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Bestseller List Entries Amazon.com: #1 Horror/Occult #2 Science Fiction & Fantasy /Fantasy/New Adult College Amazon.UK #5 Horror/Occult Finding Esta is a paranormal mystery with an urban fantasy twist! For Luna, each day is not about living and succeeding, but about survival. Luna has never been popular, in fact, even her parents loath her. She can hardly blame them; h Bestseller List Entries Amazon.com: #1 Horror/Occult #2 Science Fiction & Fantasy /Fantasy/New Adult College Amazon.UK #5 Horror/Occult Finding Esta is a paranormal mystery with an urban fantasy twist! For Luna, each day is not about living and succeeding, but about survival. Luna has never been popular, in fact, even her parents loath her. She can hardly blame them; her psychic issues do make her a little odd and her only friends -- Flo and Ada- are Shadows who exist inside her troubled mind. Although the normal world is all she's known, it's a place where she's never belonged, nor been understood. For Luna, each day is not about living and succeeding, but about survival. That is, until her work as a journalist leads her to investigate the disappearance of baby Esta, snatched from her home over twenty years earlier. Soon, our psychic heroine stumbles upon a series of revelations in a clandestine realm of vampires, weres, and magical alien-supernaturals. Revelations that make her oddities appear perfectly banal in comparison, and obliterate every preconceived idea of the normal world. Her hunger for truth drives her forward. Yet the constant physical changes, the undefined blood in her veins, the heightened power of psychic gifts she's always hated, and an ache to finally belong somewhere, to someone, all force her to make discoveries about herself she could never have imagined. Ignorance may be bliss, but the truth will set Luna free, if only she can face it. "Finding Esta is the tumultuous tale of one extraordinary woman's journey of self-discovery within a supernatural underworld." Choose to read Finding Esta either as ONE LONG PRINT BOOK, or as TWO SUBSTANTIAL e-BOOKS: Finding Esta (Part One): Urban Fantasy Paranormal & Mystery (The Supes Series Book 1) eBook: Amazon.co.uk http://iurl.no/2240d Or Amazon.com http://iurl.no/2e3n1 Finding Esta (Part Two): Paranormal Urban Fantasy & Mystery. (The Supes Series Book 1) eBook: Amazon.co.uk: http://iurl.no/3j5d9 Or Amazon.com http://iurl.no/40b53 Or all in one PRINT: Finding Esta: The Supes Series Book One: 9780957519411: Amazon.com: Books http://iurl.no/r86cr Already own it on Kindle? ***You can get the update for the second edition of this book (if you already own an older copy) by going to Manage Your Kindle. Find Finding Esta' in your Kindle Library, click on the Update Available link next to the book's title, and then follow the update prompts. All your devices that have the eBook currently downloaded will be updated automatically the next time they connect to wireless.*** READER BLURBS: A few readers thoughts about this book: "The true source of her empathy is mind blowing." By Book Reviewer: Wandalyn Thomas "It's a great tale that's part Nancy Drew, part Harry Dresden, and part Underworld, with a dash of Weapon X thrown in for good measure." By Author: Tom Win-ship "Be ready for things you will not expect." By Kathryn Bennett for Readers' Favorite "Finding Esta is an urban fantasy tale with a riveting plot that hooked me from the very first page. It is the first installment of Shah Wharton's Supes series and cleverly weaves both mystery novel and supernatural tale together." By Valerie S. Fowler: Book Reviewer "Can't wait for the next one. Truly amazing story best book I've read in a long time I hope the next one comes soon." By Wrainbeau: Books Reviewer [AUTHOR REMOVED THIS SERIES FROM SALE]


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Bestseller List Entries Amazon.com: #1 Horror/Occult #2 Science Fiction & Fantasy /Fantasy/New Adult College Amazon.UK #5 Horror/Occult Finding Esta is a paranormal mystery with an urban fantasy twist! For Luna, each day is not about living and succeeding, but about survival. Luna has never been popular, in fact, even her parents loath her. She can hardly blame them; h Bestseller List Entries Amazon.com: #1 Horror/Occult #2 Science Fiction & Fantasy /Fantasy/New Adult College Amazon.UK #5 Horror/Occult Finding Esta is a paranormal mystery with an urban fantasy twist! For Luna, each day is not about living and succeeding, but about survival. Luna has never been popular, in fact, even her parents loath her. She can hardly blame them; her psychic issues do make her a little odd and her only friends -- Flo and Ada- are Shadows who exist inside her troubled mind. Although the normal world is all she's known, it's a place where she's never belonged, nor been understood. For Luna, each day is not about living and succeeding, but about survival. That is, until her work as a journalist leads her to investigate the disappearance of baby Esta, snatched from her home over twenty years earlier. Soon, our psychic heroine stumbles upon a series of revelations in a clandestine realm of vampires, weres, and magical alien-supernaturals. Revelations that make her oddities appear perfectly banal in comparison, and obliterate every preconceived idea of the normal world. Her hunger for truth drives her forward. Yet the constant physical changes, the undefined blood in her veins, the heightened power of psychic gifts she's always hated, and an ache to finally belong somewhere, to someone, all force her to make discoveries about herself she could never have imagined. Ignorance may be bliss, but the truth will set Luna free, if only she can face it. "Finding Esta is the tumultuous tale of one extraordinary woman's journey of self-discovery within a supernatural underworld." Choose to read Finding Esta either as ONE LONG PRINT BOOK, or as TWO SUBSTANTIAL e-BOOKS: Finding Esta (Part One): Urban Fantasy Paranormal & Mystery (The Supes Series Book 1) eBook: Amazon.co.uk http://iurl.no/2240d Or Amazon.com http://iurl.no/2e3n1 Finding Esta (Part Two): Paranormal Urban Fantasy & Mystery. (The Supes Series Book 1) eBook: Amazon.co.uk: http://iurl.no/3j5d9 Or Amazon.com http://iurl.no/40b53 Or all in one PRINT: Finding Esta: The Supes Series Book One: 9780957519411: Amazon.com: Books http://iurl.no/r86cr Already own it on Kindle? ***You can get the update for the second edition of this book (if you already own an older copy) by going to Manage Your Kindle. Find Finding Esta' in your Kindle Library, click on the Update Available link next to the book's title, and then follow the update prompts. All your devices that have the eBook currently downloaded will be updated automatically the next time they connect to wireless.*** READER BLURBS: A few readers thoughts about this book: "The true source of her empathy is mind blowing." By Book Reviewer: Wandalyn Thomas "It's a great tale that's part Nancy Drew, part Harry Dresden, and part Underworld, with a dash of Weapon X thrown in for good measure." By Author: Tom Win-ship "Be ready for things you will not expect." By Kathryn Bennett for Readers' Favorite "Finding Esta is an urban fantasy tale with a riveting plot that hooked me from the very first page. It is the first installment of Shah Wharton's Supes series and cleverly weaves both mystery novel and supernatural tale together." By Valerie S. Fowler: Book Reviewer "Can't wait for the next one. Truly amazing story best book I've read in a long time I hope the next one comes soon." By Wrainbeau: Books Reviewer [AUTHOR REMOVED THIS SERIES FROM SALE]

30 review for Finding Esta: #1 The Supes Series

  1. 5 out of 5

    a_tiffyfit

    Review to come. Book tour! I loved how this book grasped my attention immediately. It was a puzzle to figure out as you read. What IS she? Is she a psychic? An empath? Just someone with psychometry? Is she a vampire? Why can she SMELL this person who is trailing her? Is she ever going to grow out of this infuriating meekness? As Luna stumbles her way to learning more about the Whelan family, she discovers herself. And then discovers that the new Luna is still not who she is. And stumbles upon a Review to come. Book tour! I loved how this book grasped my attention immediately. It was a puzzle to figure out as you read. What IS she? Is she a psychic? An empath? Just someone with psychometry? Is she a vampire? Why can she SMELL this person who is trailing her? Is she ever going to grow out of this infuriating meekness? As Luna stumbles her way to learning more about the Whelan family, she discovers herself. And then discovers that the new Luna is still not who she is. And stumbles upon a new discovery. And just as it looks like she has a handle on it, she is ambushed again! The only detraction to this book are grammatical errors that had me stumbling out of reader zone. The story kept me interested, the characters made me react (loathing, enchanted, growling at them, etc. What? You don't yell at the characters in the books you read? lol). The tendrils Luna describes as her empathy is an apt description for this book's plot as well. There are players at hand and sticky fingers everywhere covering motives, hiding truths, and lying in wait with a sinister, menacing feel. You are worried for Luna at the same time as wanting to strangle her. I enjoyed this book so much! I cannot wait to read on and see what Luna does, see what she discovers, how she is going to save herself, and if it will be Drew or Abby or someone totally new that just sees her as Luna - not a warrior, not a leader, not a prophecy, but Luna.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Jane Geddis

    This novel combines one the most complicated characters combined with a refreshing twist on aliens and supernatural to come into my eys in quite awhile. While I'm not a reader who minds coming across a book that reads like a good television show (predictable but engaging) my barrier for that standard is the ubiquitous Kindle buck. $2.99 is a fair price for originality. Spend it here. Esta begins as an intensely screwed up character who can relate to know one on an intimate level and is addicted t This novel combines one the most complicated characters combined with a refreshing twist on aliens and supernatural to come into my eys in quite awhile. While I'm not a reader who minds coming across a book that reads like a good television show (predictable but engaging) my barrier for that standard is the ubiquitous Kindle buck. $2.99 is a fair price for originality. Spend it here. Esta begins as an intensely screwed up character who can relate to know one on an intimate level and is addicted to pleasing her critical and passive aggressive family. Chapter four is a great intense interior monologue of transformation experience by her through contact with her "otherworldly" friend. I think what makes this work is that many characters get to their ability to communicate with the supernatural through being "oversensitive". Author Shah Wharton flips that and Esta gets there primarily by being cut off from the real world, giving the book a extra dimension of fright because it's all so schizophrenic.

  3. 4 out of 5

    ERIN SCHMIDT

    Before I read Shah Wharton's debut novel, I'd read a few of her short stories, so I knew she was a talented storyteller. From the beginning of 'Finding Esta,' I sympathized with Luna, the heroine. Luna's a sickly early-20-something with numerous allergies, including allergies to the sun. She can't touch anything without gloves because it's so painful. Her mother and stepfather treat her awfully, not understanding her special gifts. Luna hears the spirits of the dead in her head, sees ghosts and Before I read Shah Wharton's debut novel, I'd read a few of her short stories, so I knew she was a talented storyteller. From the beginning of 'Finding Esta,' I sympathized with Luna, the heroine. Luna's a sickly early-20-something with numerous allergies, including allergies to the sun. She can't touch anything without gloves because it's so painful. Her mother and stepfather treat her awfully, not understanding her special gifts. Luna hears the spirits of the dead in her head, sees ghosts and auras, and knows the history of every object she touches. Nicknamed "Rat," Luna has one bright spot in her life, her job as a journalist in the little village of Snape. Her job causes her to go off in search of a mystery: the disappearance of baby Esta from a burned-out house in Cornwall. What Esta discovers in that house in Cornwall turns her world upside-down. Wharton weaves a compelling story that hovers between reality and unreality, repeatedly lulling the reader with a set of assumptions that turn out to be completely false. Parts of Luna's journey reminded me of Dark Lover, the first book in J.R. Ward's shockingly addictive Black Dagger Brotherhood series. Other parts are vaguely reminiscent of other urban fantasy narratives, yet the whole is refreshingly original. It reads like a really good mystery; we find out what becomes of Esta, but only after an extended and fascinating red herring. Luna Dukes isn't like any other paranormal heroine I've ever read, and there are some really fun tweaks to the usual paranormal mythology. Although two candidates for Luna's love interest appear in this novel, they never compete against one another, and Luna keeps a level head when it comes to her budding passions, even when surrounded by chaos. She's so sensible when it comes to attraction to the opposite sex - it's a refreshing change. Paranormal romance is my favorite genre, but I'll have to wait till at least the second book to see if Luna finds a partner who accepts her on her own terms. If you're not into romances, don't worry - it isn't the main focus of the novel.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Julie

    Finding Esta by Shah Wharton is the first book in the "Supes" series. This book was released in December 2012. WorldSync in the publisher. There are 360 pages. Luna is an empath. She has had a very difficult life. She can't be outdoors in the sun, her parents are cruel, her only friends were "Shadows" (ghost), and she is incredibly awkward socially. She is employed at a newspaper, and when a story comes to her attention that involves a family that vanished and a kidnapped child, Luna decides to l Finding Esta by Shah Wharton is the first book in the "Supes" series. This book was released in December 2012. WorldSync in the publisher. There are 360 pages. Luna is an empath. She has had a very difficult life. She can't be outdoors in the sun, her parents are cruel, her only friends were "Shadows" (ghost), and she is incredibly awkward socially. She is employed at a newspaper, and when a story comes to her attention that involves a family that vanished and a kidnapped child, Luna decides to look into it. She hopes that she will uncover the truth and make her parents proud of her- finally. But when Luna begins her investigation it leads her on a grueling path to self discovery. Luna comes face to face with her destiny and is ill equipped to deal with it on an emotional level. However, she doesn't have a lot of time to stop and reflect. She has to be strong and do the right thing for herself and the future. Luna learns she has an inner strength she never knew she possessed. But, she still yearns for a real family that loves her just the way she is. This is an adventure story, a paranormal romance, a story full of symbolism and allegory, sad, touching, and an absolute page turner. When you read this book you may feel a bit empathic yourself. I could feel Luna's pain, dealing with her awkwardness, her being different from others, her desperate desire to be loved, and the determination to rise to the occasion and fight for her life and do the right thing. As we left Luna, we know that her journey has really only just begun. I can not wait for the next book in the series. The writing is vivid and bold, very descriptive and the reader is easily drawn into a world like no other. Overall this one gets an A.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Karon Budding

    Thoroughly enjoyed this book, I thought I'd worked the plot out half way through but was thrown for a loop! Very clever and original. Fits happily on my kindle alongside Sylvia Day, Lizzie Ford and Kristie Cook.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Heidi

    Luna longs to be normal and to be loved by her parents. Unfortunately, she is far from normal, and her parents basically ignore her. Luna at least has her two shadow companions, Ada and Flo. Without them she would be truly lost. Luna is a journalist on the hunt for a great story. She receives a tip on an interesting lead from her hairdresser involving a missing child named Esta. Her family supposedly died in a mysterious and tragic fire. Luna decides to investigate, not knowing that she is about Luna longs to be normal and to be loved by her parents. Unfortunately, she is far from normal, and her parents basically ignore her. Luna at least has her two shadow companions, Ada and Flo. Without them she would be truly lost. Luna is a journalist on the hunt for a great story. She receives a tip on an interesting lead from her hairdresser involving a missing child named Esta. Her family supposedly died in a mysterious and tragic fire. Luna decides to investigate, not knowing that she is about to embark on a journey of self discovery. She will soon find some of the missing keys to her past, and she will learn that she is even further from normal than she had ever imagined. Will Luna find Esta? What I Liked: *I had no idea I was picking up a vampire type book when I started Finding Esta. These days, I am over the whole vampire fad. At first when all the typical vampire talk started, the blood drinking and so forth, I was a bit put off. I have never been a fan of all the detailed discussion of blood drinking, and this book had a bit too much detail for my taste. That being said once I got beyond the traditional vampire stuff, I was surprised to find some truly interesting and unique ideas as far as the whole vampirism thing goes. I won't give away too much but this book has vampire type were creatures and alien vampires. I thoroughly enjoyed the new take on vampires. *Along with the fresh vision of vampires, there is also the two shadows, Ada and Flo, who live in Luna's head. I found both of these characters to be fascinating. They are somewhat like ghosts, but they don't like to be called ghosts. They can disappear at will into the Shadowlands, which as far as I gathered, is one of the realms of the deceased. I enjoyed getting to know the two shadows and I hope they will be more present in the next book. *Finding Esta is a unique and interesting book with some innovative ideas regarding vampires. It is unlike anything I have read before, and I was pleased to read something original. There are so many twists and turns, and I was completely surprised by many of the developments. Just when I thought I had firm footing on the ground and a grasp of what was going on, Ms. Wharton throws in a few wrenches and yanks the rug out from under me. You won't see it coming and you will be blown away by the stunning revelations, especially when it comes to Luna's true identity. Don't pick this up expecting the same old same old vampire book. And The Not So Much: *I hate to seem overly critical, and I don't want to discourage anyone from giving this book a chance by saying this, but the book still needs a bit of polish and editing. The read isn't completely clean as there are some errors. Mostly I noticed the misuse of homophones. Nothing horrific, but it is only fair to warn you up front. Some of the story could be cut down because there is a lot going on and at times I was overloaded and lost. I am certain with a little more editing, this book can really shine. *As I mentioned earlier, I wasn't a fan of all the blood drinking discussions. There is also some violence and gore at the end. Nothing is over the top, but fair warning, this book is for older readers. *Finally, the book ends on a cliffhanger and there are lots of unanswered questions. The ending isn't overly dramatic or frustrating, but then again, just when I thought I was getting some answers the book ends. Finding Esta was an interesting book that presented some original ideas regarding vampires and supernatural entities. It is a solid beginning to a series despite having a few flaws. If you are a fan of vampire books and are looking for something that is completely different, take a chance and read this one. Favorite Quotations: "In Mimicane, the moon sits next to the sun, just as your need to love sits next fo your fear of it----a handsome contradiction in any woman." "The scar of heartbreak, when too often reopened, can never heal. It also remains pitifully close to the surface, ready to bubblye over into tears at any moment." "Greatness lurked beneath cloth and flesh, beneath today, buried in yesterdays, opening up to tomorrows." I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own and I was not compensated for this review. Rainy Day Ramblings.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Proserpine

    I'm a bit ambiguous about this story so I will do my review with what I liked and what I disliked. I don't want to write something negative, but this review is from my POV and the things I might dislike shouldn't discourage you from reading it! Something I didn't like, might be something you like! What I liked about this book: The story itself was quite entertaining and refreshing in its own kind of way. We all have read about ghosts, vampires, aliens, werewolves (...) stories, so there's nothing s I'm a bit ambiguous about this story so I will do my review with what I liked and what I disliked. I don't want to write something negative, but this review is from my POV and the things I might dislike shouldn't discourage you from reading it! Something I didn't like, might be something you like! What I liked about this book: The story itself was quite entertaining and refreshing in its own kind of way. We all have read about ghosts, vampires, aliens, werewolves (...) stories, so there's nothing special about that, but the way the author bring the readers to discover all the mystery and paranormal elements is fascinating and thrilling. Luna's life with her parents was sad but also a great prequel to what Luna could become from her past with these two persons. At first I thought something horrible happened between Luna's and her parents but later, the reader will understand their implications in Luna's problems and I really liked how everything ended up with Jack and Helen! I really liked to read the interaction between Luna and Flow and Ada, I liked the fact that she could see them and truly interact with them as if they were really there. They are true friends for Luna, which help her a lot to going through life. Abby was a really mysterious character. At first I was eager to learn more about him and what was is true intention toward Luna. Then, when we realise his nature and his purpose, I was in love with Abby and I wished he would find in Luna something more. The creativity Shah Wharton is great but also really complex. I like the fact that everything seems to fit even if after reading all the book you probably tell yourself, like me, that there's a lot (A LOT) in this book that shouldn't have fit, but it does! What I didn't like about this book: It was weird to read about Luna's thoughts and her dialogues with Flo and Ada (the Shadows). It was different from the typical exchange Luna has with other characters and it was sometimes disturbing. I found that Luna was sometimes acted and reacted like a real bitch toward everyone who disturbed her in comfort situation; she's a brilliant girl but not necessarily a real beauty and every ones who confront her on these two subjects will know the deep of her thoughts. (Not really, but the reader will, ouch!) Her reactions toward Abby were extremely contradictory; one time she's begging him for kisses and when Abby is ready to do it and even more, Luna turns into a nun and doesn't want anything to do with Abby, like he's some kind of freak or something else. Her fear might be understandable, but at least give him a chance! The ending was weird but I understand why the author chose this kind of open ending. But as a reader, all I can think about was: is it real or not? The thing I didn't like was the fact that it was really hard or taking quite some time to undercover the true about a fact or another and sometimes I started to lost interest, but the mystery surrounding Luna strange behavior, finding what happened to Esta and mostly the sexy stranger stalking Luna was enough to keep me reading until the end! I recommend this book to every YA paranormal/mystery lovers. They will love to undercover the reality of Luna and what happened to the little Esta!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Diana (Offbeat Vagabond)

    Original review here: http://offbeatvagabond.blogspot.com/2013/06/finding-esta-blog-tour-review-finding.html Finding Esta is a story that follows a young woman named Luna. She is an empath who tries her best not to get into contact with people. The only friends she has are dead and one resides in her head. They are ghosts, well Shadows. The one in her head named Flo uses her as a host. Luna is a journalist and hears about a cold case that would make a great story for the newspaper. Luna may be fa Original review here: http://offbeatvagabond.blogspot.com/2013/06/finding-esta-blog-tour-review-finding.html Finding Esta is a story that follows a young woman named Luna. She is an empath who tries her best not to get into contact with people. The only friends she has are dead and one resides in her head. They are ghosts, well Shadows. The one in her head named Flo uses her as a host. Luna is a journalist and hears about a cold case that would make a great story for the newspaper. Luna may be familiar with the Shadows, but her discovery reveals there is much more out there. Stop and just take a second a stare at that cover. How gorgeous is that? That was the first thing that caught my attention (well, duh) then I read the summary and I was dying for even more. Boy was this book a treat. Our main character Luna is a very sheltered girl. Her ability as an empath and her allergy to the sun has made her quite the outcast. It has also sent her to the psych ward due to her insane parents. When I say insane, I truly mean insane and evil as hell. I could not believe just how vile they are. I could stay here all day and talk about how much I hate them, but there are other things to talk about. Like Flo, Luna's ghost friend. I loved her. She didn't hold anything back and was a true best friend. We learn that Luna is a Shadow host. She helps Shadows stay out of the Shadow Land where spirits stay after they have died if they have unfinished business. Along with that, she is an empath is is able to feel other people's emotions very easily especially when she touches something. Her empathy really kicks in when she senses she is being stalked but a very strange man and worse, it seems she is getting attracted to him. She thinks she is stupid for doing so, but he seems to be constantly helping her. She doesn't know why though. Wharton is some major new talent. I love her writing style. I was hooked from page one with this book. The way this story is paced is amazing and the plot is incredible. I love how complex this story is. Luna decides to take the plunge and actually leave her town to investigate this 20-year-old case. I love where this book goes. I had no idea where the hell Wharton was taking this story, but I love the twist. It is quite brilliant. To say you will be entertained is an understatement. I loved this story. I am trying hard not to spoil, but this is a must read. You will love Luna. You instantly feel her pain and connect with her. You will love these characters and the story. This is such an original read and I loved every minute of it. This is one of my favorite reads this year so far. If you are looking for an innovative New Adult read, look no further.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Lynelle Clark

    An interesting well written plot with as many twist and turns that it was sometimes hard to stay on track. This was by far a very exhausting book to read. No time to relax and just enjoy as evil, lies and truths are discovered from page to page. Never ending and I wondered how the poor woman could still stay sane through out all the never ending changes in her life. Luna Dukes already suffering from abuse as a child under her parents hands, just wants to be touched and loved by them, accepted. A An interesting well written plot with as many twist and turns that it was sometimes hard to stay on track. This was by far a very exhausting book to read. No time to relax and just enjoy as evil, lies and truths are discovered from page to page. Never ending and I wondered how the poor woman could still stay sane through out all the never ending changes in her life. Luna Dukes already suffering from abuse as a child under her parents hands, just wants to be touched and loved by them, accepted. Allergic for the most basic of things like touch, sun and food. But at the end the worst betrayal came from them. Their sickening parental skills drowning out all the other cruel and evil things done to her. Plagued by dreams of fires and stalking strangers. Always searching for her taking her on a path to search for Esta. When she finally met with the loitering stranger Drew, her guardian angel she felt at peace for the first time. But this was no ordinary angel. This was a..... well I can not reveal to much of the book. It is best to enter the competition or buy the book at the end. But be prepared it will not relax you when reading. It will leave you exhausted, pondering at the evil of people and their devices. To make things even more bizarre was the ever present Shadow's Flo and Ada followed by Stephen. Who literally lived in her head, supporting her, giving her advice. Warning her of impending danger. With a ever present hunger she did not understand yet vomiting when eating normal food. When she finally became the person she was suppose to be she only craved BLOOD. Transforming her from a wilting woman always hovering in the shadows to a strong, powerful person. With a real father and mother unknown to her but yet parting unnatural genes to her that made her a Freak in the worst sense. Always developing to even greater freakness. I must admit I never saw that coming from just reading the blurb but yet it was almost fitting in the plot and who she was as a person. Keeping the story entertaining in it build up to the end. The story leaves you with a cliffhanger that says there is more to come for the woman with a unknown past and even a greater unknown future. Clinging to hope as her only companion in a world that did not make sense.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Cynthia HALL

    A beautiful, well-written tale, Finding Esta is a modern-day Gothic tale of a young woman who’s been victimized her entire life. Beaten, called horrendous names, sent to a strange doctor who performed tests on her, ridiculed, mocked and outright hated–all of this by her very own parents–Esta grows up as a young woman who wants her parents to love her. Her tenacity in attempting to find favor with her evil parents carries through to her job as a reporter. Author Shah Wharton has such a beautiful w A beautiful, well-written tale, Finding Esta is a modern-day Gothic tale of a young woman who’s been victimized her entire life. Beaten, called horrendous names, sent to a strange doctor who performed tests on her, ridiculed, mocked and outright hated–all of this by her very own parents–Esta grows up as a young woman who wants her parents to love her. Her tenacity in attempting to find favor with her evil parents carries through to her job as a reporter. Author Shah Wharton has such a beautiful way with words that I was disappointed when the story was over. I’m a great fan of the old, horror stories like Dracula, Rebecca, and Wuthering Heights where the young, innocent woman is slowly being driven crazy by those around her. Finding Esta felt very reminiscent of that genre–a wonderfully creepy story perfect for a night snuggled under the blankets. Unlike the older versions, however, this story has many peripheral characters that charm and add dimension to the plot. The paranormal aspects of this story are realistic and brutal. This isn’t your Cinderella story Sister!! I don’t do spoilers so I can’t really tell anything about the plot but I can say that there are Vampires, Aliens, Werewolves, Ghosts, and other interesting creatures, including super hot guys, roaming the moors. As odd as this seems, it works to create one of the most well-crafted alternate worlds that I’ve read in a long time. Wharton has a head for detail and the brains to bring it all together. Plus, she writes as if she knows what it’s like to be the outcast, the one who watches everyone else enjoy life. I have to give this five plus stars because I can NOT WAIT to read the next book in this series. I just have to find out what happens with the huge, motorcycle hunk and Esta;)

  11. 4 out of 5

    Home. Love. Books.

    To read this review and others like it check out my site at www.ufreviews.com Finding Esta was an interesting read. I thought there were some elements that made the book unique and enjoyable and some elements that I personally thought needed a bit of work. Luna as a character has a rather disturbing history, and you can't help but to feel sorry for her and what she has gone through. But it is her history that makes her who she is and provides some sense to why she is the way she is and why she d To read this review and others like it check out my site at www.ufreviews.com Finding Esta was an interesting read. I thought there were some elements that made the book unique and enjoyable and some elements that I personally thought needed a bit of work. Luna as a character has a rather disturbing history, and you can't help but to feel sorry for her and what she has gone through. But it is her history that makes her who she is and provides some sense to why she is the way she is and why she does the things she does. However, I do have to say Luna, while complex, is sometimes a little bit unbelievable for me, but never so much so that it detracts from the plot. The writing in the book is pretty solid. The author is really good with descriptions and is good at setting a scene for the reader. There is a lot to be said for painting a picture with words. On the other hand there is a lot going on in the book at all times. There is not a lot of downtime for either the readers or the characters. While this is good, in that it is never boring, I could easily see how some readers might find everything hard to follow, or that the is just to much going on for it to be a truly enjoyable read from start to finish. The book ends in a cliff hanger, and I know that a lot of people don't like reading books with cliff hangers, so I put that out there for those of you who hate it. But for those of you who like series, the cliff-hanger will probably leave you wanting the next book in the series, and this is going to be a series, so you are in luck. Overall I think for the first book in a series it was a decent effort, and I think a lot of urban fantasy readers will enjoy the book. I hope to see the authors writing progress as the series continues.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Christine Rains

    Luna's only friends are the Shadows inside her mind. She has no one else, and her parents hate her. Struggling to get through each day, she decides to do a story on a cold case about the disappearance of a girl named Esta. Her investigation leads not only to Esta's past, but the hidden world of supernaturals. Luna's already fragile mind threatens to break with every shocking new things she learns. Her discoveries might be too much for her, but if she can face the truth, her life might have more Luna's only friends are the Shadows inside her mind. She has no one else, and her parents hate her. Struggling to get through each day, she decides to do a story on a cold case about the disappearance of a girl named Esta. Her investigation leads not only to Esta's past, but the hidden world of supernaturals. Luna's already fragile mind threatens to break with every shocking new things she learns. Her discoveries might be too much for her, but if she can face the truth, her life might have more meaning than just basic survival. This is a paranormal thriller with a romantic edge and the first in The Supes Series. It moves at a slower pace than many paranormals, but there's a great deal of amazing world building going on. Shah Wharton has created a fascinating hidden world of vampires, werewolves, fey, and aliens. The latter is a unusual twist to the typical story. It's twined with the familiar old tales wonderfully to bring the reader something highly original. Being the first book in the series, there are a lot of explanations and history, but I didn't mind one bit. I was enthralled. Luna is a character full of flaws but with a surprising strength. Her growth is slow, fitting the pace, but the woman has a lot to deal with! The whole cast of characters is wonderfully varied. There are those that I thoroughly loathed like Luna's parents, and the others that I adored like the Shadows (a.k.a. ghosts, but don't call them that!). The story starts as a small, tightly woven ball into an immense and complicated plot. It ends with a cliffhanger and promises great things for the series. I can't wait to read more!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Thomas Winship

    In Finding Esta, Shah Wharton introduces Luna, a young reporter beset by abusive parents, Shadows, and a seeming slew of physical infirmities … yet armed with an innate goodness and an inexhaustible well of determination. Prompted by her hairdresser—of all people! some might say … but we all know how persuasive people brandishing sharp objects can be—Luna plunges headfirst into a decades-old missing person case. Little does she know that the case will have a far reaching impact on her own life. I In Finding Esta, Shah Wharton introduces Luna, a young reporter beset by abusive parents, Shadows, and a seeming slew of physical infirmities … yet armed with an innate goodness and an inexhaustible well of determination. Prompted by her hairdresser—of all people! some might say … but we all know how persuasive people brandishing sharp objects can be—Luna plunges headfirst into a decades-old missing person case. Little does she know that the case will have a far reaching impact on her own life. It’s a great tale that’s part Nancy Drew, part Harry Dresden, and part Underworld, with a dash of Weapon X thrown in for good measure. Does Luna gain more than she loses along the way? You be the judge. I couldn’t help but laugh as she struggled with questions that have stymied great minds throughout history, like: Why is it all the good girls love a bad boy? and Why can’t I just be a journalist and have hot sex with hot guys and get drunk on the weekends? I’ve been asking myself questions just like that for a long time. Sigh. Still, I loved the nod to Mary Poppins and seeing “gutted” used as an adjective instead of a verb. Such a cool word. But my favorite line was, The ego of a God, the wit of a goldfish, and I loved how Luna resolved her differences with her parents. Call me … maybe? … No! Call me cruel, but I found that part particularly satisfying. Overall, Finding Esta is an enjoyable, creative read that manages to satisfy, while tantalizing just enough to leave you wanting more. I recommend it to fans of YA, PNR, and the like.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

    This was a pretty good read for me. I had a hard time keeping up in the beginning because there was alot of information the author was trying to present. About 1/4 of the way through the book it finally clicked for me and I just couldn't put it down. This book has a mix of everything Twlight fans enjoy, you have the vampires, weres and a love story with someother new twist thrown in that are truly unique. Luna is someone who always felt that she didn't quite fit in. She can't tolerate sunlight an This was a pretty good read for me. I had a hard time keeping up in the beginning because there was alot of information the author was trying to present. About 1/4 of the way through the book it finally clicked for me and I just couldn't put it down. This book has a mix of everything Twlight fans enjoy, you have the vampires, weres and a love story with someother new twist thrown in that are truly unique. Luna is someone who always felt that she didn't quite fit in. She can't tolerate sunlight and has psychic abilities. She is a budding journalist that agrees to help a friend find out a cold case about Esta who was stolen from her parents long ago. The story leads Luna to find out that she is not who she thought she was and her world has been turned upside down. With her struggling to find out what the truth is she has learned that she may have a few identities of her own. Will she find out who her true parents are, who the stranger is that has taken to following her or what happened to baby Esta? There is only one way to find out pick up your copy today and jump in.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Kristy Centeno

    Once again I am extremely glad that I had the opportunity to pick up yet another New Adult novel because they only seem to keep getting better and better. I mean, I really thought I had this story all figured out and then everything changes and I’m thrown into a complete loop. I wasn’t expecting the amount of twist in this story, but after reading through the whole story I came to appreciate how unique and fantastic it was. I love it when an author thinks outside the box. Stories like these are Once again I am extremely glad that I had the opportunity to pick up yet another New Adult novel because they only seem to keep getting better and better. I mean, I really thought I had this story all figured out and then everything changes and I’m thrown into a complete loop. I wasn’t expecting the amount of twist in this story, but after reading through the whole story I came to appreciate how unique and fantastic it was. I love it when an author thinks outside the box. Stories like these are much more appealing to me this way and Finding Esta was definitely about a mile away from the box. Connecting with Luna was fairly easy for me. I could relate to her from the very beginning and found her to be even more intriguing as I moved forward through the book. Overall, I found Finding Esta to be very entertaining and attention grabbing. I had no problem at all understanding the plot and I’m definitely looking forward to the next installment to this great series.

  16. 4 out of 5

    OrchardBookClub

    The plot of this paranormal story was easy enough to follow. In reading a few other reviews, I saw that some people found it difficult to stay into the twists and turns; however, I felt that it all flowed really well. Luna is an empath who uses her newfound talents to look for a kidnapped child. In doing so, she learns a lot about herself. Luna finds herself in being able to communicate with supernatural spirits. I think this book holds a lot of potential for a lot of different readers. It’s abo The plot of this paranormal story was easy enough to follow. In reading a few other reviews, I saw that some people found it difficult to stay into the twists and turns; however, I felt that it all flowed really well. Luna is an empath who uses her newfound talents to look for a kidnapped child. In doing so, she learns a lot about herself. Luna finds herself in being able to communicate with supernatural spirits. I think this book holds a lot of potential for a lot of different readers. It’s about self-learning but also has that paranormal edge that a lot of people (like myself) find appealing. Very good read. ~ Crystal

  17. 4 out of 5

    Pat aka Tygyr

    While I found the story engaging, the constant misuse of the words "prophecy" and "Prophesy" had me putting the book down frequently in constant frustration. For the record and to all authors - "Prophecy" is a noun. It is always a noun, a thing, and NEVER a verb! "Prophesy" is a verb. It is an action verb. It is never a noun. One prophesies prophecies. Never ever the reverse! There I feel much better after my little rant. Luna is a sad, fascinating, and evolving main character. She is picking her While I found the story engaging, the constant misuse of the words "prophecy" and "Prophesy" had me putting the book down frequently in constant frustration. For the record and to all authors - "Prophecy" is a noun. It is always a noun, a thing, and NEVER a verb! "Prophesy" is a verb. It is an action verb. It is never a noun. One prophesies prophecies. Never ever the reverse! There I feel much better after my little rant. Luna is a sad, fascinating, and evolving main character. She is picking her way through lies and truths about her true identity. What is true and what isn't? Who is trustworthy and who isn't?

  18. 4 out of 5

    Kathlyn La

    This was a stunning novel of self discovery and a lots of stuff. So many twist, I found this book adventurous to read. I got hooked with the story. I'm looking forward to reading the next book in the series. I can't wait to see how things would turn out for Esta.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Gale

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  20. 5 out of 5

    Diane

    Received a copy to read and review. I loved it. I couldn't put it down. It's an amazing tale. Love the plot. Look forward to reading the next book in the series.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Paul

    I really loved this character and the story. This is my first review and I have more than 500 books under my belt. This book is just great and I can't wait for the sequel.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca

    **I received this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review (NA book club), Goodreads.com** This book had a fantastic story however I found parts of it confusing. There was a good mix of paranormal, fantasy and NA, giving us a fantastic and detailed story that would appeal to almost everyone. The characters were well written allowing us to connect with them from page one as well as creating an in depth profile of their lives before the book started. The main character is Luna, **I received this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review (NA book club), Goodreads.com** This book had a fantastic story however I found parts of it confusing. There was a good mix of paranormal, fantasy and NA, giving us a fantastic and detailed story that would appeal to almost everyone. The characters were well written allowing us to connect with them from page one as well as creating an in depth profile of their lives before the book started. The main character is Luna, she is a twenty something year old journalist suffering from mental illness and abusive parents. She travels to Cornwall to follow a story she heard about while at the hairdressers and her life begins to spiral out of control. Her life takes a turn with a story full of unexplainable problems and solutions that are actually oddly familiar to the problems that she is forced to face in real life. I liked Luna’s character however the voices in her head and internal dialogue rendered me confused quite a lot of the times, luckily not all parts of this were necessary to understand the storyline or I feel that may have hindered my reading experience. There were many secondary characters in this book so I have picked the ones that I feel most noteworthy in each aspect of Luna’s life, these include: Jack, Raphael and Abby. Jack is Luna’s father; he partakes in the abuse she has suffered throughout her life however it does not seem as though he enjoys it as much as Luna’s mother Helen. Raphael is Esta’s mother, when Luna’s life spirals out of control Raphael is I feel the one who takes charge, she makes Luna believe that she is Esta and that Esta is her daughter. Abby is the person who has been searching for Esta his entire life, he feels strongly connected to her due to Esta being his mate. I found that these characters added to the story in a way that moves the story along and keeps it interesting. The pacing was good, moving the story along at a decent pace keeping the story interesting and introducing new characters and twists in the story. I thought the ending was slightly rushed confusing things a bit but I feel that in reflection it probably added to the story and makes me want to read more. The storyline was really original introducing a mix of three genres that I have never read before and I found it to be very satisfying. There were a lot of twists that made the story a little difficult to follow however the main character was so brilliantly written that it kept you reading until the end. 3.5 stars a good read, I will look out for this series in future as I would love to know how the main character progresses.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer Ricketts (Donnie Darko Girl)

    fresh paranormal with twists and turns all the way! I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review for my stop on the blog tour, which you can find at Donnie Darko Girl. In Finding Esta, Luna has grown up with cruel parents who have never shown her love and aren't proud of her for anything - including her job as a journalist. When she decides to travel away from home to investigate a cold case, she has no idea just how much this decision will impact her life. The beginning was s fresh paranormal with twists and turns all the way! I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review for my stop on the blog tour, which you can find at Donnie Darko Girl. In Finding Esta, Luna has grown up with cruel parents who have never shown her love and aren't proud of her for anything - including her job as a journalist. When she decides to travel away from home to investigate a cold case, she has no idea just how much this decision will impact her life. The beginning was slow for me up until Luna leaves for Cornwell. Nothing much happened, and I spent that time feeling horrified by Luna's parents' abysmal behavior towards her and also feeling depressed with her isolation from other people. She has an extreme sensitivity to sunlight and can't touch others without feeling pain, so to avoid questions as well as pain, she doesn't have friends or a significant other in her life. While Luna has isolated herself from the living, she has Ada and Flo. These two characters are Shadows, ghosts who don't like to be called ghosts. They were in purgatory called the Shadow Lands - at least I believe the Shadow Lands are purgatory because the souls of people who commit suicide reside there. Ada and Flo add humor and sparkle to Luna's life and to the book overall. I was taken by surprise when I found out vampires come into the story. I knew going in this is a paranormal story, but from the synopsis, I never would have guessed there would be vampires. I'm happy to say they have been given a fresh new twist that made reading about them a lot of fun again. This book was completely different from what I was expecting. It was original and fresh with well developed and interesting characters. If I had been pulled in right away rather than later, then I would have given this another star in my rating. If you enjoy the urban fantasy and paranormal genres, definitely give Finding Esta a try. This is the first in the beginning of a series, and I'm looking forward to reading the next installment.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Margaux Espinosa

    *Received copy in return for honest review* I'm just going to trow out my opinion of this novel in now format or professional manner what so ever, cause that's how I feel like rolling today. I really enjoyed this read, the author Shah Wharton did a great job with a new twist on paranormal entities being aliens, so super awesome, enjoyable, and captivating. I love paranormal reads and started to get a bit bored of the same ole same ole, so this was really refreshing to me. I did however feel as *Received copy in return for honest review* I'm just going to trow out my opinion of this novel in now format or professional manner what so ever, cause that's how I feel like rolling today. I really enjoyed this read, the author Shah Wharton did a great job with a new twist on paranormal entities being aliens, so super awesome, enjoyable, and captivating. I love paranormal reads and started to get a bit bored of the same ole same ole, so this was really refreshing to me. I did however feel as if Wharton tried to shove WAY too much information in all at once instead of gradually introducing things. However this was only an issue through some of the book as it started to slow down a bit once Luna was on her search for Esta. There were quite a few concepts going into this novels story line and I felt as if by the end there were a few unanswered questions, but the cliff hanger gives me reason to believe that my questions may be answered in the second installment in this series. The characters were great, Luna is a bit confused and lost, she keeps losing and getting back her shadow friends living in her head, Ada and Flo whom support her in any way they can. Sex man on the bike is full of useful information and I wish to see lots more of him in the next book, I also am very please Luna got to seek revenge for her horrid childhood. haha am I wrong for being excited about all that bloody revenge? Probably! This was a a fun, exciting, creative read and I am so thrilled I got to read it, if you like paranormal novels and want something with a new twist on it read this!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Leslee Anderson

    Received for a honest review 3.5 stars Poor Luna is a "troubled" young lady searching for acceptance. Her family is horrible and her friends are dead. Wow that explains part of her "troubles". I found the characters at times dry, however I'm wondering if that has to do more with my lack of understand of the dialect. I didn't quite get some of the terminology so that could be my barrier. I did love Luna and Flo's relationship. Their banter was entertaining. Abby I felt sorry for his misguided life Received for a honest review 3.5 stars Poor Luna is a "troubled" young lady searching for acceptance. Her family is horrible and her friends are dead. Wow that explains part of her "troubles". I found the characters at times dry, however I'm wondering if that has to do more with my lack of understand of the dialect. I didn't quite get some of the terminology so that could be my barrier. I did love Luna and Flo's relationship. Their banter was entertaining. Abby I felt sorry for his misguided life and dreams. He saddened me and sometimes I pitied him more than I really liked him. I really hope to read more of a relationship between Rae and Luna. The paranormal aspects of this book were (no pun) fun and intriguing. To in compose all possible realms of the supes world was a huge challenge. The idea of a hybrid super supe is fantastic. I have not read about an alien vampire race before. Fascinating. The author uses such intricate detailed images to submerge you into the book that when you enter back into the real world it takes a minute for your brain to catch up. Extremely detailed. Overall, I enjoyed Finding Esta.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Jannat Bhat

    This was a pretty good read for me. I had a hard time keeping up in the beginning because there was alot of information the author was trying to present. It started off a little slow for me, but picked up once Luna left to investigate the story of a missing child Esta. This book has a mix of everything Twlight fans enjoy, you have the vampires, weres and a love story with some other new twist thrown in that are truly unique. Luna is someone who always felt that she didn't quite fit in. She can't This was a pretty good read for me. I had a hard time keeping up in the beginning because there was alot of information the author was trying to present. It started off a little slow for me, but picked up once Luna left to investigate the story of a missing child Esta. This book has a mix of everything Twlight fans enjoy, you have the vampires, weres and a love story with some other new twist thrown in that are truly unique. Luna is someone who always felt that she didn't quite fit in. She can't tolerate sunlight and has psychic abilities. She is a budding journalist that agrees to help a friend find out a cold case about baby Esta who was stolen from her parents long ago. The story leads Luna to find out that she is not really who she thought she was and her world has been turned upside down and inside out. With her struggling to find out what the truth is she has learned that she may have a few identities of her own. Will she find out who her true parents are, who the stranger is that has taken to following her around or what happened to baby Esta? There is only one way to find out. Pick up your copy today and reveal the answers.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Trisha

    I'm not one to give spoilers, so I will try to be as ambiguous as I can. So, first I'd like to talk about the main character, Luna. Luna was a very likeable character, but I'm not going to lie, there were times where I would make frustrated motions in what she did at times. The other characters; Abby...I LOVE HIM, Flo and Ada? I ADORED THEM. Now, to the writing; I'm not sure if it was just me, but I did see some grammatical errors, but they weren't something that will deter you from the story. Bec I'm not one to give spoilers, so I will try to be as ambiguous as I can. So, first I'd like to talk about the main character, Luna. Luna was a very likeable character, but I'm not going to lie, there were times where I would make frustrated motions in what she did at times. The other characters; Abby...I LOVE HIM, Flo and Ada? I ADORED THEM. Now, to the writing; I'm not sure if it was just me, but I did see some grammatical errors, but they weren't something that will deter you from the story. Because the story itself was AMAZING, I love how the author unraveled things and the twists and turns that happened. This is the first NA supernatural book I've read, and honestly, I'm quite happy and content that this was the first book I've read. To wrap things up, this book was my cup of tea, I thoroughly enjoyed it, and I'm sure anyone else would as well. I'm excited for more of the Supes series! :)

  28. 4 out of 5

    ☺~Tina~☺

    Luna has a hard life. Her parents hate her and they do nothing to hide the fact. She has a sun allergy. She is also and empath and had to walk around covered from head to toe to avoid the sun and touch. I started out really liking the story. I like when the heroine is the underdog and then comes out on top. I was loving it until Luna is assign to find Esta. I thought please don't let this be this predictible. Once she was on the scene in the house, this is where the story lost me for like 20 or Luna has a hard life. Her parents hate her and they do nothing to hide the fact. She has a sun allergy. She is also and empath and had to walk around covered from head to toe to avoid the sun and touch. I started out really liking the story. I like when the heroine is the underdog and then comes out on top. I was loving it until Luna is assign to find Esta. I thought please don't let this be this predictible. Once she was on the scene in the house, this is where the story lost me for like 20 or pages. It seemed to go on and on. After she leaves the house the story starts to pick up for me again. There is no sex in this book but plenty of sexual tension and a few great twists. Also, we get a new type of vampires, weres and fae. I like all the characters and I will be reading the next one to see how all the stories of the cast comes together. Now that all of the intro work to the series is done, I expect the next one to be much better.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Bob

  30. 5 out of 5

    Ann

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