My review for PSYCHED
I have to say that I absolutely loved this novel, from the moment I picked it up until the very last page was turned. There are so many twists and turns around each and every corner, and I mean the unbelievable type, from ghosts to demons, this novel has it all. I literally couldn’t put this novel down, it kept me riveted.
Every one of Ms. Caldwells characters were believable and I absolutely adored Aisi Turay, she is such a remarkable character. She is a very tough girl who can see and speak with ghosts, and then helps them on their way into the light. And, she takes it all in stride.
The only downfall in this novel is that the ending is not what you expect. Not in a bad way, but in a way that you can’t wait until you are flipping the pages of her next novel.
Juli Caldwell has done an amazing job with Psyched in every aspect, I cannot wait until her next novel, Freaked, hits the stands.
I give Ms. Caldwell a whopping 5 stars for her novel, Psyched.
|Cover Art by Morteque|
So far, great reviews for Psyched!
love about Psyched in addition to a great, spooky story is strong characters
and narrative voice. Aisi is the most awesome chick, strong-willed, sassy, and
deals with some crazy stuff happening with a spunkiness that I loved… Psyched is well-written, riveting,
surprising and genre-busting. Teens will love this book, but it definitely has
a more wide-ranging appeal.”
has power to see the dead…as in their souls…This is a great read, filled
with suspense. I NEVER knew from one chapter to the next what was happening. It
is well written and a very enjoyable…and a bit scary!“
Psyched is part ghost story, part suspense, part demon-hunting thriller, part budding romance.It’s the story of a girl named Aisi who’s doing her best to keep it together for her wreck of a family. She is smart, sassy, and sarcastic enough to keep things interesting. When she meets Vance on the single worst day of her life, she finds a guy who just might be the first person ever to get her, to believe in her, and to out-random her with bizarre observations at the worst possible moment. There’s just something about him that she knows she can trust.
Together, Aisi and Vance wander through the memories of others to unlock the secrets of her past while battling a demon who wants to ensure she never finds what she’s looking for. Aisi vanquishes demons all the time, but Malus Indolus is too strong. And he has plans for her…and her family.
Psyched is Juli’s second novel, the first as an indie writer,
and her first experiment with her true love as a reader: paranormal
fiction. Her debut novel Beyond Perfection is also available.
About the author
Juli Caldwell believes in ghosts, and paranormal fiction is her first love as a reader. She lives on the shores of the Great Salt Lake with her two daughters and husband, whom you may call the big hairy man, and a little black dog named Sirius whose hobby is shedding on her couch.
She holds a degree in English from Weber State University with a minor in psychology, which means she is watching you from afar and putting you in her next book. And that’s totally not stalking. She is hard at work on the sequel to Psyched, entitled Freaked.
Speaking of…here’s a sneak peek at Freaked, exclusively for Megan Johnston’s readers!
Her world went black for a moment as icy tingles shot down her spine and beads of sweat burst forth to dot her forehead. The image which came next was grainy and dark, almost too dim to see. Aisi could hear desperate voices, and she rushed through a doorway covered with a filthy sheet when she heard screams of pain and shrieks of terror.
“You took what was mine, and I have come to collect,” hissed an all-too familiar voice.
“No, brother, please! Not my daughter!” gasped another man. “She is all I have.” Aisi cautiously reached the door, afraid to peer around the corner. A gaunt man faced her. He knelt on the ground before a tall creature whose back was to the door. This man wore a long leather trench coat with a matching fedora, and he held a long black walking stick in his gloved hand. Aisi couldn’t see his face, but she could almost feel those red eyes boring into her once more.
Malus laughed. “You foolish, trusting, caring human. I have seen such idiocy in you since you gave up my ways. Do you think I care about your child? You have what should have been mine. I will reclaim what rightfully belongs to me. You had a chance to share in my power and glory, but you gave it away for this bloated, simpering sack of fat and flesh you so feebly try to protect. Do you think covering her with your weak human body will protect her from me? ”
“Jola,” the man’s voice wheezed as the laughter deepened to a malicious growl. “Run! He comes for me. You must go.”
“No!” sobbed a girl trembling behind the man on the floor. “You can’t take my father!”
“Again with all the love garbage,” Malus said in a tone of amused derision. “I do not care.”
The man’s voice howled in agony, and gleeful demonic laughter filled the room before the two sounds came from the same voice.
The girl rushed out of the dark room and down the hall to a small kitchen. The room didn’t hold much. A few dirty pots lay scattered around the counter tops. A sink filled with more dirty dishes lay beneath a window, the shack’s only source of light, which was covered in partially open blackout curtains. The girl rushed to a drawer in the kitchen which already hung open a bit and drooped toward the floor. She yanked it open the rest of the way and rummaged through it wildly as the laughter from the other room grew louder.
Aisi stared hard at the frightened girl with silver eyes like those gazing upon her, and ebony skin as deep as her father’s. Aisi focused intently, trying to get into the girl’s head as her shaking hands fumbled. She needed to find something.
He told me to find the knife. I must use the knife if the bad spirit returns to him. Where is the knife?
Somehow those frantic hands found what they were looking for in the jumble of utensils and the girl rushed down the hall, the long shaft of a carving knife gleaming even in the hall’s dim light. She raised it with shaky hands, ready to strike as she barreled back into the room she had just left.
Julie, thank you so much for sharing the sneak peak with us today. I can’t wait until, Freaked, comes out.