's daughter and, out of the blue, he arrives to take her to his school, a school for hunters. She’s been waiting for this and she’s ready to train. Her mentor? None other than Tyler Beck, or Nick Gallos as he’s really known. Bay-lee faces danger at every turn. Starting life as Bait, she works hard to move up to hunter status but it’s going to take more than she has ever faced before. And, she didn’t bank on falling in love either. Tragedy strikes more than once; can Bay-lee face up to the danger or will she back down and run?
Bait (Order of the Spirit Realm Book 1) by Kasi Blake was a great read. I have to be honest and say I was expecting a Harry Potter type of book but I couldn’t have been more wrong! It’s full of twists and turns, secrets, betrayals, everything you could possibly want in a book that is, quite simply, unputdownable. I did have an idea who I though the killer was halfway through, but I was totally wrong. And I definitely didn’t see the ending coming either, and that to me is the mark of a good storyteller. Kasi has written an excellent, action packed book here, with amazing characters and an even better storyline. I would love to get my hands on the next book in the series and I guarantee any reader will feel the same – so drawn to the characters and to the story that you won’t rest until you read the next instalment.