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First Impression (Shadow Maven, #1)

Author: Pauline Creeden

Author website: http://paulinecreeden.com

Published: March 31, 2014

Publisher: AltWit Press

Format: E-book (.mobi) *received for honest review*

Reading Challenge: Goodreads

Genre: Young Adult

Category: Paranormal Fantasy






Chira Kelly thought she didn’t need anyone…until she met Ben.
Because of one ugly rumor, Chira lives as an outcast at her school. Which is fine with her, because she works better alone. Always has, always will. And at least she has her one and only true friend, Tasha. When Tasha insists that they join a group to visit a possibly haunted abandoned old schoolhouse, she's wary, but joins her friend. Because of that decision, their lives are in jeopardy as a malevolent spirit targets the group. Tragedies and accidents pick them off one by one, and Chira finds herself drawn to the one person who can see the truth. But can he protect her?
*A Young Adult Paranormal Romance - Urban Fantasy with a blend of Mystery*




First Impression begins as your typical high school where there are the popular kids and the those that are given names that do not necessarily portray who those people really are, but to stay off the radar of bullying and such the main character Chira Grimes and her best friend Tasha Brown just let the popular kids and the rest of the school believe what they want to believe. Then enters a mysterious, aloof new boy with a pet owl, an old schoolhouse building that used to be the original place of prep school Jackson Hall, a rumored ghost, mischievous and curious high school students. What is the common denominator of all these things, that would be Chira Grimes. She befriends Ben, our mysterious boy with an unusual ability and his pet owl named Steve and she is persuaded by her best friend Tasha to follow several others into the old schoolhouse to find a ghost.... First Impression emphasizes the social issues that arise in teenagers, as far as bullying, stereotyping, and self-esteem. It also, shows how one can overcome such judgements and be individually themselves. First Impression is a story about friendship not only between two best friends Chira and Tasha but also friendship through letting your guard down and trusting that someone has your well being in their best interest, Chira and Ben. Additionally, First Impression is about not everything you see or think you believe is always what it seems. Ten students entered that old schoolhouse, they split up into two groups and went to go look for a ghost.... After that night five of the ten will never be the same; of the five two die, the rest well read the book and find out that not everyone is who they say they are.... In this novel you will have friendship, a simple kind of love, mystery and even times of creepiness and all those elements make for a GREAT story!