Praise for Possessed
“In this series opener, Keltner (Obsession, 2013, etc.) writes simply but effectively in the third person, crafting characters from small details while striking a good balance between the story’s paranormal and personal threads.”—Kirkus Reviews
“Possessed (Pagan Light) by JoAnne Keltner is a YA paranormal story with complex characters, deftly written and filled with magical realism.”—Review by Ruffina Oserio for Readers’Favorite
“Written from an engaging third-person perspective, this book was everything it needed to be; dark, hopeful, mysterious, and intense.”—Review by K.J. Simmill for Readers’ Favorite
Calling Jackie psychic makes her cringe. But Jackie’s no normal seventeen-year-old. She picks up emotions from people and objects like a freak. The emotions make her sick, and the guilt she feels for lying to her church when she was twelve causes her to deny her psychic abilities.
But when her jealous friend Trish invites a demon to help her steal Jason’s love for Jackie, Jackie must learn how to use her gift to protect Jason and herself and to heal the negative energies around them. To do so means she must overcome her guilt and accept who she is before the demon claims her soul.
Praise for Spellbound
“The story is simply told yet brought to life with well-targeted descriptive passages, particularly with regard to the Russian characters and rural Russian setting. (The dialogue features quite a lot of untranslated Russian, but this adds to the atmosphere and is contextualized to give the gist.) Jackie herself comes across as less of an individual than in the first book in the series—less of an outcast, more a naïve, love-struck teen—but this regression turns out to be plot-driven; as tension builds and the story ramps up, Jackie at heart remains a protagonist that young readers will invest in.” —Kirkus Reviews
“Spellbound is suspenseful and filled with light, a story that invites readers to a reevaluation of their beliefs and sense of inner freedom. While it is the second in a series, it reads well as a standalone novel, balanced and deftly plotted.” —Review by Ruffina Oserio for Reader’s Favorite
After battling a demon from her great-grandmother’s past, Jackie Turov, a psychic and healer, accepts that all things are possible—even a romantic relationship with the young seminarian, David. But after an elderly church member, an immigrant from Russia, accuses Jackie and her great-grandmother, Babu, of being witches, Jackie questions if Babu was once an evil witch or just someone blessed with healing light. As Jackie sets out to find the truth about Babu’s troubling past, and ultimately about herself, her future with David hangs in the balance.
My Spellbound Playlist
- Kirkus Reviews
- Readers’ Favorite
- K. J’s Athenaeum
- Lynn’s Romance Enthusiasm
- Sapphyria’s Book Reviews
- Manic Readers
- YA Lit Reviews for Teens and Libraries
- Books and Faith
The following reviews are from Goth Girl Virgin Queen, the previous title and edition of this book.